Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 15:20

Dove the swimming pool may have had a wave machine.

Had some good family holidays at Great Yarmouth, the children put our names down for a dance competition without telling us, the first we knew was them calling our names out. We won the Viennese Waltz and quickstep, I said thats enough and sat down, they persuaded us to get back up for the foxtrot which we won, decided it was vey unfair and sat the rest out.  We did dance again when it was over plus other nights often asked to change partners with people eager to learn so even in the dance round the handbag days the interest was there. My sixteen year old Grandson here Sunday mentioned he had now been dancing for five years, the video's show he is definitely wearing my old dance shoes only better.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 14:12

Dove, Darlington Co-op had a large dance hall, I did a couple of demonstration dances there as a young golly, no problem until I got back on with the crowd for a quickstep and thought I was going to be sea sick. My partner said it is a sprung floor did you not know? well the answer was never heard of them so why make them springy? she had no answer so I still do not know. Having danced on many an unsprung floor it still has me puzzled. Blackpool has a Magic about it something I knew from the very first time dancing there, that floor never fazed me probably because I was over awed by the venue. Watching the Strictly floor being laid down on TV apart from a cushion layer under the floor I do not think it a proper sprung floor or is it.


Peony through Winter

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 13:59

I have several Peony or Peonea as I was taught by Dad many years ago. I cut the flowering stalks back after they are done flowering then leave the foliage to feed the root ball through the rest of summer. After the foliage shrivels it is left as a frost cover over the  root ball until spring. 

In spring you will see small red growths appearing this is the new plant, carefully cut back any old foliage. I then lightly brush the root ball clear of any dross and loose earth. Now put a mulch of mixed compost and granular fertiliser around the root ball not touching or covering it, a circle around the root ball leaving a few inches clear of it then water in. Once the top growth is well on its way then stake it, I put stakes around and then weave strings through the top growth to hold up the heavy flower heads. A warning depending how old the plant is it can take up to five years to flower, one of mine from a cutting took seven years I got one flower now it has many flowers, it is the nature of the plant.

They do not take much looking after a little care in Spring is all then staking when due to flower as that in our region often occurs when the winds are strongest. My shrubs are nearly forty years old Dad had one over  80 years old when I was still at home, I love them.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 11:36

Dove Jonni explained his posture because he does not have ankle movement comes from the hips some dances in hold are very hard for him, Bruno said his bottom was sticking out, of course it was otherwise he would not be moving. Having danced many times at Blackpool and when only one dancer is on the floor the movement is very slight, I have danced on spring floors that were more like trampolines. Saturday could be his last dance though not for want of trying, Susan and Gemma could be there at the bottom too.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 10:09

That should have been Davood not Sanjiid, where did that come from I ask.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2017 at 09:27

Get Rid of the judges, Bring back Len, Alter the rules, If BBC do not reinstate my favourite then I will watch X thingee instead. WHOA BACK there, you know you would not watch anything X if they paid you a thousand pound a minute??? SORRY after last week I thought that was how we had to respond?

Must admit I will miss Ruth although she was never going to be a dancer and was handicapped by Anton milking it for his own reasons. Ruth made mistakes in the actual dance but in the dance off she lost her feet completely, she was the one to go.

I do like Gemma and Jonni even Susan but I think from Blackpool we will lose them week by week, after this weeks dance I think Molly could well be up there with Joe and Sanjiid, the dark horse is Debby, will she make it to the top? well she certainly could.


Plastic Garden tiles

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 09:53

What is wrong with the way I do it, drop a plank on the bit i want to work on and move it when done, the same board is older than me as dad used it too. Why buy more plastic to pollute the world?


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/11/2017 at 09:48

Stockton-on-Tees, another sunny morning, a bit cool so just slip a ganzy on, an old saying up in these parts "aall jest be gitten me ganzy then" of course the speech police we at times see on here will not like or even understand that. Reading an item of news yesterday "Is the UK greener than we think". This part most definitely is, promptly swamped with green posts saying farm land moor and even lakes were spoilt green concrete, "WHAT" or I should say what do they really want, they have it all but would deny their children better. It takes all sorts as they say.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/11/2017 at 09:32

Guernsey Donkey, we lived minutes away from four lovely beaches, Seaton Carew, Redcar, Marske, and Saltburn, collecting things from rock pools under the Huntcliffe Saltburn one eye on the tide which came in quickly and you were trapped, it still happens to people. Whitby was an hour away though we had a car, not many did and we had relatives at Goathland Egton and Grosmont in the Hills. Wonderful memories and we made sure our children had the same, they still come every weekend and still talk about it.

GWRS Enjoy your trip I had many North Sea Crossings from Harwich and Hull thanks to the army, my Pal in the Navy said I had more sea time than he did.

Stockton, there is a song about it, "it's a lovely day today" so full of porridge maple syrup and blue berries i will have a nice shower and enjoy the garden though it may well be more sit and look than do.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/11/2017 at 09:48

Nanny Beach, I live in an area which was the culmination of the old green lanes that had been in use for millennia, The Romans built canals and mills to grind the corn from what they called the bread basket of the North. Later Hartlepool Stockton and the Port of Yarm built on a small village in bogland that became Middlesbrough shipped out Coal Iron Lead from the Dales and grains meat and fowl from the vales of Durham and York. The rivers were the main roads when there were no roads and the North Sea was the M1 of its day, everything went by ship as we supplied London and the South, even Big Ben's bell was cast in my Village of Norton, it was shipped to London and the clack handed men transporting it to Big Ben cracked it, so it had to be recast.

We lads and lasses walked those lanes with our jam sandwiches and bottles of water we would picnic in the fields or woods and knew every tree by name could spot birds by their call and could handle animals and wild life because we came from a farming community. I live on one of those old lanes and just up the road are others which were once green lanes and would still be recognised by the old drovers. People get the impression of the cold smoky North east as a place of degradation how wrong they are, Stockton on the Tees is a green and lovely place to live, at the moment we have soft warm rain although it is getting brighter by the minute.

Please do not tell anyone we do not want a mad rush from the South. I enjoyed the run out yesterday and we did see some squirrels under the Oak Trees on the lane, they seem to know they are safe.


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