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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:04

Brumbull, nope you are correct and that weather coming from Siberia crosses the coast over us first, the joy of living with one foot in the North Sea.
So put off the seed sowing another week and then on will go my heated sandbed and a frost guard fan heater.


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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:57

My Wife's school had one very bad teacher and everyone knew she was bad although they could not get rid of her she was young at the time. I was talking to another ex-teacher who told me she is still there and they cannot get rid of her.
We may be lucky, the schools my Grandchildren go to and have done since they were three are very good indeed. They have discipline and the teaching skills outstanding, Parents take a lot of interest and school events have to be rationed so many wish to attend.
My Grandson 12 can recite times tables, I quietly set him tasks in Math which he does in quick time, probably my genes as I excelled at maths. What I am saying is all schools differ depending on area, size, quality of Heads and Teaching Staff, I think area has more influence on things as the parents set goals. I watch my Granddaughter 8 concentrate on doing something an hour at a time and people say children have a thirty second concentration level, don't believe it, I have hopes for their future which is all we can do.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:55

Stockton fine with sunshine and blue sky, did not realise I still had snow on one of my borders that gets no sun, the wind blows straight up that side from the east, the plants there are very hardy, they have to be.
Coming back from Middlesbrough along the back lanes the fields are still holding water, everything will be late this year.
Give the seeds a week Jo, I did notice the sun at noon is reaching parts that have not seen the sun in months, we will have an explosion and probably moan at the amount of pricking out we have to do.


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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:47

Sexist Tina, moi, not on your nelly, it is when I go into those places there seems to be three times as many women as men and they ask me I do not approach them. If asked I give a comprehensive answer and on more than one occasion have then had an escort round the place discussing plants, once even had coffee bought for me.

The local large GC had a very nice Polish lady who knew her plants, she also watered everything on the outside racks, the plants were always clean and looked after, in a buy out the good ones went and youngsters came on the scene. No watering properly, a quick flash with a hose pipe, no knowledge of the plants they read the labels and that is it. People ask questions do not get answers so leave and go elsewhere do you blame them. "Oh" and the coffee and cake went up to £7 so I do not bother.


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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 00:08

Derek, I have no idea why, probably the grey head but in Garden Centres I usually end up advising, often women on how to look after a plant or what to look for.
Last time I was in the big centre a woman picked up a plant and asked me to check, dropping it out of the pot vine weevil fell from the root ball. I informed the attendant who was not very happy about it, I am afraid I have an acid tongue at times so he lost that one and the sale.
I normally use a Nursery just a couple of miles up the lane from me and even there you need to check the plants although they will replace them no questions asked.
I will start to sow seed in around two weeks time as light is just as important as heat, by then the sun will be higher and more light. We all make mistakes hopefully only once, sowing seed early I found from experience did not give you much of a start, well in this area, they are all different.


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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:24

OK Derek, how is this.
Why oh why do garden centres fill up with bedding plants way too early and no explanation about not putting them out before the last frosts are gone. The number of times I have advised people they need to take great care and may need to keep them sheltered for some time especially up here on the North East Coast.
Then they go out in beds and baskets and are gone over because new gardeners do not realise some are quite short lived.
Sowing your own seed every couple of weeks and you have a long showing as you remove the older plants and put in the new ones. Much cheaper too.


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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:15
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

Parents and electronic gadgets have something to do with it, too, Frank!

You could be right G/Grandma although I saw my children the victims of various educational schemes that failed, one being they did not need to spell?? As long as the word looked something like the sound it was OK. Joan and I spent hours teaching my daughter the correct spelling which did pay off for her in a good job at a large firm, quite a few of the other kids were not so lucky.
ICI sent me back to college for 26 weeks of Quantum Mechanics, three of us older men and a group of very much younger students, to say I was astounded at their lack of English puts it mildly. We had to explain the reasoning and findings using blackboards and drop sheets, most of the young ones could not do that.
When we relaxed in the union building with them it came across they did not really care and at the end of the course it showed, there was a huge gap in results, the three oldest getting highest and diploma's the rest a re-sit. Where are they now I wonder.
"Hm" I write G/Grandma, just thought that could be Galloping, Glamorous, Glorious, Gregarious or Gnome, I better watch it and write it out in full Gardenia /Grandma.


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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 17:37

G/Grandma, we used to shoot them up north, hang about was the Peasants or Pheasants, not to worry they both taste the same a bit gamy. We just hung them longer.
The local paper published some of the job applications sent in,  I fell about Laughing until it struck me these were young people desperate for work, the education system has a lot to answer for.


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Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:07
clogherhead wrote (see)

Hi, Fellow Ranters, I was not getting at any individual person ,I believe that one should try one's best to use our language to the best that they can, it's so irritating to try and decipher what they are trying to say in there enquiry to the forum .

Derek sorry to be picky, do you think that should be "their" instead of "there" we all do it at times.
No hard feelings Derek, I had to correct three pages of writing today when my brain ran well ahead of my fingers getting them all tangled up, I never print those pages without checking.
I do crossword puzzles and today came across a word I had never heard before  the clue was "loudly Lamenting" and the word which I did not get was "Plangent" had to wait until tonight's paper came to find out, we never stop learning do we.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:38

Stockton on Tees, snow and ice gone, Blue sky sunshine and cold.
Cloudy over the coast and over the Hills, I can see snow still on the tops, not warm enough to melt it yet.


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