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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 12:18

Argyranthemum, Those were the days Uncle Arthur and Aunt Mabel started with a hill sheep farm at Goathland, then they had a Dairy farm about two fields from where I live now and moved to a large general farm so I saw it all. We had a smallholding I grew up with animals and their welfare and often stayed with Aunt Mabel where you were expected to work. The big AGA would be damped down around nine and the porridge pot put on for the overnight slow cook. We would be up at four and I would bring the Cows down for milking, it was hand milking with some of the Farm hands wives helping, through the cooler and filters then into the churns, I would then after a good old slurp of still warm milk walk the cows to a new field.

There were three one up one down cottages on the farm and it amazed me how many people lived in them. When the early morning jobs were done we all sat in the big kitchen and had breakfast, always porridge then Bacon, (I never remember not having bacon for breakfast, the experts said it was bad for us, I am still here where are they) then off to the general work.

A wonderful healthy life as everything was outside apart from Sunday, the animals first then Church Sunday roast and the front room fire would be lit and the piano dusted off, I played or my Cousin we all sang then it was evening milking early tea and bed ready for another week. I forgot Turnip Snagging in the first list,


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/10/2017 at 10:33

Stockton, N.E. Coast was very wet now dry though windy, a clear sunny spell working its way from north and will stop around ten miles above us so hard luck GWRS it will not get to you.

Grandchildren tell me it is soon School holiday??? What? we did not have school holidays, it was Haymaking, then Reaping gathering stooking stacking and Threshing, then in October two weeks Potato picking. We went to school on the bus as usual then on to another bus into the countryside and dropped off at farms. Every local not on war work would be in the fields for the back breaking work of filling wire creels with potato's turned up by the spindle of the Scuffler. We got a short break in the field the Farmers wife bringing urns of tea and fresh biscuits made that morning then a lunch break usually in the Barn, Sandwiches home made bread followed by cake, sometimes hot soup as those winters were some of the coldest known. It was quite a social event although we worked hard for our Five shillings a week and there by hangs a tale. One of the village girls called me over, sit with me sonny I will put my coat over our knees and keep warm. I almost spilled my soup when I realised her hands were doing things they should not be and I flew up in the air to raucous laughter, with a face that took all afternoon to regain its normal colour and many jocular remarks from the village women I was happy to get back on the bus home. Modern Children cannot even imagine what we took for granted, it was certainly character building gave us a work ethic and prepared us for going out into a rough world, we may have had the best upbringing though often a weird learning curve.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/10/2017 at 14:22

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.
Stanley Horowitz

I think Horowitz says it all.

Stockton today started bright then slowly stripped of its summery cloths took on the warm woollen blanket of the indoors. Joanne my cleaning lady opened every window, stripped off her top layers and enjoyed the breeze as it took on a very wintry mode indeed. As she left I proceeded to close them all again, the breeze must have come from Siberia.

Sorry to hear you hurt yourself B.L insurance does not cover that does it, get well soon.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 11:27

Busy Lizzie, not nice, Good insurance will put things right although it is a great help it is never the same. Good luck.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2017 at 10:41

Busy Lizzie, Drying the furniture and cushions after the Bathroom flood? what on earth do you get up to in your bathroom, Mad Parties??

I can see the tops of the hills rising from the morning mist, their tops agleam with golden sun. Down the hill the meadow with its stream with specks of light in sunlight spun, The leaves turning in time to brown with a zephyr wind making them drift down, to gather in downy packs for us gardeners to collect in big black sacks. October and no rain, an Indian summer to ease the pain of those Icy winds from Siberian plains, who knows i take it day by day sitting here in the suns bright rays.

And that folks is Stockton.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 20:46

Two shocks to the system with tonights Dance off. Sheridan Smith singing "My Man" very well although not as well as Fanny Brice sang it way back in the past, I never forgot the song or her singing it, it struck a chord in my brain and stuck, sometimes still play it when I get the energy to dust the piano off and play again.

Second  my faith in the obtuseness of the GBP has wavered they got it right again, two weeks running cannot be a coincidence or can it? The show itself, "well err yeesss" all flashing lights theatrical props rockets and flying people, what happened to the actual DANCING???


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 20:33

Argyrathemum GWRS Sorry to say the words are from a song which as usual I plagiarised, not my work I am afraid but "April Showers"  Al Jolson sang it in a film I saw as a wee lad but as with all music parts stick.

Though April Showers may come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom in may. I think the Film was the Jazz Singer but I saw it in the Jolson Story just pre war but that could be wrong.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 12:48

GD, "when October showers should come your way, they bring the flowers that bloom next May, so hide your sorrow have no regrets because it isn't raining rain you know, it's raining Violets".

They should write a song about it? I learnt over my many years that each season is needed for the next season to do its work, having been where there was winter and summer only our four or even at times five seasons are what makes this wonderful country of ours, clean bright green and fruitful what more can we ask.

Stockton today with its changing  coloured leaves is bright and sunny, warm with it. "When Autumn leaves" oh my another song coming on my head is full of them.


I Know Why

Posted: 08/10/2017 at 10:54

DHR, Yamaha's never break down, my late wife got rid of my old upright piano, it was taking up too much room and bought me an Accordion. She relented when we moved into this house and we bought a Yamaha two manual organ with all the whizz bangs and buttons, one of the buttons allowed single finger chords she taught herself to play, quite well I thought. But once piano always piano we exchanged the two manual for the Clavinova and i was back to which ever piano I fancied and Joan could tinker with the organ sounds. Wonderful machines compared with some of the things I played on. Strings and key's missing, beer soaked yet when the rather inebriated call went up for Where is the B"""""""y pianist I had to proceed to make music luckily the raucous singing all in chord C made any mistakes invisible, my drinks came free and when I fell off the piano stool it did not matter as most of the lads were recumbent by then. Happy days.


I Know Why

Posted: 07/10/2017 at 22:13

DHR, not bad, on my Yamaha I turn off all the voices and play it Piano, the base makes the difference although I can record one on top of the other until there is a band sound. We used to slow foxtrot to that song.

Miller songs we danced to and sang:- Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction, Pennsylvania 6-500, American Patrol, Falling Leaves Perfidia too many to list but they got every one up in those big dance halls with live bands, Happy Days.


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