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Hidden Villages

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:20

Lucky you David, my late wife Joan loved Chatsworth, we spent many lovely short breaks there and of course visits to Bakewell where we divided, she loved the tarts I loved the pudding. I lived in a small hidden village called Deighton, a single row either side of a lane, one half called Waller and one half Thompsons. Never went back until last year found the village exactly as I left it only not a Waller or Thompson left, all incomers from the large towns around who had upgraded the cottages and with electricity and drainage instead of oil lamps well water and soil toilets, they are now asking me to do a history of my time there. We do live in an area of hidden villages though never heard of a Horn dance, did once see a strange dance when a cow stood on Tom's foot, the words of the song he sang at the same time must have been in Viking as my tender ears could not make it out.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:01

My Father had a small holding in the days way back when you lived off the produce animals and fowl. He was a superb gardener and lived in the walled section producing vegetables and fruit for the extended family. Even back then it did not pay he had his own Trucks and ran a Haulage and removal business, luckily the house was part of the small holding or I may have grown up thinking I did not have a Dad. Things were unregulated then and we could slaughter and butcher animals on the premises do not try that today there are more rules and regulations in keeping animals or producing food than there are enough books to print them.

As Pansyface says, if you have buckets of spare cash and a good lawyer then go for it though it would also be best if you are ready for heart break. Week after week our papers say some sanctuary is closing down lack of funds, in hard times people give less to charity, My Son has a small farm but turned it all into paddocks and keeps other peoples horses, they stopped growing food, hard work no profit. It is up to you if you are young and enthusiastic it could be made to work but do not expect to get rich..


Where to start...

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:16

Alan, Why bother with  the coffee???

Dan, yes do a general clean up first to see where you are, then decide on what will be the growth plan for next spring. My advice is always take it in small sections and if you are going to have a vegetable patch then dig it over roughly now and let winter work its magic breaking down the clods, a good raking and weeding in spring it is ready to sow.

Check out where the hot and cool spots are, which way you face as that will mean a difference in what you plant. Draw out features you wish to build in, a bottle with a narrow neck full of dry sand lets you draw it out on the ground so you can see outlines. Have you shelter from prevailing winds, do you need it with hedging or trees? It is always best to also put a seat in the warmest place, sit down and look at what you have write up your plans thoughts ideas and alter them as you go, it is not a make over show all done in a day, take your time, when you are not enjoying it then give it a rest. Good luck and keep us informed.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 16:15

LesleyK indeed good news and also a laugh, the Doctor earned his keep with his test for dementia, well I am long in the tooth. He gave me an address to memorise then the usual count back from twenty then the months back from December so I gave him "rebmeced" then knocked them off in quick style, the address again then more questions then the address again, I trotted it out and he said no, North Street not West, Whoa up there Doctor I have already told you west street three times, Mmmm says he you are probably right, my memory is slipping a bit. I burst out laughing we both did but he did not share his £55 with me? I cannot complain he was the one who twigged the problem I was having and fast tracked me, a life saver and I thanked him.



Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:30

Hi Fairygirl Daughter, when stationed with Scottish units they covered for us south of the border at Christmas and we covered for them on Hogmanay. Christmas was always our big event, New Year another day, saying that even on Duty we got dragged into the partying which seemed to go on for days.  It is a wonder to me Stirling Castle is still there after some of the mad parties, Haggis and Neaps with good whisky made guard duty bearable, they did take all our ammunition off us though just in case.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:19

Verdun, with you in my thoughts, it is not easy we have to be strong.

Matty, I saw the Doctor Monday for the final talk after the trauma in August, passed fully fit, they will call me back for checks for a couple of years but it is over. They know what they do and there is light at the end of the tunnel, we can and do get over these things.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:11

I agree with Obelix the Tango is not an angry dance, a Female versus Male courting dance more like it, if you are strong enough you get me?? Dancing in Sorento the band played a lot of tango music including slow tango, an elderly Italian couple danced the slow tango and we all stopped to watch, it was the sexiest dance I had ever seen, not blatant, a sort of residual climbing to a climax they got applauded. I danced with the lady, a quick tango her body was unbelievably subtle she told me she had danced all her life and it showed.

Definitely with you all wondering why they are bringing back all the singing pensioners I loved Shirley in her hey day but on Strictly she did not do herself any favours. Frankie was the top dancer for me this week.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 14:31

David, well I have practiced when in my carefree youth too much fine ale had been consumed and I was always up for a dare, mind I was used to swimming off the beach and a strong swimmer. Putting a picture of my athletic body (well we all have dreams) on here, don't wish to frighten the Ladies do we.

Other news, I turned the sound off whilst Barry Manilow was murdering two tunes I like, what have they done to his face though truth is I never did like him but that is me, the ladies may differ.



Posted: 24/11/2014 at 11:57

Dove ours was mixed, I fed the fowls those left that is after the cull for Christmas market, cows do not know it is Christmas and expect warm fingers round the milking teats, they would be lucky. Rabbits had to be brushed out. The pigs sties were brick buildings with wooden sleeping floors so the went in a small area easier to clean. We all of us peeled and chopped, the Goose would be in the oven and we would then walk across the green to Church usually a short service. we got our fresh air late in the afternoon as the animals and fowl were locked down for the night.



Posted: 24/11/2014 at 10:19

Pansyface, Mum a Yorkshire lass and Dad a Geordie, me born in Durham and large families who gathered together for food drink and presents for us kids then singing round the piano a right mix of songs always including Ilkly Moor Bar T'at  and Blaydon Races among others including all the Christmas Carols. As DFA says above the animals came first but Dad loved his pigs so they got mucked out on Christmas day. We had a side gate in the wall around the pig pens which I in my rush to get out left unlatched and the pigs were out in the Mill Lane having a wonderful time, it took half the village to get them back and I was grounded. As a choir boy never singing solo as I was classed as a bad influence by the choir master, asking questions was not the thing to do, listen and obey!! afraid not, we did choral singing and Carol services but were let off for Christmas day, saying that we all attended early morning service as it was what Christmas was about, still is for my Grandchildren.


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