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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/03/2017 at 09:49

I took one look and knew the suns gone astray

One look and knew today would be a dull day

Cleveland Hills have vanished a sea mist covers the bay

Cool and damp cannot see this going away

Not a day to make hay as they say, here in Stockton.

Apologies to the Song writers, had to stop in mid verse as my Porridge was done.


Is this fair?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 23:01

You have done such a naughty thing, naughty thing,

The local Constable is sure to ring, sure to ring

Then into that  Cell your body they fling they fling

You will hear those local lads all sing, lads all sing.

A policeman lot is not a happy one a happy one

A policeman job is never ever done ever done.

They are Cornish Police Verdun.


Lawn water logged.

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:51

What Part off the UK are you, parts have had a lot of water on them this winter and a lot will be waterlogged. Keep off it for a month, get through March and into April then have a good look at it. The usual way is to dig a small hole and see if it is full or fills with water in a dry period.

If it does need drainage a big job depending on how you decide to do it, then you may need to raise the lawn a bit, you will need to remove the grass to drain but digging over what is under the grass then putting another layer of fresh soil on that before laying your new lawn should help.

As I said leave it, see if it dries out and early spring would be the best time to start work they do not call it the growing season for nothing. Hope this helps but come back if you need to.


Is this fair?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 16:30

Verdun, it depends ! was it Fair trade chocolate if so it is fair, if it was produced by five year olds in Timbuctoo then you should be made to suffer, on second thoughts you may. What if knowing your light fingered habits it had been unwrapped and replaced with  exlax  the stomach upheaval would indeed cure you of purloining other peoples heavenly moment of which you have deprived them, you may yet find yourself ensconced on the big white throne wishing you had not succumbed to that moment of pure madness. My sentence would be seven Hail Mary's then made to eat all the hand holds  on seven Oggies including the dirty finger marks, you never know where those hands have been.

Which reminds me there is a big cream and jam Dough nut sitting in the kitchen, daughter left it I think by mistake, well hard luck I say as I will shortly be wiping cream off my face.

You little devil you Verdun.


Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 15:00

Gnome, Two of my lawns are hard up against walls i use the strimmer it works perfectly well. We all had to start from the beginning and sometimes we see a picture not taking everything into account. Paves under the door will do the job and the mower will run over them if low enough.

Ask away on here we all had to learn and obviously do not mind giving you many and varied solutions, you read them then take your pick.


Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 11:19

In the days you drove old cars or motor bikes repairs were done at home in the garage. There would often be inflammable liquids in there for vehicle and greenhouse. I often had blow torches in use a quite explosive risk. Turning with the aforsaid blow lamp and setting fire to the pile of oily rags, the tent you hung to dry five years ago, the shirt you had removed when the lady next door was working oposite the window, had to show off hairy chest you know, or even setting fire to said hairy chest, it was out and head first into the pond. Fiddling to pull a door open cost you a loss of hair, you burst out, which my ladies is why the side door opens out. Any questions?


Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:38

Side doors on a garage open outward for safety reasons, if you need exit fast you can burst out instead of struggling to open inwards. I would go for a couple of pavings let in under the door.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:00

Stockton has sunshine (I could get used to this) clear sky with a wisp of cloud above although quite a thick line over the coast. I can see the Cleveland Hills in all their glory, Eston Nab ten miles away over the valley is in view, if I walked up the lane a few hundred yards the Pennine foothills over the Dales would most likely also be in view, is this Spring at last?



Posted: 09/03/2017 at 09:52

Dove ours was an old two iron wheel big iron seat on top hay rake, you hitched up old Dobbin and climbed aboard then dropping the rake pulled the hay into long rows. Pulling and pushing the big lever lifted the rake then dropped it again so you went up the field and gradually built up long lines of piled hay. We often went out with big wooden hand held rakes and turned the piles to dry before gathering and stacking. We started with a pile of brush wood then ricked the hay and then thatched a roof on each rick. The under side brush would be what we call today an animal bug Hotel there would be all sorts of things flying out when you got to the bottom.

It all changed the big Fordson Tractor could pull a multi blade plough and three harrows, the Fergy became the runabout to bring the cattle from the field for milking or rounding the sheep up. It would have been OK on our six acres Verdun has kindly given us to play with.



Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:58

Dove, the little Fergy, what a boon that was certainly made life a lot easier for our farming clan. There is one  near my Sons place with all the tools including trailer and in full working order. Also like you I would make the land work for me as I said earlier on here.


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