Latest posts by Palaisglide

If I had a brain I'd be dangerous!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 09:57

Shrinking Violet, You are not the only one my love nor will you be the last. I bought a large Robinson greenhouse when we moved here all those years ago and filled it the first Spring cursing myself for not getting a bigger one. The seed trays got shuffled around and most survived then as I emptied it for the Tomato's it hit me. It was glassed to the last six inches from the ground and quite high, just use the under the bench area and removable shelves up, all the room I needed and  all the benches on the South side plus shelving came out for the tomato's peppers etc; when it was time to plant them. I have a Geum and not knowing put it in the worst place it could have gone in the Garden, nothing, it moved five times before I found its place and it now flowers year on year. That taught me to read the instructions in my RHS books.

AS to technology, laptops iPads phone printer in my office around me, buzz sing and I am sure dance, I grab something, no not that then the next and it is always the last thing I pick up, irate Daughter, where have you been I have rung three times, well sweetheart at my age I hear a noise, have to work it out then answer. I often wonder who has turned the Radio on when it is my phone singing its heart out. I watch my family as they sit clutching their latest many gee gee's phones if they lost them it would be as if they had lost an arm, thumbs worn out by tippy tapping on them I remember when our phone was in a big red box next to the village pond. I have a phone under duress, Dad if anything happened when you are out!!! then forget to take it with me. How did we manage to get through a war and the arid years after without all these modern wonders or as i call them electronic handcuffs, if we are honest they are far more tying than being incarcerated.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 23:15

GWRS I think it is a Northern thing, we called them Pigeon peas or Brown Badgers and I was led to believe Carlin means atonement. They were always cooked in water the day before then fried in the bacon fat or Butter, the next day, the day after was probably when we atoned for eating them.

It has been a glorious day but has come in cold this evening that's Stockton for you, slave to the icy blasts down the North Sea.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 11:22

Dove correct, our day boat men off the local beaches,( you can buy fish straight out of the boat on Redcar beach), tend to wear day glow water proofs in case of capsize, quite often it seems. The very few Trawler-men still wear the ganzi as the fish come in large nets and are dropped straight onto the sorting chute. I think there are only four at Whitby now and rarely seen in Hartlepool. Gone are the days when the Scottish Herring Lassy's would arrive with the coast full of Herring Boats, the Girls would come to the dances and though cleaned up you could still smell the fish, Mother bought herring by the bucket at that time and rolled them, fresh out of the oven I could eat them by the Shoal and then cold with bread the rest of the week, "The good old days"? it was for some.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:34

Pansyface, Our Grans were a law unto themselves, Monday morning at School after carlin Sunday all the windows would be open cold or not. The point being we could not get enough of them fried with the bacon they were quite "err" well edible.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 10:29

OK Dove, a good Ganzi does not need a smock over it being proof from force 9 gales. Then again we are a tough lot up here, Blue woad, a Ganzi and a furry sporran (fur out over) is all we need.

You could try  the KD jacket we wore in the Middle East and dye it blue.


Monty Don's blue jumper too

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 09:53

Ever heard of a Ganzi, go to Whitby and the Fishermen's wives will knit you one on four needles, they last a lifetime as we North easterners know.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/04/2017 at 09:49

For some of us today is Palm Sunday with memories of Mother cooking up a large pot of Carlins the night before then frying them for breakfast, high winds usually followed. Not today though Porridge with a compote of hedgerow fruits, Spanish and Moroccan hedgerows that is, "what was that about Global Warming" I ask? It would not surprise me if the Scots Porridge Oats came from Poland.

Sunshine Blue skies and still warm though it was windy last night (outside that is), no mist over the Tees and the Ganzi stays standing in the garden, the fleas will be dropping off as they did when we shot Rabbits and hung them on the wall for a day.

"Oh well" memories are made of this as we used to sing.


Compost Bin - holes in council bin

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:48

Caroline, the myths and legends around compost making are on akin to making a brew in a Witches Cauldron. Compost making is not a black art, it needs air heat and to be kept dampish definitely not wet. I have made compost since Adam was a lad from the Stables Midden to my own home made containers. People think you just chuck it in and leave it, you can although it will take its time.

Start with some twiggy material on the bottom to let air in, then add a mix of green and brown material old plants, kitchen vegetable waste, cuttings cut small, newspaper, grass cuttings although only a very thin layer at a time and use a fork to mix it. You should feel the heat rising off the mix and you may need a sprinkle from a watering can with a rose to dampen it a bit. The real secret is put down a plastic sheet and tip the contents of the bin onto it. Give it all a good mix then put it back in the bin, dampen the layers as you refill the bin. If you have two bins then fill one and let it really compost I turn once a fortnight but longer than that if you do not have the time do it at least once if you can. You should get compost in six months summer longer in winter as the weather cools down. The idea of tipping it out is to lighten the mix it can compact, let in Air, and make sure it is slightly damp, not wet not too dry, then it is down to how hot it gets. Hope this helps.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/04/2017 at 09:27

Joyce, diven need me ganzi t'day, took it off and stood it in't garden, I am down to the blue woad and Rabbit skin Sporran, could not stop grinning so took it off and put the fur side out, we do have exciting lives.

Sunshine Blue skies they got the forecast right, the mist over the Tees is lifting I will be able to see the Cleveland Hills soon. The garden is blooming and my beloved Peony's are shooting up, the Rhododendron flowers have opened right up the bush a blaze of colour, the Pieris is turning some of the flowers red now, it will need repotting after it finishes blooming, always work to do.


Report or not?

Posted: 07/04/2017 at 13:37

If it helps, one way is to start with the large pot as I do with tomato's. Put in drainage then compost half way up the larger pot then sink the smaller pot into that so the tops are level. Let the plant grow on then lift the small pot remove the plant and drop it back into the hole the small pot was in and water. This allows for adding more compost every ten days or so feeding the plant as it starts to flower and fruit as it allows the roots to grow into the larger pot. This has worked for me with all kinds of plants for many years with little set back to the plants.


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