Latest posts by Palaisglide

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.


Mobile Phones.

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:17

Killed the art of writing letters, murdered conversation, lost the ability of concentrating on what one is saying in case they miss something on the phone, they should be flushed down the toilet. In my very last career as White van man with the very latest in vehicles, hands off, blue tooth, (mine are white) radio, all controls on the handle bars my way was switch the lot off and concentrate on driving. Getting to the destination someone would run out shouting phone your office. Where have you been, driving to here, where, where you sent me, Bow London, oer that was fast, yes because i did not have to listen to you lot changing my direction every two minutes. Right switch your phones on, no sack me if you do not like it. I retired in the end for the last time after three years, the Manager read his little speech, never missed a deadline, never late with a load, never an accident, what was the secret, I switched the phones off.

Mine is pay as you go cost £38 and a twenty pound top up per year, my family have phones costing hundreds and more monthly than i pay for a year, all to text "I am in M&S, where are you? Nuts.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 14:09

Raisingirl, you are correct in your observation, the louise was dance, Claudia was "my AJ is good, Claudia just make the shape"? Kevin, Oti, Joanne are brilliant at showing off thier partners AJ at prancing around his partner, she deserved better.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 11:55

Hello Obelixx, I know the feeling, my knees creak a lot and the medical advice is stick with them new knees are a hit and miss affair. Jive, Samba, even the Argentine Tango are for the young the way Strictly want it, Oti did turn it into a tribal dance. Watching it Saturday brought back memory of watching the African Rifles in full gear dance for us by fire light. It sent shivers up your back watching them, Saturday did the same, we have some very clever pro's this year. I always prefered a slow Tango and as a young lad in La Linia saw elderly people dance it, the sex was almost rampant. Being dragged on the floor by a grandmotherly lady did I learn what the dance was about, those lessons got me plenty of partners back home. Now the dancing begins.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 10:34

Just add my nname to what Obelixx said I agree on all points. Oti said in an interview last week they were practicing for long hours and as we all know practice makes perfect. I am only glad that in my dancing years we did not do mad creations such as Samba, we watched Carmen Miranda do it on the pictures. Louise does it for me although I think it will be a male this year.


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