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Fork Handles

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 11:18

Jean, we were outdoor kids everything was outside, the house was for eating and sleeping in. Even in winter we had to be dragged in from the sledging soaking wet but glowing, we had water meadows near by which flooded to about three inches then froze, the perfect ice rink. I as did most had iron skates we strapped onto our boots as we did with roller skates. there would be crowds in the evening the adults came down to skate, some fires would be lit in braziers and if we were lucky some chestnuts roasted.
No TV or electronic whizz bangs so on winter nights we played board games or cards under Gas light, we had electric but the gas light was warmer, more cosy and ours was a three mantle posh one, the big iron range glowing, melting cheese onto our bread for supper with a glass of milky drink, we slept the sleep of the satisfied.
A world our grandchildren would think of as the dark ages, my own children are beginning to ask me now what it was like and really do not comprehend. I have written a lot of it down and filed it for them to find when I leave this place, such massive changes in what seems like such a short period of time.

PS I for got to mention Tom Mix.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:12

Rain I was beginning to worry you have not posted for a while, not been a good year for the garden but we can plan for next year now.

Blue sky all round, sun lighting up the house and the box saying Stockton Cloudy "err where" it is very windy so not as warm as it looks, still it blows the stale air out of the house and the east side is warm out of the westerly winds. I am off to see what new bulbs are in the GC
Alfy will be back for a month today, his lot are off to see my Daughter in California among other things.


Fork Handles

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 10:05

Jean, the twopenny rush where all the kids got two hours of fun for a few pence. The usherettes with chairs and whips kept all us screaming lot imprisoned in front of the screen as Gene Autry correct, Pearl White always ended up tied to railway lines or hanging over a cliff on a branch "see what happens next week folk" the Lone Ranger and Tonto, the singing cowboy Roy Rodgers a couple of funnies the news it was great.
It kept all us kids in one place whilst mothers went and did the Saturday shop in the Market. I guess H&S would have something to say these days.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 09:45
Jellyjam wrote (see)

Frank, it is really interesting to read your posts alongside the programmes. I have always watched these recreation projects with the thought that they can only present a partial view  of what it was actually like to Iive through the times.I hope you will continue to post as the series progresses  


Jellyjam We found that out with the other programmes Edwardian and Victorian Farm, they can only represent facets. At least this time they are not making blatant mistakes it is far better researched.
There were reams of paper dished out to any one producing food of any sort which in a country area would be most, rules are meant to be broken or in Dad's case slightly dented, when Mother late for her war-work took the Austen chummy car after making me start it (a bit like the one on the show only a two seater) she who had no licence and as far as I knew no lessons got herself in trouble. When the local Bobby duly arrived he and Dad had a long talk up the garden they came back and Mum was told do not do that again as he left with a large packet of Bacon in his pocket. Even a dead straight bat played off the side at times.
I will comment on what I know though it would appear different parts of the country reacted in different ways to suit their needs.
Ruth's stew looked good to me with some some freshly made farm bread.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 23:29

Hello Posh, indeed it is fascinating to be taken back and the Army used hay boxes in the field even in modern times.  There was no need for the Paraffin cooker as the farmhouse kitchen range never went out and the side oven would be used for long cook one pot meals.
Silage was not something done around us as we had plenty of hay and the whole village turned out to help to bring it in and stack it, the top would then be thatched..We never lost the sheep or pigs, picking the apple crop could be hazardous when the sheep and pigs were let in the orchard for the windfalls.
Dad kept a couple of pigs for the pig club among our own, they did bring waste for me to boil in the pig boiler along with potato's root veg and anything else we had spare from the fields. Having the truck he also picked up the waste jam and curd from the jam factory and waste cake and bread from the local bakery, add to that an allowance of corn meal plus more from the farm and those pigs lived on the best. He would not have fish-meal which many used nor would he use bone or meat products. Part of my job was to sort what people brought and what we did not want went into a bin and off to the National waste recovery at Darlington, other pig owner got it after it had been boiled down into a sort of block.
WI could get the sugar for bottling and jam making from hedge row fruits which we all picked in season although all the women who were not working in the village would join in, never saw one of those canners but now realise why everything came in seven pound cans in the army, that must have been the regular can size for the machine.
Of course trading went on all the time we all did it you just did not talk to strangers about it, my Father could get all the petrol he needed having an "A" licence for the truck and he was asked and they got a very short answer usually ending in off. He was a dead straight bat that did not always go for his son.


The Name of a plant that's leaves look like army camouflage Uniform!

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 19:28

Flossy are we talking Coleus an annual grown for its foliage, they do flower looking a bit like a nettle flower.
Can never remember being called a Coleus when dressed in my Disruptive pattern battle kit though.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 12:25

Little box on the side wall
Who is the best forecaster of them all
You should not cover yourself with hubris
Your forecasting is simply rubbish.

Yesterday light rain? we had two severe storms and when the box changed to heavy rain the clouds cleared and the sun came out.
Today Stockton light rain, the sun is burning my eyeballs out with clear sky and some light cloud, I give up.
Definitely the coldest night for some while and the garden is looking Autumnal.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 17:27

Cannot move the Hills Pam our poster "Rain" would have to change her name to Dry.
They are ten miles away across the valley and usually in full view, one of Teessides treasures.
It is Zoomer and Penninepetal sending the rain over the Dales to us although a lot of it drops on them first. I have been where there is no rain and much prefer this green and pleasant land rain and all.


Weeds in my compost

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 17:12

Maud, allotment compost tends to be bigger heaps than home and is left longer, a bit like my sons horse manure heap, he is stacking one end we use the other end which can be three to four years old, well rotted lovely fragrant stuff.
60p a bag we get ours taken free and there often five or six bags from here, we get two bags back free but have to go for it and own bags.
Everything goes through a huge mincer then is blown on their heaps as tall as a house, you can see the steam rising off it, one lad said they warm their pies in it, would not doubt it and would not try it either.


Weeds in my compost

Posted: 12/09/2012 at 15:31

There is another way if you could use a small incinerator although there are laws about using them, burn the stuff and add the ash in small quantities to the compost heap. It sounds as if they are going to be too much for you to move so yes start a new heap and leave the old ones as long as they are not in the way they will with time rot down, an old carpet over the top will not look pretty but help raise the heat.
By all means enrich your soil but I never use fresh compost for seeds or potting on. Using it for more established plants in pots mix it with loam or bought compost in a third loam a third your own compost and a third grit, this has worked for me over the years and some plants are too expensive to mess around with. I can tell by the smell and touch of the compost whether it is ready to use. This again depends on the weather, a good hot summer gives you compost in around eight to twelve weeks a cold summer can take six months and an Autumn heap will take until well into spring, I do not turn that as often.


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