Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 15/01/2015 at 10:37

Morning all, lovely sunny morning again some breeze clear sky no frost or snow, the hills are a golden haze in the distance bursting into song; "Oh what a beautiful morning oh what a beautiful day, I have this wonderful feeling every things going my way" remove needle from cracked record and give ears a rest.

Tax returns? what are they? I am taxed at source and will be until I go, what really hurts is my DHSS pension is classed as unearned income? WHAT, I earned every penny of it.


Privacy Issue

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 14:36

How much privacy do you want? you could do quite a good job by adding Trellis to the existing fence with its own supports then grow climbing plants up it, a mix of plants would give you privacy in the months you would sit out which with luck would be six months of the year. You would not need to lift it much to stop people peering over the fence, if you were sitting or laying down you would be out of the eye line. Take a batten or some cardboard out of the garden and raise it until you get a level when seated you are not in sight.

Anything you do will not be cheap, hedging needs maintenance, the higher the fencing the more prone to blowing down in a wind, once saw fifty feet of new fencing just disintegrate in a gust of wind whilst walking the dog. It needs thinking about and at what cost do you put privacy. Two sides of my garden are four foot board fences as we talk to the neighbours, the north side a six foot fence to keep the north wind out and the front open plan,  I can sit in the sun and cogitate with only a couple of neighbours to see me if they wish to. Depends really on what you can afford, brick walls are definitely the best way.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 13:05

My Grandaughter arrived telling me she had been learning people songs "err do you mean Folk songs" yes what did you think I meant, do not argue with a ten year old. What I asked "My Bonnie lies over the Ocean" right" says I and sat down to play it all the verses, how do you know that she asks, well we sang them all at school from being very young, then did "Keep your feet still Geordie Hinney, Cushy Butterfield, The Keel row, Lambton Worm and Blaydon Races". How many are there? Oh "Sweet lass of Richmond Hill, ilkley Moor Ba Tat, The Durham's, Farmers Boy" it goes on forever she was impressed. I wish I could have heard the conversation with her Teacher at the next session they are quite intense at that age. At least some of the old songs will survive.


Herb Planters

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 11:36

Paul I am with Obelixx and grow in pots though I do have a separate plot outside the door in which I grow Sage and Rosemary plus some chives which have escaped and are gradually overtaking it all. Herbs need differing composts with lots of drainage so individual pots are a better bet. Mints need the roots containing or they will wander so pots are ideal. The money you would pay for a planter would buy you some decorative pots and they do need sun so mine get moved about through the season, the Bay is in a pot so I can put it up against a wall in winter or if it is too cold into the greenhouse.

So welcome to the board where you will find we are all slightly different in how we grow though it all works for each of us and good luck.


Regular contributers.

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 10:19

I am with Verdun, some people have their feet in their mouths before they open them and Cowslip may just have said what she or he was saying without thought of how it would send. The unity displayed by all those who wrote on this thread must have given the person food for thought, talk about fix bayonets and charge Cowslip must be cowering in a fox hole now.

N.V. what you say is true, a couple of my neighbours often tell me how lucky I am the drive full of cars as there always seem to be family visiting. One have no family and the other has family away, I say yes nice but they eat all my biscuits and drink all my tea, there is a price to pay.



Posted: 14/01/2015 at 10:11

Morning all on a lovely sunny day it is reflecting off the roads paves and lawns as we had hail which froze and does not appear to be melting. Azure blue sky with pillows of soft white cloud though the weather front is directly over the coast, hope it goes east. The Hills look like a Walt Disney film rising in a misty glow with the sun behind them, "Somewhere over the rainbow comes to mind" ti's very cold.

Dove Kippers love them Whitby Kippers go down a treat. Good luck for any false tooth fitting make sure they go in the right way up and they can fit blinds if they are too white.



Posted: 13/01/2015 at 13:12

Bring Toby back I leave. Hated the show when he was the presenter and having seen him on other garden programmes did not change my mind.

Presenters are at the mercy of the producers and researchers, AT once said he dug the same hole six times for the different camera angles, it cannot be easy.

There must be others out there who can present and Chris would be ideal, I love Carol though a whole programme may be more than I could take.



Posted: 13/01/2015 at 10:46

Hi LesleyK, Toad in the hole today, some finely chopped onion cooked gently in butter with my own rosemary added then after browning the local butchers sausage the lot goes in a roasting tin with the Yorkshire pudding mix on top. A nice onion gravy mash and peas (frozen not my own) will round it off. Joanne's nose will be twitching.



Posted: 13/01/2015 at 10:10

Morning all, brilliant sunshine here in't NE, azure skies not a cloud in sight, can see the Cleveland Hills though a bit of a haze across the river. Garden got a tidy yesterday though not tempted to start anything knowing full well we will go downhill weather wise, our winter is Feb, March.

Better clean up my cleaning Lady is here today, cannot have her coming into a mucky house can I ?


Victoria Plum ,

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 11:59

Tony, depends on how high you want it or how much the pot will take before being off balance. Keep it lightly trimmed just to get the shape the fruit will grow on the low sprigs. I can still taste those sun warmed plums, the only time I ever got near that taste was in Somerset plums fresh off the tree.


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