Palaisglide


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rhododendron needs moving

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 10:52

Paul, sounds as if you do have any choice, if the drive is going it becomes move it or lose it.

Old Rhododendron can be cut back to around two feet from the ground, then dig around it well out from the roots taking as big a root ball as possible or you can manage, wrap it in plastic and tie whilst moving and preparing the new spot, keep damp.

The root ball can be lightly trimmed, make sure you add some acidic soil, they do not like alkaline or neutral soil, replant and wait, it could be a couple of years or more before it settles and flowers.

Good luck, Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:31

Stockton fairly bright warm and muggy, the sun has just appeared shining through the south facing windows.
Nice surprise today the Peony's have flowered, the dark red one is underpinned with the Cranes Bill and is a complete picture. The Pink one is next to a Deutzia which is in full bloom with white flowers all next to a neatly trimmed Golden Privet stand alone shrub, a cloud of mixed colours, sorry i do not use colour cards.
Had my own strawberry's for tea last night and what was left in my porridge this morning, "ain't life lovely" well I think so.

Frank

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 23:03

Woodgreen, REME was formed in 1942 before that it was Royal Engineers, RASC, RAOC, and RA who all had their own mechanical sections. The desert war made them realise a different set up was required to keep everything rolling mainly the Armour. I was always armour from being forcibly transferred from the DLI to REME, kicking and screaming I may say as I wanted nothing to do with those scruffy grease monkeys. I suppose it was bl###y mindedness that made me get stuck in and reach ASM/ WO1.
During Suez I did serve briefly with a dock petrol supply company but they wanted me back with the Armour.

The sun shone all day in Stockton my washing dried on the line, the weeds and a nest of snails died a horrible death, they ate my string beans, the mint got divided into another bucket, I love mint sauce and the insects had a field day on the Cranes Bill and other plants, life at the moment is lovely.

Frank.

Forum names

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 12:56

"Ah" Katie Jane, dreams, when I retired I said it would be nice to live beside the sea Saltburn Whitby scarborough? Joan looked at me in horror and said "what leave all our friends and family? move to where we are not known"? and about that time some friends who had moved to Devon came back home. They had moved into a village and sharp realised they would be out-comers for the rest of their lives and gave up.
Our dreams can become nightmares more so if a partner becomes ill or worse.

For a long time I thought Verdun was a Lady bird and by some of the posts a fiesty one at that, being male explains it all we are just blunt.
Oh well washing to hang out so must fly.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 09:53

Woodgreen, way back as I went back to the REME school in the 50-60-70's
Looking on Google, Martinique Barracks are long gone and the REME school a shadow of its former self.

Stockton today is brilliant sunshine with a mix of puffy white and a little blackish cloud.
My Cranes Bill was a swarm of bees all busy feeding, it is quite a large clump and needs thinning, around a large peony, they usually flower together and it is just happening, I have the deep red Peony surrounded by the purple blue Cranes Bill quite a sight.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 23:43

Woodgreen, Hampshire once got way too hot for me, spent a week putting heath fires out and it nearly got me, never knew how fast a flash fire could travel.
Bordon and surrounds were my stamping grounds once a huge military base.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 17:26

Stockton yesterday, massive storms, water running down roads like rivers and as usual some local floods, glad I live on top of a hill.
Today sunshine and warm, now a lovely evening. Ate my first strawberriy's wonderful sharp taste makes your mouth water for more.
The bushes had a hair cut some weeding and general clear up feel satisfied so will go sit awhile outside, enjoy it whilst we can.

Frank.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 11:39

Probably some of the names are as mine is, the best of three falls with the Forum, they would not accept my then given name and fourteen tries later in sheer desperation I keyed in Palaisglide and next second I was in?
Having been called many things in my carreer I would most likely have chosen B@#@#@ Lugs.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 22:42

Fairygirl/Daughter you did right, though I did get into trouble for asking questions.
In the days we put on our Sunday best and went to the Village Church as a family and also attended Sunday school plus choir practice we were lectured on Biblical themes, I am afraid that even then I queried what I was told much to the astonishment of the local Vicar later Canon. He would as was the norm back then try corporal punishment, water off a ducks back to me, my brain said he does not know so I get punished for his being unable to argue the case. In our house at a time children were seen and not heard we were encouraged to talk through the days happenings, the news, and anything else we wished. At secondary school where we would be encouraged to ask questions, research our subjects and being only 14 in the class helped, we got almost one to one tuition.
I say my progress through life was down to my parents healthy attitude and the solid schooling we got from top class teachers and thank them.
Pentillie as a lad we were never encouraged to mix with Catholics, they differed from us so we were told, lads being lads we all played together but marry one? A friend had to marry in the registry office because he was C of E she was Catholic neither church would marry them and it was the case well into the early sixties.
I came back from the Middle East with a hatred of all things Jewish and was re-educated by a lovely Jewish Lady who convinced me you cannot hate a Nation, she was right and I was so wrong and admitted that fact. I am now firmly convinced we should not interfere in National Politics, two sides to every story and which is right??
I watched them all today, Children and Grandchildren, all the add ons who I never see as in-laws but extra Sons and Daughters, mixing laughing helping get the tea clear away wash up watching the wedding video's and all even the very youngest commenting, I think Joan and I did a good job bringing up a well mannered and very sociable family.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 20:00

Pentile, Lady Astor was the catalyst for the song, "We are the D Day Dodgers" sung to the tune of Lily Marlene. She made some very basic observations of our troops in Italy owing to a family issue calling them the D Day Dodgers.
"Landed at Salerno a holiday with pay
Gerry came to greet us and send us on our way" it did not go down well with with the boys short of everything as it had all been designated for Normandy and they were fighting a hard battle all the way up the spine of Italy.
For those of us who saw the end of the mandate with then Palestine we knew it would not be done until one had wiped the other out and it still goes on all these years later.
Our Dave and his lot have not learned the lessons from that or Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other little wars where we stuck our Neb in and got it wrong. Take a leaf out of the book of those who stay neutral, let them sort themselves out as win or lose we never make it better.
All history from well before the Romans adds some colour to the big picture, each generation would learn from the last one and we gradually got to where we are today mainly because of the mistakes they made and we took to heart. On a time line from the ice age we can see the gradual enlightenment and the dark ages so called were not so dark after all.
My grandchildren are being taught World War 11 history and they ask me some very relevant questions, what I know I answer the things I do not know  I look up in my library of history books and if it is not there then I go to the reference section of the main library, they want to know I do all I can to get the answers for them.
The family left here a short while back, listening talking about times now long gone I realise it is all still fresh to them, a rock in fast running water they cling too, the grandchildren also listening and learning that family coming together talking about the past and future is all part of a settled life.

Frank.

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