Latest posts by Palaisglide

Once again. SORRY.

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:15

Oh for goodness sake, do what I did, get up kick the woes up the a### and get on with life. Any fool can be miserable it takes effort and attitude to see the sunny side of life as I do. Next time it is the button.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 12:09

Music in the kitchen today as it is cold wet and miserable out there in the wilds of the garden, I am sure I saw a bear though it could have been a large squirrel? Today I went all Italian, O Sole Mio, Mama, Santa Lucia, all with special memories and reminds me of soft warm Italian nights drinking wine and singing our heads off usually accompanied by very good food, happy days.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 11:02

Lyn, no bikes we walked. The Farm was called Welly Hill not because we had to wear them, because we had deep wells with windmills to pump up the water. There had been Quarries on the land at one time and we had natural warrens of rabbits in the quarries, Aunt Mabel would say go get three rabbits for the pie, shoot them in the head I do not want lead in the pie? The land was quite uneven in places and the top meadows were up a hill, so walk up, they would be waiting at the gate and the lead cow would belt any upstart young cow who tried to pass her as we all ambled back down to the byre. They all knew their own stall and woe betide any cow trying to get in the wrong one, we had to break up a few set to's and they can be quite fierce with each other. The milking machine was portable my job a bucket of warm soapy water to wash the teat then rinse for the machine to be attached and what a lot of people do not know is a cow can kick forward with its back legs and often did, painful. The metal churns filled and rolled off a loading dock onto a cart then taken to the gate and off the cart onto a raised platform for the collecting driver to roll onto his truck and away to the dairy. Some of the milk was delivered locally by putting a churn on the gig and with several metal measures, a Gill, Half or Pint milk would be served into the house wives own container usually a jug.  Only a gill today Arthur I cannot afford more, Pint and a half Arthur please it is rice pudding day, going around with that delivery taught you a lot about the village.

There is a saying in Yorkshire, "Strong "o" the arm weak "o" the head" taking on a small holding these days of rules and regulation plus H&S for everything I would guess that to be true or you are young fit and have a bottomless coffer.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 15:13

Dove, a Tumble, two wheeled tipping cart, we called them rullies, There was a selection of carts some with wings for hay making or harvest and best of all a small gig and pony which I would take to the station to deliver or pick up packages, the lanes were quiet then one car a week or Dad's truck so safe to move along. I still drive those lanes and yes they are lanes with overhanging trees, through woodland and pasture bringing back memories of a wonderful active and adventurous childhood.

Sings to himself, "memories are made of this" happy days.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 14:10

Dove, enjoyed reading all that and it brought back memories, going up to bring the cows down for milking, we had a machine filter and cooler by then, before it was by hand. Uncle Arthur would lift me onto the lead cow to ride back down to the byre, ever rode a cow? it is painful. The horses were Suffolk Punch and two Cleveland Bays all working horses as both Dad and my Uncle did not want a tractor which had to be shared with two other farms in wartime. We would ride bare back and fell off a few times, get back on was the best way. We had goats for milk and made cheese, some of the milk was sold in the village supposedly good for children with certain illnesses I hated the cheese. We churned our butter so no shortage during the war as I flatly refused to eat the Margarine yuck. Cream was produced in the dairy by putting out shallow bowls filling them with milk and letting the cream rise, the dairy was tiled out and cool, nets went over the bowls to keep the flying wild life off. All meat and fowl were slaughtered on the farm or our own small holding and Goose was the Christmas meal every year. Saying all that Dad was in business and Mother a dress maker until she was called to war work at the local Bomber Base as an electrician in the women's quarters that meant I had to look after the feeding of the animals young as I was.

A tail piece, was stationed at Cavalry Barracks in York they gave me a big old horse that had been badly handled, he knew all the tricks leaning against you and pushing up against the stable wall as I brushed him down and you had to watch as he would nip you as you passed. We ended up friends as unlike some spurs and whip were not my way of doing things and when I moved on he was put out to grass at a sanctuary, I hope he lived a long and pleasant life there after.


Hidden Villages

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:20

Lucky you David, my late wife Joan loved Chatsworth, we spent many lovely short breaks there and of course visits to Bakewell where we divided, she loved the tarts I loved the pudding. I lived in a small hidden village called Deighton, a single row either side of a lane, one half called Waller and one half Thompsons. Never went back until last year found the village exactly as I left it only not a Waller or Thompson left, all incomers from the large towns around who had upgraded the cottages and with electricity and drainage instead of oil lamps well water and soil toilets, they are now asking me to do a history of my time there. We do live in an area of hidden villages though never heard of a Horn dance, did once see a strange dance when a cow stood on Tom's foot, the words of the song he sang at the same time must have been in Viking as my tender ears could not make it out.


Would you buy a smallholding?

Posted: 27/11/2014 at 10:01

My Father had a small holding in the days way back when you lived off the produce animals and fowl. He was a superb gardener and lived in the walled section producing vegetables and fruit for the extended family. Even back then it did not pay he had his own Trucks and ran a Haulage and removal business, luckily the house was part of the small holding or I may have grown up thinking I did not have a Dad. Things were unregulated then and we could slaughter and butcher animals on the premises do not try that today there are more rules and regulations in keeping animals or producing food than there are enough books to print them.

As Pansyface says, if you have buckets of spare cash and a good lawyer then go for it though it would also be best if you are ready for heart break. Week after week our papers say some sanctuary is closing down lack of funds, in hard times people give less to charity, My Son has a small farm but turned it all into paddocks and keeps other peoples horses, they stopped growing food, hard work no profit. It is up to you if you are young and enthusiastic it could be made to work but do not expect to get rich..


Where to start...

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 10:16

Alan, Why bother with  the coffee???

Dan, yes do a general clean up first to see where you are, then decide on what will be the growth plan for next spring. My advice is always take it in small sections and if you are going to have a vegetable patch then dig it over roughly now and let winter work its magic breaking down the clods, a good raking and weeding in spring it is ready to sow.

Check out where the hot and cool spots are, which way you face as that will mean a difference in what you plant. Draw out features you wish to build in, a bottle with a narrow neck full of dry sand lets you draw it out on the ground so you can see outlines. Have you shelter from prevailing winds, do you need it with hedging or trees? It is always best to also put a seat in the warmest place, sit down and look at what you have write up your plans thoughts ideas and alter them as you go, it is not a make over show all done in a day, take your time, when you are not enjoying it then give it a rest. Good luck and keep us informed.


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 16:15

LesleyK indeed good news and also a laugh, the Doctor earned his keep with his test for dementia, well I am long in the tooth. He gave me an address to memorise then the usual count back from twenty then the months back from December so I gave him "rebmeced" then knocked them off in quick style, the address again then more questions then the address again, I trotted it out and he said no, North Street not West, Whoa up there Doctor I have already told you west street three times, Mmmm says he you are probably right, my memory is slipping a bit. I burst out laughing we both did but he did not share his £55 with me? I cannot complain he was the one who twigged the problem I was having and fast tracked me, a life saver and I thanked him.



Posted: 25/11/2014 at 10:30

Hi Fairygirl Daughter, when stationed with Scottish units they covered for us south of the border at Christmas and we covered for them on Hogmanay. Christmas was always our big event, New Year another day, saying that even on Duty we got dragged into the partying which seemed to go on for days.  It is a wonder to me Stirling Castle is still there after some of the mad parties, Haggis and Neaps with good whisky made guard duty bearable, they did take all our ammunition off us though just in case.


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