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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 13:14

Hello Rain, I took advantage and spread the winter weed and feed on both lawns, that is it now until March for the lawns one less job.
I saw many spider webs in the woods, the ones in the long grass always seemed to shine in the suns rays. It does remind us that everything in nature needs something to live on from single cell molds to the Vixen who lived in the wood and would be seen lying on a grassy bank and not phased by us walkers, she kept the wood pigeons in check.
It is brightening here but looking across at you Rain there is nothing but a dark smudge, no view of the hills today then.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 11:04

Maud, was the word you were looking for "testimonials"?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 10:31

Stockton, fifty shades of grey, the box says fog with an "X" which probably means too dark for a picture, "how do you take a picture of fog I ask"?
Rain the weather will be coming by express from Siberia at the weekend, all us folk with one foot in the North Sea will get it in the neck and other places, enough to freeze the toe nails off a brass monkey. Don't tell the people in Hartlepool.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 13:16

The series was made spring and summer this year as they were wet each programme and they did mention lost harvest during the war which made me think.
I know memory of weather is often fickle but do not remember a bad summer during that time, we always got the harvest in although some would be harvested by hand after wind had blown the crops down, it came in for animal feed.
!939-40 winter we had a lot of snow but a glorious summer. !940-41 a cold winter, I have pictures of me sledging on the banks behind our house, then mild times until the winter of 1944-45 the coldest winter for a long time and the Battle of the Bulge. The Summer of 44 we had a bad June July then a hot long period.
The worst winter was 1946-47 when people could climb out of the bedroom window onto the snow, places were cut off for months and they were still digging trains out of cuttings in March, that again was followed by a long hot summer with heath fires in Hampshire, the dry period set back the crops at a time we really needed them.
Near the village were water meadows which would flood to three or four inches deep then freeze, the best skating rink possible and the village would turn out to skate. We had iron skates that clipped onto our boots like the roller skates, fun would be had by all, usually there would be a brazier roasting chestnuts we never seemed to be short of them in the war.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 10:09

Stockton light showers!!! I hope it is right as the clouds are almost touching the ground, if that lot opens up we will need an Ark. We would of course load it as is our custom, men and whippets first women and children last.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 23:51

Flowering Rose, methinks you may have the wrong idea, the food in the container had to be brought to the boil then put in the hay box, it then slow cooks because the straw holds the residual heat. Once in the hay box it will take 2-3 hours to cook through.
The Army used and still use hay boxes only they are a double skin container well insulated on the outside and then the second skin filled with boiling water. The food containers are brought to the boil sealed and put in the cavity of the box which is sealed and left until needed cooking as it sits there.
My wife in the 70's would put her one pot dishes in the oven and switch it on for a slow cook overnight. It could then be warmed up on a camping stove when needed.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/10/2012 at 10:23

Stockton is sunny and warm, clear sky on all sides.
The pork is in the oven and the lovely aroma tickling my nose as I have a quick cuppa so back to work, bedding can go from washer to line, apple sauce to make and veg to prepare, an easy day then.


Wartime Farm

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 23:35

Not a lot to say, I never saw flax grown in our area but did learn that the linseed oil I kept my bat in condition with came from flax seed something I never knew.
We did basket making at school as well as raffia weaving but the potato picking trugs were all wire baskets.
The American GMC deuce and half trucks were 1950's and the Jeep probably a bit later.
The bread made from sillage was what many Germans ate it was not here, they did not make that point very clear.
Ruth seems to be well used to plucking and ploating birds and rabbit, all the women in our family could do that without turning a hair, few could do it today.
Next week they come to VE day which was not the end of the war as a lot of people think it went on until August 5th 1945 with Victory over Japan. All the effort turned from the war in Europe to what we thought would be a very long war in the Pacific.
Then we got the austere years when rations were reduced and bread rationed for the first time, it was never rationed during the war. That went on until the 1950's, ten to twelve years of shortages, it was not war ends all back to normal but things getting much worse. How did our mothers manage?


What's for tea?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 23:16

Looking in the fridge saw two big bunches of leeks that needed using so on went a big pot of Leek and Potato soup. Start it with lardons of bacon and onion chopped in the pan then finely chopped veg followed by the potato sweat it all for ten minutes add the garlic and chicken stock plus seasoning paprika and herbs, simmer blitz and some nice chunky bread a good starter. I had to make the chicken pie as well, Daughter left two cakes and took some pie.
Fresh Pork tomorrow.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/10/2012 at 09:26

Jo, Saturday morning TV is worse than having a cold, just watch the birds much better for the brain.
Stockton clear and sunny, true little box, you got it right there's a bright golden haze over Rains Hills and it is lighting the room up "O eck as like" it is also showing the bits on the carpet and the daughter is coming up, out with the hoover then fast.


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