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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 10:01

Arose from my bed and looked out, S&W then to the front E&N the dull thud of water hitting the ground, is that heavy rain I ask? certainly it was raining, raining on my plants, as I think the song should go. But "hey" the rain has stopped, the sun is out, and it is warming up rapidly. Stockton is in for another lovely day, polish the old Joanna keys and practice "Come into the Garden Maud" for the family gathering, a few less today, good job not much cake left.


Strictly 2016

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 09:52

After deciding I would give it a miss until the dross had gone the urge took over and on it went, quite a shock really. Trying hard not to watch feet shoulders head, the points dancers look for, but failing, Fridays dancers were very much better than expected, Saturdays dancers apart from one or two were even better. Of course there were foot faults and mistakes, going on that floor and having to perform a solo dance must be heart stopping for some, having to step out and lead off the dancers as my Wife and I often did always raised the blood pressure a bit, it is hard though most managed to pull it off. I am with Len, fancy tricks head stands and swinging on ropes is not dancing as we know it, and that Friday night Tango???? If that was a Tango I will stand on my head and spin round. The sexiest Tango I ever saw were two elderly Spanish people doing a slow Tango to "La Paloma, the Dove" they brought the place to a standstill watching them, that was a Tango. It is so easy to criticise although what would they be like stepping on to the floor under lights camera's with a real expert partner and then perform perfectly, methinks they would also panic. Bring it on, sit back and enjoy as like cream the real dancers will rise to the top.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 09:31

A sunny day in Stockton Town, again !!! when all the family arrive later we will be in the garden. Will have to drag the auld Joanna into the garden for the family singing our song.

Don't jump off the roof Dad you'll just make a hole in the yard,     We have just planted Petunia's the weeding and seeding were hard,     If you must end it all Dad won't you please give us a break,   Just take a walk in the Park Dad, then you can jump in the lake.

Funny lot my family.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:27

Verdun I have a slight allergy to stripes, they remind me of the Caning I received on a regular basis at School and then the Head Master would command me to sing "Ombre Mai Fu" at Parents meetings, that was until my voice broke, now let me see !!! was that about the time I discovered the Girls in the school next door behind that massive wall and iron gate. I could dance having gone to classes so at the Christmas, school dance had to lead off the dancing with a suitably blushing young Lady from the girls department. Eagle eyed Teachers would have a flat board which was pushed between the midriff if we got too close together, a gap of six inches young man they would say, "sigh" it is not like that in films.

Still absolutely glorious up here, had my Eclair now off into the Garden to sit.


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.


What is your weather like? (2)

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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