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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 22:49

Zoomer, I always go out one way come back another so virtually circle the town, the roads are all OK but the build up of traffic as people found ways round the A1m floods was causing a bit of chaos and we are due some more heavy rain from Sunday.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 15:03

Chris, with so many men away it was mainly the women who had to manage.
Even in our village there were little yards with some cramped one up one down no yard of their own or garden, I knew a couple of families brought up in those houses, now they bring eye watering sums as people want to retire in the village.
I saw some of those children at the junior school suffer the indignity of having to be given the Lord Mayors boots, they were issued to the very poor children of the parish, massive leather boots full of segs and punched into the leather a code so the parents could not pawn them.
There were only my sister and I so we often saw our old clothes on the backs of some of those poor kids as my mother sorted them and politely asked if Mrs so and so could make any use of these as Son-Daughter had grown out of them, they will come in for dusters?? Mother had to be very diplomatic as you could not be seen to offer charity they were still proud people.
Dad would fill a small bag with coal, we had plenty as he hauled it on the truck to Steam boilers around the area, take that to Mrs H, who was bringing up two boys and a girl her husband in jail for poaching, tell her it is the sweepings off the truck and will just be thrown away. The kids passed the eleven plus as I did but my parents could afford the uniforms and kit needed so they missed out.
The one that pulled every one together was a wedding, usually a soldier going away wanted to marry his sweetheart and every one put in for the meal, I saw my mother alter the same dress more than once, dad would send some bacon or ham, people would donate butter sugar tea, fruit for the cake and one of the local women would make the cake, always a fruit one, every one would bake something or make sandwiches with home made bread. The village would turn out for the wedding with small gifts and the men would be gone. A lady next door to us never saw her husband for five years and yet they grew old together as did so many after what must have been trauma to them.
There would be dire poverty and want, the war pulled the people together and they helped each other, or most did, those that had the means helped where needed although great tact had to be shown whilst doing so, they had nothing but their windows gleamed pavement was washed and step holly stoned.
I ask what would they do today?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 14:33
Maud is in the garden wrote (see)

I happened to be on the loo when they cleaned the window. Very difficult trying to hide. Last time they caught my daughter in the all together in the bathroom. I do hope they are not making a habit of it.

Good grief, have they recovered yet? if they caught me that way I would probably never see them again.
Rain, sunshine my side of the Styx although looking across the valley you appear to be under a cloud, it looks very murky to the north and blackish over the coast, I must have done something right???


Wartime Farm

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:35

David, sounds a bit like one of those TV soaps.
I have vague memory of lots of rules and regulations, we killed two pigs a year for our own use and butchered them at home, that would not be allowed now, we had to give two pigs to the government and some of the pig club also handed over pigs.
As to being told about new machinery we still relied on the steam engine coming when needed for the big jobs, they had to prise me off the thing when it was time to go. There were a couple of single cylinder engines on big iron wheels used for chopping turnips or grinding down grain for cattle food, they took some starting though once away would rattle along all day.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 12:26

Pam all OK I live on a hill it is all down from here and the houses at the bottom are a sloping field away from the raging water that was a gentle stream. The high tide also held the water back hence the floods on the A66 and A19.
I went to Teasdale Park in brilliant sunshine this morning and came back through heavy cloud, it looked very black over Rain's side of the Tees a bit lighter this side.
Like you Maud the window cleaner arrived and Alfy went mad, they do a good job using a new water system the windows and frames gleam,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 17:34

Rain it is raining here after a day of sunshine, the whole place has a bedraggled look about it and coming back round the ring road this afternoon passed through a dip where the water would have been up to the car roof yesterday.
It took a while to get the A19 and A66 fully open after the floods and some of the minor roads still closed, at least we can see the bridges over the two becks in our area now.
Alfy is not having to negotiate a pond to wander the garden although he loves being towelled dry after, I will miss him when he goes home but not having to hoover up his hair, the carpet looks like a snowfall.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 10:19
lovetogarden wrote (see)


I'm going to try your recipe Frank, sounds just the job for an Autumn day.

Have a nice day folks.


For the genuine wartime recipe Chris slice the onions, (i chopped them as I was also adding leeks using up what was there) The potato has to be wafer thin and the stock would have been a couple of OXO cubes and not from my stock pot.
I heated the stock first as it was solid jelly and you would need to heat water to make an oxo cube stock any way.
My oven is fan assisted hence the 170c ordinary ovens probably 180c but you will know your oven. The top layer of potato wants to be brown and crispy.

The sun is out the wind has dropped and it looks as if the floods in Stockton are going down, yesterday is best forgotten but for the several hundred peoples whose houses were flooded memorable for the wrong reasons. There was three feet of water on the Bowling green I fought many a battle on, with bowls of course.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 09:02

Plant pot mad, funny that I was looking at some old photo's of my garden around fifteen years back yesterday, you cannot see anything but a sea of pot plant in pots covering every inch that is not planted, I had forgotten that I had pots everywhere. not quite as mad now though.
Winter is not OMG, it is just another season when nature has her snooze but somethings come out at night as in normal life, we always have some who prefer the nocturnal part of the year. AND Spring is not that far off, look on the bright side.

Stockton is part cloud some blue sky a little sun and a Golden glow over Rain's hills, the little boxer says cloudy so not too far out, we must have gone past the nine miles of cloud over Durham that caused chaos yesterday.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 23:47

Panackelty is a North Eastern make do one pot dish and was used a lot in wartime when corn beef was often easy to get, (we had docks unloading ships all round us).

Butter an oven dish, thinly slice potato's onions leeks and have some peas ready then layer, a bottom layer of potato cover with a thin layer of onion and leek mixed then scatter some peas, now thinly sliced corn beef and start again, the last layer or top is thinly cut potato brushed with butter then pour in a good stock (Sundays chicken) until near the top layer of potato pop in the oven at 170 for one and a half hours.
One pot dish complete with gravy.
PS answered message.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 23:04

We got it and how, my Daughter dashed up and dropped off my grandson off school with a bad stomach and Max the dog. She had a lot to do but owing to Stockton being almost cut off by flooding she was called to pick up Granddaughter from school early then could not get back here.
They raised the banks on the Lustrum beck years ago and it worked until today, every beck was over the top and we have lots of them.
Daughter made it here at around five and was dashing back before more heavy rain arrived. I was unable to shop so it was panackelty today, it went down well with us and the dogs.


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