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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 12:33

Zoomer, can understand the wish to escape to Washington, we say Hell Hull and Hartlepool, never forgave them for hanging Monkey's all over the place.
Today's box says Stockton on Tees slightly cloudy?? well there must be sky up there somewhere but we cannot see any. It is warm and my house guest Max half Lab half Sheep is flat out on the Conservatory floor, his family are booked in to see the Panda Edinburgh Zoo among other things this weekend.
Then I get Alfy for a month while his family are in America, we would never dream of putting them in kennels and they never want to go back home either, must be that fresh chicken and fish I feed them.


Fork Handles

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:30

FloBear Taxiing is correct for Planes running on the ground or Taxied as in a gaggle, "they taxied along the ground" before they took off. Or even it taxied along the ground after landing, the Pilot came later by parachute.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 10:21

Mummy you are doing what you do because you thought it through, the weak Governments we have had for years have not, they go for the quick fix and give out massive amounts of money to those who think they know the answer, they do not.
We are surrounded by the best power house in the world, the sea, wave power and tide power are the way ahead if we do not want to use nuclear or the six hundred years of coal we are all sitting on. China has no worries about using coal as any one who has been there knows, you seldom see the sky.
What we drive is our choice when I had to give up my beloved Jeep for an Austin Champ I cried, changing the best for the worst vehicle ever built broke my heart then along came Land Rover, drove them for years painted Khaki would never have one as personal transport my Son has one on the farm as a work horse.
What is happening out there seems to me to be unproven, as an engineer who reads the latest technology you see those who believe writing their theories and the disbelievers knocking them down it is a game of skittles, no one really knows and we are told that in the last 100,000 years the world has gone through this more than once, that is a very short time in the life of this planet.
I will do what I can within my own limits and that includes putting down surfaces that soak up the rain, we cannot do it alone and until we get China Russia America and South East Asia on the same wave length our efforts are not going to make any difference.
Mummy, I do not know if you made a mistake but during the war we went from 35% reliance on our own food efforts to over 80% and that went well into the 1950's.


Get Rid of your Lawns

Posted: 01/09/2012 at 00:09

You are allowed to rant Mummy even if it does sound like common sense in your case. The problem with this save the planet malarkey is that it is only a very small portion of us doing it and paying through the nose to do it.
When I read of China building one new coal fired generating station every six months, India building 10 miles of motorway a day, Asia putting 5,000,000 vehicles on the road in the next three years it make our efforts very puny indeed.
We have wind-farms on the land near us and blotting out the sea view as more are put out to sea but close to the beaches every day. The cables broke on one lot and they stood idle for months, they only work at a certain wind speed and has any one worked out the footprint of the manufacture and erection of those things plus the oil they use in high speed turbines and gear boxes which is what we have inside those big boxes on top of the pole. The props or sails as they are called may be slow but the inside workings are racing.
I like my lawns front and side, they will stay, the car is smaller now I do not have to  drive on the Continent, The green waste and plastic waste plus glass tins and paper are duly put out, as for the rest I object to having to pay through the nose in taxes for something that will not change in my life time.
PS my daughter in California was having a moan this week as gas will soon be $5 a gallon half what we pay, my friend in Canada went out for a meal with his son, 100 miles each way and to them it is normal, can some one tell me why we should bother?


Wartime Farm

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 23:17

Already noted  David and even in the trailer found a fault, picture of them driving a nice new Fordson Tractor, in your dreams.
A shared tractor between several farms more like and the rest heavy horses, we had them into the fifties.
Looking forward to what else comes up.



Posted: 31/08/2012 at 15:19

You do not say what aspect it will have or how much sun it will get?
My own wall attached large greenhouse is positioned to get sun all day to the last rays, next door their wall mounted GH is East and North facing gets not very much sun yet grows things. Consider it a self enclosed growing medium which you may need to heat or have heated propagators in also may have to use bubble wrap in the coldest part of winter.
With a south facing GH you need to watch overheating, scorching, so shading is needed plus extra ventilation which is closed down only on the coldest nights, most other GH positions just need ventilating whatever the position and shading would not be needed.
Full sun you have to be there to make sure the fan is going and the shading up if we get a sudden hot day (I do say if ever). where as out of the hottest sun you can ventilate and leave it. Watering in a hot house is an essential a cool house can be left a couple of days.
Working people would need a GH slightly cooler and more manageable than a hot house but it will still produce most of the stuff you want to grow, even in a hot house I have heated beds, so, nothing wrong with not being in full sun. The shelter from sudden changes in temperature outside is what you are looking for and any GH provides that with good management.
Hope this helps.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 14:15
figrat wrote (see)
Blimey. I use those plastic dalek bins and sometimes put in the ash from my wood burning stove. Should I start wearing a hard hat?

I would sugest the whole outfit as in The film the Hurt Locker.
As long as it is ventilated and has an opening for gas to escape they will work quite well. If it has a lid make sure it is loose fitting and any vents clear of debris.
Let me loose in your kitchen and from the cupboards I can make Phosgene gas explosive and poisons, dangerous places kitchens.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:19

Hello Posh, you are a bit of a night bird, I signed off last night and went to bed not expecting an answer.
I did get some lovely cuddles from Hannah as she raked through the ice cream in the freezer, cleared the biscuit jar and drank all the orange juice so maybe her memories will be granddads ever open fridge.
I looked at the box saying Stockton on Tees Sunny/Clear with some surprise today because out side it was "wait for it" sunny and clear!! blue sky all round with some fluffy cotton bud cloud. Give them, whom ever they may be a cookie out of the jar.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 31/08/2012 at 10:09

Martin, it does interest me, I like to know what happened.
As an engineer at ICI we had chemicals, pressure, and highly inflammable compounds, every man and woman on the site had to attend the on site Fire Station for an up date each year which included fighting some sort of fire. The lads knew me so I usually got the bad one, often as I worked forward knowing the fire behind me was out it would self ignite from the heat of the surface it was on. Most of the explosions we had were pressure causing the initial blast then some outside element firing it up.
Rotting vegetation gives off methane which is why an open compost bin is better than a closed one it also depends on where it is full sun or shade.
Having lived in a house that used peat for fires you find it takes a while to fire up which was why we damped them down at night rather than let them go out.
The posters on here had a problem without cause, one a peat fire one an explosion, it would shake them and be a mystery but as you will know there is always an explanation, and as soon as Ash or carbon was added the light started to come on for me, we had to be very careful about the storage of Nitrates, which end up in most fertilizers.


Beware combustible compost

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 23:34

Sizeyuk1, you had by the sound of it a bomb. As a lad before elf and safety we did chemistry and were taught among other things to make gunpowder and our own fire works, Charcoal is Carbon, Nitrate in some fertiliser is Saltpetre, and Sulphur also present in some fertiliser and you have a crude gunpowder. Put that lot into a sealed container  with heat inside and out and a build up of Methane gas pressure given off by rotting compost I would stand well clear.
None of us really know what we tip into our compost although I never did trust any of those seal and turn containers, I have wooden open lattice types that let air in and pressure out.
Having been on an army explosives course you realise just how easy it is to make things go bang with normal everyday ingredients.

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