Shrinking Violet

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Wartime Farm

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 00:55

Frank - break that promise of "no more".  Please.  We want to hear your input.  And for the record - you are not "Uncle Albert" of the boards!  Honest!

Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:58

David - don't feel guilty!  Banter is one thing - Frank knows only too well the poster(s) to whom I refer.  And that's not you! 

Frank - if you're out there (and I bet you are) you are a valued poster, whose messages are relished by many.  Mind you, the mental image of Uncle Albert from David may be confusing me . . . . .

Talkback: Growing runner beans

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:53

I tried "Moonlight" this year - a cross between runners and climbing French beans - which are supposed to be foolproof against a poor summer.

Well - a poor summer it has really been, but I have been unimpressed by the performance.  Reasonable (just) harvesting, but flavour not particularly good, and I think I'll revert to "proper" runners int he future!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:46

What  a beautiful day!  It's just how we all remember (or hope!) that autumn will be - blue skies, clear sunshine and the smell of woodsmoke in the air.

Oh, well - that's probably it!  Forecast for rain, and judging by the watery sun late afternoon, they're probably right. 

Olive tree advice needed

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 20:13

Hi Josh - where are you in Somerset?  I am in West Somerset in Porlock Vale, so benefit from a fairly benign climate.  But the olive tree that I bought a few years ago (from the Eden Centre as it happens) does very well in a large pot and is left outside to fend for itself.

If you are more exposed, without the benefit of the sea's influence, then perhaps you need to think about a bit more protection over winter.  But I just leave mine outside, and it is very happy.  (That said, I am still waiting for olives.  My martinis are just not right --- yet!)

deleting gardeners world account

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 19:37

I ignore ads that are of no interest to me.  I don't see that as a problem.

(Please tell me that this thread isn't a wind-up, Grid style!)

Wartime Farm

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 19:20

Dear Frank - you have brought genuine tears to my eyes.  I cannot begin to imagine the pain and problems you had to face.  And then there are some, of an unforgiving disposition, who have, in the past (old Beeb days), railed against any mention of the war.  Shame on them - and hats off to you for being so stoic and refusing to be cowed!

Your memories ought to be in a book.  You ought to flesh out the stories that you have told us (for which I am grateful).  When "the last bugle sounds" the memories will be filtered through other people's interpretations.  We need people like you to make it real for us.

I was born in 1949 so the war was close, but very much second hand.  Your experiences are so poignant.  I cannot begin to imagine the feelings of being abandoned - and at the same time, my heart goes out to your parents who were trying to do the best for you, and were probably in pieces as they drove away. 

War is more than battles and bravery at the front.  It affects so many in so many different ways.  We would all do well to be reminded of that from time to time - glorious it isn't.  Imo. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 20:01

Glorious sunshine today, but the breeze was still rather chilly.  Forecasters are having difficulty with the next few days - the remains of a hurricane aka low pressure may wander this far south and cause rain.  Or not. 

My GH toms this year are Italian plum variety - they didn't grow very tall, and only set a couple of trusses per plant.  Given the lack of Italian-like sunshine, I have to take that as a result!  Outdoor ever-faithful Gardeners' Delight cropping well.  As are the beefsteak Country Taste.  Already made lots of spicy chutney using homegrown chillies, and have dried and then frozen the plum tomatoes for sauce for pasta later on.  Waste not, want not!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 23:03

I never quite know when to clear the GH, Frank.  Tomatoes , peppers, chillies and aubergines are all still doing well.  Outside tomatoes are cropping at a great rate still, so I'll leave them for a couple of weeks, I think, unless we really do get a cold blast.  Fortunately, being near the coast, we are a bit warmer than inland, so I guess it's all down to keeping a weather eye out, and reacting if necessary!



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 21:54

Cool but clear and bright and breezy.  Perfect for getting a couple of loads of washing dried.  When it's been blown on the line, it smells so fresh - no amount of softener with exotic-sounding smells can beat it!  And it's all ironed and in the airing cupboard - job done!

Carried on clearing bits of the borders - and finding any number of rogue weeds that were hiding beneath the foliage of border plants.  Several bags for the re-cycling.

Tonight the sky is crystal clear - not for nothing do we have the accolade of "dark skies" on Exmoor.  Temperature is dropping - a sure sign of colder days to come

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