Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 11:53

GWRS, The cushions got put in the wardrobe for the night, I put on my extremely rose coloured specs which made it bearable though only just.

What happened to the actual dancing i would ask although they did show a little more footwork and the new Judge came to the same conclusion in many cases I did, "it may be spectacular but it ain't dancing" I give her marks for that the scoring seemed wildly amiss to me, even Craig was a bit off target, with me you do not wound them you kill em dead.

I will await this evenings GBP's input with a show that is now two halves those who can do 100 MPH and those who stick to 30 MPH, we all know where this is going so why not cut out the middle and just go to the end. They could of course hold a DANCE competition possibly at Blackpool whilst we all await the end  of this where they will come through the roof on Parachutes scream round the room like F1 cars tumbling and pirouetting to music that is totally unsuited to the mode of dance.

OK I will get my coat and admit I am very tempted to watch the X or is it Y show, anything is better than tearing out my beautiful grey locks.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 10:17

What is my weather like??? you need ask, I cannot see through the tropical monsoon outside the window. It is according to the weather forecast going to be sunny around four this afternoon, more nude sun bathing, I doubt it more like singing in the rain.


Desert Island Gardening Tools

Posted: 29/09/2017 at 10:13

As any ex-infantry man knows a trenching tool, for calls of nature, digging a slit trench in case Pirates bombard you and hand to hand if they try landing. Also shears for cutting new grass skirts for any stray maidens who may arrive and a Hoe for singing. Hey Hoe hey hoe its off to work I go.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 28/09/2017 at 11:28

The North East Coastal Area having been getting it in the neck from the North sea lately today we have sunshine. The forecast says it will be hottest around four this afternoon, I am wondering whether to run out then and do a bit of nude sunbathing? better not, do not want to frighten the neighbours do we.


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Posted: 27/09/2017 at 13:16

Nobody mentioned the best use of the Hoe, mine is my Fathers with a very long handle. In a walk round the garden I first pick up the hoe, as I stand perusing the plants I use it as a leaning post, you can think more slowly when leaning on something, if you sit down it needs a cup of tea or a glass in hand therefore you take longer to think but not a full break as if you sit down.

The long handle allows you to get to the back of borders and daily use eradicates weeds and stirs up the top soil stopping it crusting, definitely the best tool in the shed.


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Lily of the valley - invading from the other side of the fence

Posted: 27/09/2017 at 09:40

Big Blue Sky, The first rule of gardening is never panic, you see a problem say to yourself "O heck as like" get a cup of tea and sit down perusing the problem. Given enough thought all troubles are solvable and with many years in the Army I found panic totally detrimental to the actions required.

About a membrane along the fence, you do not need to disturb already rooted plants. Buy some heavy but flexible membrane from a Garden Centre it comes in large rolls and they cut off what you need so measure it first. Using your spade in a vertical position work it down along the base of the fence this gives you a slot about a spade depth is enough. Push the membrane into the slot and weigh it down with some gravel or stones, then nail it to the bottom of the fence and cut off ready for the next section. The roll comes in around six foot width so you progress along the fence securing a section back filling the slot and onto the next bit, that means you can have a sit with a mug or glass in your hand what ever turns you on. Rushing at a job often causes twice the work so take your time and think about it, that is what gardening is all about giving you the time to relax your brain even when your body is aching from a couple of hours of double digging as we used to do, it now seems to be redundant yet we did it year on year for vegetable patches. If not that we would rough dig the patches then spread well rotted manure and leave it until the next spring whilst the worms did the work.

Plants need water not too much, Sunlight differing levels they do not all like full sun, and general cleanliness keep them weed free, a good hoe is better than any weed killer. I walk around the garden most days with a Hoe in my hand, firstly to lean on and look then to remove any weed that dares to show its face. The main thing is sit now and then enjoy what you have and just relax.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 19:49

Thus the Widdie effect from days of yore.  Thus the Russell as a cannonball seasons ago.

Ok Shrinking Violet I give up, you do not often catch me on poetic sayings so what is it?

My only argument is saying Dance Competition, it is not and now never will be having done and seen good dancing from many often elderly people. Call it Saturday night wipe out of the obvious  losers and then the super athletics show, that I would watch totally relaxed, it would not be running under false colours.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 18:46

DHR, I did say the winner will come from.

Jonnie Peacock did rather well Saturday though a little stiff but turning in the bottom corner i saw his face change, he was hurting. Running in a straight line on a blade is far different from twisting and turning on a false leg, the weight is distributed in a different way. When they walked from the table to the judges he seemed to struggle. I hope he does well although the final will not see him.

For the winner see above and take your pick. Watching take two at the moment with Zoe turned off.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 15:32

Nodisab, surely being a dancer to start with would hold you back. Now being good at acrobatics may be a big advantage for those back flips, rolls and even the flying that now appears to be the norm in the final dance off. The winner will be a sky diving mountain climbing (one handed blindfolded and texting on the phone) swimming and having spent time in a jungle or X factor thingee. The winner will be a fit or nubile young thing and dancing may even creep in somewhere as well.

OK I will get my coat and dodge the custard pies as i leave.


Lily of the valley - invading from the other side of the fence

Posted: 26/09/2017 at 11:59

BBS, Who said gardening was easy so some hard work needed. get a decent sized riddle from somewhere and dig all the area passing each spade full through and shake out the soil. The bulbs are shallow rooted so this way you should get most, the few that are left can be raked out as they flower that way you know where they are.

You can get membrane for sinking down dividing fences, nail the top edge to the fence dig a trench and bury the membrane in with some gravel or bricks to hold the bottom down when you throw the soil back in the trench. If you have some old pavings they can be sunk at the base of fences as I did when couch grass started to come through from next door, it worked. Hope this helps,


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