Latest posts by Palaisglide

Memories of the past

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 13:32

There's nothing left for me---of days that used to be---Just a memory among my souvenirs

The ming vase in the hall---the tin bath on the wall---Fishmongers "calla herrin" call----Among my souvenirs

 The toilet down the yard----Made me a Welsh bard----With no door on the thing----You really learned to sing

Bread we had to slice---Cheese that frightened mice---The skin on pudding rice---Among memory souvenirs.

Apology's to Vera Lynn, Frank.

Memories of the past

Posted: 21/11/2016 at 13:45

RISSOLES "oh I love rissoles" and yes it was Roast Sunday cold meat Monday wash day with the poss tub dolly old fashioned mangle (it mangled your fingers if you were not careful) and the bread rising in the steam of the wash house for the next few days though I preferred it warm. Rissoles Tuesday Mother had been the cook for an Austro- Italian couple over here working for ICI or Brunner Mond as it then was, the Lady of the house would be in the kitchen with Mother showing her the use of Herbs and how to make the Pasta's they loved, our rissoles were kings of the village not your normal tasteless models. Dad grew Herbs in the garden, mother and I would eat Italian dad and Sister would not eat that muck so meat and two veg for them, they know not what they missed.

I came out of hibernation when I saw rissoles not much gardening in the NE we have had snow and frosts for a couple of weeks, our gardening starts in February and I would normally start by building a hot box, we had plenty of straw and horse manure so started and grew lots of stuff on that, Strawberries three weeks before anyone else, that was the way to go. Well back to sleep then.


Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 20:11

Richard, all the sea ports knew it as a Ganzi, a heavy oiled wool Guernsy pull over with long sleeves roll neck and well onto the thighs. The herring Lassies came down from Scotland packing the herrings and in any spare time knitting ganzi's. They were warm almost water proof and did not get washed very often, I always thought it was a Geordy term although Joyce said they also knew them as ganzi's. in Scotland, one of those travelling words methinks.


Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 11:53

Papi Jo.I had retired from the board until spring then peeking at the posting's for the last time I spotted your Policing the English as written why? Living in an area where we have five different dialects within thirty five miles and having been taught the correct way to speak and write English at High School your points are lost on me. I did well in English attaining high marks though not seeing the signs or the various hints and nods I probably missed out of getting two hundred out of a hundred. Who else i ask had a full blown kiss on the lips from the English teacher during the School play. Father was from Prudhoe, Mother brought up in North Yorkshire i was born in Durham, we are a coastal area with Ports and sea going people with a thriving immigration enhancement many from wartime as well as the new entrees, the local language is rich and at times ripe.

My point being as long as people write to each other and it is becoming a lost art with all those thumb operated machines, what matter where we miss the odd punctuation mark, some of which I learned at school I am now told are redundant. Seeing excited children in a group learning session reading books instead of i-pads at the library fills me with joy, who cares if they learn how to punctuate as long as they learn to read books again. 

Reet aas ofen te getin me ganzi and aaa's upt garden, t' suns shining.


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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 09:55

Stockton. Yesterday the Gods on Olympus looked down and smiled on us all day, today they are angry again, after the Lord Mayors show comes the muck cart the saying goes. It could be they are angry because a fellow Faun has left the fairy dell we call GW owing to misunderstanding of his jocular rustic wit we rustics understand yet those from the great metropolis do not. It may be time we rustics withdrew from what appears to be a fray and give it a rest until the growing season begins, we are not the losers, angry words do not friends make. Enough said methinks. I may be missing awhile.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 16:04

Ate my breakfast sitting in sunshine and so it has been all day. Went to Daughters for lunch hers is a south facing garden as is mine and we sat in sunshine talking and eating looking at a clear blue sky with just the odd white powder puff cloud drifting by. I asked if they had made a Mary berry Bread Pudding but had to eat mince pies instead, "oh well" you cannot win them all.


Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 15:58

Mart, when I saw those pictures my heart went out to you knowing full well it was never going to be an easy fix. You need a deep sump digging out and the garden needs raising. I still think your best bet Raised beds which will be suggested to you by the people coming in if they really are gardeners. Make sure you know who they are with a permanent base to get hold of them if things are not done as you wish, one or two people have been done over by fly by nights in our area one to the tune of £27,000, they went to jail for two years but that does not get your money back.

Take Care Mart and Good luck with the make over keep us in the picture.


Any geologists out there?

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 09:52

Muddle, Whitby was our day trip on a regular basis after we retired. Fifty minutes drive through beautiful countryside over heather covered hills and as you came down off the moors a glorious view of Whitby and the Abbey. Park on the North cliff, a walk down under the whales jaw bone down the Kyber Pass and straight on to the pier and beach. A walk along the breakwater and sit awhile then fish and chips in the Magpie Cafe, the best fish in Whitby, or so we thought until one day the queue was down the fish quay so we went elsewhere and really did find the best and at half the cost. A slow walk up the 99 steps to the Abbey, Joan loved the Church at the top with its old time closed pews, then the Jet shops and old fashioned sweet shop, Joan never came empty handed out of either. Cherry lips? Well I did not help her eat those, i was more mushrooms.

A steady drive back and fine nights sitting in the garden with a glass of something and Joan with her cherry lips, very happy memories indeed.


New Veg patch

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 22:43

TJ, my way would be to spread well rotted manure and gently fork it in and yes the worms will do the rest. A greenhouse as well? You are the lucky one, all you need to get a good start in Spring. The sowing some beans is a good idea I start mine in pots in a cold greenhouse and plant them out in late February. Once the weather warms up dig your patch over rake to a tilth and start your seed sowing or planting. Come back in Spring there are plenty of good dardeners on here to guide you, good luck.


Any geologists out there?

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 22:31

Dove, take a trip to Whitby jet jewelry shops to make your eye's water, it made mine water when Joan saw something she liked. "Oh well it is only money and she was worth the cost" wish I could still give her such treats.

Do not know if you have ever been up here, people tend to think we are dark satanic mills and mean streets, it is quite a shock for them when they catch site of Gods own Country and that is from Derbishire up to the Scottish borders through Durham and Northumberland. Have travelled far and wide, this is home and a beautiful one at that would not live anywhere else.

One thing you would see is front gardens not parking lots, our hill top area all have drives so no need to concrete over what should be the lungs of our homes, one of my pet hates along with decking.


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