Latest posts by Palaisglide

Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 11:47

Dove you gave me a shock, I read it as  "Several children met their maker a bit earlier than planned providing meals" should have gone to spec savers.


Worst winter

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 10:25

1947, it started late January and went into March, I had joined the Army and it turned out to be a good thing, at least we got fed and had some warmth many in the Towns and Cities did not. Rail and Road communications came to a halt, Coal and Food could not be transported, Farms and Country Villages were totally cut off and to make things worse the Austerity was at its deepest with things rationed that had not been in wartime.

Pathe News showed pictures of snow up to the roof tops of houses with people digging themselves out of their houses, I have no memory of seeing a glimmer of sunshine whilst digging trains out in the wilds of west Durham, then came the floods in March snow melted but the ice did not give so water stood on the ice causing more mayhem, we had tracked vehicles that slid around on the ice, the unit had several wounded with broken bones from falling over.

Some say 1963 which was bad though those of us who saw the winters of 1940 and 1944 will also remember how bad it was, the Battle of the Bulge happened in December of that year.

What are your own memories of bad winters, last years floods will be lasting memories for some. At a time when we did not have Central Heating my memories are all of much earlier times, what are yours.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 12:42

Lirodendron, Mother and then my wife made Chorley Cakes we loved them Eccles are lovely but could not eat more than one at a time, Welsh cakes are best eaten warm with a pat of butter on them. When we made pies any pastry left over would be rolled out quickly buttered sugar scattered on it then mixed dried fruit on that folded over and sealed then baked in the oven. Sliced up and eaten cold or warm with custard it was a firm favourite up here in the NE. I believe most parts of the UK have a favourite made up recipe for Filling holes in a lad or lasses tummy.


Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 11:28

That is a weight off my mind, had a hair cut not that I needed one I was only sitting on it not standing on it. Glorious sunny day, much warmer and the Bulbs are showing some life at last.

Love Welsh Cakes, Scotch Pancakes and for Pancake Tuesday had Toad in the Hole, well it is pancake mix after all.

So they are cracking down on fly camping, it probably just got back to normal after we blew big holes in the area during explosive training, don't know about people paying to fly round the Moon, we sent a few trees in that direction.


Pancake Tuesday

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 12:00

Nearly the end of a romance before it started. Our family always had the Yorkshire puddings first with onion gravy then lunch, that was the Yorkshire way. Had met Joan and was invited to her home for Sunday lunch. We were served the pudding and gravy only Joan had hers with butter and jam. I was flabbered and gasted all at the same time, how could she desacrate a good Yorkshire like that. I did manage to forgive her and she made traditional puddings but hers were always with butter and jam, never did manage to cure her of that odd idioscincrassy.

Pancakes thin with butter sugar and fresh lemon none of that weird stuff in yellow bottles.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 14:03

Stockton has sunshine, must be warmer as my Snowdrops have appeared, the Daffodils are poking their heads up too. I am nursing a head cold but Daughter sent me a freshly made Jam rolly polly with some custard, I have every intention of feeding this cold "err" I think, is it feed a cold starve the flu or T'other way round?


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 10:31

Hostafan, It is not the common or garden man that leads any one into war it is overblown Politicians who think they have suddenly acquired Big ben between the legs who lead us into war. Lets have a war lads and lasses, it is not us who get hurt and it takes peoples minds off our mismanagement of the Country.

When you have stood in line naked, under a canopy in the Desert, whilst a woman Doctor walked along lifted each appendage with her cane looked at it with a rather scornful look on her face as she dropped said appendage, then looked at her cane to see if it had been smitten with noxious bugs you realise its place in the way of things important or not. Mind, saying that, said woman Doctor who was on loan to the garrison for three weeks demanded i become her driver and bodyguard and I do not think it was because I had the biggest sub-machine gun.

It is an old adage, "There are no Atheists in foxholes" coming from an age where every week at school we had an hour of Religious Teaching, Church and Sunday School on Sundays and I suffered greatly because i questions everything instead of just soaking it up believe me when I say religion was not top of my list of things to do. When you have seen the biggest and toughest crying and yes praying you realise we are not and never will be in control of our lives. I do not write off any possibility, we do not know and never will until it is too late, the one positive is we are all star dust.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/02/2017 at 10:01

Morning all and thank you for the thoughts. Daughters and I looked at photo's, talked, though it never gets any easier. Norton Church Cemetery is a mass of Snowdrops.

Awoke from a broken sleep to sunshine and blue sky, it is definitely warmer, no damage from the high winds last night though did hear a few bumps in the night, probably went straight down the hill what ever it was.

Thank you all Frank.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 09:35

Bright Sunshine here in Stockton, it is lighting the whole house up the garden is steaming, we have a warm though stiff breeze as well. Hold your arms out here Verdun and the wind will carry you to Russia.

It is not brightening  my mood, exactly six years ago to the minute when Joan passed away, My daughters and I will be having hugs later today.


Horticulture grit

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 16:18

How big is the lawn? The best way is get a couple of bags of Washed Sand, plus a bag of compost and mix what you need to use after aerating the lawn. It also depends on what you use for aerating, a garden fork pushed in will take the sand and compost mix. Some hire machines have hollow tines which remove a divot that would take your grit and compost mix providing it is grit and not pea gravel. use a good hard broom for sweeping the mix into the holes, you may need sweep it over a couple of times to get it all down. Good luck.


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