Latest posts by Palaisglide

Greenhouse staging

Posted: 17/11/2014 at 10:05

Alan, bought the timber and made two heavy weight staging's for the North side as I wanted a heated sand bed as well for bringing on seeds and cuttings, normal aluminium staging's do not take the weight. That also came in handy for plants needing to be high and catch all the light. Then bought two aluminium staging's £18 each a long time ago for the south side, winter plants in pots and some special plants to over winter. In spring summer the aluminium staging's go put side next to a south facing fence and the south side of the greenhouse is prepared for tomato's etc. Using the tops and the under side of stagings for plants with differing needs you get maximum use from the green house, putting the aluminium stagings outside gives me elevation to grow Strawberry's for the grandchildren to pick as well as a nice sunny potting bench, my normal potting bench being inside. You need to consider what you wish to use the greenhouse for, if you decide you want to propagate with or without a sand box then you need a heavy weight bench, if you just want to put pots and trays on then lightweight aluminium, remember pots and trays are also heavy when wet, had a cheap one collapse on me many years ago and learnt the lesson.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 16/11/2014 at 09:48

Simon again this week followed by Caroline, Pixie Frankie probably Mark will be in at the end as well. Judy though she did a recognisable sort of dance should keep on going up the Tower. Steve will go and I cannot warm to Jake.

The Dancers seemed to rise to the Blackpool Tower influence and the audience were on their feet a few times as I would have been, we saw some very good dancing so now I would say it is a competition and not a show.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 15:09

As to the pretence it is quite easy to check, a man I know goes into the betting shop on Sunday mornings and sees the betting on Strictly with the name removed from the list, so no bets can be taken after the event. They must get to know instantly it happens so no bets are taken on a sure thing????


PS David did you work out the tune yet, music in the garden.

So fed up with all this rain!!!!

Posted: 15/11/2014 at 10:03

Rained over night, cannot see the sky for a sea mist inshore from the North Sea. It is as yesterday warm, the garden still in late bloom and the grass still growing, no frost as yet.

I smile thinking about 18 months when I never saw a drop of rain in the Desert, when the sky darkened it was a dust storm when all stopped until it was over. Back in Englands green pleasant and rainy clime I would walk in the rain without a coat just to feel it on my skin, bless what you have I say.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 23:12

Me too David but here is one for you. "Veini Sull Mar" Playing some Italian songs today and not taking too much notice I heard a very familiar refrain, see if you can bring it up and tell me what it was.

After a very rough Patch in Cyprus the Sergeant told me to go get drunk and forget it. Sitting in a tree shaded piazza with a bottle of brandy I saw a street singer come in with an accordion he played and sang with a wonderful voice the above song, after a few more songs I requested it again, my black mood lifted, I gave him the rest of the bottle and went dancing that night worries gone all because of a song and the memories there of.


****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 23:01

KT, that is diabolical, there is a complaints procedure though and it may help to try that.

After my own top class NHS service in late July August the follow up has been a bit chaotic. The Hospital is three fields away yet I got a follow on appointment to another hospital in another town. I contacted my Consultants office and it was immediately changed to my own Hospital with a letter following cancelling the other town two days later. The next appointment the same thing happened, phoned the office and it was changed, sometimes it pays to shout.

Hope it all gets sorted because the actual front line NHS staff I found are brilliant as with all things the behind the lines service is rubbish.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 20:48

David I think everyone started with the Valeta and Military two step, It was upwards and on after that with the Chrysanthemum Waltz and the Royal Empress Tango. It all started with the basic Waltz, we went round in circles until we got motion sickness a sick bag strapped to the chest helped. That skill got me many a beer in Germany and Austria they loved the way we waltzed so freely, they were much more staid.

I could not believe tonight, Caroline in the dance off never, we knew Alison would go unless Caroline fell over slid across the floor and bit Craig's leg. Fix comes to mind.


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.


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