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Music in the Garden

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 16:22

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Tomato gro-bag compost

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:51

Ann, the tomato grow bag compost will have used up any nutrient so do not pot anything else in it, put it on the compost heap as part of the mix.

Right let us talk about fruit germination. We have all noticed a shortage of insects this year and a closed greenhouse is difficult for them to get in so you have to give a hand. Open the green house during the warm days and walk in gently shake the plants to scatter the pollen when blossom shows, I also carry a fine small paint brush and gently tickle each flower thus doing the insects work for them. This year was a good year for me plenty of fruit, it needs to be warm and around midday when the flowers open fully, yes extra work but worth it. Plants need plenty of air around them crowding them together helps spread disease, if I find the odd leaf I take it off and burn it if it is spreading I put a bag over the plant carry it out and burn it, have not had blight in years when those around me did have it. We get out what we put in and for a few minutes extra per day to ensure a good crop must be worth it.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 15:31

Hello Beaus Mum "oh" and you David, Guy Mitchell and the drifters do go well in this house and a story attached to "She wears red feathers and a huly huly skirt. We were hull down hidden in a forest in Germany bored to tears as normal when all H### broke out behind us, some one had locked the Guy Mitchell song into the Command radio and half a dozen of the lads were dressed up doing the Hula and singing along. Even the CO broke up in tears of laughter, if the Ruskies come now they will join in he said. We had some real mad times and it was needed to liven up the lads and keep them in tune, in tune says he !    I had an accordion another lad a keyboard, several guitars and improvised drums we could really party with the help of some spirits and beer. Life was not all mud plugging.

Joan loved Foster and Allen when she was very ill near the end she would want me to play the discs for her. I was brought up on Irish and Scottish music during the sing along around the sitting room piano after Sunday tea, we always got a large family group arriving, the amazing bit to me was warm nights the big sash window would be open and neighbours out for the evening stroll would be leaning in singing along. All fond memories would it happen now? well yes and does when we have family gatherings, music ties our lot together a bit like super glue.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 10:12

"Erm err Humph" Right Elvis, I do not suppose any one could really murder that Hymn though a few have tried, among the myriad of Elvis impersonators, excuse me whilst I hang me head out of the window must be something I ate, they do seem to moan their way through that and Blue Sued Shoes a lot. I have heard it played in the club dance as a Foxtrot, some one up there must be very forgiving.

Had my porridge in the kitchen drinking tea and listening to "ahem" Foster and Allen, sorry David must be those long distant Irish genes from my Mothers side, she certainly had the Irish temper, belt you one second kiss you the next though looking back it is a wonder she did not kill me, I always ripped through rule books as a lad and even in the army, today my Grandchildren know there are no rules at Granddads house.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:56

Exactly DFA, My wife always watched the Toppers and Pans people because she had danced from being very young in the classes that abounded in those days, she knew what she was looking at and would comment, I would tear my eye's away from those long flashing legs long enough to say "yes Dear"?


Strictly 2014

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 00:40

Having danced from an early age my eye's are on the feet when we get a chance to see them, dancing is a contact sport always was always will be, the contact to real dancers is not sexual but needed to indicate in subtle ways which move you are doing next. We men cannot dictate how the ladies dress and let us face the fact no one makes them wear a dress such as Ola love s to wear, more flesh than dress. My late wife and I loved dancing, something we did in our sixty years together and which I miss now though my NHS holiday took my mind off it a while.

I love watching Strictly, do not see it as sexual just good light entertainment to music and have my list for the top three already, just by watching feet.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 23:17

Know it well David, play it myself often and had it at Joan's funeral as her favourite Hymn. The second verse could be the gardeners hymn. "When thru the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze, then sings my soul, my saviour God, to thee, How great thou art".

I said in a post we met Lady Devonshire and she was a wonderfully down to earth lady, I can still see her and my wife totally engrossed as we walked and talked. How different to her Sisters.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:43

That 's showing them, I loved Fred and Ginger saw every film they ever made. Glen Miller played band concerts on the Radio, the music was all the rage in Dance Halls the first dance often being American Patrol. When I  have done the scales it will often be the boogie beat and "In the mood" followed usually by String of Pearls, Sentimental Journey and American Patrol, I love it. Victor Sylvester was what we danced to during the dancing lessons, you learned to dance on beat but my was it boring, but then Flo would put a Latin record on and dance my socks off.

All happy memories David right up to the day I lost Joan, now I watch it without the urge to join in.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 14:17

Nope David, in my day it was the Jitterbug, at first I thought it odd having been weaned on Ballroom in what we called Old Fashioned Dances then onto Modern. We had a massive Canadian air force bomber base near us and they started it off with local girls who did not mind showing their nickers as they got slung around like sacks of coal. In the local Co-op hall one night a boy and girl started to jitterbug, my Mother said "oh that is the bunny hop" I think she meant the Lindy Hop, and proceeded to swing Dad around much to my amazement but then she also did a brilliant Black bottom, not hers the dance I mean. At Garrison Dances with live bands they played dedicated Jives so yes I did swing my bootee on many occasions, at Bordon I had a dedicated Jive partner, the S/ Majors wife, I could not really refuse could I still being of lowly rank and file. Mind I did draw the line in the sand at times.

Todays music was piano practice and "wait for it" Music of the night plus other musicals.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:46

Good grief, imagine that lot on Strictly, the mind boogies, "err" is that the word?


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