Palaisglide


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Posted: 06/03/2017 at 09:42

Quiescent they are sitting quiet, must be something wrong with them?


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 14:42

More than you could know Verdun, we had returned from a hard six weeks on Luneburg so he powers that be decided a couple of weeks in Corwall was needed. A tented camp inside the old castle walls, sunshine good food plenty of beer what more could you wish for. I was writing a report when the Officer laid on a matress sunbathing in only his shorts shouted, Staff, there seemed to be an awfull lot of civvy movement considering the gates are closed and guarded. Up the hill I went to find my guards sitting on purloined deck chairs surrounded by a bevy of local beauties. One girl sitting on a soldiery knee holding an SLR trying to poke a flower in the flash guard. To say I was not best pleased puts it lightly, a chaotic scramble down the hill by the girls some very burnt ears for the guards and all was tranquil once more. Sometimes we were drill order but when working it was informal, knowing which was needed when was my job. I loved Cornwall.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 10:42

Verdun You should have heard me in full voice when stationed at Pendennis Castle  to close the foot paths over military lands. Into the nearest pub in Falmouth and outsinging the local fisherman's choir as we swigged the local ale by the jug full, drank them under the table then took their girls dancing, happy memories of Cornwall.


Busy-Lizzie you are getting what we got yesterday although surrounded by Grandchildren discussing the forthcoming wedding we did not care. today is lovely.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:49

Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a wonderful day, I have this wonderful feeling everything going my way. Yesterday Grandchildren all came to visit, Daughters Op went off Ok, Verdun sent me some sunshine, I think Spring really is on its way.    Repeat first verse with gusto.


Stockton is bathing in sunshine.


Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:20

Oh what a miserable morning, oh what a miserable day, I have a horrible feeling nothing is going my way. Thers one bright shining part of my morning something makes my heart skip a beat, my granddaughters coming to see me, better check there is something to eat?


Stockton not showing its best face.


Message just came in from California daughters four hour surgery was a huge success. My day is made.


Frank.

Worst winter

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 10:05

I agree Chloe, it is better to be crisp and cold than what we in the NE call Mizzly.


What I remember most though is every very bad winter was followed by a heat wave summer. 1939-40 we seemed to be out on sledges in the field behind our house it had a lovely long run straight into a pond, luckily frozen, skating on the water meadows on the Billingham Bottoms where the mill streams ran it went on for weeks followed by a very warm summer and the Battle of Britain, a bit too warm methinks.  


1944-45 a very bad winter, more so on the Continent, the Battle of the Bulge, that summer was very hot I had started work and we were fitting guards to machines girls had worked on all the war years, they suddenly had to be made safe. We and the girls went out on the field near the factory to sun bathe and me very red faced fought off Zena who was always trying to kiss me in front of every one, they thought it amusing i thought it embarrassing, we live and learn but they were different times.


1947, from weeks of snow and ice to fighting bush fires in Hampshire, we prayed for rain that June it never happened, we dug fire breaks cut down bush and were caught in a flash fire in a copse, we dived off a bank into a stream and got away with a few blisters and loss of hair, not much to lose with the military cut.


Other bad winters led to hot summers, always being actively outdoors we noticed such things and the odd shower was often a relief. Going to a place where we never saw rain for nearly two years believe me you come to appreciate the British weather, rain hail or snow.


Frank.

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 13:24

Dove, you hit it, very refined, that is me, the girls in York next to Cavalry Barracks called me a proper Gentleman, I took my spurs of in bed.


My Granddad used to tell me to marry a well built country lass, she would know how to feed me and have babies without stopping the potato picking? I think he meant it.


Frank.

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 12:29

Dove, I would never dare say "sturdily built" in the presence of a Lady. Juanesque, Ruebens type but never what some of the uncouth would say such as " Brick toilet" square with a leg each side, children can be cruel.


Us from farms and smallholdings did tend to be better fed, I have memory of some of the very poor families in our village where children had Rickets. We had active Toc H, mother was in it, Church volunteers and others handing out food parcels during hard winters, some could not afford fuel for a fire often the only way of heating water or food. Dad would fill a sand bag with coal, take that to Mrs so and so, her husband was in jail for raiding a market garden for some roots, times were hard for some when the weather was warm, winter was hell.


Frank.

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:47

Dove you gave me a shock, I read it as  "Several children met their maker a bit earlier than planned providing meals" should have gone to spec savers.


Frank.

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 10:25

1947, it started late January and went into March, I had joined the Army and it turned out to be a good thing, at least we got fed and had some warmth many in the Towns and Cities did not. Rail and Road communications came to a halt, Coal and Food could not be transported, Farms and Country Villages were totally cut off and to make things worse the Austerity was at its deepest with things rationed that had not been in wartime.


Pathe News showed pictures of snow up to the roof tops of houses with people digging themselves out of their houses, I have no memory of seeing a glimmer of sunshine whilst digging trains out in the wilds of west Durham, then came the floods in March snow melted but the ice did not give so water stood on the ice causing more mayhem, we had tracked vehicles that slid around on the ice, the unit had several wounded with broken bones from falling over.


Some say 1963 which was bad though those of us who saw the winters of 1940 and 1944 will also remember how bad it was, the Battle of the Bulge happened in December of that year.


What are your own memories of bad winters, last years floods will be lasting memories for some. At a time when we did not have Central Heating my memories are all of much earlier times, what are yours.


Frank.

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