Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 10:54

Poor Craig, he calls it correctly and gets panned. They all made mistakes last night small ones admittedly but in a real dance competition would have been down marked. Len usually calls the mistakes and I could not agree with his outburst last night, he was wrong. I have worried about Len the last few weeks, he seems lost for words at times, a couple of times not finishing what he started, he is right saying it is time to go.

Louise and Danny for me, both made the least mistakes and both have improved beyond measure, Claudia has reached the end of the line, a lovely girl although she must think about the her training for up coming competitions.


Good advice does not come quick

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 11:58

Skinned many a rabbit and during the war they said "a cat with its skin off looks much like a rabbit" never tried that though. I give advice on what I know having learned from a top class gardener my Dad, that advice is from my own experience and mistakes over many years, given freely it is up the the person asking the question whether they take heed or not. My beef is people with little experience guessing a solution to the problem and as said in another post not knowing the conditions prevailing for the questioner, best my way, never seen that then do not reply.

Christmas way back for us would be killing plucking and ploating the geese ducks chickens then hanging ready for sale, preparing hams and bacon joints then cutting or digging up vegetables for the meals, doing that was good preparation for skinning cats, I am a dog man, sorry cat lovers.



Posted: 06/12/2016 at 15:30

Clarington, each time I post about wood, burning composting or as a mulch my head gets chewed off. Much as we gardeners hate waste and would re-use the nails from the Ark, there is little that can be done with your saw dust. Using it in any way on the garden is out having no idea what it is sealed with or from where it came. Making brickets and burning is out as apparently so many people now have wood burners they are causing smogs, polluting the atmosphere and thus destroying the planet. That is not me by the way but the latest information from the greens. It seems the only way is bin it unless you sell it by the bag to the wood burning power stations springing up in our area, the N E, it may save a boat load from Canada. Now I would ask, how is that reducing greenhouse gasses. Cutting, then to the docks, a long boat journey to Teesside, it must make sense to someone though not me.


Minimum temperature for a frost-free greenhouse

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 21:11

Flo7 crack the top vent a little the fumes rise but so does the heat. Condensation is the main problem and it can cause problems with the plants. It is difficult to organise if you work and would be out all day, if it looks cold enough to last all day then leave the GH closed up otherwise some air flow is best. No easy answer and I did at times lose plants. I did keep some in the garage it was warmer but does not get the best light so had to be turned daily.


Minimum temperature for a frost-free greenhouse

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 15:33

Flo7 had trouble with parafin heaters years ago and bought a small electric heater with a frost guard thermostat. You need to trim the wick on parafin heaters or as I found out one morning you wake to a sooted up greenhouse. If you have staging put the plants under it and cover over with bubble wrap, the floor temperature will be a degree or so warmer than higher up. Make a tent within the greenhouse not touching the glass, lay fleece over the plants and then drape bubble wrap over that. You cannot put enough heat in to a greenhouse with normal heaters to stop a severe frost, I live in the N E of England, we have had hard frosts all weekend, the glass is frosted but inside under cover above freezing. Some plants can take a few degrees of frost and wrapping pots will also work. Remove the covers during warmer days, let the plants breath, keep watering to a minimum though do not let them dry out. Heating depends on what you can afford, electric fan is cost efficient if you have a cable in, gas and parafin best used sparingly.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 20:14

Thank to the Gods on mount Olympus, the annoying judge had gone, the dance is on. Elaine Page spoilt my favourite music tonight, what on earth happened to that once faboulus voice.


Mobile Phones.

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 10:51

Hi Matts, glad you explained that, when i used to change at Bristol for Warminster my thoughts were I cannot understand what they say must be a foriegn Country. That Somerset brougue is a bit thick to us NE laddies. Technology changes by the day I am reading today we will walk in a shop pick up what we need and walk out. No not shoplift, we will be recognised watched for what we pick up and automatically charged as we leave the shop, the mind boggles. Coming from a time we had planes with two wings and a big fan on the front and watching technology grow beyond what would have been our wildest dreams it amazes me that people within the same room text each other? What happened to speech I ask. Having dipped my toes into the muddy waters, TV, black and white, TV coloured, a phone land line and an electric typewriter for my reports i did venture into the world of computers curtesy of ICI, went into the office one Monday and found this machine glowering at me, asking what it did the techy said hit the keys play with it then put some of your files on it. Great, in other words he had no idea either. Progressed to laptops and the latest an Apple a month old takes me into spheres far beyond anything I have known, a total joy and yes there is a mobile in my pocket, my Daughters insist and keep it busy asking am I OK, my answer is to take my pulse count up then reply still here you have to wait for the inheretence.

Technology advances faster than we can keep up so my way is use what you need for your own use and comfort, that will be different for each individual, in other words you cut your cloth to suit, "aal gan an gitten me ganzi then" oh eck as like me auld phone is bleeping, "are you Ok Dad" hang on just checking?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 22:34

By the look of the above post you should have stuck with Newcastle Brown.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 21:52

Excuse my ignorance, what the help? is a Peroni, anything like a Newcastle brown? I am afraid in this house it is beer or single malt Scotch mist. Peroni sounds like something with cheese on it grilled to death under the grill.

Louise and Dany tonight as usual AJ did Claudia no favours, at least they all danced the Judge after a fashion but he puts the effort into it, if only he would stop his thank you routine, he missed the cleaning ladies and refuse collectors tonight.


Mobile Phones.

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 14:52

Having had my say about the trouble with mobile phones I must agree they are a boon, used correctly. Keeping contact being able to get help and organising for picking up the stranded yes, being texed "I am eating a sandwich in the cafe do you want a picture" Pure lunacy. Having fought with military and industrial communication devices that never work when you need them I do tend to approach mobiles as if they would explode, being constantly on line wearing fingers down to spikes does nothing for me. My biggest laugh came in a Scottish glen when all of the posh expensive ones failed and my cheapo got a signal, now that is a sort of justice, talk about geese in a panic and me quietly smiling. The family have just left and bless them, the mobiles stayed closed, we talked, that strange habit we all once had, young old and inbetween.


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