Latest posts by Palaisglide

MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 23:09

TT, parents do not have children, children have parents!! at their beck and call, as taxis, as loan agents with no chance of getting it back, as a shoulder to cry on when things do not go their way and as cheap, very cheap baby sitters when their own wee ones get in the way of them and their right to have a life. Am I biased of course I am not, "err" much.

Dogs need a short sharp shock, a double barrelled shot gun comes in handy, you can fire into the air if you wish??

BBQ's I have done many in my time, I would fill two ovens to cook off the meat then finish it on the BBQ with appropriate sauce drowning it, I got many compliments on well cooked meat and cooked but unburnt sausage, I never told them and Joan would be laughing her head off as they tucked into it all, the salad came out at the last minute from the fridge in the garage, yes we were organised.
The last good BBQ was in California up in the forest with real Yankee steak cooked to a turn and they had the biggest fridge in the biggest mobile home I had ever seen. Herb doing the cooking lit the BBQ nearly two hours before he cooked on it which was the secret, get those coals white hot and not smoking.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:39

Tina, don't worry, they will all end up in A&E with food poison from raw undercooked food, or stuff sat in the sun too long, I am with you on the oily smell of the things.
Cover the stuff with BBQ sauce bung it in the oven and cook it properly without upsetting the neighbours.
BBQ's are for Australia or California where it is way to hot to cook inside in fact just way too hot, had hot now prefer nice cool UK although without the stink of the BBQ.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:44

G/G, The worst fear is the fear of fear itself, we could wrap the kids in cotton wool and never let them out of our sight, they would become paranoid, never be streetwise and worst of all never know the excitement of adventure.
When my very quiet Granddaughter took her gap year from Uni and went round the world I was reading her computer dairy every night worried to death I need not have she had a wonderful time, came back a much more open and happy person saying she had never seen anything bad.
As an 18 year old soldier you learned that jumping at every unexpected happening did not ease anything so you pushed fear aside and got on with what you had to do.
Our children are learning from us and each other, schools are very aware of the dangers outside the schools ( mainly mad mothers dropping their kids from 4x4's into the classroom and to h@## with all others) and they do teach the children what to watch out for.
It was always so, we may think we had a safer life although children did go missing and murdered, we did not have the wall to wall media back then reporting it all.
Children like adventure, they think as we all did they are fireproof it is another way of learning and we have to give them the freedom they at times crave.
It is often said and I do not know if it is true that children have most to fear from family and friends of family, how do we tell them that?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 16:08

Stockton today another warm sunny day until now, cooling down a bit and wind getting up although a very good weekend all round.
Did not get much done in the garden today, daughter brought the wedding DVD's so we watched them then cut a load of extra discs on my laptop.
The old machine did the job well so I am asking myself why buy a new one?


MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:56

MMP, you are between the rock and the hard place when it comes to technology, my grandchildren had to grow a bit before they got TV in their rooms and at the same time they had to play sport go swimming and still do they love it. Of course they had mad aunts and uncles to take them to all those things and most weeks have a sleep out at one of them, that way you tend to get rounded children who can hold their own in most situations.
They had laptops or computers from being able to crawl as it is technology they will need to compete in life and at twelve and eight can fix my laptop for me in the blink of an eye. What do we do? somethings they must have other things they should be kept away from and anything war game is one of those things including those crash bang thank you ma'am films all the rage at the moment on TV and Cinema.
They carry phones for safety and can use them better than me, they have Ipods and other things although they play out in the gardens when possible, it is a bit of everything for them, Camping holidays with the Caravan sees them out in the open climbing or walking and gardening with granddad, they love eating the stuff we grow, a carrot washed off with the hose pipe tastes much better to them.
You are obviously a good mother the problem being a balance between them not seeming to be too different to their friends yet not giving in to all demands, they do learn that not all things are available or even possible in time, five is a bit young for those things you talk about.
As to History, those of us who lived through the war years know every twist and turn they were burned into us, to the modern kids it is old hat and those who do study it always come up with things we should have done better? yes well they were not there.


New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 00:09

I ask? who would know, a brown paper packet a quick shuffle up to said plant a shake of said plant, a faint rattle of seed in brown paper packet as it disappears into copious pocket of baggy gardening trews, or North of the border under the Kilt.
Who would be brave enough to go searching under a Kilt I ask.
There are how many million gardens in the UK, not enough Police to catch the local criminals so who is to watch you sneaking seed off your own plants.
It would of course be a good idea not to fall out with your neighbours, they could grass you up (using seed I hope), A couple of old gardening mates have told me the stuff on my garage shelves was outlawed twenty years ago, well they ain't caught me yet.
I say B@##@ to the Europeans and carry on as normal, I would have a field day if I was caught, standing up in Court explaining how the prevailing winds scattered the seed with no help from me so it must be the hand of God.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 23:53

Pentille Driving in Cairo was an experience Apart from the locals not quite sure which side of the road they should drive on, the overloaded horse carts with poor old nags with no MOT and that was only the drivers, the horses were something else, the beauty being I was in a military vehicle with huge bull bars, they got out of my way.

My rant today concerns Chelsea. I watched hours of it in the hope of seeing some of the other gold medal winners instead of the same dozen over and over again. Allan would do some then Joe would do them again then we got a couple of "err" Celebrities?? is that the correct word I ask? who did it all again. 92 Gold medals and we saw only a few. I managed last night Saturday but not tonight knowing it would be more of the same.
BBC The show is CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW not the Allan Joe and Nicki show, we want to see gardens flowers plants and some of the side tents with the latest gardening gear not b@#@#@ presenters flouncing and preening round looking smug.
We have more garden shows to come so more gardens less presenters please, please, pretty please.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:26

Love them or hate speed bumps, I hate them, whether they work or not, I think not they are here to stay along with the narrowing the roads to single carriageway and those ridiculous cutting the road to one lane with huge  who has priority notices, who thought that one up.
As to tail gaters ignore them, I am not even tempted to give them the finger these days, I drive as I wish  and conclude every other road user is an idiot let them get on with it, having driven all types of vehicle on four Continents my conclusion is even the Cairo traffic is preferable to those mad women on the school run here,
I saw some horrendous driving in the London school run hours so much so I would park up and go for breakfast whilst they proceeded to kill their precious bundles of joy. Anger, time issues, trying to fit too much into your day do not make good drivers just accidents.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 23:42

Sue all front engined cars have coil springs supporting the engine mount axle chassis with oil filled dampers and shock absorbers to iron out the shocks.
My contention over speed bumps is the idiots speed over them no matter what so they do not calm the people who cause most of the accidents.
The section of lane with no speed bumps but hidden camera's works, the idiots wait until they get to the speed bump area knowing there are no camera's.
As too house with garages, every house on this small estate has a long drive and a garage behind the house, I can get five cars on mine yet they still park on the road, driving away the other day I had to weave through cars all standing next to empty drives. Of course it would take a few more seconds to either reverse or drive on and off the drive.
I am going to hire a large truck and park it all day to block the road, see what they say then.
Charlie, the bulldozer has been done up here, a builder removed one from in front of his drive and won, they moved it a couple of yards when they put it back so it was not across his drive.


MOB rants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 14:52

Charlie, a climber in the Army is an Infantry man, climbing out of foxholes, climbing out of ditches, climbing out of streams and even rivers, climbing out of troop carriers and finally climbing out of kit uniform boots and gaiters dropping into bed in need of support and rest.

Today's rant is Speed Bumps!!! What use are they? what do they actually do apart from break the car springs?, who needs them?
I go up the lane for my Paper and it means traversing six speed bumps each way, why? the idiots just speed over them anyway, the safe drivers are already below the speed limit and the cost of a new spring plus labour is £250. that is what it cost me.
They are in disrepair so the slope up is like traversing the North face of the Eiger, the downside you disappear into what looks like a tank trap and because there were once grass verges next to them they have become peat bogs because drivers bump up the kerb rather than risk death in the local A&E. The worst offenders are women on the school run with kids being thrown about like bags of washing in the back, the rest of the day we hardly see a vehicle apart from the 60 odd horse drawn vehicles that went along the lane two weeks ago.
Our Council have hidden camera's everywhere "err" a thought i better check my bathroom out. they could get the mad heads anytime so why mar the lovely potholed thoroughfare by adding speed bumps or as I call them "ar##" busters.
I rest my case.

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