Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:52

Kef we ancients learned to dance at an early age in my case I was 11 when I started. In those days nearly every Church hall would hold a weekly dance for the youngsters with the elders keeping a beady eye on proceedings. Cadets Scouts Guides and Boys Brigade would hold monthly dances we went to them all as it worked our you could dance at least twice a week. Often it would be the Vicars wife or some local playing Piano or Records on a wind up player though our Cadets and some of the others had live bands. I started dance lessons for real after being taught what we called Old Fashioned Dancing by the ladies where my Mother and Dad Danced competitions, there would be dance breaks between the Dance off's and always a shortage of male partners so young as I was I got involved. Joan went to Dance lessons from age five as did most girls who's parents could afford it, the segregated girls schools also did dance lessons as part of the curriculum, all came naturally to us, my own children went to dance lessons as do my Grandchildren, they do modern including Latin. We had senior school dances the only time we mixed with the girls from the high school next to us, the teachers would make sure we danced apart or open order we called it, they would push a book like War and peace between us as we danced to make sure only hands contacted each other, for one night we all danced like Judy, a sight to behold I am sure.


Pruning climbing roses

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:13

With climbers you will get one or two strong stems as you have. Remove anything on the lower stem that looks weak then cut back the main stem to a fat bud about a third below where it is now below the height you want it to flower. Several of the buds on the top end of the strong stem will start to grow, keep the ones that point out cut off those pointing in towards the centre. It is still a young Rose my Iceberg is now quite old and has a good head which I reduce in Autumn to stop wind rock and then prune gently to a fat bud in spring.

Hope this helps but come back if in doubt.



Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:55

Kef I agree about the camera concentrating on the artistic bent although you can tell from the position of the body what the feet are doing, it is all about balance, a wrong foot position throws the dancer off balance as happened to Caroline last night. Simon had one foot fault and it threw him for a second so the over all outlook can tell a lot.

Once the body is in the correct position the other partner follows, I never had to tell Joan what I was going to do next she felt the move and went with me as any good dancer can.


Let's Remember Them

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 11:53

In Remembrance of Frank Holland killed on HMS HOOD. Uncle Frank Mee ANZAC, the Desert war. Uncle Ron Tighe North Africa Italy to Austria. My Comrades who died on duty over the years.

Always remembered.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 22:10

You and me both David, we saw the foot faults the judges did not mention they were looking at the shoulders. My top star tonight was Simon he had a very slight foot fault right at the end which caused a slight loss of balance, pity but 33? the judges marked him down, he was worth more.

I am at the Albert Hall at the moment via TV of course, brings back memories.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 18:29

David my new Apple Air 2 I-pad arrived today so down loaded James Last best of, "I Know" do not say it but I do like some light music and there's plenty of room on my I-tunes cloud. Gosh listen to me the oldest surfer in town, oops Strictly coming on I am off.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 10:20

Morning David, can you (pretty please) take your eye's of the complete picture nice as it is and watch the feet, Caroline is the dancer. Agree Alison tomorrow she is fun and I do like watching her but last week was the end of the line and I question who would lift whom when lifting is required???


garden problem

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 10:11

Joyce, Your first post made me feel you were at the end of your tether and who among us has not been there. You say your Gardener is doing the work and assume that is only to get the main work done, OK let him or her do it and once they leave then you put your mark on the garden.

The secret is to do it little and often, pick a border or corner and decide how it should look then concentrate on that. Moving from one project to the next when you feel you wish to do it or the time is available in time it will be your garden as you want it. I often sit on my small seating area at the bottom of the garden and plan next years garden, gardens are for relaxing as well you know, there is no need to step out of the door and turn into a frenetic work horse dashing around in disarray trying to do it all in one go. Relax a bit stop and think about it make notes draw sketches and plan well ahead, in other words make it less a chore more an enjoyable experience and good luck.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:55

KEF, Yes looking forward to the Show? tonight though more in the hope it soon becomes a dance competition? If this thread were to vanish we could start another purely on the dance theme. It would seem we all see Strictly in different ways, as long as we enjoy it for what it is that does not matter. What Academia has to do with it I do not know though I did attend dance classes as a very young sprog as my Grandchildren do now, does that make me an academic I ask???


Lawn issues

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:39

Verdun I agree, we are fascinating, I cannot tear myself away from the shaving mirror every morning !!!

Once grew a lawn where hens had run for years, I was told it would never take, I was young, fireproof, and had the backing of the best Gardener I ever knew, Dad. It grew, Patchy at first though with tender loving care we got a nice lawn. Many years and lawns later I helped with our Bowling club Lawn for many years and talk about Prima Donna of lawns boy they are the top. Hard work frustrating, conflicting advice from Bowling green experts we got the lot but were then told we had one of the best greens in the North East of England.

The thing is people ask for advice, if it is within my remit I will answer though it is from my experience in my own local conditions which differ considerably from County to County. Also it is not good just giving a definitive answer they need to know why how and possible consequences so I do try to bulk it out. We on this board give advice freely not asking reward, it is there take it or leave it and 10 Gardeners will give between them probably 7 different answers, you take your pick and hope the chosen one knows of what they speak. Some hope of that after reading some of the Forkers posts, still have not worked out what they are talking about so do not join in.

Good luck Nicola and remember a so called expert is only one chapter further into the book than you are.


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