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MOB rants

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:32

If you have it you pay tax on it end of story, think about it when you next vote.

Rant:- Self service check outs, what do I think of them? @#=#+'/\@@## to put it very mildly. Tospots were the first to remove the lovely friendly staff and put them in, I dodged them like the plague until one day with a full trolley one of the girls said come on I will put them through for you and there by hangs a tale!! of unmitigated disaster.
It was not reading some of the bar codes and the dam things talk to you all the time, it turned out she could not read the small bar-code so I read them (two very good eye's) and she put them in although there seems to be a time limit so I would read them again. We ended up with another helper, me still reading bar codes and a small pile of goods that would not go through, meanwhile the long queue I would have been in had vanished. Three weary people finally got some of the goods into my bags, worn out nerves shredded and me swearing first and last time, she wanted to drop the discarded goods into my bag and I pointed out there were camera's watching our every move so not a good idea. Then you have the checkout police who jump on the self checkers turn it all out and put it through again how would that make you feel, it would be my last time in that shop.
NOW M&S have put them in, Thursday the queues at the fewer checkouts were down the aisles and two people in the self service bit, I give up, how can that system be better than a freindly person a smile and a bit of chat whilst rapidly packing it all away. At one time I did time and motion study, nothing in that training tells me this is a better system.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 10:15

Stockton on Tees is dull dowdy and dismal to put it mildly, I could describe it in more rounded and colourful terms although it may shock the Moderator (I doubt that).
The one joy is seeing my primroses sitting well above a pond I did not have yesterday smiling at me, a long lasting colour fest I love them.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/03/2013 at 00:14

Tis reet Bunny Lassy, oopt t'north be a luckin orrible, better gannin yam and gittin me ganzi then.
Country file was on the South coast tonight, that brought back memories of Wyke Regis and boat testing on the mere behind Chessil bank. Dancing in Weymouth full of holiday makers, a lovely time was had by all.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 23:18

Did the day go well he asked, indeed right up to two the afternoon then it all went base over apex.
Dark cloud rain snow sleet and as I closed the blinds the sleet was heavy and laying, tonight and part of next week snow Easterly winds well below freezing.
Am I glad I left the compost in its bags the seeds in the packets and the pots dry in the garage, this is no time to be putting seed down.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:28

You are right Yarrow having experienced the BBC system where five hours of film came down to twenty minutes shown, the same shot different angles, can you describe that again emphasise such and such, can we do that walk again and again and again"Agh" Monty is very patient.
One gardener describing the filming said they landed early worked all day and got half an hour on screen after edit. Each time he put a spade in the ground it was four or five times from different angles and then he did it again to talk. If it was a horrible day it still went ahead with probably some inside shots, Monty could have done with that for Fridays programme.
When the young ones were on we were all raging at hazy long distance through shrubbery shots, that would be the crew not the presenters, they do not have much say.
At least we get some gardening, it did look like vanishing at one time I suppose we have to be grateful.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 09:11

Blue skies smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies can I see
Sunshine on the back of my neck
Warm lovely sunshine "eh by eck"

Its much warmer today sorry to boast
Although I see clouds over the coast
Who cares as long as I can gaze
Out of open windows at a heat haze.

Stockton today folks sorry about that Bunny and FloBear.


Gardeners World new season

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 17:59

David, I used to get that Magazine as you got a lot of freebies with it and remember Geoff was castigated for his organic garden theories.
Us older gardeners (yes even then) saw sense in it as we had been brought up in an organic era, everything went into the midden and as we kept animals that was a lot of stuff. The hot beds were made up from the midden with masses of free straw from the farms, no free straw these days and no midden either.
People ask for the young crowd back, the ones who caused a big turn off from GW, my take on it is over hundreds of years our kin found the best way to grow stuff and a modern college degree does not replace years of experience.
Gardening for me these days is little and often not the get stuck in and move half an acre it once was., I also find that Dad's advice, grow what you can eat, enjoy what you grow and a garden is also a place to rest and contemplate, I do more of that now. The joy is in the Grandchildren eating peas and beans off the stem, Strawberries sun warm and Tomato's sweet and tasty off the vine, letting them cut the fresh lettuce pull a carrot wash it under the hose and eat it. I hope I am showing them the way forward.


New build house, new build lawn - help to start off the right way.

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:29

Rich, I watched good market garden land being turned into new build down the lane from me and was shocked to see the builders strip off all the top soil then sell it.
They hept a bit back as they were then down to clay and put around four six inches back on front and back and roll out the lawn. Those lawn area's last year were pure bog, the only good point being they did lay down a general purpose type grass, it can take a bit of knocking about.
My advice is stay off it do nothing until it is dry enough to walk on, then you will need to work on it over a couple of years. Lift high spots and level cut away the soil under the sod, lift low spots and level by adding compost mixed with sand and or grit. Go over gaps with a mixture of compost sand and seed sweeping it into the cracks as you go.
I put a new lawn down just before Christmas around four years back and it took then prospered, grass is tough. A young child will love playing on a lawn but they also dig and treat it a bit on the rough side so do not expect a Bowling green.
Next Spring (not the one coming) start on weed and feed twice in spring around six weeks apart then an Autumn weed and feed a much slower release type. In Autumn scarify the grass (gets rid of the moss and mat of old cuttings) then Aerate I just use a fork, good exercise and you can do it with your brain out of gear, just get a rhythm and go. Have a bucket of compost mixed with sand and sweep it into the holes. With the type of lawn you will have it will keep it tidy and possibly weed free, otherwise it is remove lawn dig down and put in drainage then good top soil and then sow, a long heavy and costly job so it will be make the best of what you have.


Tomato Growpots, any good?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 16:06

Do not see the point as for years growing Tomato's in grow bags I used some throw away plastic pots with the bottom cut off.
It does work, the pots were nine inch ones set onto and just into the grow bag soil, put some compost into the pot and plant your tomato. As the plant grows slowly top up the pot with good compost and water the grow-bag. I stopped doing that when grow bags became more rubbish dump than good compost and now use the same 12 inch pots cleaned and planted up each year leaving plenty of room to top up with good compost as the plant grows. The pots sit on a gravel bed kept watered and the pot is watered lightly with feed keeping it just damp, over watering kills more plants than it helps. Do not crock the bottom of pots on a gravel bed and I open up the holes in the base a bit to let the Tomato plant tap roots find the water in the gravel.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 15:16

Not gardening weather in Stockton but come next weekend the heated sandbox will be fired up and the Tomato seed will go in plus the first pots of sweet peas.
I do not mess with them they go in deep pots out of the packet and left to set and grow on, then drop them out of the pot into position and sow some extra seeds around for a longer flowering time. I do not go with all the mystique for growing sweet peas.


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