Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 21/11/2014 at 17:10

Salt meant wealth as at one time it was used as money. We still say the salt of the earth meaning the best of the best up here.



Posted: 21/11/2014 at 15:48

We always had Goose from our own flock with chicken for new year plus one of our own Hams. I still love goose though seldom get it the ham tradition goes on, I buy and cook a Ham to take with me to which ever Daughter I have lunch with, as they all arrive after lunch it gets used up in sandwiches later. We made paper decorations and still do make some small ones for over pictures just for old times. The Christmas puddings were all made on pudding Sunday when all the families went to Grandma's with the ingredients all mixed in a huge bowl we all had to stir, our lot being somewhat posh put lucky sixpences in them, they would be put in pudding bowls and go home with us to steam for eight hours then stand until the day and steam another four hours, I still steam them and take them with me in a slow cooker which gets switched back on until the time to eat them. Most still prefer the old style and turn noses up at the couple who like chocolate or alternative types. Christmas always has been family affair and we had big family groups so yes it was a fun day. I missed a few being Army then made up for it other years.

New Years Eve as Lily says was always a party night with the house packed we had the largest house so got them all. A couple of us lads got thrown out before midnight with the coal bread salt and a hip flask, me with the Accordion my pal with a Guitar and on more than one occasion they had to send out search parties as we had been kidnapped by others having house parties, they usually found us by the lusty singing and Joan with that look in her eye would wipe the lipstick off my face and say nothing happy days. Now I struggle to keep awake and watch the Hogmanay show on TV.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 19:37

Runnybeak, Given many people goose bumps among other things in my time usually when they dropped their rifles during drill. I love Marches and the music will bring back a memory of a parade, Trooping event. songs from the sound of music bring back memories of Joan Dancing a mad dance in the Pavilion in Austria with a Hungarian up on the benches whilst I did a sedate waltz with his wife. A beer cellar in Munich with a German band playing "wooden heart" another old folk song we had sung before Elvis murdered it and Joan and I demonstrating the English Waltz, the beer flowed free that night. I look at pictures and hear a song or tune connected with it, maybe because I do play music and see the pictures it conjures up. Music crosses all frontiers and makes all people equal, pity it did not make them peaceful at the same time.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:12

Lily, will enjoy the hug immensely though all that was a long time ago, hugs always welcome though. So often songs bring back memories of events my Dad asking me to play "Alice Blue Gown" as he remembered his Mother who he had not seen in nearly twenty years, tears on his cheeks, bit of a shock to a young lad, men do not cry? Part of a Mouth organ band on a troopship, Lily Marlene and Now is the hour as we sailed through the straights of Gibraltar into harbour smelling the scents of Africa blowing across the straight. Bitter cold but very starry nights in the desert the same mouth organ but this time songs from home, lads walking away for quiet thoughts!!! Music is really our timeline through life, it changes as we change. Historical events in my life all have a certain tune attached that when heard will bring back that memory and so may it always be, end of lesson?


Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 10:12

We get there David. You will have realised the song was Vesta Tilly's "Two Lovely Black Eye's"  my Dad loved the local music hall or Hippodrome as we knew it and dragged me there with him first house, second house was usually when no holds barred started. There were some very good singers and yes even impersonators, (a bit like Elvis) they would do the Tilly songs and so we sang two lovely black eye's.

That afternoon in Cyprus when the Sergeant told me to go get drunk after a bad couple of weeks, the street singer walked in and sang. I of course thought he was singing the song I knew but talking to him as we shared a bottle it turned out to be the Fishermans Song a very old folk song. The memories brought me back from the black dog, from then on if things got bad I sang it to myself it always worked even in Siberian winters on Luneburg. Some songs can do that lift the spirits.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 16:53

Matty, Stay strong, once it is on the table you are in their hands and they came up trumps with me, now cleared and back to normal. We are all with you take strength from that, it helped me.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 14:30

Hi Hester, knew a Nesta many years ago a welsh beauty and dancer. You do not need to remember the steps practice makes perfect and learning young as we did in my time also helps. Agree about the dip your toe in well rehearsed for camera clips of the practice and back chat, Bruno and Craig getting a bit boring, Len using bad language? what on earth is it all coming to? AND what is Darcy doing to her hair?

David if there is a dancing God dispensing justice then Caroline will win, if as usual the none dancing voters crisp eating wine swallowing general public get their way then Bruce and Tessa will win? I know but they the GP always get it wrong IMO.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:24

David, beg to differ, as Pixie will lose to Caroline.

KEF Walk in comfort, dance in pain, if it is not hurting you ai'nt doing it right so my lovely Tango teacher told me, men's dancing shoes are light and flexible apart from the Tango shoes that feet ached from hours of practice as I am sure Darcy's will. I heard her say last week her brain wants to dance her body now refuses, know the feeling well. She is still young, Ballet dancers murder their own bodies Joan had studied ballet as a girl and all that on your toes stuff ruined her feet, she danced in half heels and often had to soak her feet after a Ball. The moral being think well for what you wish.

I am not made of stone my love I do take in the whole ambience of the person whilst watching the feet. If Judy had not gone last night I was going to bring in Cerberus to stop her crossing back????


Greenhouse staging

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:05

Alan, bought the timber and made two heavy weight staging's for the North side as I wanted a heated sand bed as well for bringing on seeds and cuttings, normal aluminium staging's do not take the weight. That also came in handy for plants needing to be high and catch all the light. Then bought two aluminium staging's £18 each a long time ago for the south side, winter plants in pots and some special plants to over winter. In spring summer the aluminium staging's go put side next to a south facing fence and the south side of the greenhouse is prepared for tomato's etc. Using the tops and the under side of stagings for plants with differing needs you get maximum use from the green house, putting the aluminium stagings outside gives me elevation to grow Strawberry's for the grandchildren to pick as well as a nice sunny potting bench, my normal potting bench being inside. You need to consider what you wish to use the greenhouse for, if you decide you want to propagate with or without a sand box then you need a heavy weight bench, if you just want to put pots and trays on then lightweight aluminium, remember pots and trays are also heavy when wet, had a cheap one collapse on me many years ago and learnt the lesson.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 09:48

Simon again this week followed by Caroline, Pixie Frankie probably Mark will be in at the end as well. Judy though she did a recognisable sort of dance should keep on going up the Tower. Steve will go and I cannot warm to Jake.

The Dancers seemed to rise to the Blackpool Tower influence and the audience were on their feet a few times as I would have been, we saw some very good dancing so now I would say it is a competition and not a show.


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