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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 10:15

Glad you are feeling better Maud.
Slug pellets made of wool? what do they do wear them?
Our fish trade died a long time ago, we can get some on Redcar Beach if there when the few boats come in.
The box says Partly cloudy in Stockton today, apart from the rain this morning we do have the odd patch of blue up there, yesterdays light rain turned into a storm so we see what the day brings.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 09:57

The party's over, the weather too it seems, the box says Stockton on Tees "light Rain" well it is light and it is raining, Alfy got wet but enjoys being toweled down. Still warm though.
I watched the games and my attitude changed, I would expect the athletes to hold the door for me and help me on the bus in future? The Brits came good as more than one said on camera.
Yes posh we have one real butcher left who hangs his meat and has his own fowl, the taste is wonderful and I love the long slow cooked belly pork. I am a sage and onion stuffing man although dried sage seems to work better than fresh, easy to dry and the onions need to be cooked, three changes of water as Mother used to do it.


PS What do we do now it is over?? "Oh yes" strictly coming up.

Wartime Farm

Posted: 10/09/2012 at 00:07

Leigh, did actually enjoy the programme as it brought back so many pleasant memories of the farm our own smallholding and people long gone although immortal as long as they are remembered by some one.
I think apart from five of us being thrust into a black cupboard under the stairs then wet towels thrown over us so we would not suffer from the gas??? my young sister having hysterics and us four boys not doing much better we thought our end had come.
Some papers had said if Germany declared war they would send a mass of planes to bomb us flat and we were on the coast so to our parents first in line, as the sirens went they put it all together and panic set in. We now know why the sirens went  but at the time it all added up to armageddon, not just for us but most of the coastal towns.
The wet towels as we sat there yelling, cold water dripping off us aparently saved you from breathing in gas if it was dropped, with hind sight that too was a myth, they had to find dry clothes for all of us when they finally calmed the five of us down, I do not think my sister ever got over it.
I can say I was never that frightened again, ever.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 16:57


While watching wartime farm something struck me and has rattled round in my head since, it was them listening to the Neville Chamberlain telling us we were at war with Germany, Ruth said I wonder what they were really thinking. I wrote the story a few years back when the grandchildren did a project at school but made it sound a lot less traumatic than it was.
Too long and off subject for here though I can tell Ruth, it was life changing and a shock to the system seeing my Grandmother and Aunts crying, they remembered the loss of relatives in the first war, and had sons old enough to fight, the men in a panic when the sirens promptly went and the total fear of us children suddenly thrust into a black hole under the stairs with wet towels thrown over our heads.
That day changed many things for me, we had started by picking up my Aunt Uncle and two cousins, we were the only ones with transport and heading off to Grandma's. There it turned sombre as we played and they prepared lunch and talked. We were called in to hear the announcement which was not at eleven as stated but shortly after, then the weeping started but the sirens turned it into a mad house. When the all clear went it took a long time to calm us kids down, we finally had lunch them motored home, life had changed and even us kids knew it. It was not the broadcast then OK lets get on with it as some try to say.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 10:53

Glyn I think it is instinct, the 20 mins a pound plus 20 is always about right for medium it depends on the cut. The oven goes right up to hot then five minutes in  very hot turned down to 170, five minutes from finish check it again then rest whilst puddings cook.
My way is to add a stock to the roasting dish with some roots and onion and turn the beef a couple of times during cooking, I also have a meat thermometer so you can tell the internal heat, just off pink is the way they like it, red is a no no, they do not want it straight from the abattoir.
Better get on with the rest.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 09:45

Glyn, another mouth will not be noticed, open house on Sunday here, I am sorry to say you would need to wade through Roasties, Mash, Veg Various including leeks and braised Celery plus Cauliflower Cheese, as well as Yorkshire puddings. Sorry I do not do sweet.
Grandson thinks Granddads food mega which is why I kill myself doing it all, I get out of washing up then can never find anything after they go.
Brilliant sunshine and kitchen doors windows and anything else I can open.

Need an all rounder organic solution to pests

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 09:11

John, Herbs are something I would never put anything on organic or not, it is much better to repeat sow seed in pots for annuals and have some ongoing bushy types coming on. I wash mine down now and then with a hose or toss the washing up water over them from a bowl, cut out any diseased stems or leaves and only use the fresh new growth for cooking.
I am renewing my whole herb bed as they do out grow themselves, not having any idea of your weather they do need a South facing aspect and fairly dry conditions for the best growth.


water buts

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:59

4711, it only came up the once so your PC usage must be OK.
Anything for nothing is good for gardeners and making use of things that would end up on a tip must be good for the environment.
Working at ICI there were plenty of items including barrels to be had with a scrap chit and a charge of fifty pence and a coat of masonry paint hid the blue colour.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/09/2012 at 08:48

Same as you Gardenfanatic, a sea mist early on now clear blue sky and sunshine, it is heating up already.
The beef is warming up to room temperature before going in the oven and Alfy is belting round with his ball full of life.
Zoomer thanks for the offer but Alfy may find it hard to keep up as you flash along the A66 with the lead out of the window, saying that, the way he is running round he could over take you.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2012 at 09:03

Woke up today it was so light was thinking I had slept in, it was seven o clock now at nine it is brilliant, The box? well not quite right, "Partly cloudy" do not know which part they mean we ain't got any.
Alfy has had a walk, is galloping around like a two year old, he is twelve which makes him 84 in our years but he is one happy lad and once he went to his bed I never heard him until this morning, he has just galloped through with his ball.
Have a good day everyone whatever you are doing.


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