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Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:11

Raisin Girl As an Engineer at ICI I did see tons of the stuff and watched it removed to get at boilers and pipework. Normal procedure by H&S was suited booted a mouth muslin mask and goggles complete with hard hat, yes you were in more danger of it falling on you. This is a path edging it has been down a while and will be damp, if it had been the board it would be long gone rotted away so must be Cement mix which will be a small amount, removal as I said and suitably bagged our council will take it away as very low risk. The risk was always the dust, fine particles floating in the air and being breathed constantly. Most of us who have lived in houses built after the war lived with it unknowingly and some still do, at least your ironing boards, mats to sit hot pans on, Oven Gloves and modern hot water systems no longer use it. Yes it is dangerous if allowed to dry out as it would in Kitchen Ceilings of old although they would be painted so sealing them, in the situation described it could be removed without danger if normal precautions are taken. We gardeners are in far more danger from what we spray on our plants so the watch word is do not panic, be logical. If in doubt then pay for removal by all means.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 10:40

Zenjeff, Wallington near Morpeth the home once of the notorious Fenwick's years since I was there and it needed a lot doing at that time, it should be sorted by now. Every time we went that way it was Cragside at Rothbury, Joan loved it I lost her four years ago so that too is some while back. It is Sunshine for most of the North until evening so make the most of it.


Asbestos path

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 09:40

It is the dust from Asbestos which is the killer and if it had not been mixed with concrete would have disintegrated almost as soon as the wet hit it. You could pave over it cementing the edges in or run a cement screed over the lot sealing it all in. You know it is there so not likely to dig near it and the natural damp in the air and ground will stop it dusting off. Many rain water gutters down comers and even kitchen ceilings were made of Asbestos in the splurge of new house building after the war and well into the 60's we have probably all lived with it at sometime in our lives. If you decide you cannot live with it wear gloves goggles and a coverall, bag it securely then call the council, you will get a lecture but they will take it away. As stated above a specialist firm will cost you.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 09:24

"There's a bright golden haze on the meadow, Oh what a lovely Dawn, the grass is as high as an Elephants eye, I better get cutting the lawn" Oh silly me it was done yesterday poetic licence then.

Stockton has sunshine over the Tees once more, I could get used to it. Last night was warm when cold was forecast, what do they know? we look out of windows for the forecast a much better system in our own micro climate. Best of luck yo all.


Planting out

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:40

The advice above anything in a large pot should be planted at the same level is correct. Peonies need a little more care they are fussy Ladies but I love em. Plant the top of the plant at exactly the same level in the ground, do not get any extra soil or compost on the top of root ball, do not mulch over the root ball mulch around it  and water well in. They need a sunny spot sheltered from prevailing winds if possible, and it is better they get later sun rather than early morning. The plant will still have foliage let it die down naturally and I leave all my plants with the dry foliage over winter as a bit of a frost guard, you will see the little buds come through in Spring. The plant may take a year or so to flower after planting, I had one that did nothing for four years then a single flower now it blooms, you need patience as Peonies will tend to do their own thing but get there in the end my oldest plant is a mass of blooms every year now although it is thirty years old. A good mulch around though not touching the root ball cap in spring, clean off any old foliage then and water the mulch in, I mix a handful of granular fertiliser in the mulch for them all and it works well for me. Hope this helps.


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Posted: 22/09/2016 at 10:20

Stockton had its rain overnight now reasonably clear skies and Sunshine, my lawns are cut and tidy my world is good. Better watch out Joyce the forecast shows your side of the UK getting the worst of things and we are getting back to being the dry side once more. There was a black patch over Verdun's Cornwall, soggy oggies knowing him he probably invoked some Cornish spell so he has a clear patch over his head.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 22:37

Beyond understanding, it stayed fine and sunny all day, cooled slightly after tea as we call it, we have Sunday Dinner at 13:00 hours without fail, common lot are we not.

Nanny Beach, you would have different thoughts on the bagpipes had you had to put up with Pipers climbing the hills around and practicing all day, if I hear Blue Bonnets over the Border ever again I will do something drastic to the offending pipes. Should that be with the offending pipes.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:00

"IT'S TOO DARN HOT" never thought I would sing that this year, my garden is South Facing so shade not normally needed is at a premium, came in burning and to make some tea "tea, are you mad" yup tea cures everything. Stockton is suffering global warning?? Knowing our weather it will be one day only.

Joyce knew Colchester it was our stop over when moving all our heavy equipment from Bordon to Germany. We would park up and refuel at one of the many Barracks before shipping out of Harwich to Hamburg. As we did the move many times to and from we got to know the flesh pots of Colchester.

You live in a lovely part of Ayshire, my Daughter her husband and I stayed a few days after a Grand Tour of Inverness, John O Groats, back along Loch Ness to Fort William, a stay beside loch Lomond where my evening meal was Bonny prince Charley he tasted quite tender and the Chef came out to see us as we were the only ones ordering the most expensive meal in the place, well he was a Royal. Then a meander back through Glasgow and the coast. We have relatives in Annan so detoured through Dumfries I love that area, in my prime we often went Pony trecking there, nothing wrong with Scotland apart from the bagpipes.

You are making memories flood back Joyce and History is one of my Loves, I write for the local Library Archives and have done for the BBC, it is not just a fad with me.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 12:06

Long before your time I would think Joyce 1947, we were practicing landings on Arran much to the annoyance of the locals. Troon was our stay over before heading to the Trossachs climbing and blowing trees up then on to Stirling. We went into Ayr most nights there was a large dance hall and plenty of girls to dance with. We being very young and fit, a broken heart would mend as soon as we reached the next dance hall. After all the climbing swimming and beach landings they sent me to the biggest beach of them all in the Middle East. Such is life Joyce, always had a soft spot for the Scottish Girls though.

Really hot here in Stockton clear blue skies, I think a shady sit in the garden when it is too warm to work.


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Posted: 18/09/2016 at 10:57

Hi Joyce, indeed it is in answer to your question. The Herring boats followed the shoals down the East Coast and were followed by the Herring Girls mainly Scottish. By all accounts it was a gay old time in all the local ports as they moved from place to place. The Silver Darlings were meant to be the fish although methinks more went on than I was told. The Ganzie was choice of wear for those hardy fishermen as it covered their upper body and was virtually water proof, Originating from Guernsey although the fisher lasses would knit in their spare time and in winter as a lad out would come the Ganzie and off we would go skating on the frozen water meadows. We had an area called little Scotland, families came down to work at ICI and so we mixed probably just the same as those fisher lassies did right up to and sometime after the WW2. Thus the Ganzie became a must probably as with the Hoody today a show of oneness. Met some Shetland Girls when stationed in Troon, they were down on holiday and boy could they dance, a few broken hearts when their holiday ended.


Verdun That my Dear Boy is true henglish has she is spoke.

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