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MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 23:47

My rant Gardening Grandma is being named as some one else.

Gardening Grandma wrote (s

Derek, I live just down the road from the REME. My mother worked there during the war (before your time, of course) though I'm not sure what she did.



Did you mean FRANK as Derek did not mention REME. We had women office workers as well as civvy fitters plus women cooks so we got a lot of Cawl and Barra Brith, hot cold with custard or butter on and cooked into bread pudding with left over Naafi cake, not the Cawl.
My wife dragged me to see Max Boyce and I ended up with records and video's, he reminded me of the cheeky Welsh Humour. And probably a dark haired Welsh girl, well I never forgot her did I.


Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 13:52

Garden Girl, I use an electric fan heater with a frost guard thermostat although not yet, experience has taught me it is way too soon to start seeds off, light is just as important as heat and there is not enough of it just yet.
If you put your seedlings on the floor ( a few degrees warmer than on the staging) cover at night with fleece but take it off in the morning you may save them.
Heating just the area you need quite small really with electricity if you have access to it is the cheapest way, that is how I do things now when I finally start to sow seed.
Good luck and patience is the gardeners best friend.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 11:56

Stockton on Tees, awoke to gun metal skies and a very heavy frost, an hour later the sun was out and frost gone although we still have that bitter Easterly wind.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/02/2013 at 10:03
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

You dog! Sounds as though you had a lot of fun in our young days! Funnily enough, I know a Nesta.... Only joking! Should I now stat a rant about the intentions of footloose young men?

Do you remember where in Bridgend you were stationed?

I do indeed G/Grandma smack in the middle of town, the REME had a workshop in what must have been a Garage at one time, we lived one side of the main road and worked in buildings the other side.
I was told to be careful the first day I arrived, "these Welsh girls boyo just want to get out of the valleys see like" "err right" and off I went to the weekly dance and forgot it all. We would go to Porthcawl some Saturdays there was a big dance hall there and the beach came in handy. Dancing in those days was the in thing and as I had danced from being 11 watching my parents Competition dancers I knew how, it was a big come on especially for the older girls who just loved to dance and could. Nesta, ( I met another Nesta in Rhyl) was a real Welsh dark haired bright eyed full of fun girl and I did miss her but Soldiers moved on and left many a girl behind them, they probably shrugged and on to the next.

Flo, a month or so back my oven packed up so Daughter and I went to the local supplier, hundreds of the things standing in rows. Daughter started at the £1200 end I started at the £3/7/6 end and we met with bright young lady and Daughter trying to sell me an all singing and dancing oven. Holding my hands up for silence I said "you turn it on, you cook you turn it off, I have plenty of timers so why would I need all the knobs and things" they gave in but it still cost me £480.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 23:08
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

Just how friendly were these Welsh girls, Palaisglide?

I never tell tales out of school where the ladies are concerned, I was a dancer and in Bridgend that counted for a lot.
Dark haired fire in her eye's Nesta took me home for Sunday Lunch with the family, a roast Yorkshires the lot ( and very good Yorkshires too) sitting round the table after lunch mother suddenly looked me square in the eye and said "if you are going to marry our Nesta you will have to move here" WHAT who mentioned marriage "yikes" and Nesta sitting there saying nothing with a wicked look in her eye.
Two weeks later on the Monday the guard got me up early said pack all your gear sign out and collect your rail warrant you are moving. I was on the early train out of Wales to Hampshire, no goodbye's and no further contact and at the first camp dance met a lovely Geordy girl then met her twin sister at another camp dance later in the week, that got very interesting too.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 22:28

Chica, the forces tend to take on a mixed accent a bit of everything. i was Army a Son and Daughter RAF and another Son Army we all tend to have a sort of flat accent when we talk together which is not exactly the accent we were born with. The funny thing is I can always detect part of the original accent in a person and usually to within a few miles of their birth place, I suppose it is my musical ear "err" I mean both of them of course.
G/Grandma I was stationed in Bridgend, Rhyl, Pembroke and the Tank firing ranges on the West coast, I know the Welsh Girls are very friendly but then met the Welsh Dragon's their mothers.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 16:22

Why all this aggro with neighbours, I do not understand it, my neighbours send each other Christmas cards and never fail to stop and talk if I am working on the front, lovely people all.
Saying that we are all fully detached and seemingly all gardeners although one lady over the road gets a bespoke gardener in who makes it last a week with a couple of trucks and machinery.
I mind the lttle dog for one while she is at work three days a week, he is a lovely lad she thinks he is a Jack Russel I know he is a Corgi, still good company. Also take in the parcels for them and we chat when they call to pick them up.
I ask are we Northerner's actually more friendly or could it be the more space between neighbours the better they become, just asking.


MOB rants

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 11:31

Trolls ladies are best ignored, do not be drawn into replying to them at all, that gets them very hot under the collar, they say bad things to get recognition so if you ignore them you won they lost.
Having been on these boards various for over thirteen years you learn the ropes and if they do annoy you there is always Alert Moderator button.
Phones I ignore them too, the family will phone me on the Mobile which is always with me, if it is important people will ring back when you are having a meal, watching the one decent programme on TV or nodded off so worry not.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 11:13

Stockton on Tees, blue sky with some puffy white cloud, bitter cold we still have an east wind, gardening? forget it.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 16:24

Rants, sounds more like revenge, did that a few times in the army although it is not the pleasant feeling we expect.
This is a rant, Windmills erected on a lovely bit of coast well within sight of the Promenade that on the three coldest days were incapable of producing electricity because we did not have enough wind.
Green taxes because of our tiny footprint on the world when Germany are to build ten new coal fired power staions China and India using coal by the millions of tons, we are closing ours down with no back up, the rest of the world must think we have totally lost it.
Being an engineer I know the footprint of those large gear boxes filled with oil on top of the windmill towers, if they published the facts they would have mass riots on their hands, we may as well close the Country down now as it will happen sooner than we think, no chatting on laptops then, no electricity.


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