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Sunday, 1 February 2009

Febuary Diary

 

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Diary,
At 8am today 2/2/09 it was snowing, with about 6 inches on the ground already.
The shops up the top were shut, so no chance of any jam tarts today or gobstoppers.

Tags said...

Today is Grounhog Day!
Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil decides whether spring will come early this year, by venturing outside, if he sees his own shadow he will dart back inside again, a consequent forboding omen that Spring will not be soon.
With the meterological technology of today we Yanks still rely on this wily creatures old ways to forecast the weather.

Tags said...

Dear Diary,
6.00pm news & weather.
The Snow in London is the worst in almost 20 years.

For the first time in living memory, ALL LONDON BUSES, were unable to leave their depots because of the snow, the majority of over ground and underground trains were cancelled and their were no taxis.

All our airports were closed for the day, an aircraft tried to taxi at Heathrow but could not see the markings on the tarmac, and ran off the taxi way and its nose wheel sank into the earth but everyone onboard was O.K.

On the M25 motorway their were 50 mile traffic jams and lots of other roads were impassable.

All London schools were shut much to the delight of the children who have been enjoying making snowmen and using sledges.

People throughout the countryside are also snowed in.

It is still snowing at the moment although not quite as fast as this morning, but the weathermen are still forecasting that the snow in London will increase from 6 inches to 12 inches deep by morning, and up to 18 inches deep in other parts of the country.

The snow is now forecast to continue until the weekend, and people are being advised not to travel un less absolutely necessary,
even London hospitals are cancelling all routine and planned operations, and only deal with life threatening emergencies.

Tommy said...

I bet they are having a ball.As a kid on the estate growing up I can not remember it snowing that many times or is my memory that bad,

yvonneh said...

Tom, we had snow in 1947 that fell every day from Jan22nd to march 17th in that time temperatures never went more than a couple of degrees above zero. Fifteen foot drifts blocked roads and railways, and we still went to work and school. We are a nation of nambi pambis now, to delicate for the cold weather. Brian and me used to steal the dustbin lids and stamp on the handles to flatten them, it was great as they used to spin round when we went to the top of wescott and sledged down. We used to suffer with chilblains, and chapped knees, but we wrapped up and got on with it. I remember taking off our sodden socks and wellies and leaving them steaming on the fire guard, Brians used to stink the house out, we huddled as near to the fire as we could get, hence the chilblains. My mum used to have big red rings on her legs where she sat next to the fire with her fag and her knitting. My fingers used to weep they were sio sore, we used to have a tin of stuff, I think it was called zambuk that my dad used to rub in our feet and hands. I can remember leaving that warm front room and the radio to get into a cold bed, the lino under our feet was also freezing. In the morning we found jack frost had been so we couldnt see out of the windows and we had to mop all the water off the windowsill, oops sorry Im off again. 1963 was the coldest for 223 years, Britain was covered in snow fromboxing day to early march.Footy matches were cancelled so the pools panel was invented to make up the results

The Editor said...

You have a great memory Yvonne,must have been to young to remember 1947 ,io years old,I had left for America in 1963.They say we have climate warming hard to belifve it here in the states this winter has been the worst I can remember for a long time,very cold and lot's of snow.I could use a little global warming

jim davis said...

Yvonne I remember 1947 all that snow, and the fun we had. Yes it was very cold for a long time. But we got used to it, on reflection we had no alternative. This one silly thing remains in my mind about the snow that year. The people in the two blocks of flats nearest the junior boys school rolled snow into large balls, made a wall across the road out of them. Then challenged our two blocks to a battle.We built our wall then battle comenced. Boy it was great fun, men women and Kids all having the time of their lives , and it cost nothing. A nice memory that's for sure.

jim davis said...

Tom, with regards to global warming. Twice in 2008 I heard two so called experts say more or less the same thing. That being the world was still coming out of the last Ice Age that happened 10,000 years ago. One of the men was interviewed on the T.V. the other on the radio. On both occasions the interviewer failed to ask what I thought was a pertinent question. Which is ( If the world is still coming out of the last Ice Age would you not expect the world to be getting warmer? ) It would have been interesting to have heard their answer

yvonneh said...

Come on Tom ,you must remember when you were ten, I was only Seven.
Jim i am sure it was all the flats in Brants walk as I remember snowballing with all the grown ups, the problem as I remember it was that the kids were taking the snow from the walls so we got closer and closer, I found it safer to sit on the stairs in the porchway out of trouble. Hey girls, do you remember the pixie hoods we wore two squares of wool sewn together and some ties put on so you had a point on the top of your head, and the boys in their balaclavas with a little round bit for the face to look out, later on we had scarfs called bobble scarfs we used to knit them on large needles when we had the right length we would drop every 5th stitch and run it down the scarf then make a bobble to go on each end it was great for flinging over your shoulder,I knitted one recently for one of the nurses that visit Ken as she kept losing her scarf.

Tommy said...

Hi Yvonne,really I remember very little of my life before nine years old ,just glimpses of my early life but it is not very clear.Mostly I rember going to school in 4th year at Cuckoo juniors.

jim davis said...

Oh! Hum! Yvonne, There is only four blocks.With six flats in each block in Brants Walk. Like I said the bottom two blocks against our two block. the way I count that makes all of the flats. Did you think there was six blocks? Silly Billy.

tags said...

You guys have getting more snow today again. Blimey it must be a real mess if anyone is trying to drive around those little streets, at least we can get a snow plough down ours and it's mostly flat in Chicagoland no too many hills to cope with.

yvonneh said...

Tags would you believe we have run out of salt, we are and island whose foundations are built on salt, i cannot beleeeeeeve it.
Ok Jim, clever clogs, I was trying to memorise and I counted too many,thats on account of my low standard of maths according to that horrible teacher miss woods.

Del. said...

The snow has one bonus for me, I can see where Oscar is on our midnight strolls. Del.

jim davis said...

How interesting that it is Miss Woods fault still after half a century, that you mistakingly thought four blocks of flats were six Yvonne. You could have used your digits to help you count without even taking your shoes off. So come off it don't try to Kid a Kidder.

tags said...

Don't you have an abacus Yvonne?

yvonneh said...

Yes Tags, but its painful at the moment, too much bending and lifting.
Jim you didnt know miss woods I wish I hadnt. I went by porches and side entrances I thought there were three porches and three side entrances each side. Ahh memories do go wrong sometimes

Eff said...

Went to the Mexican tooth fairy today and it is going to cost less than $900 for a bridge involving four teeth, with crowns on three teeth. The wanted $3500 in Juneau for just the bridge. My God, you should have seen the line to get back into the US. It took us over 2 hours of waiting in line. It stretched around three blocks. It was terrible. The customs man I talked to said it was created by us "snow birds", going over there to get their medicine teeth and glasses, in other words it was our own fault. I told him if the US would take care of its seniors then they wouldnt be in Mexico getting taken care of. He said well he had dental insurance so he didnt bother going over. Just the classic case of "Im all right Jack"
Geo has to go back on Thurs to get it installed. I think I will go stand in line while he is being seen so that when he is done we should be about to the head of it.
Was chilly and windy today.
Well thats about it for now.
TTFN
Eff

Anonymous said...

i was just reading about the snow i love in clacton we must be the luckiest people it snowed on monday a lot of the schools were shut or went home early by 5pm the snow was all gone iwatch the news every day and thank god i dont live
any were else. my son lives in colchester and he has been out taking photos of all the floods i dont know whats worse the snow or the floods from sue boyce[shelvey]

Ted baker said...

Hi there Yvonneh. i remember 1947. me and my brother David who is older than me 1 was 7 and he was 10. well we rolled this snow ball up the top of westcott it was about 4ft high.We was going to roll it back down. this bloke said to us what you going to do with it now when we told him ,he said you must be mad now clear off.there was no cars.If we had our way it could have been 8ft high.we both had short trousers. the kids to-day dount know what life was like in those days before tv. mined you i used to like dick barton on the radio.In doors the wind used to lift up the lino and the frost was on the inside of the windows. Me and my brother david both had asthma, the rest of the my brothers and sisters were fine. do you remember getting a spoon full of malt every day. ive not got a clue why that was i just liked it. And in 1963 it snowed boxing day. i was around my girl frends house in deans road. sleeping on the sofa. when i got up to go home i open the front door and could'nt go anywere it was about 2ft high. It was like that for about 6 weeks. i was working at the a.e.c iron bridge in southall. We had to walk to work from the estate. As there was no buses.yet we get one day this year and everything comes to a stand still.When i was a van boy in 1957 the driver i was with we had to to nottingham. one wheel on the payment the other on the road.The snow was that thick up North And we had no heaters in the lorrys we was frozen. do know what we was delivering was toffes.Why dount they have under floor heating on the motor ways like they do on the football pitches.Run by solar panels.. got go to bed up at 5 am. ted

yvonneh said...

Ted,
Why do you get up so early.
I have a feeling I knew you all those years ago, we are the same age, I was born in July 40. We lived in Brants walk and then Upfield road Brian. my brother was nearly 3 years older than me, in years not in mind.

Ted baker said...

Yvonneh. Ive always been a early bird. ive been up at two in the morning. thats this morning. its now 5.30.am To be honest with you the only Yvonneh i ever new was the one who lived near me in WestcottI was born in 8/4/1940. my wife keeps looking at what i write. And she copy's it.She wants me to write my biography.Ive had a intresting life. i wrote a short story a part of my life some time ago. And showed it to a few people in the no. And they said to Sarah (the wife). get him to write down the rest. So now im on a mission.What its going to be called is the life of a yo-yo. Funny name for a book. Its mostly about my walk with god. ive seen things and done things that people outside my faith would not understand. ive been in prison for my faith. once in spain. and the other time in this country. once when i slipped back into my old ways drink drugs and women.why i was away this time my biggest down fall was women. When i came back to god the drink and drugs women Went when i came out of prison i met my first wife. Im teatotal now have'nt had a drink for over 40 years.The drugs was a 1960 thing.The women thing is the best thing i got married, i had to many in the pastThats it the past. So ends the sermon, for to day. by

Eff said...

Went to Algadones, across the border from Yuma Arizona.
Vodka $4, Brandy $3, Rum $4, Apple Pucker $6. Baileys chocolates $6, Kulah
chocolates $6.
Prilosec $3.50, 200 Amoxicillin $6, Pure Vanilla $1.
Dont send me your orders as I am not fighting the crowds again to get back
into the US. Full of old people getting their dental, specticals, and
medicines, because the U.S. refuses to take care of it's seniors. The line
coming back in is about 4 blocks long and takes up to 3 hours to get
through.
George got a bridge and four crowns for $850. The dentist in Juneau wanted
$3500 for just the crown. He is firing his dentist in Juneau and said it's
worth the trip down to Algadones. He really liked the dentist and all the
equipment was modern and sterile. He is really pleased and now he can chew
with his back teeth again.
Off to the Juneau picnic today at noon. It is a annual event down here.
Tomorrow there is another one in a park that is for all Alaskan residents.
Ate out last night with some friends that included Sid and Elizabeth Smith,
at a hole in the wall restaraunt just up the road from the RV park. The
place had $1 Margaritas, and Eliz had about three!!!!!
The Moose Lodge down here could give some lessons to our one up there.
Place is always packed and parking lot full. Their Legion dinners (ribs and
also steak) are $8.50! Pitcher of beer $5. No wonder the place is always
full!!!!
We leave here on Monday and head for Death Valley where we will join up with
the travel group we have been travelling with since 92.
TTFN
Effo

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Tom was going to print that email. So hope you all dont mind. I was just giving him an update on me and George's vacation.
Eff

yvonneh said...

Hi Eff,

dont worry love the dialogue and where you have been, keep it comming

Val B said...

Me too Eff, love hearing about your travels. I have travelled the states quite a bit and have been to quite a few of the places that you mention.Happy memories for me.

jim davis said...

Blimey Valb I recon Tommy could start a new page next month, ON HOLIDAY WITH VAL. Is there any place you have never been to.? It doesn't leave you much time for anything else does it. No wonder you keep leaving us, and we worry about you, now we know why, shame on you.

effo said...

Well, couldnt resist it, and went back into Mexico today. Bought some more Apple pucker and a liquer called Damiana. Because our last name is Damian, we thought it just had to taste good!
Also filled the basket up with Bailey's Irish Cream chocolates.
Any way I thought I would tell you how to make a Washington Apple out of the Apple Pucker. 4 shots of Vodka, 4 shots of Apple Pucker, and a splash of cranberry juice for colour. Try it, it taste's just like a Washington Apple and makes you feel good too!!!!
Leave Yuma Arizona tomorrow and will drive about 200 miles then stop for the night, and go into Death Valley (20 mule team borax) the next day, (Tuesday). At the rate we are going it will take a 20mule team to haul us in!
Eff

jim davis said...

What's apple pucker in english Eff?

Del said...

How about cider, made from crab apples, that would make anyone pucker up! Del.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

I think it is like a sour apple shnapps. Not sure though. It is just called Apple Pucker over here. I guess if you make the drink over there it would be called a Granny Smith's and not a Washington Apple.
Try it, you'll like it. Watch how you say it though after having a few.
Eff

Val B said...

Jim I worked for the BBC and took early retirement (full pension at 51) so when Ron also retired we decided to travel as much as possible. We have been to a lot of the USA and Canada and most of Europe but thats about it. I've never been to the far east, Australia etc though. Perhaps I will one day but I've got a dog now to think about. Frank and I are happy to holiday in the UK and take Bayley with us. Thats if he stops being car sick. He did it again on Saturday.

Val B said...

Talking about Saturday, we went to Hanwell as we had to go and see a potential dog minder. We drove round the estate for a little bit at first and there were so many changes. I knew that Brentside High (Cuckoo snrs) had been rebuilt but didn't realise there had been new houses built there too. There was a new road with a strange name "Old something" - I've forgotten now. I will ask Frank when he comes in he's bound to remember.
My old house is now the vicarage and bordars road at that point is unrecognisable with the new church and flats that are there!
Anyway, we went up the hill and turned into Studland Rd and then I got the shock of my life as a bus was coming towards us. Apparently it goes round the roads on that side on a hail and stop service.I bet it doesn't go round the estate!

bob stevens said...

Val, I too went for a trip down memory lane just prior to last years re-union, well, gobsmacked I was.
The new road and houses built wher Fairloughs cabin was and over the hill where allotments were look like an estate in the middle east, if you have a chance to go again just look at the flats and the window dressings, our mums back in the 40s would never hang such things.
I agree the busses were daunting, Browning Avenue and Homefarm Road seemed to be through routes, I remember, after spending a Sunday evening at The British Legion Oldfield Lane Greenford having to walk from Hall Drive Greenford Avenue to where my then girl friend lived in Browning, oh they were the days.

Tommy said...

Hi Bob,I also spent a few hours driving around the old estate prior to last years reuion,I had my nephew and his wife who also live in Seattle but he went to school at the infants on Laurie Road as he was born in the U.K. but as my sister married a Yank he came here to grow up.This was his first time back in nearly fifty years.I myself thought the old estate had held up very well the houses where well kept up and the streets where clear of litter.Yes a very cosmopoliton array of nationalities where living there but it seemed well kept and has faired well over the years.

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Hello from Death Valley. No cell phones here, or wifi in our rigs. They told me that we are in a 'dead zone' duh!!! Why do you think it's called Death Valley. Found out the country general store (up the road) has wifi, so here I sit, outside in the court yard just to check up on my cukooites.
Do you realize that Death Valley in some places are 282 feet below sea level. So OK, if the sea was here I would be talking to King Neptune.
They hills around are really spectacular, (I think they are hills). It gets 125 degress F.in the summer time, however it did get to 132 degrees and had the world record back in the thirty's till the Sahara desert broke that record by 2 degrees a couple of years later.
Well, just thought I would check in.
TTFN
Effo

Tommy said...

Hi Eff,glad all is well not sure about Death valley I have travelled thrue there more than once and it is so bleak and barron.Save your $ for Vegas you will need them and hope you have a great visit with all your friends.How are the dogs doing.

yvonneh said...

hey eff, I do envy you, I might never see these places so the info is excellent, when you get to vegas put one in for me, but enjoy yourselves

Val B said...

Tommy don't pretend you like dogs!

jOHN said...

My dog used to pewke in the car too when he was puppy Val.
I made sure that I didn't feed him or have drink a whole lotta water 'til we got to our destination, eventually he grew out of it and stopped pewking.
He pewked on my wife when we first picked him up from the breeder as a puppy. While we in the kennel picking him out from a litter of eleven puppies, my other dog who we left outside in the car, freaked out, she thought we had left her so she tried to chew her way out the back seat. She ruined the upholstery and door armrest so we had to get another Chevy.
Cheers,
John

Ted baker said...

Iknow what you mean about the estate that is built on the castlbar playing fields. Its called Coply close. When people put there name on the coucil waiting list. Thay asked were you do not want to live and that came out on top.The cuchoo estate was just settling down. then they built that place.The trouble that place caused. Poor old Hanwell had its fall share of council estates. mostly around the cuchoo estate highland avenue called the (white flates) coply close.And they extended the cuckoo estate. the top of Westcott and Templeman. At the bottom of the cuckoo avenue. every bit of waste ground they could fined. But cetra stopped them when they tryed to build on the playing fields. Its now a village creen. Can never be built on it.Its up to the tennets on the estate to make sure they do not. by Ted

Ethel (Stevens) Damian said...

Hello from Lake Haversu. This is where our old London Bridge was re constructed. The old bridge was bought by a fellow called McCollogh, the same guy that made the chain saws of that name. He shipped the bridge back to the states in pieces and because it was an antique he didn't have to pay any import duties on it. He reconstructed it and then dug a lake underneath it. So here it sits, in the middle of the desert where McCollough built his own town, Lake Haversu.
Wonder he didn't purchase the Old Cuckoo Schools when that was up for sale a couple of years ago! That really would be something to see out here.
Will be here for a week, and then up to Las Vegas for five days.
Effo

george said...

Heard that Coply Close is being pulled down and new,better designed houses being built!

Tags said...

Are they pulling the other ones down. Where will they put those tenants?

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