Latest posts by Palaisglide

Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 14:58

Indeed Lovely David I played that on a small two manual pipe organ in a small church, the sound could well have been a Compton Cinema organ, it is the setting that maketh the sound.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 10:07

What a night, Caroline "Wow" spectacular, Simon definitely but then I am a waltz man far more difficult than it looks. All very good although Jake and Sunetra are at the end of their lines Jake hit the buffers last night a very weird mix neither one or the other. Did do some Greek dancing the first time at a Greek wedding in Cyprus many years ago, it was all a bit like the Palais Glide where each man stepped out and did a macho solo and not a single plate got broken so have no idea where that came from, probably a touristy thingee.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 16:10

Edd, Lily, That would be Middlebrough then over the river from me, we ate a lot of his ice cream when kids, well his Dad's then. Not the only good thing to come out of Teesside, the secret sanctuary people do not want to come to then when they come do not want to leave.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 14:13

David, I fell about laughing, Shaun the Sheep advert came up when I clicked on, that did suit my mood, nice music both of them. It is getting darker the lights are on.


Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:15

Oh for goodness sake, do what I did, get up kick the woes up the a### and get on with life. Any fool can be miserable it takes effort and attitude to see the sunny side of life as I do. Next time it is the button.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:09

Music in the kitchen today as it is cold wet and miserable out there in the wilds of the garden, I am sure I saw a bear though it could have been a large squirrel? Today I went all Italian, O Sole Mio, Mama, Santa Lucia, all with special memories and reminds me of soft warm Italian nights drinking wine and singing our heads off usually accompanied by very good food, happy days.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:02

Lyn, no bikes we walked. The Farm was called Welly Hill not because we had to wear them, because we had deep wells with windmills to pump up the water. There had been Quarries on the land at one time and we had natural warrens of rabbits in the quarries, Aunt Mabel would say go get three rabbits for the pie, shoot them in the head I do not want lead in the pie? The land was quite uneven in places and the top meadows were up a hill, so walk up, they would be waiting at the gate and the lead cow would belt any upstart young cow who tried to pass her as we all ambled back down to the byre. They all knew their own stall and woe betide any cow trying to get in the wrong one, we had to break up a few set to's and they can be quite fierce with each other. The milking machine was portable my job a bucket of warm soapy water to wash the teat then rinse for the machine to be attached and what a lot of people do not know is a cow can kick forward with its back legs and often did, painful. The metal churns filled and rolled off a loading dock onto a cart then taken to the gate and off the cart onto a raised platform for the collecting driver to roll onto his truck and away to the dairy. Some of the milk was delivered locally by putting a churn on the gig and with several metal measures, a Gill, Half or Pint milk would be served into the house wives own container usually a jug.  Only a gill today Arthur I cannot afford more, Pint and a half Arthur please it is rice pudding day, going around with that delivery taught you a lot about the village.

There is a saying in Yorkshire, "Strong "o" the arm weak "o" the head" taking on a small holding these days of rules and regulation plus H&S for everything I would guess that to be true or you are young fit and have a bottomless coffer.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 15:13

Dove, a Tumble, two wheeled tipping cart, we called them rullies, There was a selection of carts some with wings for hay making or harvest and best of all a small gig and pony which I would take to the station to deliver or pick up packages, the lanes were quiet then one car a week or Dad's truck so safe to move along. I still drive those lanes and yes they are lanes with overhanging trees, through woodland and pasture bringing back memories of a wonderful active and adventurous childhood.

Sings to himself, "memories are made of this" happy days.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 14:10

Dove, enjoyed reading all that and it brought back memories, going up to bring the cows down for milking, we had a machine filter and cooler by then, before it was by hand. Uncle Arthur would lift me onto the lead cow to ride back down to the byre, ever rode a cow? it is painful. The horses were Suffolk Punch and two Cleveland Bays all working horses as both Dad and my Uncle did not want a tractor which had to be shared with two other farms in wartime. We would ride bare back and fell off a few times, get back on was the best way. We had goats for milk and made cheese, some of the milk was sold in the village supposedly good for children with certain illnesses I hated the cheese. We churned our butter so no shortage during the war as I flatly refused to eat the Margarine yuck. Cream was produced in the dairy by putting out shallow bowls filling them with milk and letting the cream rise, the dairy was tiled out and cool, nets went over the bowls to keep the flying wild life off. All meat and fowl were slaughtered on the farm or our own small holding and Goose was the Christmas meal every year. Saying all that Dad was in business and Mother a dress maker until she was called to war work at the local Bomber Base as an electrician in the women's quarters that meant I had to look after the feeding of the animals young as I was.

A tail piece, was stationed at Cavalry Barracks in York they gave me a big old horse that had been badly handled, he knew all the tricks leaning against you and pushing up against the stable wall as I brushed him down and you had to watch as he would nip you as you passed. We ended up friends as unlike some spurs and whip were not my way of doing things and when I moved on he was put out to grass at a sanctuary, I hope he lived a long and pleasant life there after.


Hidden Villages

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:20

Lucky you David, my late wife Joan loved Chatsworth, we spent many lovely short breaks there and of course visits to Bakewell where we divided, she loved the tarts I loved the pudding. I lived in a small hidden village called Deighton, a single row either side of a lane, one half called Waller and one half Thompsons. Never went back until last year found the village exactly as I left it only not a Waller or Thompson left, all incomers from the large towns around who had upgraded the cottages and with electricity and drainage instead of oil lamps well water and soil toilets, they are now asking me to do a history of my time there. We do live in an area of hidden villages though never heard of a Horn dance, did once see a strange dance when a cow stood on Tom's foot, the words of the song he sang at the same time must have been in Viking as my tender ears could not make it out.


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