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03-25-2013, 12:17 AM
Morning all

Dark and breezy out there still.

No plans apart from some shopping later.


03-25-2013, 03:29 AM
Good morning all, hope you got more sleep Geoff.

Sunny but still freezing here, said to last another 2-3 weeks :eek:

Ruth's hairdresser is coming this morning.


03-25-2013, 03:46 AM
Hi all.

The light and sound show here was enjoyable. Other areas did not enjoy!

Work was good.

Expected credit card abattoir today, ( car stuff) was averted because after I left my car at the lack of service centre and trudged to work, they rang 30 minutes later to say sweetly that they really needed the car for two days not one :eek: Vigorous discussions followed. For the URGENT matter they have booked me for the end of April when., a LOAN car, not courtesy car, is available.

In the meantime I will get an independent opinion on their so called urgent situation that will take a month to get attention. I think I am being taken for a fool and it really angers me. But mechanics and women. The Ms take the Ws as a fool. We shall see. Unless I get another lot of .... but I shall go to their competitors.

Anyways, lovely cool evening. No storm likely here. The light as the sun goes down is spectacular.

We have our own silver medallist. Uschii :thumbsup:

No egg blowing for me. Tried it once and ..... disaster. (Just like sausages teriyaki. ) Couldn't even collect enough for scrambled eggs Henry. Eggs were sacred to us growing up and were always eaten.


03-25-2013, 04:30 AM

It is cooling down some here too. Someone should put a direct call into Autumn, 30 deg Celsius is fine, bot 100% humidity is a bit much.. Took me two go to vacuum my house today.

Annie, I hope you get some mechanical joy..

Geoff and Doug, I hope you have a spiffing day..


03-25-2013, 04:53 AM
Been cool and wonderful here JJ, once I drove my own car home. Bit hotter before that

I SHALL get mechanical joy. I am rarely this angry.If the defect they have noticed urgently isn't there, I will want written stuff and then and on and on and :evil:

I'm tired but this has got my goat up. HERDERS beware and none of those Pan pipes or I shall scream.

Cats are in and cowering,rather, fed. Roger is home and deaf and will be fed.All is well :lol: :lol: :thumbsup:

03-25-2013, 06:18 AM
Mornings All

Congrats on the Silver Medal.

Glasgow Wind Band took a Platinum ( Sadly it's a sheet of shiny paper in a frame, no precious metal involved ) Award on Saturday, and I didn't get there as Scotrail reckoned there was too much snoo on the roads here. There was none. I like your shiny medal much more.

My brother has a garage, when he got married the wife came to do the accounts; I think the first time he was being patronising to a female customer , there was a sharp blow to the back of the head and a good telling off, so go find the mechanics wife, and unleash hell.

It's another freezing day in Sunny Scotland, I hung out a washing line of tea clothes and painting clothes and it was waay too cold to be pleasant.

My kitchen window is full of tomato and pepper plants, about 50 of them, and tray and trays of flower seeds. Usually by now they are in the greenhouse, with the heater on if it's chilly, but with constantly -5 and -6C at night, they'll need to stay in a little longer. Bottom greenhouse has 100's of plants ready to get out, but it's still too cold. Usually under the fleece the soil is around 10-12C and I can get lots of veggies in, but even under the fleece the soil is only at 4C so it's too cold for seeds; they'd just rot. Anyone got a spare giant greenhouse out there?

03-25-2013, 06:31 AM
Annie :)

Stew :wave:

I forgot to put up my photo of my lemons before.

I have had this real scrawny Meyer Lemon tree growing in an old washing machine barrel for some years now. It produced a couple of small lemons the first or second year, can't remember which, then nothing, until now.

I shifted the tub out into the middle of my back yard, and viola!


These guys are big! I can't close my palm around them, and they are heavy. I can't wait to juice therm.. They should be sweet, I poured Epson Salts dissolved in water around the drip line just as the fruit started to grow.. I am really pleased and excited!

03-25-2013, 07:02 AM
Morning again......

Did get some more sleep Doug but rather fitful I'm afraid...

Just heard that the first of my caravan rallies starting Thursday is on...hurray all we have to do is pray for no more snow...but it is forecast that area of Scotland!

Nice lemons JJ..


03-25-2013, 07:06 AM
What wonderful lemons. Am just too far north. I'm about the same latitude as Manitoba in Canada; without the Gulfstream, we'd be frozen half the year. I hope they are sweet and aromatic.
I remember a grapefruit in Cuba. I got a trip there one May with a church group. I think I heard "Freebie to the Caribbean" slightly louder than "Mission exchange to poorer churches " but it was a wonderful and uplifting few weeks. Everywhere our battered minibus went folks stopped us and filled it with fresh food, to feed us and the churches we were staying in. The box of grapefruit was still hot from the sun, completely ripe and so aromatic. I had one an hour later, split in half, without sugar, it was almost honey sweet, rich, juicy, crisp in texture and complex in flavour, and nothing but nothing like any grapefruit before or since.

03-25-2013, 07:14 AM
Happy caravanning Geoff!

Stew, oh yum!!!!!

03-25-2013, 07:24 AM
Morning all!
Congrats on the medal Uschii!

Nice Lemons JJ! My Myer lemon spent the overwinter in the base greenhouse where people had the NERVE to STEAL my 12 fist sized LEMONS!!! I would have generously said yes if they had asked, but to outright STEAL them! Grrr.

Up since 430 again. I am not appreciating this sleep pattern at ALL.

Have a great day everyone :)

03-25-2013, 07:45 AM
Nice Lemons JJ! My Myer lemon spent the overwinter in the base greenhouse where people had the NERVE to STEAL my 12 fist sized LEMONS!!! I would have generously said yes if they had asked, but to outright STEAL them! Grrr.:eek: :(

03-25-2013, 07:59 AM
Good morning... There's snow on the ground... not much... and it'll melt throughout the day, but it's snow. All three kitties wanted outside, not liking the cold stuff covering the porch but they didn't come back in either.

With Classes today, I have a little to do to get ready. Not much. Both of them are still working on their *shadow* compositions.

A couple weeks ago, I bought a small pot of *forced* hyacinths... they opened yesterday and filled my little sunroom with their scent. Deep, deep imperial purple, they're a reminder that Spring is coming... soon... I hope.

Geoff, caravaning in the snow just doesn't seem too appealing... :(

How lucky for Ruth that her hairdresser will come to the house, Doug!

Annie, you have every right to be angry. If this matter were *urgent* then I guess you wouldn't be waiting for a month to get it corrected.

We encountered a similar type of discrimination when our boys were young... our Army Son took his car in to be repaired for something minor and called his Dad from the mechanic's garage. It seems that he *needed* an $800 repair. Ted went in and amazingly, the problem seemed to correct itself. :mad: No vigorous discussions were necessary! :lol:

JJ, your lemons look wonderful... here in the North, we have no idea what fresh from the tree citrus tastes like (unless we tropically vacation)...

Stew, we've started our tomatoes too... there's nothing going outside for awhile! And SW Ontario's latitude is just above Northern California!

Oh, Caryl... I'd be pretty miffed! What on earth possesses people to think they can help themselves to what is not theirs?

Breakfast is calling... then, it's time to get my art stuff set up. Have a great day everyone!

03-25-2013, 08:09 AM
Hi Char,
How lucky for Ruth that her hairdresser will come to the house, Doug!
In fact she is cheaper than the one in the village and has 4-5 clients a day.


Strawberry Wine
03-25-2013, 08:45 AM
Good Day Washers!!!!!

Slightly overcast and below 0 C. temps.
The workshop was fun yesterday Painting not quite done yet.

Good Day Washers!!!!!

Slightly overcast and below 0 C. temps.
The workshop was fun yesterday Painting not quite finsihed

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Mar-2013/13320-41636453_congratulations_large.jpeg to our Super Woman Table Tennis Silve Medal Winner. Uschi !!!! Way to Go G F !!!! You are an inspriration to us all.

JJ, excellent looking lemons !!!!!!

Annie, Your anger is more than justified . Hoping that someone you know and trust can provide you with a referral to another mechanic.

Have stuff to do this morning so :wave: to all



03-25-2013, 09:19 AM
Happy Monday All;

It's cool, quite breezy and gray again here. Spring just isn't here....yet.:rolleyes: But I'm SOOOOO ready.


JJ, those lemons are beautiful JJ, maybe the tree just needede more sun; whatever it was it worked!

Caryl, that is awful; like you said you might have given them permission if only they'd have asked.

Doug, it'll be a while for us here too...I have a couple of daffs budded though.

Geoff, no caravanning for a while....too cold!

Stewgold; brr I think Manitoba, Canada is quite cold. Good thing indeed for the gulfstream. Ahh...a fresh grapefruit would taste SOOO delicious I'm sure.

Annie, Larry's Mom as a single Mom (his Dad died when he was 10 yrs old) used to get ripped off all the time by mechanics! It'd make Larry so mad and once he got a little older he'd go with her and read them off. It seems like they'd always find something or other more wrong with the car. Always more $$$. Just horrible customer service.

Char, stay warm; we didn't get any snow but it's sure cold.

Gail, have fun doing your "stuff" this morning.

It'll be a good MOnday even though we have no sun...I'm determined to make it a great day.

I hope you all have a wonderful day too.

BBL:wave: :heart:

03-25-2013, 09:20 AM
Good Morning all,
It is almost 9:00 a.m. on a snow-covered morning here in Oakwood. Looks like we only got around 4" of snow last night, but it has started snowing again and they are saying we'll get a couple more inches before this evening.

Dayton is commemorating the 100th Anniversary today of the greatest natural disaster to ever hit the city and the state: The Great Dayton Flood on this date in 1913. It was a calamity along the lines of the tsunami and other events like it in recent years. Here are a couple of photos taken at the timeónotice the poor horses in the water in the first one:


The amazing things was what happened afterward when people came together to rebuild and help the survivors. I'm reading a book about it now called Washed Away by Geoff Williams. There was a photo in the Sunday paper of the last survivor of the flood...he was 8 months old at the time and he and his mother were put in a rescue boat by his father who stayed behind in their home that was filling up with water. The boat was overturned by the current and everyone in went into the rapidly moving, icy cold water. His mother grabbed his long gown and a tree and held on tight. Eventually, people on the river bank made a human chain to come out and rescue them so he lived to be over 100 years old to tell his tale. Amazing stories of bravery and people helping people out.

Uschi, :thumbsup: on your Silver Medal!!!! Congratulations on your victories leading up to it.

Alan, Hope you are feeling better today.

JJ, Beautiful lemons. When we lived in Italy, we had 4 lemon trees in our yard. I could stand on the balcony outside my kitchen and reach into the trees to pick a fresh lemon whenever I needed on. It was wonderful. Nice memory. :D

Char, :lol: I can just picture that garage mechanic's face when Ted showed up to "discuss" the car problem with him. ;)

Annie, Good to get your dander up when dealing with that type of individual. Hope you can get things straightened out and find a more reputable mechanic to deal with.

Stew, Your grapefruit story sounds mouthwatering. I'm sure the people were so happy for your help, they thought they should return the favor with those fresh fruits they kept giving your group. :D

:wave: to all who were here before me and to those still on their way.



03-25-2013, 09:37 AM
Hi to All

Fed up with this weather

Doug, my wife also gets a hairdresser to visit, she is also a professional singer (the hairdresser that is) so we get a song as well, no extra charge!

Stew, good to hear that a Glasgow band won

Sylvia, these photos are amazing

Speak later


03-25-2013, 10:32 AM
:wave: Good day all!!! BBL

03-25-2013, 10:44 AM
Good Morning Everyone!!

It would be nice, the sun is shining, if the nasty NORTH wind would change to sough. Oh, well, in the hot and humid summer I'll be begging for it:lol:

So I went to see the specialist for the supposed blockage in the artery on the front of my thigh. He tells me he can see no plaque, no blockage, arteries are clean BUT what the CT Scan showed is that I have a naturally narrow artery from the groin to the knee in my left leg which as gotten narrower with age, hence less blood flow So that is the good news, the bad news - there is nothing that can be done about it.

Thank you all for your congratulations on my win!! It's nice because I won provincial prizes between 16 and 19 years of age in Austria and then I never played again until 4 1/2 years ago and when I am in such a competition I feel I am 16 again (thanks to forbidden Vioxx:lol: )

re car repairs - I am very lucky because the Toyota Dealer and service department in my city are very honest and good. Mind you, Toyota's service plan replaces parts at a certain age or mileage if it needs it or not:lol:

Sylvia, WOW, what a story! The photos show that the water was really high, what was the reason?

JJ, your lemos are wonderful!!! We can pick apples, cherries, plums, pears, peaches off trees and just have to be content with that AND how lucky we are in this day and age where we can partake of EVERY country's abundance any time of the year. I remember when thiis wasn't so.

Plans for today, playing table tennis in the afternoon - of course:lol: :lol:

:wave: to ALL and wishing you a good day!!


Scene Chaser
03-25-2013, 10:59 AM
Good day all,
Uschi, looks like you gave them youngsters a good paddling. Congrats on the win.

JJ. lovely lemons. So good for you, too.

Working on an old computer today.

03-25-2013, 11:42 AM
Hiya :wave:
Spring break here, so will be full of things to keep the Sprouts happy and busy:rolleyes: Jack has suggested bowling, golf and The Girl a trip to the big shopping mall :)

I have a brand new Meyer Lemon just planted, it was a gift from Kevin's (SIL)
parents in memory of my sister, I was blown away! We had a meyer lemon at my folks home and was a big favorite, a little sweeter than the Eureka Jack used to pick one and eat them like oranges. It came from my Grandparents home in Oroville, where they were banned for some reason.

We had a Toyota in the UK and when we sold it the guy kept the service plan, and was amazed at the care to both car and customer :) he was used to BMW and was best pleased with Toyota, I was also, gave lattes with service.

Must get ready for the day, BBL have a good one,

Oh and congratulations on the silver medal :clap:

03-25-2013, 11:44 AM
The tri state flood was caused by a stubborn weather pattern that caused a ridiuclous amount of rain to fall over the same areas in a very short amount of time. This was winter, so not only was the ground not accepting water, but the plants were dormant. You'd be amazed at how much water one tree will take up in its growing season. This was also before the time of control damns, dykes, or flood control walls. The cities effected by the floods were all built along major riverways, all at or barely above the riverline.

When the surrounding fields reached maximum capacity, everything ran to the rivers. Dayton took it the hardest being built in a lowland between two river confluences. Once they both overflowed, there was no where but town for the water to go. It feeled the Dayton river basin like a bowl. It wasn't until the flood waters down past the Ohio River (which also flooded) went down that the rivers upstream started to lower.

After that, the Corps of Engineers build numerous flood walls and dykes to keep the river within the banks and away from the city proper. It came close to the top of the giant dykes on year when we were there. I can't remember which year. 06 maybe. It was an AMAZING site, having seen the river almost completely dried out one week and the next, up 30/40 odd feet!

This was also a time before major relief and aid societies, and people pulled together to do what needed to be done. It was the start of MANY of the major civic aid societies.

The number of deaths post flood are often overlooked: exposure, fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, and disease.

There were something like 200,000 people displaced.


03-25-2013, 12:16 PM
Caryl, thanks for the very detailed explanation!!!!!! I was wondering why nothing like that happened since, now I know:thumbsup: So, we do NOT want rain while the ground is frozen!!!

Judy, I get a free Latte too if I am waiting for an oil change:) for something larger I get driven home and then picked up when the car is ready.

:wave: Uschi

03-25-2013, 12:24 PM
frozen, already saturated, covered in snow pack, or during the dormant season.

That's why the deep south is on fire.

We've had ridiculous amounts of rain over the past 6 weeks, but it all runs off. The rivers are near flood, but the plant life is dormant and nothing more than kindling. Add to the fact that we are covered with grasses, which burn fast, and pines and cedars which are quick to light and hot burning and it's a disaster waiting to happen.
It wasn't just the water damage either. They lost train lines, so supplies couldn't be sent in. All th telegraph lines went down, so no warning of impending doom or communication out. The canal lines were exploded to help flood control, so the local supply lines were gone. And bridges were washed away. Feed lots and grainery supplies washed away, so the coming Spring planting was delayed if it happened at all.... and as Sylvia pointed out.... OH the livestock!

03-25-2013, 12:46 PM

Sad day today - my friend Sheila whose son in law has been fighting cancer contacted me this morning to tell me he had lost his fight for life. All his family were around him - such a tragedy - he was only in his early forties. :crying:

Mum has an appt at the hospital later for a check up on her cataract op - the pricking of her eye seems to be subsiding and also the blurriness.

Am just on hold at the moment with the bank - they have completely removed the overdraft from the account after telling me last week that they would extend it for two weeks. No wonder they are busy....so many people complaining........and if this woman doesn't stop keep telling me that they are all busy am going to throw the phone in a minute. :(

Some good news - the snow is disappearing - still cold and windy but as yet no more snow - phew. Jamie travelled to Northumberland on Saturday for a wedding - he said the roads were surprisingly clear - he still took a shovel and blankets etc after I insisted he was prepared. :thumbsup:

Oh gotta go they answered......


Pat xxx

03-25-2013, 02:37 PM
Just joined Wet Canvas! so just wanted to say hello here as watercolour is my passion!
Oh boy, there is an overwhelming amount of information here. Great but daunting!

03-25-2013, 02:52 PM
Glad you made it, you will have seen the links in my signature. I look forawrd to seeing your art.

(((Pat))) so sorry to hear about your friend.


03-25-2013, 03:07 PM
welcome Medings!

Approach it like eating an elephant: one bite at a time!

03-25-2013, 03:52 PM
Morning all:wave:
Beautifully sunny and up to 25C today. :thumbsup:

Hairdressers.....I've just changed mine and the name of the salon is .......LouLou:)

Sylvia, really interesting about the Great Dayton Flood and the survival story. I bet no-one was talking climate change and global warming then? !

We have a very large Meyer lemon tree, fruits all year round here. We eat at least one a day each, but have to say that a lot gets wasted because nearly everyone else has one too! But when my family come from further south they take home lots.

John has gone off with a friend to walk over the top of our local mountain Maungatautari - will take them about 6 hours.

Welcome Medings! Yes, the information here can be overwhelming, it is quite the best art site on the net, that's why everyone panics when we go offline for some reason!

Pat, I am so sorry about your friend's sil. Too young.... :heart:

Better get off and have my breakfast, then later into town to the gym and coffee with my gym buddies. :wave:

But last, and definitely not least:
Happy Birthday to Hap! and many happy returns!

03-25-2013, 04:40 PM

03-25-2013, 05:19 PM
Happy Birthday Hap :thumbsup:

Medings, the site is a bit fragile at the moment and you should know that if it ever goes down we have a Wetcanvas Community Facebook page where we can report in.

Hi Lulu, that's the mountain nature reserve John took us to isn't it?


03-25-2013, 05:47 PM
Evening all.

Spent all afternoon at garage as it appears that I have a distorted brake shoe, it is safe but groans from time to time.....as we are off on Thursday,all being well Ihad hoped it would be sorted but bits have to be ordered!!

Hopefully golf in morning, the last for three weeks

Good night all


03-25-2013, 06:05 PM
Medings, the site is a bit fragile at the moment and you should know that if it ever goes down we have a Wetcanvas Community Facebook page where we can report in.

and if the site tells you that you are banned, it is NOT true, just the site having hickups.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAP!!!! and wishing you many happy returns and hope you are having a wonderful day with Anne!!!

Pat, so sorry about the death of your friend's son. Gosh, so young, so sad.

:wave: Uschi

03-25-2013, 06:15 PM
Hi Lulu, that's the mountain nature reserve John took us to isn't it?


Yes, that's the one Doug. They're walking from the Southern reserve over the top to the northern one.

03-25-2013, 06:43 PM


03-25-2013, 06:52 PM
Hello All,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAP !:clap: :clap: :clap:

Sorry to hear the sad news Pat.

Congratulations USCHI:thumbsup: :wave:

Take care everyone

Welcome to the site Medings, enjoy!:wave:


03-25-2013, 07:58 PM
Good Evening everyone,

We have one more freeze to go, and then it will warm up again. My flowers are toasty warm in the little greenhouse.

I went all summer, fall, and winter without getting sick. However, my stupid acid reflux ended up in my left lung, so I am now on RX to prevent pneumonia. Tomorrow morning, I have to go for a chest x-ray.

Happy Birthday Hap! Hope you have had a great day celebrating.

Going to go put my feet up and relax.

Allan Jameson
03-25-2013, 09:57 PM
Our side fence is finally being fixed today since being blown over and damaged in the big storm a couple of months ago:clap: :clap: :clap:

03-25-2013, 10:39 PM
Happy Birthday Hap!!! :music: When you're 64... :music:

Pat, I'm so sorry that your friend's Son-in-law has lost his fight... so young... so sad... :( Please accept my condolences to you and yours...


:clap: Allan

Welcome to the Forum Medlings!

((Uschi)) So sorry that nothing can be done...

G'nite All :wave:

03-25-2013, 10:55 PM
:clap: :thumbsup: :heart: Happy Birthday Hap :heart: :thumbsup: :clap:

Allan my repairs haven't started yet :-(

Here is my scrawny Lemon tree. :-D



:wave: Welcome to the forum Medlings

Pat sorry about your friends son. Glad Nan's eye is not so blurry.

Oooooooooooooooops the phone..............

03-25-2013, 11:17 PM
:wave: Welcome Medlings assume you are from the UK due to spelling of "colour"

Our Meyer Lemon is just a baby at about 1 1/2 ft, but look forward to lemons, some time.

I suffered from allergys, last year, our first spring since moving here from Knaresborough, I had no problems, but today :eek: I went through a box of tissues, and finally had to become horizontal, vertical was not helpful at all, must seek doctor's aid! must be trees and grasses, we were at the kids yesterday and Kevin was using the John Deer to mow the field. (ratz) :mad:
It's going to be a LOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG Spring :crying:

03-25-2013, 11:26 PM
She/he? could be from NZ or Australia too Judy, we know how to spell colour here too;)
Sorry about your allergies, I have to keep remedies at hand, not for trees or grasses though, generally fruits, even fresh walnuts, or cosmetic/household products, so I hope you get relief fast!

03-25-2013, 11:52 PM
Evening/ Good morning Everyone,

First post in the daily wash for me. Nice to meet you all, Seeing Laudosan's tree I thought to add my green coulours "PG7 and PG36" to the wash, I got them yesterday and this is them neat on printer paper with a bit of water and a finger as a brush. The red is Burnt Sienna PR101 (I have never used this either.


Night all,


03-26-2013, 02:03 AM
Welcome calurix :wave: What brand are your colours? I love a rich red BS myself..