Latest posts by Palaisglide

Levelling lumpy bumpy turf

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 14:09

Dee, so much for my vision of a bowling green I thought your post was to level an established lawn. You failed to say how old or how fit you are because i would think twice about tackling that.

Basically it needs digging over completely, the removal of rubbish and weeds which seem indemic some of that turf needs to be taken off and sent to the dump. Again it will depend on what you can afford, there will be some one in the area who would rough dig and level it for you so you had a fresh canvas to work on. I always advise taking a small section at a time and sorting that out, start it and finish it as trying to do the whole at one go usually ends up with nothing finished. Once you have one small area cleaned and planted then you can take on the next section, the grand plan will come once you have a working garden, that will take time.

It will take a lot of thinking about and planning, depending on what you can afford or not you could get some help with the heavy work then you put in the finishing touches. This may sound downbeat but I have tackled worse than that when I was much fitter.  It can be done as any gardener on here will tell you but it needs time and possibly some machinery for the hard work, you can hire anything these days.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/11/2017 at 13:49

Stockton Brilliant sunshine, a bit chilly, our N.E. coast appears to be the only area where bonfire night can go with a bang, as usual the riverside display will be visible from my front windows. The Grandchildren will go and watch it live as I watch through the double glazing.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/11/2017 at 11:07

Stockton much like the Thomas Hood Poem and the local forecast says it will get even more dour. Still looking out at the garden the Fuchsia are still lighting it all up, nothing like a garden to lift your spirits.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 10:13

Stockton. Sunshine after two days of miserable weather, that is the good news the bad news being sunset is 16:30 that is before the evening meal, dark nights are here.


As I Get Older....

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 09:59

The bit I love about growing older is the faces of my children when Dad says it as it is, being brought up to call a spade a spade all this modern dressing things up so we do not offend people goes over my head. After reducing the nurses to uncontrollable laughter during my last examination two weeks ago watching my Daughters face grow darker and darker I got it in the neck when we left. DAD you cannot say things like that these days. Daughter growing old allows you to say what you always thought anyway.

Get up if you wish, dress as you wish, Garden if you wish, eat what you wish, if you want your porridge with Marmite have it. Growing old to me is a freedom, you do not have to toe the line all the time, my 16 year old Grandson told his Mother I was really cool, now that is what you want to hear.


Levelling lumpy bumpy turf

Posted: 02/11/2017 at 09:36

The best tool is a long straight plank. We used one when levelling our Bowling green. it depends on how lumpy and how big the lawn is. Pick a point, put a corner of the plank edge on at that point then slowly swing it round noting the dips and lumps, you may need a hand with this.

High bits cut the turf on three sides with a sharp spade or lawn tool, ( straight blade with a handle), roll back the turf after using a flat spade to cut under the turf, scrape out some soil and then lay back down. Dips have a mix of sieved compost and washed sand ready and brush it into the hollow you can also mix seed with that. Fill in any cracks with the same mix brushing it into the cracks with a hard broom, Keep sweeping your straight edge plank across to make sure you have a good surface and brush in more sand compost seed mix as required. Water it in gently with a spray or if you are lucky it will rain. Your lawn will look a mess for a while but will soon green up again. Had you seen our bowling green after treatment you would think it would never play again but by spring it was wonderful, "oh" and flat. I should say we always did that in October but we are the North east so it depends on where you are or when frosts are due as to when you do it. Saying that one of my lawns went down two weeks before Christmas one year and it is the best of my lawns.

Hope this helps Frank.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2017 at 09:24

GWRS  Another show much like strictly, the cooking comes second, they were cooking for nearly eleven hours we saw an hour. ITT will give us another few minutes of the mishaps or funny bits. The best cooks in the world watching that can only make their minds up watching a few minutes of finished product. I had not seen the spoiler but the second I saw the finished cakes knew who had won and it was not the blue and white mess. If you are actually interested in the content of the show, Cooking or Dancing then hard luck weep your way through it all as the odd contestant does in both shows.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 13:56

Having the books from the start of the new show in 2004 I know that the term no dancing experience was never the initial format. There were two shows in 2004 one in April and one in October then one show a year.Natasha Kapinsky won the first show in April and Jill Halfpenny the October show, neither ever said they could not dance Natasha with Brendon Cole and Jill with Darren Bennet Jill did the best Jive I have ever seen anywhere, it is still on Utube and worth watching. The 2005 October show was won by darren Gough and Lilia Koplova (darren Bennets) dance partner and wife. I was very happy to see Darren and Lilia on ITT last night.

I among many if you read the boards were upset when Ore Oduba cried his way through the competition to win against two far better dancers Danny Mac and Louise Rednapp. Ore was privately educated and went to University, can any one vouch that in that time he never danced? What is little known is there are specialist trainers for various dances most of the Latin and also the Jive it is not all down to the Professionals but of course we only ever see that part of the training.

Come Dancing was for dancers who did already dance, it was a competition and it was only when they thought about bringing it back that the idea was muted for a mix or Celebs from different kinds of show or sport, the time they get to practice for the first dance has been reduced. I can tell you that learning the basic steps for a dance from scratch in three weeks then performing it is almost impossible, I am sure they do not start ignorant of how to keep the beat.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 09:49

Obelixx, I think we batter our heads against the wall on this subject, people do not want to see golden oldies who can out do the babes, they want nubile bodies doing anything but dance in the correct manner. Rolling about on the floor appears to be the acme of such dancing. Reminds me of a New Year dance we went to when all the young people sat on the floor and seemed to be rowing a boat??? Well if you cannot dance on your feet the derrière comes in useful. As I already said on here my younger family and some of the older ones are taking proper ballroom dancing lessons, what goes around comes around. My wife and I danced until she was unable to through illness, without all the acrobats dancing as you well know is a lovely and often sensual hobby.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/10/2017 at 09:38

Stockton on Tees, dull dour yet much warmer. It will not be as warm as Stockton California where I stayed once, I thought i was seeing things as you went down Durham Road into that Stockton as you do here. It would appear that a lot of Durham miners went over in the gold rush. It seems we were always wanderers in this neck of the woods.


PS the history lesson is for free.

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