Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:56

Fairygirl/Daughter, nothing to be sorry about what you say is true, all I was saying was the bread and butter people like us are now priced out of it. Daughters then Granddaughters rode from an early age which meant horses a means of transport and all the kit including Saddles, expensive but parents and grandparents did it. Now only one rides usually in one of the paddocks and this year the all weather one as the others could become mud baths.

Being brought up with heavy horses, Clydesdale, Suffolk and Dad had Cleveland bays you quickly learn how intelligent they are they do not suffer fools gladly, they can tell your mood before you know yourself. Any one can learn to hack, feeling at one with your horse over jumps something else. That is what is missing, all those kids from the Pony clubs are not there now learning the craft from the bottom up, well not in our area, once it was a pony now it is an I-phone. Watching those same old faces trying for medals to me is a turn off.



Posted: 17/08/2016 at 10:33

Fairygirl/Daughter, the answer to the lack of Horse Jumping success is easy to see, back in time we loaded the horses into the wagon and traveled to events every weekend, we lived in the horse box. Now though we still have horses the events are few and far between. The local Pony club has diminished in size mainly because of the cost, few people can keep horses to the correct standard of feed and veterinary care required. Our stables were rebuilt a few years back to a high standard, not many people can do that in times of recession and it shows when big events are held, the young ones are no longer there. Millions of pounds have gone into other Olympic training schemes some of it should filter down to the horse events as it was at one time cost effective in that our horses and kit went all over the world.

As to the touchy feelly goings on some of those Discus and shot putters might show them the way home?


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 13:39

Ah LesleyK, I was sixteen going on seventeen as the song goes, the girls came in gangs to the local Dance Halls, the jam factory and brush factory girls would be seventeen to don't bother asking we will lie, I had danced from eleven going to dancing school don't tell my mates, though I boxed as well, those girls were there to dance and as most of the men were out tanking up that left an open floor and a few men, our services were in huge demand. The jam factory girls en-mass were very cheeky girls and usually would smell of what they had made that day, as most of the bulk of jam was turnip or other root veg with some concentrated fruit and sugar it reminded me of nice girls (sugar and spice and all things nice) only the arm wrestling when three of them walked me home would leave me panting, less not more. Being on the Coast when the Herring girls arrived with the fleet we had a different set of smells, I love herrings but======. Never smoked in my life so sense of smell was acute, too much so on occasion, great days and very memorable. Ange my night nurse said I could teach her to dance?? Ange I am bed bound at the moment? you will not be when I am done with you?? Time to flee methought.

Many hands make light work because:- Inspector, what is needed, Foreman who is free to do job, Storeman to order parts, Electrician to remove and replace bulb, Mate to carry tool bag, Cleaner to get rid of mess. I found it much simpler to let my wife do it.

I have left out the machinist girls from the ammunition factory, a right explosive mob.


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 12:45

Goatskin?? Ferrari? My Ferrari was a bike with a cross bar, the Sunday suit was the skin after we killed a pig, the hair still on. If you were short of money for fish and chips after the dance you could chew the skin, think of uncooked pork scratchings. If you were lucky the dancing partner would have just baked bread otherwise imagine a wet Monday washday, sunlight soap being the dab behind the ears. I danced with one girl because she baked the pork pies at the local butchers, she always smelled nice, mind she objected to me licking her face whilst we danced, better not mention the girls from the Jam factory then.


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 11:47

B3, Neither, it was the manly aroma, we bathed every Christmas Eve whether we needed it or not. We did not need man scents as they do today, a couple of hours turning the midden before going to the dance did wonders. Of course we did have a lot of horsy ladies who appreciated the aroma of fresh turned manure. I did not mind the rub down after a gallop around the dance floor but linseed oiling my Hooves was a bit much.


Peony help!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 11:37

Judojub, A good tip is always water the pot well a few hours before planting out, it will hold together.


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 11:08

B3, Indeed, which is why here in the NE we are still wearing our sheepskins and woad well into July. Another local saying was Flibbertigibbet, usually applied to a girl who was a flirt, she blows hither and thither like the four winds. being people with one foot in the North Sea it is probably a nautical saying, we always hit the deck running never the floor? Being a very keen dancer in my day it always amazed me how flirtatious some women could be whilst their husbands filled their tanks in the local pubs before plucking up the courage to have the last dance. Oh happy days.

A full moon look, change your money from one pocket to the other for luck??? i have just spent it on fish and chips, lend me a penny!!!!

Smile and the world smiles with you.


Peony help!

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:27

Judojub, Plant it in a spot where it will get plenty of sun later in the day, mine get sun from around ten in the morning until evening. Plant it so the the top of the soil in the pot is level with the ground in its new position, do not try to cover the root ball with more soil, that would set it back. When you dig the planting hole, back fill with fresh compost if you have any and some bone meal mixed in. Firm the root ball well with your boot but keep the level. Once planted and watered in, add more water if it does not rain for a couple of weeks then leave.

Do not cut off any leaves, I leave mine on over winter as they can provide a frost guard for the root ball, cut it back in Spring when you see the new shoots coming, the top dies off and new growth comes every year. In Spring I put a thick mulch of fresh compost around the root ball not on it, the roots spread so can get the goodness washed in to the ground around. You may find it will not flower for a year or so after moving they are a bit temperamental some of mine took seven years from cutting to flower, you could be lucky and get one flower. That plant looks well established it may take off though if it does not flower be patient.

This Board is made up of gentle people we all had to learn the hard way, all made mistakes it is part of gardening, never be afraid to ask, it is what we are here for.


Myths and Legends

Posted: 15/08/2016 at 10:06

"Ne-er cast a clout til May is out" a favourite saying oop t north, does it apply to this year I ask? The Nurses in Hospital decided I needed a bed bath even though I had a bath at Christmas, stripping me they found me still wearing my woolly vest so sheared me instead. Well this year has been a bit dire even this weekend when you lot down south were sweltering we only saw a brief visitation from Mr Sunshine, have we offended him? Wearing my Panda slippers over my gardening boots at the moment.


Two thoughts for the day

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 18:57

Ladybird4, like a rubber ball I bounce and with four Daughters fussing around and Fairygirl up in Scotland I get well and truly nagged. Just sort of getting the gist of Pokemon and you throw in Loom Bands??? I weaved wire on a loom as a young apprentice it was for baskets what do you weave on a loom band?


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