Latest posts by Palaisglide

sacrilege or what?

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 12:10

Barbara, for as long as I can remember the powers that be have wanted to ditch gardening programmes for some easy to produce pap. I am no expert but would have left GW where it was and moved the two half hour programmes up, they want to remember there are millions of gardeners out there who will not always remain silent.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:41

Beau, at my age I am amazed as are my grandchildren that I find my way round the laptop, pictures are a mystery, well trying to post them, and my piano does record, I can add up to 12 instruments but getting that on here, well a bit like ice cream in the desert, no can do.

All those tunes have a memory of Dance Halls from the UK to Port Said the huge London Locarno's and the Hammersmith Palais especially, Girls of all ages the older ones would always be the best dancers, that often led to trouble but then that was my hobby, trouble I mean.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 23:51

Lionel Blaire???? you go wash your mouth out now, six foot well muscled and never wear frocks. That would have gone down well while I marched 250 men round a parade ground. Parade mince gently to the right holding your rifles like Sonnen Blumen waving in the wind. Load your magazines with jelly babies and no biting the heads off first, yeh can just imagine it.

When I feel a bit down I get on the piano and play all the old Glen Millar tunes I used to dance to, "In the mood" gets well and truly jazzed up, "String of Pearls" "American Parade" then I slow down with "Sentimental Journey" usually finishing with "Don't go under the apple tree" depending on mood South American songs think Carmen Miranda without the fruit bowl on her head and best of all Tango's dancing with the best dancer in the Palais she melted into you, by the time it was over the place was like a steam bath. I have lived a bit Beau.


Secondary Fencing

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:30

DIY shops have rolls of chicken wire or plastic netting which could be fastened to existing fence. For a little more money they have rolls of cane which would unroll across the gaps and can be cut to size. Have a walk around I think you would see plenty of reasonable things to fill the gaps.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 22:24

Beaus Mum you will never know as I never did kiss and tell, being a dancer from a very early age got me into some situations though mainly I had fun.

Todays song "Ma belle ami" and yes it was with a girl so many years ago.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 13:07

Beaus Mum, I have many old long players yesterday was Lyn Anderson, I got an interest as a wee lad watching Cowboy films we had singing cowboys back then. I still play some of the old time songs on my piano though South of the Border still rings a bell with me, I fell for a lovely lass who lived in Middlesbrough to us in Stockton North of the Tees that was south of the border, still is referred to in that way, alas nought came of it. Broken hearted I joined up and met a lovely Naafi girl the same night, we did very rapid get over it back then and as I moved from camp to camp many followed.


So what should we be doing with our grass right now?

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 14:04

Why do we need to be continuously fiddling nature cannot, leave the mower in the shed, even with sprinklers we could not give enough water so let it be until the rains come back or in our case the salt filled sea mist off the North Sea, it seems to thrive on that as people comment on my lawns actually being green?


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 13:51

Got the message Verdun and wilco. A last word, it takes 75% of the forces to put 25% near a fighting line, in the first world war or the early years it was about 50% and cooks clerks orderlies could find themselves in the fight. Those in the lines went through hell though unless it was a set piece battle most would be well back. The old adage of 90% boredom 10% wish you were not here still goes today in Afghanistan or any war zone. The forces did not dwell on the bad bits they let their hair down and did all the normal things between but when called toed the line. I found ICI after my service a much more dangerous place, the hairs on the back of the neck are the usual warning device but at ICI you needed eyes and sensors in every orifice. Will now back off do not want to become that too much information chap who is flooding the threads.


What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 12:10

I would ask who are the experts people who tell us their own likes and dislikes or forbid us to eat as we wish, we are our own experts, we know what we like, what is good for our particular needs and may it always be so.

I eat thinning's raw in salads, washed salt pepper a drop of Olive oil. I love beans young green and tasty, depends on the type you grow, peas bring them on raw or just cooked not stewed as often happens, mange tout? do not see the point, no peas just pod. Love beetroot steamed and eaten warm. Cabbage is a favourite, properly cooked, still chewy with pepper and butter a meal in its self.

Raised beds some need them and why not make gardening easy for people who through age or various problems cannot get down to it just keep growing your own however you do it.



Posted: 06/08/2014 at 11:54

Angela, your biggest problem is drying out Rhododendron hate that, they are setting root a mulch if you can get it of half rotted manure and straw helps keep the moisture in if not a mulch of garden compost or leaf mould. They do like well drained sandy soil, sounds daft after saying do not let them dry out, their natural habitat is part shaded woodland damp with morning dew. It will take a year or so to grow and flower properly both mine and my Daughters have been the best ever this year and they are both very old plants. Be patient, make sure the soil is slightly acidic and enjoy as they mature.


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