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Posted: 06/10/2016 at 14:41

Verdun you are correct about family. My memories are of a house full of relatives on a Sunday, mother and my Aunts setting up the table everything home made including the breads (yes breads, there would be a variety), Uncles and others up the garden with Dad inspecting the animals, a good tea where long gone relatives were discussed which meant we knew where we came from, Dad's side from Lancashire and all musicians as well as a day job, mum's side from Yorkshire and before that Scotland and even earlier Ireland. It was folklore we all soaked up before we ended up in the front room (the only day the door opened apart from me practicing piano) and the family sing song? well no TV then what else was there to do. We did not need those ancestry boards it was part of the spoken history as heard around the table eating good home grown food.

My own lot never wanted to know, they had such exciting lives to live??? and then suddenly said we have no idea what you and Mum did before we were born? I started to write and that got me places I never expected, BBC for one, Local History, general History I always had interest in and now they wait for the next outpouring which gets well discussed by all. They now have some idea of where they came from, no bad thing to my mind. History has it's place in our lives although it took a while.



Posted: 06/10/2016 at 11:54

A recent thread caused me to remember times best forgotten, a History making time that has changed nothing yet is relevant in that it has all the Major areas of the world toeing the line nose to nose.

Gardening has changed completely yet is now turning full circle to what I knew as a lad. The garden then fed the family and extended family year round, almost everything we ate came out of the garden in season was bottled or preserved. Then came the fashion years, Rockeries, Lawns, Decking, extra rooms and places to burn sausages and spoil chicken. Now people around me are finding the joys we took for granted, fresh food out of the garden and into the pan, a real eye opener for most. My question, is History relevant or Bunkum as Henry Ford is reputed to have said. Does my input make any difference as looking it up it appears to be Lawns, Peony's and Strawberries with the odd fruit tree thrown in. With all the books available am I even relevant?


Last edited: 06 October 2016 11:55:40

The media

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 11:29

Dave, I am older than you and have memories of the war, my Parents had gone through WW1 and knew what was coming, the preparations began early. I would be standing in the cool pantry looking at Del Monte peach tins wondering why we could not eat them. The NE coast got German Planes up to three hundred at a time as they flew inland to bomb the City's, we lived in the shelters for nearly two years as they had to fly back out over us an hour or so later dropping any spare Bombs as  they went on our industries.

We form opinions on our experiences, or I hope we do, we all have them and each entitled to their own look at things, Philippa does not like the Media putting a blue pencil through our reading or watching, they should report the news not put their own twist on things. My experience is that the more we see the more hardened we become until in the end it becomes the norm and you pass by without noticing, even in those circumstances a hand held out will often be taken because we are taught to care, the human side in all of us takes over. There are many people who care in Syria doing what they can to help and dying because they are doing that. The problem is a few hard line Sects who want to put their own slant on the way things are run, they few are causing misery for the many. I do not know the answer just what does not work and it begs the question why did we interfere in the first place and what good are we doing causing more ruin and misery. Philippa has as much right as any of us to express what she feels and Censorship gets my hackles up to but watching the full horror on the news each night would only cause people to turn off. Some censorship is needed just do not make that the norm.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 11:00

"Give me the sunshine, Give me the Hoe, and leave the rest to me" they should write a song about it. Once more Stockton bathes in warmth and mainly sunlight some cloud up there heading rapidly North to Scotland, hope they are wearing lambs wool shorts under those skirts or is that Kilts. The summer we never got is here, hooray.


first time gardener

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 23:05

Your main worry appears to be the lawn. two questions, are you in a new build, if not, what condition is the lawn in and how far off level. Come back and we will try to answer. a picture may help.


What to do now....

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:58

Sarah Do not prune them, repot them water them now and then and leave them until Spring. Remove dead leaves which as the nights get cold will be all of them then let the plant sleep over winter. Once those little leaf buds start up again as the weather warms you will be able to see if all is well. Repot then wait and see. The mystery of gardening, what has survived the winter? Not everything does I am afraid to say.


The media

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:50

Philippa, By all means make a fuss and the more who join that fuss the better, the TV announcement is not to put a blue pencil through our viewing but to guard people with more tender feelings against the horrors the Camera men and reporters see on a daily basis. When I tell my children I had to kill animals on our small holding as a lad of 14-15 they reel back. How could you do that Dad, to eat is the answer, it was how we lived, their meat and fowl comes from a supermarket neatly packed we killed and preserved our own, they do not need to know how it gets in those packs. It is the same with most viewers, yes war is terrible but they do not want to see it in stark reality. Most Soldiers I met who had seen anything were Pacifists, you did the minimum needed, all wounded were treated and watered even when the nearest medical aid was hours away. Human nature took over and we all hope it succeeds in Syria. That is some hope when each of the many sects believe they are the only ones right and the rest should see it their  way.

As with everything in the Middle east from my time to now, our and other Countries interference only made things worse as with Iraq and Libya. Politicians go happily into conflict thinking it will enhance their profile, the forces have to pull them out of the mire then take the blame for the upsurge in anger, those forces they cut to the bone then withheld the wherewithal to finish the job. No win situations we were used to although we did the job asked of us as well as we could. We do not need pictures look at those we do get of thousands of normal people in huge horrible refugee camps, the boats sinking in the med with the loss of mainly women and children and worst of all the total destruction of the Syrian Cities surely that is enough.


Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 12:19

Remove flowers to let the energy go into the plant, they will not fruit in any case. Try not to damage new young growth as that lets in disease. Burn all old straw and foliage cut off or bin it. I then leave the plants alone until Spring when any damage material is removed and feeding starts.


What to do now....

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 11:27

Sarah, that plant looks OK to me apart from the pot now being a bit small. Get a size larger pot and some fresh compost to plant with and then read Verdun's advice and come back to us in Spring. The plants will rest during the winter months and do nothing though a drop of water now and then, do not soak them just damp, will help. I was a bit worried about salt spray although you appear to have trellis and protection the good thing being bugs do not like salt spray. Pot the plants on keep an eye on them and stop worrying, come back in Spring and we will help you sort them out.


The media

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 09:56

This thread has me bemused, it reminds me of the people slowing down to gawp at an accident on a Motor Way, what do they wish to see and have even been shown taking photo's on their phones. The couple of accidents that happened ahead of me when I was on the road I rushed to help then got out of the way once the proper medics arrived, the urge being to stop severe bleeding which is the killer. Most people up close to such sights would bring up their last ten meals it is not something you choose to see. That little girl did not stop the Vietnam War it was the parents and friends of the Draftees, mainly poor boys who saw what war did to their friends and kin who demanded an end to something we Brits who had seen continuous wars since WW2 knew could not be won. We saw the original pictures in papers magazines and on the media, the people had their clothes blasted or burnt off by Napalm, the little girl was naked her flesh hanging off her and close up something in her eye's beyond fear, seeing the same shot lately at a distance it appears to have been sanitised. Pictures stop nothing and such sights live make you more angry and less likely to think before you act. There is enough violence on TV and Film now with Arny being shot 20 times then getting up and killing his foe with a single shot. Those war games kids play not realising they sanitise war and killing, it is OK it's only a game, well it is not a game and what we see every night on the news is not a game, People die and I do not want to see it ever again. Freedom of speech and freedom to watch are not given rights, there are things we should not have to hear or watch.

My opinion only you are welcome to yours.


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