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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/04/2017 at 09:14

Stockton is basking in its fifteen minutes of fame on Countryfile, the sun is shining brightly, a day to banish all sin. I would bet if I went the two miles to the Tees Barrage at Stockton the fat idle seals are on the bank browning their tummy's. Still quite warm.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 13:35

GWRS, it never went out of fashion up here, mind the girls are getting fussy, I have to wash my goat skins once a year whether they need it or not.

The sun is in and out like a yo-yo, I think some one up there is playing with the switch, definitely colder.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/04/2017 at 09:33

I must be Psychic or should that be psychotic one or t'other who cares, I mention the Beautiful River Tees and low and behold we are on  Countryfile last night. Elly went from Upper Teasdale past High Force to swim in low force rapids. The Cameras followed down into Stockton and the Barrage that turned a tidal river into a fresh water lake. The fat seals in the downriver side who never go far as the fish swim into their mouths, the Canoe Slalom and water sports we now have. I think it is the first time BBC have been in Stockton since they had me wandering around Norton Green in 2005. Problem, now all those Southerners will be arriving to see what they are missing. No more wandering around in blue woad hiding our swords behind huge shields and dragging girls around by the hair, it will be jacket and tie worse luck.

Weather today dull and dour, rained overnight and much colder, will have to do my Pole Dancing for the Old Ladies Club indoors instead of on the Maypole on the village green.

Spoke too soon the sun has arrived so it will be the maypole after all.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/04/2017 at 10:12

Stockton on the beautiful Tees appears to be in a rut of early sunshine followed by rain at tea time, it is warm with little breeze and the rain saves on watering.

The Rhododendron is still in glorious bloom, the Lilac starting to flower and the Peony's flying up, blue bells have been reduced in number and starting to bloom, lawns green and lush unlike some around here, in Wordsworth's words a mass of golden Dandelions, err I think that was it.


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Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 12:42

Obelixx can only agree about Belgium Coffee, Joan and I often shot over the border to La Roche-en-Ardenne for a weekend. Loved the coffee cake and smoked meats also loved the fact that you got a plateful of food and not a little pyramid in the centre of a large plate. That area was one big History lesson to me, Joan was into the shops selling all her tapestry cottons and canvasses. What amazed me was being approached by  men saying my wife wishes to dance with you? It seemed they thought the English were all Strictly Dancers, never got any complaints. The Hotels knew how to make tea as well.


Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:47

I suppose that is the punishment for ordering tea in a pub, my order would be a pint please, plus I want a good northern head on it none of this wishy washy flat beer you Southerners drink.

In Germany I taught the local pub Landlady how to make good English tea, they normally gave you the tepid water in a jug and a tea bag usually scented, She complained our tea dissolved her silver teapots so we introduced her to pot, she did a roaring trade there after. Stationed with American Marines in Cyprus they introduced us to American coffee, they drank it straight no milk no sugar, it tasted like liquid mud to me, always on the heat it was a soup like consistency, they complained about the coffee in our mess so we said drink tea then, we eventually parted as friends.


Tea for two

Posted: 22/04/2017 at 10:01

TEA, Many cups of tea and with everything, just do not put sugar in it as that makes it taste like Hemlock to me, Don't ask.

My lovely Daughters took me into one of those pretentious coffee shops in Town, I was sent back to my school days learning Greek because they gave me a menu that had as much meaning to me as trying to learn Greek. Coffee please "a spoonful of grounds hot water and milk no sugar" you would have thought I had asked for the keys to the bank of England. Cocky server, 'Does that mean" and then came out with a list the likes of which I had not heard since I dropped my rifle as a recruit. Don't you swear at me mate or you will have a pair of lovely black eye's, "I am not swearing that is the menu" Oh, do you do tea.

I now use the greasy spoons in town, cheaper and they know how to make tea and coffee, the tea melts the spoon and the coffee is nescafé water and milk, what more do you need I ask.


broken knee

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 13:51

I know you girls logan, I would bet it matched the colour of your knee after the fall. Do not get too bossy with OH you may get a pair of eye's to match as well. Get well soon.


Breaking the rules

Posted: 20/04/2017 at 12:16

Show me a gardener I will show you a rule breaker, we all do it, plants are tougher than we think. I have often found seeds in drawers long out of date, make that years, scattered them on compost and waited, the strike rate is almost as good as new seeds. What does it matter if not all come enjoy those that do says he who planted my South lawn two weeks before Christmas some  years back and now have a lovely green lawn for the Grandchildren to picnic on. Give it a try what is to lose and if you take cuttings first the plant still has a future if things go wrong. I think they call it adventurous living.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 11:26

Joyce, GWRS, I am expecting another influx shortly with two more Great Grandchildren it will be a chatty lunch as the children today are allowed an opinion in my day it was be seen and not heard or some of my very staid Aunts and Uncles thought, shock and awe when I chirped into the grown up conversation. One Uncle turned to my mother saying keep him in his place and was promptly told off by Mum.

Jarping was a day when bus loads of people came to our village green and showfield to picnic and enjoy the egg rolling games. The three wheel Icecream carts and tea dispensing vans would have a good day, even if the day was not good weather wise, a long gone tradition although fondly remembered.


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