Latest posts by Palaisglide

Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 11:19

In the days you drove old cars or motor bikes repairs were done at home in the garage. There would often be inflammable liquids in there for vehicle and greenhouse. I often had blow torches in use a quite explosive risk. Turning with the aforsaid blow lamp and setting fire to the pile of oily rags, the tent you hung to dry five years ago, the shirt you had removed when the lady next door was working oposite the window, had to show off hairy chest you know, or even setting fire to said hairy chest, it was out and head first into the pond. Fiddling to pull a door open cost you a loss of hair, you burst out, which my ladies is why the side door opens out. Any questions?


Temporarily remove turf

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:38

Side doors on a garage open outward for safety reasons, if you need exit fast you can burst out instead of struggling to open inwards. I would go for a couple of pavings let in under the door.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:00

Stockton has sunshine (I could get used to this) clear sky with a wisp of cloud above although quite a thick line over the coast. I can see the Cleveland Hills in all their glory, Eston Nab ten miles away over the valley is in view, if I walked up the lane a few hundred yards the Pennine foothills over the Dales would most likely also be in view, is this Spring at last?



Posted: 09/03/2017 at 09:52

Dove ours was an old two iron wheel big iron seat on top hay rake, you hitched up old Dobbin and climbed aboard then dropping the rake pulled the hay into long rows. Pulling and pushing the big lever lifted the rake then dropped it again so you went up the field and gradually built up long lines of piled hay. We often went out with big wooden hand held rakes and turned the piles to dry before gathering and stacking. We started with a pile of brush wood then ricked the hay and then thatched a roof on each rick. The under side brush would be what we call today an animal bug Hotel there would be all sorts of things flying out when you got to the bottom.

It all changed the big Fordson Tractor could pull a multi blade plough and three harrows, the Fergy became the runabout to bring the cattle from the field for milking or rounding the sheep up. It would have been OK on our six acres Verdun has kindly given us to play with.



Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:58

Dove, the little Fergy, what a boon that was certainly made life a lot easier for our farming clan. There is one  near my Sons place with all the tools including trailer and in full working order. Also like you I would make the land work for me as I said earlier on here.


Ultimate Alphabet 'Q'

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:47

Ladybird, spot on Fayid was the HQ of the Canal Zone which had shrunk by the time you were there, Ismailia was half Greek French and half Egyptian divided by the Sweet water Canal, nothing sweet about it. One of my first jobs on getting to Shandur was to take a crane to the Army water filtration plant and lift the filter screens to be cleaned, I have a strong stomach but those screens as they were lifted tested it. I was taken to Hospital in Fayid from the Sinai and spent three weeks there then six weeks in El Kabrit convalescent camp on the narrow part of the Canal as it went into the Great Bitter lake. We crossed the Canal at Kantara which is Egyptian for Bridge, it was above Lake Timsah a swing bridge and you had to wait for the boats to clear that section of Canal before you could cross from Sinai. We had been over there for three weeks on LofC  duty water rationed no shower or even a bathe, six to a bucket then put it in the cooling system. We got to the Canal a long wait so I just dropped all my clothes and dropped in the water, not having seen the bus on the other side full of WAAF a rapid exit, grab clothes run round the blind side of the recovery truck as I said red faced.

The forces left late 1955 and we were back in 1956 Suez, the least said the better. We would go to Tel El Kabier a huge base and on the way to Cairo, as you say we would get into Cairo and take a car to the Pyramids, all changed now.


Ultimate Alphabet 'Q'

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 15:12

Ladybird, Late 1947-49 why were you one of the WAAF's, once seen never forgotten.


Ultimate Alphabet 'Q'

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 13:39

Ladybird, not much chance, the ducks walk in the beck at times when it is very low and as a swimmer it would kick in says he who swam Naked in the Suez Canal in front of a bus load of WAAF, very unexpected as my blushing cheeks, all four of them showed as I scrambled out to cheers. Long story would need a whole board to tell it.


Greenhouse Shading, does the colour matter?

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 13:33

Sheps, what ever you use will increase the heat inside after years of green house ownership and many differing attempts at shading I gave up and went for vents instead. My Robinson Lean to Greenhouse built against a South facing wall came with roof vents and a wide door. I took out some grass and fitted louvres putting everything on automatic vent lifters, adding a fan with a thermostat for extra cooling worked a treat. Opening the door and damping the floor down soaking the gravel side bays and leaving a couple of buckets of water under the plants did the job for me and has done for over thirty years. Remember any type of shading reduces light and plants need light, with plenty of through air circulation plus the air movement by a fan on still days you will find the plants thrive just do not water the leaves while it is hot, early morning or late evening is best for that. I say it as I have found what works for me, depending on the position of your greenhouse things may differ, my garden is South Facing maximum sun and heat in the NE of England further south you may need some shading, I once used some old net curtain fixed to bamboo rods in a small house I had at the time, lift it up onto hooks take it down when i got home, it worked.


Ultimate Alphabet 'Q'

Posted: 08/03/2017 at 13:12

Ladybird, plenty of practice standing in them during and after the war, we got plenty of Queue time.

"Agh" the mail just came and my rates bill for next year, I am walking down to the Beck, if it is deep enough and no Frog Spawn I may not come back.


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