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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 21/02/2017 at 10:02

Morning all busy cleaning up for my cleaning Lady coming to clean up, cannot have her walking into a left over weekend party can we.

Fairygirl Exceptional Daughter, well that is what Wonky thinks, I told you all girls of five did double digging in pouring rain while Dad sat in the greenhouse. Rooting out tree roots was normal for ten year olds without using the winch on the tractor. The best one was when you asked for a doll I said you will have to earn it never expecting you to go play the bagpipes in the Town Square whilst our Westie did the Highland Fling on a box. The only mistake you made was hitting Nessy over the head with your hockey stick when she tried to nick the Salmon you caught, no one has seen her since, very bad for the tourist trade. Keep sending the Water of life, "oh" and some thermals for under my Kilt, the cat is beginning to protest when I shove him up there to keep the essentials warm.

You are a Daughter any Dad would be proud of as I am proud of all my Daughters, had to be i was outnumbered, keep going girl way too early to retire.

Mc. Frank.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 19:27

Wonkey, I honestly feel sorry for your particular generation, you missed out when the economy suddenly went pear shaped. We had gone through the war and the austerity after, our parents had the struggle of getting me through school until 16, the most we could hope for, university was what Southeners did. We had to learn money management the hard way, it also gave us the urge to better yourself, Dad would tell me no one owed me a living, if you get a days pay do a days work and my wife Joan worked at her school for twenty odd years, she handled the money very well, in time we fulfilled most of our wishes, you will never complete the bucket list we did have fun trying. We did help our children and they paid us back, they are comfortably settled, now the grandchildren need help and I do not expect a return, they work to stand still. Although they appear to have it all, they do not, what to us were luxeries are things they must have or fall off the cliff. It is hard for me to watch, we were programmed for a hard life they are not, they will not always accept help saying they will cut down on something, I love them for that attitude.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 14:19

GWRS I remember getting Mortgage relief on the first house. Local rents were around £8 a month Joan and I signed mortgage papers for £13/10/0 a month then got  tax relief bringing it down to £11/10/0 a month. It seemed like a millstone round the neck at first but one year later the local rents had gone up to £10 a month. Fair enough that had the rates cost in it but we had to pay rates. For the princely sum of £3,300 we got a four bedroom house that sold later for £22,000 setting us up for what I have today.

One of my Granddaughters who bought a flat with the new Government Scheme for people starting on the housing ladder with help to get the initial down payment is now stuck until the scheme runs out. She also pays some off her Student loan each month only the interest on the loan comes to more than she pays so the debt increases, madness. Of course we had it hard, hard work by both Joan and I pulled us up by the boot straps, we gave our children a good head start and they all did well having got the work ethic from Joan and I. Watching a young man being interviewed for a job on a TV programme I nearly fell off my chair when on being asked what his expectations were he said a job at £35,000 a year would start him off nicely. He is in for a shock the quick snack places are full of graduates working there because they cannot get the work they trained for. I would not like to be starting it all now, a mad mad world.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 10:29

Dove yes in many ways we have made things better, in some ways worse, talking to my Granddaughters both in good jobs with steady salary yet neither get what I get sitting here doing nothing,(well not quite doing nothing). We could see our way to good pensions they cannot, we could save for the future with decent interest rates on savings they cannot, we could in time afford a Mortgage they cannot. Bank of Mum and Dad is now bank of Grandparents as well, I have and do back my grandchildren to help them move forward otherwise they would be going backwards. OK so I can afford it although it took hard work over a long period to get there, the point being no matter how hard they work at the moment they cannot do the things we did.

As to Politics with idiots in Government who sent our troops gaily off to war to boost their own ego's well I remember the Middle East we left absolute chaos then did it again in 1956 not learning that interfering in other peoples politics never works. In some ways a big improvement other ways rubbish.

On my History Board some hanker after the old tin bath era forgetting or in most cases never knowing what those days were really like, our politicians seem to hanker after Empire not knowing what that was really like. To me the World does not appear safer than during the cold war, we who were there know how close that came.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 09:52

Thank you all for the birthday good wishes, it does really give you a lift. A real family day with the house overflowing. I was in my chair Grandson one side sitting on the arm Granddaughter t'other side and nearly nine month old Great Grandson on my knee holding court, he knows who is centre of attention. I was thinking this is what it is all about, we had our chance to make this a wonderful world and failed now it is their world.

My cake complete with fire brigade in attendance was one of those things you lot post on here "imagines" imojians, Mojo's, what ever it was nice.



Posted: 19/02/2017 at 11:01

Thank you all for the good wishes, I am having a sit and cup of tea before the riot starts. I keep reaching 21 but it is over and over a bit like Ground Hog Day.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 10:56

Fairyirl Daughter  watch it you are still young enough to go over my knee and be spanked, 99 indeed, that is what I put in my Mr Whippy.

Thank you all for those lovely wishes and cakes, this is a spell of peace with a cup of tea before they all land.


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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 09:51

What Happened? Went to sleep as normal last night counting Dinosaurs woke up this morning and found i was a full year older, how does that happen. Looked in the mirror hair the normal Ash Blonde my Daughters call it white? the usual number of creases on my face, Humour lines I say Daughters call them wrinkles has the world gone mad.

Lovely Granddaughters came yesterday and did lunch, today all of them are coming to lunch, thank goodness i do not have to cook it.

May be absent for a day or so, I have other memories this week, they never go away.


Greenhouse set up

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 23:36

Clare Your greenhouse supplier will also sell Aluminium staging (the name of the benches in the greenhouse) they come flat pack you bolt them together and they are the right height, fit them on the side opposite the one the sun shines in. You can have a little part for potting if you wish though it takes up room where you could put plants, I have a potting bench in the garage but light enough to drag out into the sunshine if we get any.

You will need heat in Winter if you wish to grow things, usually we just store plants that need protection although I do have a Frost Guard electric fan heater it rarely kicks in.

Get your G/house up and ready then we will make a plan of what to grow and when, there is no rush end of March is the start of most planting and seed sowing.



Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:56

My Generation have vivid memories of the Concentration camp tattoos plus the nazi party ones as well, not a good picture and i was never enticed to have one done as some Squaddies did in Alexandria and Port Said usually drunk out of their minds. If we were intended to have body embellishments we would be born with them. Just my opinion of course.


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