Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:12

Here in the north we did not have far to go for live trees, they were put into a bucket of wet sand and decorated. The smell of pine is still the scent of Christmas to me.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 10:03

Frankie did it for me this week followed by Simon again, afraid Jake does not light my fire. It is obvious you all missed the dress malfunction Caroline had no wonder she had foot faults though I would have given her marks for overcoming it with grace. Steve to go though it may be Sunetra knowing the great British public, a great night and looking forward to the dance off.


PS could pop into a betting shop and see who is missing from the list that would be a spoiler.


Posted: 22/11/2014 at 14:56

Sorry Charlie November it is pudding day tomorrow or if you are a Southern personage Stir up Sunday. And yes the tradition went on in our family until my Wife passed away. It was a day of family gathering and for the children an insight into adults having fun as some of the pudding spirit made its way to the tummy. Being brought up on smallholdings and farms we kids knew you took good care of all the animals until the day came then------, oh well that's life. Nearly everything else came out of the garden or orchard and Church was part of Christmas as we never forgot the main theme of it all, those days may be gone though we as family still all get together and enjoy the day. Yes Church is still part of it for the Grandchildren too.

Thanks for the heads up Runnybeak sounds a lot like my life, a village and farm oriented life to 18 then the forces. an after life of Engineering management and very happy retirement and yes still big family get togethers, a mob just left after eating all my biscuits and quaffing tea, I would not change a thing.



Posted: 21/11/2014 at 23:06

Archiepem, who the h@@@ is Laurie lee???? and why thanks.???

Puzzled Frank.


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.


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