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On 2/16/2020 at 8:04 AM, jonab said:

On the subject of dingy grey net curtains, have you noticed the revolting colour state of the net curtains at 10 Downing Street and other government buildings that are constantly being shown on British television news programmes? My mother would have had apoplexy if her nets became as bad as that.

 

 

Maybe that's the bulletproof / bomb proof glass that's distorting the colour.

 

I've got nets on my upstairs front windows and front door.

 

I did have Vertical blinds when I first moved in the house but got rid of them after about 10 years, horrible things to keep clean.

Net curtains are so easy to wash.

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1 hour ago, Stuart.C said:

I've got nets on my upstairs front windows and front door.

 

We have always had nets up at all windows, the ones we have are in the Jardinieres style, very pretty with flowers at the bottom and small leaves going up to the top.and almost pure white. They were from Yarnolds and cost quite a lot at the time. It paid off because they have lasted well.

 

We, over the  years have decorated and chosen furniture in  quite an old fashioned style,  with a few  modern bits thrown in. It seems to work. We even have the little cotton and lace   protecters on the two sofas to help keep them clean. 

 

The new window is now in the bedroom  (the dogs haven't barked for a couple of nights, so still waiting to see how well our acoustic glass works) Oops, strayed off my net subject for a mo. Anyway the window looked good but so bare without my Jardinier (being washed to go back up). It is back up now and my window looks pretty again. I guess, in the vote for nets, our house is a  yes. hearteyes

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10 hours ago, IAN FINN said:

Old men selling newspapers on the street corners.ps just had the worst 2 days of my life for some reason i could not reply to the threads every thing is ok now.

Lots of old men on street corners in Brighton and Lewes , (some young ones too). But they're not selling newspapers, they're wrapped in Duvets !

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7 hours ago, carni said:

We even have the little cotton and lace   protecters on the two sofas to help keep them clean. 

 

Are they called antimacassar? Originally to stop hair oil etc spoiling the furniture...

 

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                           I'm just an old fashioned girl

With an old fashioned mind

                            Not sophisticated

I'm the sweet and simple kind

                           I want an old fashioned house

With an old fashioned fence

                          and .........................................................  NS choir   :biggrin:

 

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It's licquorice root and you can still buy it in herbalist shops like Culpeppers (sp). It's thin, though, not like the thicker sticks I remember.  We used to share one stick round a group of us.... not very hygienic but we never thought about that.  Also I remember us eating half pomegranates using a pin to stab the fleshy seeds!

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We used to call it "Spanish Root", no idea why. I understand it's  grown up in the Yorkshire area, but not quite sure where. There was an article on one of the magazine TV programmes. You can purchase it at Holland & Barrett. 

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OMG no wonder it was flattened when this lot exploded!

 

 

 

 

                                                                         King George V visit to National Shell Filling Factory, Chetwynd Road, Chilwell,1916

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Oops, I thought I'd copied a picture of a "Nightingale ward" at the General Hospital. I still think they were better than the 6 bed bays of 'better' & later hospitals.

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Screw caps on the top of car batteries. You unscrewed them (6 of them) and then dangled the rubber spout of a hydrometer in the hole to check the SG of the acid and then you pulled the spout out, to check the next cell, and it being rubber it flicked acid on yer paintwork and yer shirt which was later covered in little  acid holes, there were 6 cells to do, and then you had to squint down the battery cell holes to see if plates were covered with electrolyte and if they were'nt you had to find that bottle of distilled water that you meant to fill up 3 months ago and when you found it, cussed as there was only enough for 3 cells so you gave up till you got some more distilled water then you could only find 5 of the caps to screw back on the battery meanwhile the hydrometer rolled off the radiator where you'd balanced it and it smashed on the floor...

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The good old days, greasing the kingpins, ball joints and steering linkage, universal joints on the prop shaft, checking the oil in the gearbox and diff, adjusting the valve clearances and checking the brakes and wheel bearings before you went on a "long" journey...…. Nottingham to Skegness?

I look under the bonnet of our current car more out of habit than the need to do anything. The only thing I ever need to top up is the windscreen washer fluid

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As a lad, I was chemistry mad, but could never get hold of any half decent acid.. so, when I found an abandoned car battery in the fields opposite, I put it in an old sack that was also lying about and set off to carry it home and extract the acid.  When I was about half way home I noticed that I was burning a bit...  The batery had shifted in the sack and was leaking... on me...

 

By the time I got home I'd ruined a nylon shirt, nylon socks (nylon is easily dissolved by acids) and most of the rest of what I was wearing.  It was close run thing to get home before my clothes fell off my back... Mum wasn't best pleased, but I managed to extract about an egg cupful of sulphuric acid, contaminated with lead of course, from the battery.. before taking it down to 'Hendo's' and weighing it in.

 

I emptied an old battery off Mrs Cols car only a couple of weeks ago.  It still had the 6 caps.  I've got the acid in a clearly marked plastic bottle in the garage.

I may see if I can think up a few chemical wheezes to show my Grandson. He's into sciency stuff.  I will of course keep him safe.

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