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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 09:57

Tauld Currant Bun burning me peepers out gitten me auld ganzie washed only wore it 10 years, make hay whilst t sun shines says I, better double up on't woad diven wan a catch a cauld does we.


PS sorry to all the gran-ma police but tauld folk round ere knows what I say.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 14:16

Joyce, not annoyed, different worlds we live or even lived in. There are those who make repair design fabricate and invent the Industrial area's and those who teach the finesse of the Academic and artistic world, we need both to be a whole person. Once a copper plate writer who got good marks for English at a time the three "R'S" were the vogue, who will ever forget 9x9= 100, then into heavy industry where the math would be far more important than where the comma went. Army for years then more Heavy Chemical Industry, reports written at speed and printed to boot to be legible to all who would need to read them. Copper plate with all the nibs and ink plus punctuation apart from the necessary ones went out of the window. I did keep a Piano and Accordion all these years, not a total stone age man then.

That Joyce is my excuse, "hey" the sun is shining the air is warm and I am off outside to soak it up, gaze upon the garden and plan for next year, what is not to like.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:03

Hi Verdun, a bit of a quandary, how do I write this piece, School boy Latin or French, BAOR German, Makum Takum or Tyke, should I just revert to Viking mixed with Anglo Saxon after being bitten by the Gran-ma police yesterday. How about I say it as it is understood without comment by 99% of the Nation, here goes.

The Sun is shining therefore it must be raining in Cornwall, we have some blue sky some drifting cloud and it is warm, in other words all is well in Stockton on the Tees. The bites received are  mending I thought you handled it well though such people do annoy me. An Engineer has to write reports on the hoof getting the job up and running more important than comma's. I would suppose lecturers in English (which version I ask) have more time on their hands.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 15:55

Papi Jo, Could you define correct English as she is writ, you see I passed out from high school with very high marks in English the rules were obeyed and written as we were taught. I knew of nobody going to University from our area, it was night school and army education so forgive my missing comma's. From that time I have watched the language murdered changed and in the case of my youngest Daughter turned on its head, write the words as they sound to you was the principle at that time, spelling went out of the window, it took further education to right that wrong. You may cringe at missing comma's I look at the context of the written piece as long as it all makes sense why knock it.

This is a gardening board and all our replies were to a person asking for help, between us I think we made it clear the way forward, the answers to the question would be of far more interest to that person than whether every dot and exclamation mark was in place. Let us stick to gardening and if reading some of the content leaves you feeling sick my advice would be do not read it.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 12:43

Verdun, Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, my Mother said I was a perfect idiot when I said I was joining the army, at that moment in time was I indeed perfect apart from in Mothers eye's? People have said to me "that was perfect" in my mind it was far from perfect you know you could do better. Watching Video's of my grandchildren doing their Medal Dances in Modern Ballroom dancing I was thinking that is perfect then remembered my own experience at their age and always the thought I could have done that better. Perfection Verdun, Sir, (I think you did mention shaving) is an affliction you climb up to that one moment you look in the shaving mirror then it is all downhill.

Dove I just made the same mistake not reading a subject correctly, we are all susceptible.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 11:51

Dove, yes you did say DONT and I believe I repeated that. I always respect what you and Verdun say in answer to questions by new gardeners and did not query your answer about the four in one. Having seen the disappointment of some of the new Buy people around here I try to give advice for a fair decent lawn rather than a promise of wondrous turf as seen in pictures the builders use to sell houses. We have solid brick clay under us so the normal way of six inches of topsoil and roll out turf does not work, it becomes a pond in wet weather, as I said heartbreaking. Hope I did not offend you in some way.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:13

Stockton we have the lights on dark louring low cloud and rain. Let us hope that like yesterday the sun comes out. We live in hope.


Lawn Help

Posted: 16/09/2016 at 10:07

DFW that is a typical new build lawn, builders remove all top soil down to clay then during building it all gets compacted often with rubble buried in holes. Once up the gardeners come in spread a few inches of topsoil on the pan then roll out the lawn which is normally a general hardy type rather than bowling green. If it is hot and does not get enough water it tends to curl and in places die off. I watched it happen around here as they built on the old market gardens taking all the good soil away and selling it as part of their perks. Some give up and it becomes the children's playground some try too hard with chemicals others take it all up and start again, it is heart breaking.

Forget the four in one take the advice given by Verdun and Dove leave it to over winter then start again in spring. A mild wet winter would help it recover from the stress and build up strength for next year. Watch it during wet weather as the hard pan under the lawn can stop drainage, if water pools on the lawn it will need some drainage sorting out. The bad news is it will never be a bowling green the good news it can with care become a reasonable lawn. Spring feed and weed read the instructions on the packet and less is better, water it in well then wait six weeks and do it again, meanwhile keep the blades of the mower up, I keep my lawns at one inch, most lawns are not level so you end up shaving parts if the blades are set low. All this is probably not what you want to hear but that is gardening and over many years I have learned to make the best of what we have, perfection is an illusion.


Lawn aerating

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 21:23

This machine intrigued me so I researched it. The Machine is called a Starline Slitter and is meant to cut slits in the turf, it does work at a faster rate although if the ground is hard may not cut deep enough to be much good.

You live and learn, Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/09/2016 at 12:35

Are Liriodendron, you should see the show we put on for the Southern Tourists who come to gawp at our green and pleasant area with its rolling hills beautiful coasts, yes coasts, woods and streams, usually babbling when not overladen with rain water pouring down to the River then the sea. Off with business suits and on with the blue woad goat skin shorts and not much else apart from the aftershave, a good coating of pig dung attracts the Ladies. We watch the clouds then do our rain dance where upon it rains, the Southerners are amazed and throw us half crowns which we promptly change into Euro's, we know which side our bread is buttered. It must have been a Sun dance today it is suddenly shining brightly down upon us so must be raining in Cornwall.

Sorry Verdun. Frank.

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