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MOB rants

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 14:01

Dmball, We normally ate a breakfast just before the sun came racing up (now that was a sight I never got sick of watching, one minute black next minute sun).
Tiffin was a very light snack around eleven and then if possible we got in any shade we could, not easy with the sun directly above and tried to rest. The evening meal was after sundown so the Kite Hawks only had the Tiffin to go at and they would literally fly under a stretched canopy snatch the food from your plate and be gone, it was so fast you only realised after they had gone. So yes they will have your food unless they have nets strung.
Supper if in base would be many bottles of Stella and if out patrolling a bottle we had hidden in an ammo locker.
I was never bothered by mosquito's though we slept under nets anyway, out on guard we would wear long trews and sleeved shirts, the lads would be batting the things off and I was never bothered by them. The same in Scotland, when they were all being eaten alive by midges I was always clear of them.
We actually got on well with the people and they would give us information about the hard liners who they did not want in the villages, in return we turned a blind eye to some things and did not wreck everything searching. I had meals with some of the contractors in their homes and the food was good. I got to a banquet in Port Said and that was an eye opener and then some. A local return group have asked me to go back with them a couple of times but too many bad memories plus I never go back to most places as it is never the same.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 11:50

Stockton had snow laying when I got up this morning with more coming down, nearly went back to bed.
it is going now and a bit brighter, just let the sun break through I ask.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/03/2013 at 11:31

FairyGirl, Lemon drizzle yum though more lemon than sugar in the drizzle, G/G coffee and walnut a favourite and any straightforward cake that does not have garden vegetables added to it for some unknown reason, I think it too much of a reminder of Mr Wooltons Pie.
As to diet fads and that is what they are my advice is look at them closely, hidden sugar salt and chemicals abound. Being active all my life weight was never a problem then I seemed to pile it on. On my yearly MOT I got 11 out of ten having got rid of a full stone and not by diet simply eating less at each meal.
I have seen everything you could put in your mouth demonised at one time or another then held up on high as the wonder food of the century, baloney the lot of it.
FairyG, In Cavalry Barrakcs York when they found out I was from farming stock they gave me the 18  hand mad horse who had been very badly handled by people who should not have been anywhere near a horse. Within a week he was following me round like a dog though he would show his teeth to anyone coming near me, When the Blacksmith arrived I had to hoof him and he would stand still while the shoes were changed and luckily when I knew I was leaving he went to a good home retired, animals like humans respond to kindness and a firm hand, take note G/G.

MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 23:16

G/G now you know why I walked around with permanent black eye's when Joan was around.


daffs gone blind

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 23:11

Nutcutlet, I lift mine after flowering and put them in a sheltered nursery bed or pots to feed the bulbs, remove the dead heads. If they have been in a long time and are doing nothing then you have nothing to lose in lifting them and easing them into pots or a bed to let them take some nourishment, a place that gets a couple of hours sun a day will do.
When the foliage has gone then lift them clean them and dry them for the Autumn. When you replant them give them some room and a place where they will get some sun.
Hope this helps although some would say bin them and start with fresh, I always try the recovery rout first.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 22:58

Fairygirl I got a load of visitors just as Paul was coming on and in our house the TV goes off when people come.
Ginger cake, Ginger bread, Parkin I love them all honest to goodness cakes but Carrot cake?? what kind of goat in sheep's clothing is that, not honest ginger as they hide it with spices, soft soggy and over sugared, leaves a yucky taste in the mouth and the icing should be used to grease car springs.
Chili for tea?? Raw or in something??


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 22:48

G/G know your place! Women are supposed to be "err" how can I put this? well not quite as quick at problem solving as their sup-- spers--- superiors I think is the word, be not ashamed you did come second and according to my old school motto "Playing the game is more important than winning" what a load of old tosh, I play to win.
It is not an unkind act it is the way of life, get used to it.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 22:25

Dmball, go to your name at the very top of the page and click on then go to My Posts you will see your every comment.
Egypt? Never mind the flies, the heat, the scorpions, the ants and the "Kite Hawks" not what we called them that would snatch your meal from the mess tin in nanoseconds. Shortage of water, dry rations and going everywhere in an oven set at max temp called an armoured vehicle.
You can keep the place give me little old Britain any day freezing the door knockers off or not.

G/G Any relation to Pinocchio then?


MOB rants

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 17:17

Fairy Girl, my recipe for Carrot cake is bin the ingredients and do not bother, had this rant before see no need to add carrots or what difference it makes. I can make light or heavy ginger cakes and enjoy them without the use of a carrot, if I could find who invented it I know what I would do with the carrot.
G/G, with my fingers I could play you a Nocturne a Concerto or I Do it my way without any problem. Give me a touch phone or one of those I-paddy thingees and I could make the phone disappear never mind what is on the screen. Daughter will say look at this Dad hand it over and bang it is gone, I will stick to my steam powered laptop thank-you.
Untidiness, my answer was get them in the forces and now you should see their places, spotless everything in place, the problem being when the grandchildren come here I have to tell them it is OK to have their toys on the floor, no rules here and they love it, and guess what they clean up before leaving but had fun in-between.


Greenhouse Heating

Posted: 25/03/2013 at 15:48

As an old gardener always had a greenhouse and tried them all nothing will give you more than a frost guard.
Paraffin is costly gives off moisture and needs constant attention if you do not wish to find all your glass black with smoke.
A gas heater costly gives off some moisture although will not be as bad as Paraffin.
None of those will ever pay their way, while you are eating your £1 per carrot salad the shops will be selling them by the bag full.
My Father built a stove to burn rubbish outside the greenhouse with large pipes running through it worked well and cost nothing H&S plus green laws would frown on that now.
I have a South Facing Wall Mounted GH now and ran electricity to it. The wall on even sunless days takes in heat and gives it back at night.
A Sand-bed with warming cables and thermostat with shelving above allows for seeds to be sown and then put on the shelves with a bubble wrap curtain around that section, add a Fan Heater with Frost guard and that does nicely.
Saying all that over the last three months here in the Northeast none of them have been switched on yet and will not be until we have more light, very important and the outside temperature raises above freezing, at the moment it is minus 2.
You will do your own thing and find the cost prohibitive depending where you live I would say let nature do it naturally.


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