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Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 22:13

That looks about right David.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 20:48

Stockton Heavy rain, it should have said very heavy rain and never stopped all day, the wind was whipping it into the windows and the rain was running down the road, glad I live at the top of the bank.
Zoomer you would not have got through today the main roads were nearly all closed by accidents from early on.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 20:41

Having been off air all day owing to a virus which took seven hours to eliminate it is nice to be back.
The Fordson Tractor we had was an N9, the one shown is a Major and was called just Ford.
If you want to see a full working Fergy with all its kit there is often one on my sons farm, his friend has it and still uses it.
I hold my tongue on some of the discrepancies for instance I never in my life saw the "Murky" with our own fowl we had Goose at Christmas I loved it and a Cock-bird for New year and so did many around us. Not saying all did but many parents did try hard to give the kids a good time at Christmas. All our ducks geese and chickens were pre ordered and Mother plucked and ploated the lot.
They are trying to pack a lot in and it does not always work.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 23:11

None of those tractors are war time David, the Fordson is 1960's, The little grey Fergy next to it is 1950.'s The wartime Fordson did not have tyres but Latice frame wheels with an iron tyre that had teeth for pulling through the earth, the front wheels were iron and with direct steering, no springing a pig to drive. The tractor seat was iron a bit bottom shaped on a sort of leaf spring and that was the only sprung bit on it, a bag of straw came in handy. The radiator was a square cast iron top tank and cast iron bottom tank with the normal block in between. No thermostat and they boiled like mad when working on a hot day, you could get a funnel shaped tank that screwed in the radiator cap and it acted as an expansion tank also holding more water. There was no grill as shown.
Some of the larger farms got a John Brown Tractor as used by the RAF with sweeping wings, it was much lower and had a padded seat for two people.
There was an odd looking tractor that had a two cylinder diesel engine, I never had anything to do with it but it seemed to do the job.


Has anyone made their own greenhouse staging?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 16:06

Julie, I have made staging and also made the basic mistake of under estimating how heavy trays of grit with plant pots full of soil and plants can be (and I am an engineer), my first effort many years ago slowly collapsed with everything on it as I was at the opposite end of the green house to the door, it took a while to clear space to get out as it was partially propped up by large pots on the other side.
In this green house I have two stagings against the wall I made, and two aluminium stagings I can remove when winter turns to the tomato season on the other side.
Having some old four by four fence posts, I made a good top frame resting on four solids legs then braced the back and side legs, across the top having some 2x1 wood cut it into batons and lay it across the top frame screwing some of them down, in my case I also screwed the top to the wall which with your greenhouse you will not be able to do, So two home made stagings, I split them in case I want one out and built a sand box with heating cables on one of them, that is heavy although has not moved in the years it has been there. You do not brace the front as you store things under the stage.
Four good solid legs
A good frame on top
Brace the back and sides
Then use your pallet flats for the top
Put a small pave under each leg to stop it sinking into the ground.
good luck,

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 15:44
lovetogarden wrote (see)



Frank, it's supposed to be a day of rest


Cris, Please explain in your own words, no more than ten paragraphs

1) Day
2) Rest.

whatever it is I never seem to get one, just cut rest of meat off chicken and carcase now simmering in pan with veg for stock.
for some reason I put the pepper corns in the salt mill so probably need what it is you say I should do.

Weather still fair though not as sunny.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 09:12

Stockton partly cloud, I look out the sun blinding me and yes there is partly cloud, little people in the box take a sweety out of the jar.
Chicken today, it will take two hours so an easy time until it comes to sorting the veg out, it is cool in the garden but I am in short sleeves and it is getting warmer.
"Oh Heck" forgot Pam is back better do a big clean up before she comes in the morning.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 00:43

It definitely turned out nice again more so because my two youngest grandchildren came and livened the place up.
One was on my laptop the other on the desk computer, I told her if she spent too much time on it her fingers would get shorter until only stubs were left. With the look only a seven year old can give you she said "granddad, when I asked how you learned to play the piano you told me it was hours of practice when you were my age and your fingers are long"??? How do you beat the logic of a seven year old.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 00:31

Muvs, your father was not alone I saw children form homes where the father could not get work, they were hard times, they came to school in plimsolls with cardboard for soles and probably ate one hot meal a week if lucky.
The war changed that as people got back in work so for many the war years were good years, strange to say but so very true, war was not all hell.
David, no need to whip yourself with branches, the war years were never mentioned by people because they wanted to forget, BBC started it all with their 2001 search for peoples war. It opened flood gates for many old stagers who had lived with baggage all their lives (no counsellors back then it was get on with it) but also for children and grandchildren there was a sudden interest, it was really my grand children who started me off with questionnaire from school. then my children saying we know absolutely nothing about you and mum before we were born, well no, to them parents came in cans with open only to bring up children was what they thought and expected.
As for Uncle Albert, we all had one, the old chap sitting in the corner throwing in the odd remark which when we thought about it made all the sense in the world.
I found as I went up in rank I had to be dad to young lads out of their comfort zone who looked to you for direction, then civvy street in charge of people, making the decisions solving the problems and looking after their welfare, I often felt like Uncle Albert, the problem was I did not have one, the buck stopped with me.
Ok I promise no more.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 10:29

Stockton sunny and clear so I looked at the box with trepidation and found "Sunny and Clear" am now having a cup of tea to recover.
I suppose even they must get it right now and then, they are probably belting round the office with fizzy Champagne bottles screaming BINGO.


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