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MOB rants

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 12:33

G/G. Joan as a bit of a joke at me retiring bought an expensive trowel and fork set with longer handles and blades. "Do not want you suffering back ache from bending do we" hm. I found it absolutely ideal for digging out bulbs when they went over but still had leaves to see where they were. Push down all round the bulb or clump and lift, I drop them all together into an old large pot fill it with compost and let them die down naturally in a sheltered corner, the bulbs can then be dried and bagged or just left and replanted the next year.
Another tip is to buy the pond baskets from a GC they come in all sizes and shapes, plat up the basket with bulbs, cram them in, sink in compost until ready then dig a hole and plant the basket complete, I do that for my Daughters, the baskets can then be lifted and left to die down naturally. It does not cost the earth as once bought they last years, the bulbs get a good start in shelter then instant flower garden. As with everything some planning ahead saves both time and money.

Frank.
PS Yes G/G a rich and often colourful life none of which I would change though I do miss Joan..

MOB rants

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 22:33

My Mother taught me to cook because boys should be able to look after themselves. It was basic as rationing did mean you had to see what was there we had our own small holding and animals so never went hungry, bread was a basic and wash day with a hot steamy wash house was ideal for raising the dough.

Once we got away from base in the Desert fresh food lasted a day then it was all dry or tinned. No kitchen as such each section would look after their own food breakfast before sun up then an evening meal at sundown, to hot to eat in between. A soldier would cook the section meals but our lot dragooned me into doing all the cooking as it got me out of guard duties I got a nights sleep. The Officers of all the sections threw their rations in with our section and ate with us. I had a box of spices picked up in the Souk, we had dried everything from rice to fruit, Pom Dried Cabbage and of course Bully beef everything cooked on Benghazi burners.
My recovery truck would have fruit being re hydrated in water, cabbage being brought back to life all for the evening meal, which could be a curry, Panackelty, sheperds pie or any of many rice based concoctions and always a pudding. The Officers would wash all the tins as their input.
Three years at cookery when I retired gave me cake making and the one I really loved raised pies hand made. As with everything you make mistakes and learn from them now my Grandchildren want to come and eat here, well everyday if they could, now that does please me.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 17:51

Tina in this family it is the girls who do not know where the kitchen is. Once staying with a Daughter I got a message saying "could you start dinner I will be home in an hour" Certainly what is it and where is it? "in the freezer it is the chicken you could start it off in the micro wave"??? When I recovered I went to the market and bought a cooked chicken and had everything ready when she came in. That was lovely how come your food is better than mine, there followed a lecture from me about chickens defrosting and micro waves, the dangers there off.
Their Mum was a brilliant cook it just did not rub off.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 15:57

G/G, I did see the post that upset you and felt as you did, from experience on many boards from 2000 I did learn to leave those posts, not answering makes them angry at being ignored and in the end they vanish.

Tina you could rant at me all day, I would listen politely but my hand behind my back would have two fingers stuck up. Joking aside I am an old fashioned gent who was taught there are only Ladies in this world treat them as such. I am quite happy for a woman to be in her place!!! which is out of my kitchen. Daughters do not mind one bit, they demolish what comes out of it.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:04

Brumbull, nope you are correct and that weather coming from Siberia crosses the coast over us first, the joy of living with one foot in the North Sea.
So put off the seed sowing another week and then on will go my heated sandbed and a frost guard fan heater.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:57

My Wife's school had one very bad teacher and everyone knew she was bad although they could not get rid of her she was young at the time. I was talking to another ex-teacher who told me she is still there and they cannot get rid of her.
We may be lucky, the schools my Grandchildren go to and have done since they were three are very good indeed. They have discipline and the teaching skills outstanding, Parents take a lot of interest and school events have to be rationed so many wish to attend.
My Grandson 12 can recite times tables, I quietly set him tasks in Math which he does in quick time, probably my genes as I excelled at maths. What I am saying is all schools differ depending on area, size, quality of Heads and Teaching Staff, I think area has more influence on things as the parents set goals. I watch my Granddaughter 8 concentrate on doing something an hour at a time and people say children have a thirty second concentration level, don't believe it, I have hopes for their future which is all we can do.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:55

Stockton fine with sunshine and blue sky, did not realise I still had snow on one of my borders that gets no sun, the wind blows straight up that side from the east, the plants there are very hardy, they have to be.
Coming back from Middlesbrough along the back lanes the fields are still holding water, everything will be late this year.
Give the seeds a week Jo, I did notice the sun at noon is reaching parts that have not seen the sun in months, we will have an explosion and probably moan at the amount of pricking out we have to do.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 12:47

Sexist Tina, moi, not on your nelly, it is when I go into those places there seems to be three times as many women as men and they ask me I do not approach them. If asked I give a comprehensive answer and on more than one occasion have then had an escort round the place discussing plants, once even had coffee bought for me.

The local large GC had a very nice Polish lady who knew her plants, she also watered everything on the outside racks, the plants were always clean and looked after, in a buy out the good ones went and youngsters came on the scene. No watering properly, a quick flash with a hose pipe, no knowledge of the plants they read the labels and that is it. People ask questions do not get answers so leave and go elsewhere do you blame them. "Oh" and the coffee and cake went up to £7 so I do not bother.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 00:08

Derek, I have no idea why, probably the grey head but in Garden Centres I usually end up advising, often women on how to look after a plant or what to look for.
Last time I was in the big centre a woman picked up a plant and asked me to check, dropping it out of the pot vine weevil fell from the root ball. I informed the attendant who was not very happy about it, I am afraid I have an acid tongue at times so he lost that one and the sale.
I normally use a Nursery just a couple of miles up the lane from me and even there you need to check the plants although they will replace them no questions asked.
I will start to sow seed in around two weeks time as light is just as important as heat, by then the sun will be higher and more light. We all make mistakes hopefully only once, sowing seed early I found from experience did not give you much of a start, well in this area, they are all different.

Frank

MOB rants

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 20:24

OK Derek, how is this.
Why oh why do garden centres fill up with bedding plants way too early and no explanation about not putting them out before the last frosts are gone. The number of times I have advised people they need to take great care and may need to keep them sheltered for some time especially up here on the North East Coast.
Then they go out in beds and baskets and are gone over because new gardeners do not realise some are quite short lived.
Sowing your own seed every couple of weeks and you have a long showing as you remove the older plants and put in the new ones. Much cheaper too.

Frank.

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