Latest posts by Palaisglide

Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:43

That 's showing them, I loved Fred and Ginger saw every film they ever made. Glen Miller played band concerts on the Radio, the music was all the rage in Dance Halls the first dance often being American Patrol. When I  have done the scales it will often be the boogie beat and "In the mood" followed usually by String of Pearls, Sentimental Journey and American Patrol, I love it. Victor Sylvester was what we danced to during the dancing lessons, you learned to dance on beat but my was it boring, but then Flo would put a Latin record on and dance my socks off.

All happy memories David right up to the day I lost Joan, now I watch it without the urge to join in.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 14:17

Nope David, in my day it was the Jitterbug, at first I thought it odd having been weaned on Ballroom in what we called Old Fashioned Dances then onto Modern. We had a massive Canadian air force bomber base near us and they started it off with local girls who did not mind showing their nickers as they got slung around like sacks of coal. In the local Co-op hall one night a boy and girl started to jitterbug, my Mother said "oh that is the bunny hop" I think she meant the Lindy Hop, and proceeded to swing Dad around much to my amazement but then she also did a brilliant Black bottom, not hers the dance I mean. At Garrison Dances with live bands they played dedicated Jives so yes I did swing my bootee on many occasions, at Bordon I had a dedicated Jive partner, the S/ Majors wife, I could not really refuse could I still being of lowly rank and file. Mind I did draw the line in the sand at times.

Todays music was piano practice and "wait for it" Music of the night plus other musicals.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 12:46

Good grief, imagine that lot on Strictly, the mind boogies, "err" is that the word?


Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 19:18

No problem with that David, spotty teenager compared with me, I still have records of Dave Kaemfert which often get a play.

Used to play the Claus Wonderlicht music when I owned a Yamaha Organ now it is a Yamaha piano with a selection of organs on it. Went on today to hear Holst the Planets so pretty broadminded just hate one hit wonders and their three same chords.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:25

Hands over ears David, todays music is James Last Party in London, it will probably be followed by Claus on the organ, well what do you expect from an ancient Brit brought up on real music.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:20

I saw Strictly take two last night, why does it need be so manic? my very all time favourite Karen was in agreement with me that Caroline and Pasha are the team to watch, I did have a query what if anything did Julie and Anton say last night? it appeared to be all, buts yes well maybe and no content, would Anton have been as tongue tied had he got the presenting job I ask?


Composting shredded stuff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 14:28

H.G. What exactly did you shred? too much of any one layer will retard the heap it needs to be mixed. Uncooked kitchen waste and weeds will do nicely try mixing in shredded paper cardboard and grass cuttings though not too much of the latter at a time. Use the chicken droppings with some straw and sparingly with the droppings too much will kill off the good enzymes and worms, deadly stuff in its raw state. You could bag some of the shredding's and put them out of the way do not forget to stab some holes in the bag with a fork and store until you have more room on your heap.

Some would say spread it around plants though any disease that was in what ever you shredded would not then be killed off, If I do not know what is in there it goes through the composting bins.


Recording the weather in your garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 14:09

There is not much point in keeping records in my part of the North East, surrounded on three sides by rolling hills and fourth by the North Sea the weather does its own thing. We just had 10 days of miserable weather when everyone else had a heat wave, end of August we had the heat wave whilst others got the floods. Brought up on Farms and walled gardens it was always obvious to me that every place had micro- climates. My Father believed in hot boxes so each year the box would be assembled the manure added when up to heat plant. One year it did not come out, why I asked, we will have a warm spring no need, (It was a  walled garden as I said) how do you know I asked, the lone bumble bees are up and about the birds are getting ready to nest and look at the trees budding up. He had been brought up in an era when people took note of nature, he knew every plant as we walked down the old mill lane, named every tree, he did not need notes he read his surroundings like a book.  I could never lace his boots as a gardener, could any of us do that now, doubt it.


Hard pruning of roses

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 11:03

Sorry Dove never did do as I was told so do it in a different way. Take the hedge trimmer to the top half straight across clean up the area and leave for spring. Prune as normal in spring as I have done for the last twenty years and always a good show, but then I grow them for me not for the local garden show.

A neighbour spends hours pruning titivating wrapping covering and generally wet nursing his roses to put three in a vase at the show and come second?? Why Bother I ask? He has belaboured my ears many times on the correct way of doing it so how come I have two lovely flushes of roses on most bushes every year and he does not?

The mind boggles, Frank.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 10:50

David I am learning now that when you put a lead to U-tube it will be an affliction on the ears so in Army terms I PUFO.

Which means Pack up and fall out I think.


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