Shrinking Violet


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Something to mull over

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 22:51

When I first started work in 1968 with a large insurance company, there were two pay scales: one for men and one for women.  I, at the age of 18 was paid less than a young man aged 16 who had fewer academic qualifications than I had.  It was the norm.

Women were second class citizens within living memory - and it is right that we should reflect on this.  But it does not excuse or justify tolerance of cultures that have not accepted the progress that has been made.  And the difference in pay-scales is not remotely comparable to the discrimination that brings about the abhorrent actions in Cologne and other parts of Germany on New Year's Eve.  IMHO

Garden footwear

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 16:09

They look fantastic for winter, soggy, cold gardening tasks.  And a very good price while they are on offer, too.  What's not to like?

 

Garden footwear

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 15:33

Carol - you may be better off thinking about some tough walking boots.  Remember Geoff Hamilton?  He was always in his garden wearing lace-up strong boots, rather like my own walking boots (leather, local shop circa £50).  They are strong, good tread on the soles to prevent slipping, and dry out well.  Mud, once dried, can be brushed off, and a bit of old-fashioned dubbin will keep the leather supple and waterproof.

I have clogs by the back door for popping in and out, but not for serious gardening!

 

Redcurrants grown as cordons

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 18:57

Many thanks for links and advice - I'll follow that through.  I know about the difference in pruning red/blackcurrants, In the past, I have stood in the fruit garden, book propped up, checking that I'm doing it right!  I'll double check for cordon fruit, but it really does look viable, for redcurrants at least.  (And what would Christmas be without Cumberland sauce with the ham, and preferably with home-made redcurrant jelly, rather than the sickly bought products?) 

I spoke with the neighbour whose fence it is against which I would train the fruit bushes, and she was enthusiastic.  Better to check in advance than have subsequent problems, methinks.

Redcurrants grown as cordons

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 16:55

I first saw this form of cultivation at RHS Rosemoor, and was impressed with the results.  Having moved to a much smaller garden than I previously had, I am keen to have some soft fruit, but with little space, the cordon idea seems the way to go.

Has anyone done it?  Are there any pitfalls?  And could you do it with blackcurrants as well?

Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 05/01/2016 at 16:51

Paul it sounds as if you are in Enfield/Hertfordshire, since you refer to Capel Manor.  They are an excellent source of information  and would have good knowledge of the local area - always a help!

It sounds as if you have a massive job on your hands.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained - so how about publicity to recruit volunteers?  Anyone with a spare fork or spade would probably be only to willing to help.

Please read. Very large site being cleared. Concerned about wildlife!

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 23:53

There will be lots of creatures there, and you could do with some professional advice before clearing - some animals are protected.  I know when a small building site was prepared near where I used to live they had to re-locate all the slow-worms first.  Apparently they laid corrugated sheets down, and each morning, there would be slow-worms curled up in the relative warmth.  Easy to catch them - but you have to know where to take them once you've caught them!  First port of call would, I think, be your local council for help and advice?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 22:39

Liriodendron - not sure if it would work for Clementines, but there is a recipe for Tangerine marmalade www.certo.co.uk.  (It's a liquid pectin, which is useful in all jam making, since the set is virtually guaranteed, and you don't have boil the fruit to death.  I've used it successfully for years).

I also googled Clementines and there are lots of recipes for marmalade and preserves using them.

Hope this helps.

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/01/2016 at 13:59

We moved in November, and most of our time has been taken up with getting the house sorted/Christmas etc.  But yesterday, in what has been a rare break in the rain, I managed to get into the garden.  Discovered an overgrown path, pruned a neglected rose and severely pruned a butchered shrub of unknown provenance!  It had had some branches partly cut through and then ripped down, and another part half-sawn through and then just left.

I guess previous owners weren't much into gardening! 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 03/01/2016 at 20:52

Hello - may I have a few random memories here as well?

The only time I was ever smacked at school was by a Miss Ward, because I was talking as we lined up to go to assembly.  The humiliation was worse than the pain.  And I can still picture her to this day.  Just goes to show that memories can run deep (this happened in year 2 infants).

Re toys in the attic:  son will not let me get rid of lots of his stuff, but since we moved house recently, I had to be a bit brutal.  But even I got a bit dewy-eyed with some of his soft toys - Peter Rabbit, Gund the Polar Bear and many others.  Stickle Bricks, Duplo, Lego :  all boxed and awaiting grandchildren who will, I hope, be enthralled.

 I still have a couple of things from my own youth, though very few.  (Well, we children of the fifties didn;t have much to begin with, so not a lot to save, I guess).  But Teddy, Peggy and Margaret (favourite dolls) are still boxed in the loft.  And my very own china dolls' tea set.  I told son it was his inheritance - just look at some of the silly prices on Antiques Road Show!

And the cocoa project - I sort of remember doing that, but wasn't aware that it may have been allied to Cadbury's.  (Probably because I didn't get a certificate or any chocs ). 

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