Latest posts by Palaisglide

Before the darkness

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 11:31

Kef, they to themselves are not confused and he was correct we had double summer time, I found in those long years caring for Joan the best way was to take her back, Photo's of her as a girl Dancing and of the family as children, I had pictures of all our dogs and she could name them when she could not remember who I was. People in that situation should stop and listen, they are not in our world but their world is real to them.

Steve lad, you do not get to be an old experienced gardener without getting old. I was talking with my S/L about the chemistry of Steel, he is a Chemistry graduate engineer and was getting it wrong. I still have all my college papers and knew where to look, a few minutes later my Grandson 13 said "you should listen to Granddad he knows what he is talking about" and added "he drove tanks"???? what that has to do with anything I do not know.

Unlike Fairygirl and others I am a morning person so the extra hour in bed does not happen, I get up the same time and go to bed an hour earlier. My mad party and dancing days are over, slippers TV or a book with a smallish glass of Scottish fire water and that's me gone.


Before the darkness

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 10:00

Nice one Fairygirl Daughter, that Mr Dastardly down the bottom end of Devon, lot of cows in Devon and we know what their bottom ends look like, is getting mixed up with his cream and his clots, he thinks we are the latter.

Sorry Mike Wartime clutter? it was Double Summer Time during the war and that really sorted it out when we had to milk the cows in Winter.


Clocks go forward tonight

Posted: 25/10/2014 at 09:49

Now I know why those Oggies had the jam in the wrong end, you do it your way we will do it ours. Should write a song about it.


Leaf mould

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 23:12

Michael a mix of leaves is the answer they decay a differing speeds thus helping the rest or harder leaves to decay. If you black bag them then stick your fork into the bag in several places to let the air in, if you have a wire cage then just drop a lid off old carpet on the top, the air gets in the sides. Yes a lot of leaves make a small amount of leaf mould though in this area the lanes are lined with trees so you can fill a cage easily.

Beech and Oak are best and for those who do not know leaf mould looks like peat and can be used as you would peat, it holds its fertility, lovely stuff.



Posted: 24/10/2014 at 23:01

Over many years growing tomato's the results are only as good as the amount of sunshine I get. Wet cold summers with heat in the house to help poor crop, sunny bright summers without extra heat brilliant crop as this year. Here in the North East Coastal area we had sun when others had storms, the crop has just finished. I was in Holland coming up to Christmas looking at a green house covering a field full of tomato's it was full of bright lights and I was told the light was what ripened the tomato's, I did not argue with an expert commercial grower, now we have them just down the road, massive greenhouses lit up like a light house as well as heat. I rest my case and pray for sunny summers.


pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:00

Bekky something pretty in the bathroom would do nicely for me too, "err" we may not be on the same thread of thought though. I do like small pots of bulbs in the kitchen plenty of light warm and I can see them.


pretty plant needed for bathroom

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 12:05

Bekkie, Why? how long do you spend in the bathroom? my house plants are where I can see them most of the time, they are meant to be seen plus draughts are plant killers. Then each to their own, Primulas, a pot of Bulbs Hyacinth etc. many supermarkets have small pots of bulbs if you want ready made and the bulbs can go in the garden after flowering, light is the main need for indoor plants and most never get enough so a bathroom window should be OK.


Leaf mould

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:48

I would keep it until spring then use it in my potting mix, leaf mould is pure gold not to be squandered as mulch.



Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:45

Tobyjack, Tomato's need sunlight to ripen, heat wastes energy, I let mine finish the job themselves as my greenhouse is fully South facing and sheltered too, have eaten the last I think although the skins are tougher than the early ones.

I bubble wrap a part of the greenhouse and stack plants in that bit that do not like frost, a frost free electric fan heater takes care of any very heavy frosts we have. The rest of the greenhouse gets those plants that just need shelter from bitter cold winds we get up here.


YOUR view of music over the years.

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 10:32

Dove, now I know why the bank always put Esquire after my name. David I submitted my reports with the heading "This is how we will proceed" like it or lump it being my attitude.

Over the years it was the influence of my Father, Classical, Light Opera and some Music Hall, Mother was Henry Hall and all things dance music. Learning Piano it was classical unless Dad brought home some operatic sheet music and said Half a Crown when you can play that. I found Strauss Le Harr and many other light music writings, loved them all. We had Film musicals, I still play the music and my Daughters bought me a book of modern musicals (why are they all in five flats I ask). My Daughters went through all the fads so we had to listen to the groups and yes Elvis (I hate those impersonators). The Grandchildren brought the Girl and Boy groups, three chord wonders one and all. To sum up from Chick Henderson the Hartlepool Crooner to Adele, I will listen or play as the mood takes me and quite often the Yamaha gets turned to Organ and you will hear songs of Praise, What ever we do or feel Music is a tonic in all its forms.


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