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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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16  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Supermarkets of Brum on: August 30, 2018, 12:42:11 PM
Hello Gerald & Edifi,

I lived on Chelmsley wood from 1968 for about 8 years. We moved into a new council house. Mom was so proud of the house. We had fitted carpets for the first time. I can still remember the red rose pattern on the carpets. Shoes off at the door! The carpets may have come from a shop at the Wheat Sheaf, Sheldon. Which became Hartly carpets. Warm air central heating too.....

17  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Supermarkets of Brum on: August 29, 2018, 04:29:13 PM
Hello, another couple of supermarkets I can remember opening was Waitrose, near the Wheatshief, Sheldon. This was tucked away in the corner of the precinct, not far from the Three Horseshoes Pub.

Chelmsley Wood shopping centre opened 1968 and the first Supermarket was Sainsbuy's. That was the first place I bought Bacon and Egg pie, so nice! Can anyone remember the second supermarket to open in the Chelmsley wood shopping Centre?

18  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hi from Sue on: August 29, 2018, 05:19:40 AM
I remember that area of Solihull well. I spent a lot of time out there in the 70's, relatives and friends lived in the area. The pubs were safe too. One of my main haunts was Momnkspath, now completely unrecognisable.

In the 60's me and my old dad would walk for miles from Hall Green, along the Stratford Rd, past the shop that sold large boats as you got to the start of the parade of shops in Shirley. Spent time in Shirley park, then return journey down Longmore Rd, cut across to Streetsbrook Rd and back to our council house in Hall Green, down the entry, into the back kitchen, full of steam - mom was cooking Sunday dinner, such happy memories.
19  Railways / Railways / Re: Diesel Trains on: August 23, 2018, 04:26:03 PM
Edifi, you've hit the nail on the head. Same has happened to the NHS. Fast Track managers with all the theory are screwing it up. They will not listen, screw it up and move on, highlighting their 'successes' on their CV. A lot of them coming in have very limited people skills. They think the louder they shout the problems will be solved.

Bring back the days when folks knew what worked as they had worked on the shop floor.

20  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Home made sweets on: August 22, 2018, 08:51:19 PM
I was never that interested in the apple. It was the lump of hard toffee that had settled around the apple while it was setting.

21  General Discussion / General Posts / Home made sweets on: August 22, 2018, 05:15:38 PM
There is something about this time of year, not really getting cold but slightly cooler. The leaves on the trees are losing their bright green growth and are starting to yellow. The fruit is starting to ripen and will soon be time for jam making and of course sweet making.

Have you ever done home made sweets. As a nipper in Brum on the council estate, my garden backed onto the 'bought houses' as we called them. They were always a bit better off than us and their life was different. One difference was they had Home made toffee apples. They were so nice and a very rare treat.

I remember this treat when my own children were young and how much I enjoyed this Rare treat. I thought they shouldn't miss out on this. I had a saucepan and heat from the fire. Off we went for some sugar. First of all we made toffee apples, delicious! Then on further occasions we would make toffee with added flavours, hard boiled sweets, mint flavour was best. Then one day we made cinder toffee! I remeber it climbing up the side I the saucepan when I added the bicarb. The cinder toffee didn't last long, it was gone. The only other home made sweets that disappeared quicker was cinder toffee covered in chocolate.

What are your memories of sweet making. Do you have any good recipes?


PS Don't tell the Dentist.......
22  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Foraging for food on: August 22, 2018, 05:02:05 PM
I hadn't deliberately gone out foraging today, more walking the dog. Came across a couple of lovely horse mushrooms. These will complement my omelette later this evening.

Picked a few green hazel nuts a few days ago, they are starting to turn brown and will be ready for Christmas. 

23  Railways / Railways / Re: Diesel Trains on: August 22, 2018, 07:05:46 AM
Thinking back to the days of British Rail and diesel loco's. BR were trying to make such severe cut backs in its latter years, that they decided it would save money by not replacing the starter batteries on the diesels. Instead, it left them ticking over all night in sidings. This soon cost them loads more money as Diesel engines like to be worked hard, this is why they are so robust. The bores in these Diesel engines soon glazed over, compression was lost, the loco then needed a new engine @ . No sense at all.

Why is it so difficult for public services to plan into the future and to understand that sort term gains leads to heavier medium and long term loses?

24  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: To all the guests on here. on: August 22, 2018, 06:56:12 AM
They may just need to stick a toe in the water to test it. And once tested, realise that we are warm and inviting, as well as enjoying a bit of debate

25  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: To all the guests on here. on: August 21, 2018, 06:00:21 AM
Good morning guests. 8 on the forum at this time. Hope you are finding the information useful and that it may be stirring some old memories for you. You yourselves must have loads of information or memories to share. Join up, it's easy and it's free. You never know, some one on here may have that golden nugget of information that you've been looking for.

26  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 21, 2018, 05:51:45 AM
Thank you for the advice Gerald. Only ever made beer and ginger beer many years ago. Funny thing is I was clearing some rubbish from the barn last night. I came across a load of old wine bottles, was about to throw them and then thought I'll hang on to them just in case......
27  The Midlands remembered / Midlands towns and villages / Re: KIDDERMINSTER on: August 20, 2018, 03:54:43 PM
Screwing brake pipe unions into aluminium brake cylinders was a nightmare. Would nearly all was cross tread.

This time though, it wasn't my fault. I had a torque wrench on the bolts, all screwed in hand tight and this one didn't need any pressure. Then that horrible feeling came over me 's to put this right. A new casing would be 300, got away with a few quid and a re-coil insert. I think hey are stronger than the original.
28  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: DANGEROUS CHEMICALS on: August 20, 2018, 12:27:20 PM
Chatting with my farming neighbour a few days ago, I mentioned that we had been discussing this on the forum. He recounted a story of a friend of his out hunting with a terrier and a larger dog. They walked through a field that had just been sprayed. The following day the terrier became ill and died. The larger dog became ill, didn't die, however it lost its fur up to the level where the chemical covered crop had touched the dog.

Beware - The Right to Roam act has the potential to make you and your pets ill, or worse!

29  In your Garden / Gardening advice and tips / Re: IN YOUR GARDEN on: August 20, 2018, 12:19:52 PM
Hello Gerald, this spring I managed to rescue 6 beech tree seedlings. They had just germinated, I thought I would pot them up before the sheep devoured them. At the moment, they are about 4 -6 inches high, in 2 inch pots. I am wondering what is the best way to over winter these seedlings? Should I repot this Autumn or in the spring? Should I put them in a cold greenhouse, just worried about the roots freezing if we get a harsh winter again, any advice would be appreciated please.

30  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Did anyone on the Forum play a musical instrument in their youth on: August 20, 2018, 12:11:33 PM
I can get a squeaky tune out of the violin. I'm trying to convince myself that with practice the squeaking will stop. But by then, the cats will have left home.......
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