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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 14:50

Damp dour not at all sunny, well that was me out of the shower this morning, Stockton's weather much the same as I felt then.
A visit to the Super market I found masses of snow shovels on sale?
Do they know something we do not???


Garden design project needing some help!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:29

Harriet, it is not just about water conservation it is also about your own particular garden. The garden I grew up with was very productive although under it was pure sand, the top with a couple of hundred years of cultivation being manured yearly had around three four feet of good topsoil although water went through and it became quite dry in hot summers. We had very large water butts at all down comers from the house stables even the pig pens, it was needed as we only had one water tap in the house. My Father taught me to water only the plants and not the whole garden in general as people do with hoses now. A drop of ammonia in the butts for watering plants kept them clean but animal drinking water was kept tightly lidded and sealed, it did go a bit green although any one having drunk water from a ships fresh tanks will know it is drinkable.

Where I live now it is an under strata of brick clay and was dug out for years for brick making. This means the water strata is quite high and water will lay there the local gardens tend to flood. I am on the top of a hill so it is all downhill plus on moving in I dug some deep sink holes with runaways so although with very high rain fall I get the odd pond it is not as bad as some.
Plants do not need water as often as the old house and living in the North East with plenty of water plus the unused facility at Kielder we do not appear to be able to give the stuff away. A year or so back a couple of miles from me they were filling water tankers 24 hours a day and running it into Yorkshire, their reservoir's were dry.
What we are saying is water depends on where you live, as an engineer I can see no reason for not running water pipes down country, filling rivers that could be pumped on South to where it is needed. We once sent coal from this area to London so why not water tankers or is that too simple.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 12:56

Jo with you today staying in, Daughter is in Lisbon but I am still scurrying around cleaning up in case she gets back early.

Damp cold windy, I could hear a tapping on the window and looking out there is a Pauls Scarlet climbing rose fully formed and open, as it is against the wall it probably has a micro climate, it put a smile on my face. Plus a big rise in my industrial pension and the PDWP saying they are putting a lumper in my bank, I am beginning to love Christmas.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:43

The lawns are white, it is very cold, the sky a clear blue in all directions.
The trees are a lovely rainbow of colour although the leaves are getting less by the minute. So you could say Sunny Stockton.
Winter for a gardener is best cold Artjak it gets rid off some of the nasties that plague us after a mild winter, lets get it over and start gardening again.

Lamb roasting slowly, Roast spuds, plenty of veg with Yorkies.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 23:34

"Ah" Posh, Thomas Hood also wrote the "The song of the shirt" you could say a dirge against industrialised labour, also known for his comic poems.
Glorious day here on Teesside I had to cross the Styx to the Borough side a bit duller then back up into Durham lovely sunshine the woods at Wynyard in beautiful technicolour, the fields with a slight mist rising as I cane back and the sun setting in the west striking colour off the clouds.
I went to see Alfy the terrier who never left my side whilst at my daughters, "oh" did I say also visited to see said daughter. Alfy wanted to come back with me, he knows his friends.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/11/2012 at 10:30

Stockton on Tees part cloud mainly sunny quite warm.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 10:14

Stockton a lovely clear sunshiny day, a good week weather wise a funny old week otherwise, hope next week is not likewise!!
Last Saturday the oven broke, Sunday lunch in Carvery, Monday shopping for new oven, Daughter started at £1800 end I started at £4/19/6 end and we met near the middle, well a bit lower.
Out early Tuesday car taken for service. Oven arrived just as car arrived to take me to pick my car up, oven fixed and working but fish and chips for tea.
Wednesday black tie day as I crossed the Styx, last man standing out of a very large company of friends, had to comfort the family.
Thursday out early flu jab Daughter arrived with a mass of cooking and stuff she is now on a cruise.
Friday up early for some shopping could not even find a car parking place at the usual so ended up at the local thingee market (have to watch what I call it) but managed to at last use new oven, well pleased. Saturday visitors, today feet up then standing to attention for the Cenotaph Ceremony, old habits die hard.
Next week a rest, I hope.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/11/2012 at 15:05

Had to cross the nine loops of Titan's Daughter Styx today "Rain", then pay Charon to proceed over Acheron, another good friend left us.
It was a glorious Autumn day, clear sky a slight breeze although not cold, a get together and then try to catch up with what has been a hectic week.
The box for Stockton says cloudy? will they never learn to look out of the window?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:43

Bev, A wire base would be ideal although it is only to keep the rodents out of the compost. If you have some old tiles or packing to put under the edges anything from a quarter of an inch to around an inch will let the air in from the bottom.
If you do pack it up a bit then put some brush or thin sticks in the base, a covering again to let the air circulate.
Compost needs "Air Warmth and Damp" it will generate its own heat in time and never soak just damp each layer as you load it up, air is one of the important things..


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/11/2012 at 10:01

Solid frost, blue sky, some cloud, the box tells me Stockton is cloudy, quick look out of window----------"nope".


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