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The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:55

Some you please some you do not, if we all loved the same one programme would be all that was needed and to some that would be a Soap, "I HATE SOAPS" but like the Friday night gardening, it has a bit of everything and even a gardener from boyhood like me learns something now and then.
There is always a switch.


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Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:46

New name for me from my Son, the "sunshine boy"?
Set off down the A1 yesterday with the car visor down as the sun was blinding, arrived in the Vale of York amid glorious sunshine and bitter cold wind. They said I had taken the sun with me as the party got under way and we sat in the beautiful sun warmed conservatory and spilled out into sun filled rooms. We saw the sun set over the Snow Capped Pennines and thought of Pennine Petal.
There was still some snow and a lot of water over the fields behind their house quite a bit of rubbish swept in by the floods they had but being on a hill they were OK.
Grandson and his Lovely Fiance' were happy with the Cheque I gave them so big hugs all round, the sound of happy voices 24 of them children grandchildren additions to the clan was soothing music to me, I did steer clear of nice lady twice widowed with a gleam in her eye, lonely on her own she said not if your family are as caring as mine you are not.
A drive home in the dark on fairly quiet Motorway and into bed tired but happy, does life get better I ask?


MOB rants

Posted: 30/03/2013 at 11:30

Cyclists what cyclists, Driving a Comet between tank roads a voice from the turret asked did you not see that cycling club?? What cycling club I asked. "Oh well" too late then.
We have a myriad of lanes around us all long runs so the cyclists are out in force practicing, they can do quite a good run around the lanes and back here as they link in.
Having cycled myself I wait back until the road is clear then pass them as I would a horse wide and careful
The Londoners should invest in armoured vehicles that would make the cyclists shear off and hitting them with a stick could get them shot.


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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 09:52

Fairygirl/Daughter, "you are going shopping" what is the matter with you woman, it is Good Friday even us just south of the border Reivers do not steal cattle and women on Good Friday!!!!!
I am off to the Vale of York an Engagement Party for my Grandson and welcome home party for Granddaughter home from Canada for a few days, I may be gone some time.


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Posted: 29/03/2013 at 09:45
Highland Jeannie wrote (see)
Fairygirl wrote (see)

Frank/Dad - remember to take her some carrot cake  In Scotland it's 1 of our 5 a day...

And they serve a "Glasgow Salad" with everything (bowl of chips!)

Actually that's not true up here, there's lots of quality grub around.

That last statement is true Jeannie I found plenty of McD's and Colonel Chicken shops even a few domino's.
I had a wonderful meal at the Hotel overlooking Loch Lomond on a glorious sunny evening. I ate Bonny Prince Charlie cooked by a top chef followed by a delicious pudding and of course some lovely single malt later, costly but worth it for the glorious food and view. Never did find out why we were eating Charlie, must have been some left over after the battle.
Inverness was a marvelous place for good food we went to a different place each night and were never once disapointed, a bit like London, the world on a plate.


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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 23:31

OK Jeannie, next time I am in Inverness I will call in and sort it. Put a small tree there a couple of bushes there and there, already you are splitting the garden into windows with differing views, a 90 degree angle of low hedge just short sections will put a corner in enclosing yet not doing so. A small bed there with tall flowers at the back with support against the stiffish breeze and lower planting there, a small section of pave enough for a couple of seats in the warmest area and you have rooms, views, less of an open area, more a continuation from the outside in. sorted.
The bill is in the post.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:59

Fairygirl /Daughter, your Dad and I had the same experience then so I understand his hiding things form you although at first some of mine were thinking it was all imagination on my part,
Joan is still in this house to me, I never would have believed it, I do now.


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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 22:51

Derek, I learned as a very young soldier that difficult decisions have to be made constantly, after a while you harden and the skin toughens.
As I went up through the ranks, promotion boards I had to sit on taught me that sentiment has no place in the room.
ICI took me on for what I was and from the start they groomed me obviously for the job they knew was coming and when I did not apply I was not a graduate, I was told to have the application on the managers desk that day. It meant a huge step up the ladder and an easy comfortable retirement.
The men and women said I had no parents but that I was totally fair. Some do, some do not, I had friends who could not do it and lost out in many ways.
Visiting T----'s supermarket which is full of retired ICI men working to supplement their pensions I am greeted as a friend so I did something right.
Not a rant Derek just trained by circumstances beyond my control as a lad to get on and do the job and not shed tears.


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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 17:40

Hi Brother Derek we are both members of Unite, a long story.
As a lad I joined the Boilermakers led by the ear to the meeting by my mentor and tutor a Boilermaker brought out of retirement for the war. His Son in Law owned the firm but  he told me they are all tarred with the same brush and will do you down.
Many years later at ICI I was asked if I was union and because my Dad had for years gone to the branch and paid the forces dues I was still a member. I was told by the convener I would need to join the Staff section which I did.
I was then promoted rapidly and put in charge with the instruction break the union hold that keeps ICI from improving.
A couple of years hard graft with the union's, job done and well rewarded, the men were happy a lot more money the unions curbed.
On retirement I was asked if I wished to remain on the books at a much reduced fee and I did. So for years I have had a Union pension, most of the conveners and lads dropped out hence no pension I smile every Christmas when that cheque comes.


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Posted: 28/03/2013 at 17:23

Fairygirl /Daughter, I am quite worried about you, if I had been a child bride I would have been your Mum and believe it there is no danger of me being taken for a female of any description, even the Bear as my lads called me (behind my back I may say).
Are you having a gender crisis I ask.
Tina we do not all have the same chances in life and I salute anyone who pulls themselves up by the boot straps, you fought you succeeded well done.
When I got leave in the Army I would have a day off then it would be up on the farm if they were busy or a part time job, in a time of full employment they always wanted drivers to cover for sickness. I drove some rattletraps as well as good trucks and always brought them back home it meant I was always good for more next time I got leave and the money came in handy. Lazing about was not in my genes and still is not, apart from today when I appear to have been on all day, my excuse is it is freezing the Mexican chili's out there.
Fish was always part of my diet we lived on a fishing coast, the man would come round with his horse and cart calling Callour Herrin and mother would buy a bucket full caught that morning and clean dress then bake them. Hot for the evening meal and cold there after, I thought that nicer and would stuff them down with lots of bread and butter, "butter you ask with rationing" we made our own and did deals, keeping pigs a few slices of bacon got you anything.


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