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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 09:49

Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a wonderful day, I have this wonderful feeling everything going my way. Yesterday Grandchildren all came to visit, Daughters Op went off Ok, Verdun sent me some sunshine, I think Spring really is on its way.    Repeat first verse with gusto.

Stockton is bathing in sunshine.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 10:20

Oh what a miserable morning, oh what a miserable day, I have a horrible feeling nothing is going my way. Thers one bright shining part of my morning something makes my heart skip a beat, my granddaughters coming to see me, better check there is something to eat?

Stockton not showing its best face.

Message just came in from California daughters four hour surgery was a huge success. My day is made.


Worst winter

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 10:05

I agree Chloe, it is better to be crisp and cold than what we in the NE call Mizzly.

What I remember most though is every very bad winter was followed by a heat wave summer. 1939-40 we seemed to be out on sledges in the field behind our house it had a lovely long run straight into a pond, luckily frozen, skating on the water meadows on the Billingham Bottoms where the mill streams ran it went on for weeks followed by a very warm summer and the Battle of Britain, a bit too warm methinks.  

1944-45 a very bad winter, more so on the Continent, the Battle of the Bulge, that summer was very hot I had started work and we were fitting guards to machines girls had worked on all the war years, they suddenly had to be made safe. We and the girls went out on the field near the factory to sun bathe and me very red faced fought off Zena who was always trying to kiss me in front of every one, they thought it amusing i thought it embarrassing, we live and learn but they were different times.

1947, from weeks of snow and ice to fighting bush fires in Hampshire, we prayed for rain that June it never happened, we dug fire breaks cut down bush and were caught in a flash fire in a copse, we dived off a bank into a stream and got away with a few blisters and loss of hair, not much to lose with the military cut.

Other bad winters led to hot summers, always being actively outdoors we noticed such things and the odd shower was often a relief. Going to a place where we never saw rain for nearly two years believe me you come to appreciate the British weather, rain hail or snow.


Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 13:24

Dove, you hit it, very refined, that is me, the girls in York next to Cavalry Barracks called me a proper Gentleman, I took my spurs of in bed.

My Granddad used to tell me to marry a well built country lass, she would know how to feed me and have babies without stopping the potato picking? I think he meant it.


Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 12:29

Dove, I would never dare say "sturdily built" in the presence of a Lady. Juanesque, Ruebens type but never what some of the uncouth would say such as " Brick toilet" square with a leg each side, children can be cruel.

Us from farms and smallholdings did tend to be better fed, I have memory of some of the very poor families in our village where children had Rickets. We had active Toc H, mother was in it, Church volunteers and others handing out food parcels during hard winters, some could not afford fuel for a fire often the only way of heating water or food. Dad would fill a sand bag with coal, take that to Mrs so and so, her husband was in jail for raiding a market garden for some roots, times were hard for some when the weather was warm, winter was hell.


Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:47

Dove you gave me a shock, I read it as  "Several children met their maker a bit earlier than planned providing meals" should have gone to spec savers.


Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 10:25

1947, it started late January and went into March, I had joined the Army and it turned out to be a good thing, at least we got fed and had some warmth many in the Towns and Cities did not. Rail and Road communications came to a halt, Coal and Food could not be transported, Farms and Country Villages were totally cut off and to make things worse the Austerity was at its deepest with things rationed that had not been in wartime.

Pathe News showed pictures of snow up to the roof tops of houses with people digging themselves out of their houses, I have no memory of seeing a glimmer of sunshine whilst digging trains out in the wilds of west Durham, then came the floods in March snow melted but the ice did not give so water stood on the ice causing more mayhem, we had tracked vehicles that slid around on the ice, the unit had several wounded with broken bones from falling over.

Some say 1963 which was bad though those of us who saw the winters of 1940 and 1944 will also remember how bad it was, the Battle of the Bulge happened in December of that year.

What are your own memories of bad winters, last years floods will be lasting memories for some. At a time when we did not have Central Heating my memories are all of much earlier times, what are yours.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 12:42

Lirodendron, Mother and then my wife made Chorley Cakes we loved them Eccles are lovely but could not eat more than one at a time, Welsh cakes are best eaten warm with a pat of butter on them. When we made pies any pastry left over would be rolled out quickly buttered sugar scattered on it then mixed dried fruit on that folded over and sealed then baked in the oven. Sliced up and eaten cold or warm with custard it was a firm favourite up here in the NE. I believe most parts of the UK have a favourite made up recipe for Filling holes in a lad or lasses tummy.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 11:28

That is a weight off my mind, had a hair cut not that I needed one I was only sitting on it not standing on it. Glorious sunny day, much warmer and the Bulbs are showing some life at last.

Love Welsh Cakes, Scotch Pancakes and for Pancake Tuesday had Toad in the Hole, well it is pancake mix after all.

So they are cracking down on fly camping, it probably just got back to normal after we blew big holes in the area during explosive training, don't know about people paying to fly round the Moon, we sent a few trees in that direction.


Pancake Tuesday

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 12:00

Nearly the end of a romance before it started. Our family always had the Yorkshire puddings first with onion gravy then lunch, that was the Yorkshire way. Had met Joan and was invited to her home for Sunday lunch. We were served the pudding and gravy only Joan had hers with butter and jam. I was flabbered and gasted all at the same time, how could she desacrate a good Yorkshire like that. I did manage to forgive her and she made traditional puddings but hers were always with butter and jam, never did manage to cure her of that odd idioscincrassy.

Pancakes thin with butter sugar and fresh lemon none of that weird stuff in yellow bottles.


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