Saturday, 2 May 2020

Strange Times, End of Week 7

What have I been doing all week?
Much the same as the week before and the one before that.................. except this week it rained.

I had to search out some photos for something and re-found an old one taken at ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) in Stowmarket from perhaps the 1950's? I put it on the Stowmarket Past and Present Facebook page and almost straight away there was a comment from someone who I was at Stowmarket Grammar School with in the late 1960's.(now living overseas). From my grandad's surname he had wondered if it was me writing? A while later another person commented to say the man on the left was their late father - How brilliant to have a name! The power of Facebook!
My family had lots of connections with ICI, my Mum worked there as a paint colour tester and met my Dad, a machine operator there. My Dad's sister met her husband there through my Dad. Then my first husband was a apprentice machinist there when I met him in the 1970's.
 The man on the right in the photo is my grandad, perhaps he worked there too although I didn't know he had. My cousin might know.  ICI in Stowmarket was a huge employer back in the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 1980s. Producing the famous Dulux paint. The factory is still there- even bigger but was taken over in the 90's I think, it's probably still a big employer.




I'm sure the rain this week has done the garden a lot of good - hopefully it will have helped the fruit trees and bushes. The cooler weather was good for the young plants in the greenhouse........... until they get a good root system they tend to flag in hot sunshine. Years ago I used to paint the greenhouse with some white stuff specially made to keep the heat down but then on dull days not enough light gets through.
I've planted the cascade tomato plants into the baskets on the garage wall. Hope it's not to early but the bricks of the wall hold a lot of heat so hopefully that will keep them warm and today I have to venture out to deliver the remaining tomato plants to my BiL . The first lot of Climbing French Bean plants are now outside. I always put a little  fence round them made from sacking stapled to stakes, to protect from wind and frosts and animals. I'll leave sowing runner beans as late as possible in the hope they'll keep producing right up to the first frosts.
There were only 2 spears of asparagus this week but I pulled and cooked lots of rhubarb.

According to something I came across on a local facebook page, the Post Office are stopping Saturday deliveries of letters supposedly to "ease the burden on postal workers". Although they are still delivering parcels and collecting from letter boxes.


This week I am grateful for
  • Rain for the garden
  • Food in the cupboards
  • My greenhouse 

Hope everyone has a good weekend. As well as dropping tomato plants at BiL's house, I'm picking up a bag of compost from a company who've just started to  run a fruit and veg stall in a village hall car park (with social distancing of course) and posting a birthday card - that's my excitement for the weekend!

Back Monday
Sue

PS - One day next week I get to the 1,000th  post - with giveaways!!

39 comments:

  1. Please pace yourself with the excitement! That's a pretty good list of things to be grateful for. Stay safe lovely Sue xx

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    1. I did all the exciting things - now the rest of the weekend is lazy

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  2. Yes, our gardens most definitely needed the rain, and everything looks so much happier and refreshed for it.

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    1. it was good rain - not too much at once, should plump up the gooseberries

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  3. Everything looks lush, green and happy again here too. That rain was much needed.
    A lovely story about the photo and it must have given much pleasure to others to see it.
    xx

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    1. My cousin emailed me with some more info about my Grandad and she has some other pictures too

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  4. Thank you for the heads up about the PO not delivering on Saturdays any more - I didn't know that!

    Our garden was very glad of the rain and Tam's earthed her first earlies up as they had shot up!

    I plan to plant my Runner Beans out today. We have some more in the polytunnel but I think it's too hot for them in there and they aren't doing well. I'm going to put them out of reach of slugs outside as I always used to do and they should be happier.

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    1. I've got to rethink my tripods for beans so that they don't get blown over like last year - losing all the runners was a disaster.

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  5. We also have a huge sprawling ICI plant in Huddersfield once making dyes, chemicals, pesticides and Nylon and employing over 4000 people - Syngenta owns it now - not sure what they are making but the smell round about the Leeds Road area is still as bad. Most of my friend's fathers worked there when I was at school but sadly most of them died young with breathing problems due to the chemicals. One of my daughter's boyfriends took a holiday job there in the dye department - most students quit after the first day - Darryl made it to day 4 but came home a different colour each day - not quite as much health and safety back then! Some of the cheapest housing in Huddersfield is the row of semi-detached houses opposite the factory - but live there at your peril.
    It was lovely to get some feedback from your facebook post - I love this kind of history. Have a good week ahead.

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    1. My mums friend married someone who worked at Stowmarket ICI and then they got moved right over to Usk in Wales. They were such a big company but all the bits were sold off

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  6. I have only started to read Facebook and it's very interesting to read about what happened in the early days. I have found several people I use to work with. It's a lovely sunny morning but cold. Have a nice weekend Sue and others. Hazel c uk
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    1. I took myself off facebook and then restarted to just look at groups like the local village and local history sites which are interesting

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  7. My sister in law met her husband when they were working at the ICI laboratory at Jealotts Hill in Berkshire in the early 80s. After having children, she retrained as a teacher, but he stayed with the company (through its changes/renaming etc) till his retirement last summer.

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    1. It was such a big company with different parts all over the country. The Stowmarket bit had all sorts of sports teams and social events

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  8. Surely if the post office does stop Saturday deliveries it would mean more work for the already busy posties etc?? Pat

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    1. The lady in the post office was a bit puzzled over how it would work but I'm hoping my plants get through the system OK!

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  9. Yes Sue - how the garden perked up after the downpour and how lovely it smelled when I went out later to look. Have a good week end.

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    1. Today has been lovely and sunny, should help things grow after the rain

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  10. The rain was sorely needed wasn't it, everything looks green and refreshed and smells gorgeous now. If we could just plan to have it stop for a couple of days that would be perfect. I need to get something planted into the Net Tunnel and the big drips that blob through when it rains go right down the back of my neck. If I put my hood up I can't see what I'm doing properly ... never satisfied am I ;-)

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    1. You need one of those big hats with a wide brim. I had one which vanished in the moves

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  11. That is a wonderful list to be thankful for, like you I am so thankful for food. It must be terrible to be hungry.

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    1. I can't imagine what it must be like to have empty cupboards

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  12. Sue and Pat, Posties are still having to work Saturdays, inside the sorting office, sorting mail for the beginning of the week so that they can be out longer delivering post Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. No social distancing in the sorting office, it's all about profitability, posties working even harder whilst the management sit on their backsides rubbing their hands together thinking about how much money they can make - no thanks or encouragement from them - that only comes from the public who my Son has said have been so lovely and thoughtful xx

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    1. Hooray for your son and all the post people.
      I'm sorry they are working extra hard but thank goodness they are.

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    2. I'm sad to see this Trudie. Our postman seems very stressed at the moment and reading this I can see why. I'll clap for all posties on Thursday.

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  13. Our garden was pleased with the rain we had too. It smelt lovely when it was raining. Strange to be missing April showers.
    Have a lovely weekend

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    1. A very dry month - I enjoyed the sun and the rain and hope May is nice and warm with rain only at night!

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  14. You wrote about having just two spears of asparagus this week Sue. How do you know when to start leaving some to put the energy back into the plant?

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    1. I'm just greedy and won't be here forever so keep cutting them! Actually the rule is 6 weeks of cutting then stop

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  15. My dad worked at ICI in Manchester in the late 40s early 50s. Crisp butties sure brings back memories. Haven't had one of those since we left England in 1966. My mom wouldn't let us have them but our aunt would give them to us at her house. I remember they were really good!!

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  16. How great your garden got to have a good drink :)
    I've found Facebook really great for keeping in touch with extended family.

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  17. Isn't it wonderful to find old photos and meet with old friends and acquaintances.

    God bless.

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  18. Our garden has enjoyed the much needed rain....I hope it knows when to stop though! x

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