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Fork Handles

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 15:50
Penninepetal wrote (see)
Frank, lots of sheep farmers around here, a very well known family locally specialising in female sheepdog handlers, Katy Cropper was a champion. Whenever there is an event on locally though, it always seems to rain.

Part of the fun Glyn sitting on a wet straw bale dressed in your oils, a soaking wet dog drying himself between you legs. I think someone slipped some right bolshy Southern sheep in though, a couple never even got to the pen after the split.
"t'other alf" tonight they might even show rounding up hens with geese another local pastime.


Fork Handles

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 10:52

Penninepetal, last night for me was One Man and his Dog, SCD then Montalbano followed by the Clintons, quite an insight that one.
There was one lady who got my attention, a real beauty with fine hocks lovely wool and fiesty, she faced the sheep dog down and stamped her foot saying "back off pal" the one on Montalbano was not too bad either.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 10:44

Given up on forced Hyacinths just put stacks of bulbs in and find they usually cover quite a period of time in bloom, some in pots to bring in the house, I love the scent.

The box says cloudy for Stockton and it is, rolling cloud of many colours although the sun is finding its way through. Alfy was laid on my feet but found a patch of sunlight  much better and moved.
It is the Great North Run on at the moment and they could get rain later, it is usually fair for them, the wind will be behind them as they run up that hill to South Shields and the finish.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 16/09/2012 at 10:35

Watched One Man and his Dog last night, the other half is on tonight, it used to run over several weeks but I suppose it is a niche sport. The sheep were a right bolshy lot one ewe faced down the dog and stamped her foot, the body language was "watch it mate" and they could not get them to flow, we will see what happens tonight then.
Ma, for some reason it brought back memories of the Creamery at the Farm, Aunt Mabel made all her own cream and butter and the vision of that cool room half tiled with the long bench of flat bowls of cream with muslin cages over them was quite vivid for some reason. It reminded me of the buttermilk that went into the cooking when all the women filled the kitchen with bread scones and cakes during Harvest and other get togethers, I preferred the milk straight from the churn full fat and creamy, oh and warm.
Funny such bright memories yet? yet, "err" what day is it?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/09/2012 at 11:51

Stockton sunny and clear says the box having just arrived back home I know that for once the box got it right. Blue sky on all sides though cooler and also noticed the leaves changing colour, an early Autumn??


Wartime Farm

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 18:03

Hello Ma, wondered where you were.
We have to make allowances as they try to generalise what was quite a varied often totally different trade as you moved from County to County. We moved from Hill farming sheep to Dairy farming on land that a couple of feet down would have produced brick clay to a General farm, each was a different technique and set up.
The we being my Mothers very close Aunt and Uncle, I spent a lot of time on those farms learning the hard way.
Our own smallholding could have been called a small farm and we all had to work at our own jobs from being able to hold a fork and muck out, you are right about that the handling compared with the land girls slinging hay onto the waggon was a bit diabolical.
In this part of the country you could get oat cakes and some went into Linseed oil cattle cake, some would go to the malting's.
We should allow for some things differing and cannot expect them to handle the tools they did not grow up with, tea tonight was a hot pot, Ruth must have put her fluence on me last night, it was slow cooked and delicious, the sliced potato on top well coated with butter done to a turn, what are we having next week Ruth?


Fork Handles

Posted: 14/09/2012 at 17:40

Making a mountain out of molehills, not interested is my reaction although people should be allowed to do what they wish on private land.
A lady lived behind me, her garden backing on to mine would strip all off and sunbathe, I put up a taller fence.

Years back making a buggy from old pram parts for the Grandchildren it proved a real winner. They had posh bikes but that old buggy was in use for a long time, the wooden barrow I made for them is still being played with by the latest batch of grand children. You do not need spend the earth.



Posted: 14/09/2012 at 11:52

Fig's are normally trouble free, they can develop problems though if the roots do not get moisture, irregular watering for pots is not the way to go.
They do best in the ground although like mint the roots need restricting so set in a brick box or in a large bottomless pot they then get the residual moisture at the base.
As most disease is fungal, Coral spot or Grey mould, I am not sure what you describe but try washing down with a light mix or warm water and washing up liquid see if it clears.
Sorry i can not be more specific.


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.


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