Latest posts by Palaisglide

Paving over grass

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 22:39

First question why? You have grass which will need cutting once a fortnight will absorb the rain where as paves it has nowhere to go. Please can we have the reasoning for your plan. Laying paves is a hard job and they are usually laid on concrete a splurge on each corner and one in the middle will do, it would need a hard pan to start with, grass would not do, then be either grouted along the joins or sharp sand packed in.

OK I am a gardener who likes grass and hates paves but think it through and come back.


You are so lucky.

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 16:36

Having travelled a lot obviously seeing many picturesque places it did make me realise the place I grew up in, a village at the time called Norton on Tees which to me was a normal place was actually an idyllic place with its village green for cricket and games and later some gentle courting. It had a pond to play in during summer and skate on in winter. Surrounded by farms and market gardens with fields and woods to roam in, it is now noted a s beauty spot. Dad was a keen gardener feeding the family from the walled garden and looking after the smallholding, he was also a Haulage Contractor with his own trucks plus a car, not many of those about at the time. In the rush to build Airfields and military camps in South Durham and North Yorkshire he delivered material so school holidays I got to see a lot of the area and we would go out in the car Sunday afternoons to the moors Goathland or Redcar and Saltburn the beach. My late wife in the wheelers club cycled those roads thinking nothing of cycling to Barnard Castle from Stockton, she had the bike for it a top of the line Dawes, we took our own family on those same runs. Coming home on leave when I reached Thirsk I settled, I was home, well thirty minutes from home but in familiar territory. As to culture you will get all the culture you can handle up the North east from York to Berwick it all happens.


You are so lucky.

Posted: 08/05/2017 at 11:51

A three day knees up last week at Headlam hall between Barnard Castle, Ingleton, Gainford  and Staindrop, Raby Castle. We had guests from America Canada France and of course most of the UK. The comments were how did you get so lucky to live in this idyllic area. Some of the guests had made it a week and visited our moors beaches and forests. It was my Granddaughters wedding with a birthday on the 4th 5th and 6th of May plus a wedding anniversary on the 5th. We booked in and had a large family only party for the birthdays and anniversaries, the wedding was next day on the Friday which went on well into next morning (not for me I retired to my Bungalow room at eleven which believe me is very late by my standards), Grandson called me a party animal, yes son once I was just that. The sun shone all day for three days was just becoming dull as we all left the venue.

Headlam Hall is a lovely old Manor house with lovely gardens, guess where the photo's were taken, the food was very good indeed and the service superb. A couple from Belfast were sitting at my table and the were overawed by the beauty of the area, it was their first time over in this part of the UK but said they would be back.We were sitting under a Linden Tree with glasses in our hands something I have not done since visiting Berlin. It made me take stock of the place I have lived most of my life, the things you take for granted. One foot in the sea half an hour from the Moors, a bit longer to the Dales and less than two hours from the Lakes. Would I move, once tried it and came back. Have you really looked at where you live, I mean really looked.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 13:04

Joyce, "Moi" misbehave??? I promise not to drink more than three bottles of best single malt, and cut back on the beer and wine as well. The forecast is for good weather the outside pictures of me with props holding me up should be bright and clear.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 09:52

Stockton on Tees sunshine, I can see the Cleveland Hills clearly the weather front must be out at sea. Hope it all keeps like this when the family decamp to the wedding Hotel Thursday for the big day Friday. There will be a slight break in communications during that time.


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Posted: 01/05/2017 at 09:41

Stockton on Tees beautiful sunshine and clear skies, a lot of family coming and going yesterday so an easy one today.

 G.D. Burma was a hard slog I had an Uncle in that lot. If your Mother was in Ack Ack she was brave it was dangerous, the gun flashes could be seen from the air and got machine gunned. I came home from the Middle East mess of the time, it is still going on and I was greeted with "been chasing good looking Camels in the Oasis have we". I went back off leave early as I had grown away from the people I grew up with. You  clammed up and got on with life.


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Posted: 30/04/2017 at 09:22

Stockton, woke to a glorious sunny day, a slight breeze moving the Lilac blossom. A lovely restful sight.

G.D My Daughters said way back in 1998, "we know nothing about you and Mum before we were born" well it could be because you were more interested in your swinging life than ours, we as are all parents were bed breakfast and money, then they marry and find out the truth. I started to write and have folders of stuff up to getting married. It got me on BBC as a researcher  then on Camera thus ends my story. Then I discover every one thinks the forces just march about looking like button sticks, not so. they run the most advanced machines in the world which all need to be maintained and kept running under all circumstances, The first man killed in the first Iraq war was a REME man repairing a tank engine. Some of it is so unbelievable people would think it made up so I have not bothered. 


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Posted: 28/04/2017 at 09:30

G.D. Bordon is part of my history, I was there many times either at SEME (school of electrical and mechanical engineering) or getting our war chest for the move abroad and returning it when we got back. I saw Bordon and Longmoor Garrison from it being a large Canadian Garrison to virtually nothing but the school, I had a permanent bed at Martinique barracks, before they knocked it down of course. From the Bordon Bullet a little old single line railway my first visit, to luxury coach and once helicopter. One of our Lady gardeners lives in that area. Believe it I could write a book about Bordon.

Stockton on Tees is sunny and warm for now, I think we had rain late last night. The plants and lawns which were cut yesterday are pristine, just enough sun and then rain it seems.


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Posted: 27/04/2017 at 09:21

Stockton on the famous BBC Tees is dull today, you get so used to it being sunny it comes as a shock, at least it is not raining though it may have done overnight, colder though.

G.D. Stationed at Bordon on an engineering course we got every week end off, no chance of going home as the train from London took nine hours. We had a group of Eastenders who took me home with them I got bed board and beer, they would not let me put my hand in my pocket. I was taken to the jellied eel shop, the best thing you will ever taste, I took a mouthful, the biggest mistake I ever made. Spit it out? no they will be upset, just be sick? no, in the end I ran for the toilet and it was half and half, my breakfast came up as well. When I got back they laughed it off saying it is an acquired taste. Those families had nothing yet were the jolliest people I ever met. When we got to Catterick I returned the favour, Mother had bodies on truckle beds all over the house. Lovely people all.


PS, the sun suddenly lit the room up, sneaked up on me.

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Posted: 26/04/2017 at 12:04

Dove, Heart breaking when all your work in the garden gets battered like that one reason most of the plants up here are still in the greenhouse. My Wife used to make Cullen Skink with any veg in season as well as the fish potato and parsley so we often got leeks or anything growing fresh in the garden. It would be a family meal with hunks of fresh baked bread. Funny the meals we grew up with all those many years ago are still our favourite eating experiences.


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