Palaisglide


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Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 23:51

Tetley, must agree the Canal was quite something to see and I had two years to enjoy it or not as we crossed and recrossed it many times at Kantara swing bridge. We did learn it flows North in winter and south in summer and is tidal from the Great Bitter Lake to Port Tewfic near Suez in all it is 121 miles long and the three passing points Lakes Timsah and the two bitter lakes. In my time we controlled the road to Iraq and Iran across the Sinai still British, the red sea ports now tourist areas were dirty fishing villages. We had dust storms but never saw one drop of rain relying on water from the sweet water canal which ran parallel with the ship canal and anything but sweet. You can imagine the three weeks in that small garden of Eden was something I will never forget after months in dry arid desert with only camel thorn and the odd Oasis which were never anything like those portrayed in films, dirty smelly and foul water.

Maybe that small green place added to a film set Oasis with shady trees water you could swim in, good looking Camels with their soft eye's and long lashes  plus unending crates of Stella beer in a cooler could be my dream garden. Such things are dreams made off.

Frank.

Fantasy garden

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 13:50

Enjoy reading the posts although my fantasy garden happened a long time ago and I doubt I could better it so will not try.

Three weeks in hospital, dry and arid six weeks in convalescent camp alongside the Suez canal, dry and arid, the Suez was high brine content so nothing grew, then back to base on the Great bitter lake so salty you could almost lay on the water in a dry and arid area. The only green we saw was a Mirage of water and Date Palms from many miles away. Not quite fit they sent me to the Sergeants mess to look after some Arab workers but my remit was to look after the garden??? "What garden"? so they took me to see it. Imagine a green Eden coming into view and the shock to the system after seeing nothing but desert for months. An enclosed area hung with nets and sacking in bands with a green lawn in the centre sweet scented oleander and Frangipani vines growing over the netting Large stone pots full of flowers. Arab workers sprayed the cloth covers on the side the breeze came from thus providing cool; air over the Lawn, A canvas cover pulled across as the Sun came directly overhead casting shade where the Sergeants could sit and drink, it was heaven on earth and the scents wonderful although Oleander is deadly poison. The Arab gardener had been there almost from the start of the base telling me an old India hand had set the lawn and it had thrived he used grass from the banks of the Nile. My three weeks assisting the Arab gardeners who knew more than me by a long way certainly lifted me back to full health something always in my memory and makes me smile still as I try to guide people on how to keep lawns up to standard.

Frank.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 10:07

Morning all. Lily Pilly borrow some of my family they managed to visit every day last week, Monday had daughter and six year old granddaughter all day, pam was having new bathroom and Phoebe was not well. By lunch time she eaten me out of house and harbour so school yesterday. My cleaning Lady comes Tuesday's, sings her way round the house never stops moving, never met anyone who loved thier job as Joanne does.

Today it is a bright clear day, the coastal front is inland and i can see the Cleveland hills over the Tees valleyfirst time in weeks.

Frank

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 12/01/2016 at 15:34

Clarice, you have arrived be it by pidgeon or other means so all is well, welcome home.

Frank

Something to mull over

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 16:10

KEF A plain scary Yorkshire woman??????????

I never met one, my Mother was a Yorkshire Lass and she scared the living daylights out of me when she took off, Dad was the quiet thoughtful one in our house but then he came from Tyne-side, me being Durham somewhat in the middle had a bit of both, aggressive when needed though if talking stopped the shooting then talk.

Who knows if it was you who goosed me things may well have been different??

Frank.

Something to mull over

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 15:08

Pansyface, Leered at, sugestive remarks, groped, goosed and often Ladies thinking because you are in uniform you are up for what ever their needs are. It is not all one way and not even on one Continent. many Ladies assume a service man fair game and that would include a very titled Lady in Port Said, her comment " when you are done with him give him a scrub and throw him in my bed" in front of me not to me to a lovely WVS Lady old enough to be my mother who had asked me to accompany her to a WVS dinner and dance in a top hotel. Two sides to every story, my Mother on war work as an electrician in the Waafs quarters was on half the mens pay until they discovered she was one of the only electricians who would go into the hangar roof and fit the light bulbs, that got her equal pay "err" for that job only?

My old Dad pulled me aside one day and said "Son, there are no bird, bits of fluff, bints or any other names for them but Ladies, no matter what they do they are all Ladies treat them as such and you will never go wrong. In my Dancing youth the partners were mainly older or married ladies some of whom thought a bun and a cup of tea in the interval bought you for the night, wrongly of course.

A march past in Portsmouth in 1970 and an invite into the local hostelries for drinks after, standing at the bar glass in hand I felt my bottom being caressed turning I discovered a girl younger than my Daughters, she said "I cannot resist men in uniform" what even old enough to be your Dad? sorry dear I am married.

Ladies in our area of the North East are noted for being outspoken and also for being much more aggressive than the men, yes there are reasons to complain and rightly so though as one who trained one of the first women engineers in the area and saw her rise up through the glass roof I knew that a Lady with enough guts had the possibility of doing so. It will never happen if you just say I am a woman raise me up when the men who reach to top have to fight all the way up, then of course the only way is down.

Frank.

Football

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 11:17

Not to worry boys and girls, when MIDDLESBROUGH hit the premier League those over paid lay abouts will not know what hit them.

Frank.

Which subjects............

Posted: 11/01/2016 at 11:00

My understanding on joining this forum was that other discussions were to take place in the potting shed, a place for having a cupper and natter as gardeners do. For some reason talk back has become the chat column, why?

Sitting here whilst Granddaughter Phoebe granddad sits me, Daughter is having a new bathroom fitted so arrived here early and has now gone shopping whilst Phoebe six (so she keeps telling me) looks after me, already asked if I want her to make me a cup of tea? I rather think kettles and children do not mix.

Morning Verdun as Phoebe would say, what is all the fuss?

Frank.

 

 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 10:44

Walked up the drive took a look, walked back down, made more tea. Cold wet miserable, will concentrate on cooking lunch in warm kitchen, pork today.

Frank.

Any tips for growing rice?

Posted: 09/01/2016 at 10:51

Nice one David, on a run up the Durham Road Thursday fields normally full of sheep were all under water, I thought, now Salmon are back in the Tees we could run fish farms, any advice on that?

Frank.

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