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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010

Notice: The forum is being looked after by Garden Gerald, Nick and Townie.

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1  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: February 20, 2018, 08:00:14 PM
Growing Bananas
Select a variety that will grow in Britain. The ones we can grow here have smaller but very delicious
fruit. They may produce red fruit or yellow and sometimes pale yellow.
We have got to start growing Bananas in new countries because the existing plantations are being
wiped out with diseases..I will be sowing more seeds of the three types shortly and I will let you know
how things grow. We have managed to keep red fruited one outdoors for three years.

Growing Avocados
MUST remove growing tip when 6 inches tall to make a bush. Single stem plants are very short lived.

How and why do I damage cuttings.

Keep sowing...Gerald.
2  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Shard End on: February 20, 2018, 07:41:08 PM
Great pictures Townie. When Shard End was built it looked very impressive.
Lots of posts please and paint a very full picture.
3  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / BIRMINGHAM WHOLESALE MARKET on: February 20, 2018, 07:01:11 PM
Birmingham Wholesale Market is on the move...To Witton
This breaks a long line of history with the market being in the middle of Birmingham
not far from the Bull Ring.
Very soon very little will be left of Birmingham as we knew it.
Very Sad
4  General Discussion / General Posts / GONE FISHING on: February 20, 2018, 02:59:43 PM
Hello Everyone
We did have a good fishing thread but I am unable to find it.
The five mile stretch in the Worcester Canal was always good.
Stoke Works in the same canal was good for catching Gudgeon.
Take those home in a jar, put them in a aquarium and after 2
weeks the would be finger tame. Just say food and they would
come to the top of the water and take food off your finger.
The last rod I bought about 50 years ago was a Seeley Rapid Strike.
I still have it and have used it to catch Trout.
Townie please look and see if you can find the old fishing posts.
The story of me being chased by a man with a shotgun
will be in it.
Tight Lines  Gerald.
5  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: The Pole Gang. on: February 20, 2018, 02:38:28 PM
Mr Wells brings back many memories. He played the Piano
and we had to sing 'Boney was a Warrior'
We used to giggle and get 50 lines but he was a good teacher.
Do you remember Mr Harold Martin and Mr Alan Walker.
Keep singing
6  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: February 20, 2018, 02:33:37 PM
Everyone gathered in the Church.
The Bishop started the service and a voice boomed out from the back.
She will not marry, she is already married to my son.

7  Games Room / Enter the games room / Re: Story Time on: February 19, 2018, 10:21:37 PM

Donald was her Step Father so the were free to marry.
8  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: A poem on: February 19, 2018, 08:53:53 PM
Hello Hattie
Thank you for the poem. I and Kandor lived through some terrible times but never had drugs.
How did we survive.
With the Flu I have had I also got another infection. This took me into the situation that I
got a very high temperature but could not sweat. My temperature went up and up and I
lost the plot.
I flailed about and saw things in the room with me. My legs kicked and I was sitting inside the TV.
Conversations were held with people from another planet. I was terrified.
People who buy drugs to get into that state are mad.
It did take a few days to get fully back onto the planet earth. I now feel quite good again and I
never want to experience any thing like that again.
Take care
9  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: February 19, 2018, 08:39:31 PM
Hello Twm
I asked about the murders because a boy named Horace Warrilow went to Loxton Street School he same time as me.
He lived on Chelmsley Wood and his Son had a van. The Son went outside to find someone stealing his van and in
doing so drove over the Lad and killed him.
Very sad.
10  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: DIY - Do it yourself jobs and projects on: February 19, 2018, 08:34:56 PM
Hello Twm
I find pallets have many uses and take them apart with a Jemmy bar, get all the nails out and away we go.
Make good gates and raised beds and we use them for nursery beds and cover them with fleece.
Old Telegraph pole make great gate posts. The Poplar Fritzi Pauli makes very good normal fencing posts.
I always keep odds and ends and so often we find another use for them. I am not tight but its 25 miles to the
Builders or D I Y outlets.
Keep the hammer handy
11  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: Chelmsley Wood on: February 18, 2018, 08:32:29 PM
Hello TwM
Was that in the middle of the shops. Was a good collection of shops and some had out door night time sellers as well.
Some of the shops put grids up at night for protection of the windows but I think most of the time it was fairly quiet.
I remember a lot more building going on in that area. I also recall a small Boy being run over and had a leg amputated.
When was the first murder on Chelmsley Wood.
Keep your eyes open
12  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: DIY - Do it yourself jobs and projects on: February 17, 2018, 05:59:46 PM
Hello TwM
Us country boys are really into make do and mend.
Have you got an Impact Driver, that was the latest item added to the tool box.
Old screws are out in a second.
Have got a good Metal Detector to find any bits that might have fallen off the
item to be looked at.
Kids leaving School today seem to have little knowledge of repairing anything.
Keep the Hammer handy
13  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Scars on: February 17, 2018, 03:25:15 PM
Hello Kandor
So much of what you say could fit my life. Times were more than tough they were very tough.
No water, no gas, nothing for a fire and then my Mom tells me 'We have no food, nothing at all'
Sit down and keep still, put all our clothe on to try and keep warm.
The roads are all blocked after last nights bombs. All he houses at the back of us are gone.
Everyone was digging in the rubble for wood and anything else they may have a use for.

A few days later our house was converted to a bungalow. The only things that survived were
me and the Goldfish. A man in a black uniform picked me up and said 'You will be alright now Son'
Take care
14  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: February 17, 2018, 01:08:51 PM
Good to be back. I'm now at the end of my 4 weeks in the house with the Flu and a secondary infection.
Put your thinking caps on ( old school term ) and tell me all you know about growing Bananas.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
15  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Funfair from the past on: February 17, 2018, 01:01:52 PM
Hello Everyone
Do you remember the Big Top site in Birmingham.
Where did you go to the FunFair.
I remember one in Skegness on my only visit to that town.
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