Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 01/01/2016 at 13:38

Spent the last couple of hours in Vienna for the New Year Concert, via TV of course, Joan and I loved Austria going many times although Vienna was always the icing on the cake. So many memories all very happy ones, the bridal suit on our 25 wedding anniversary, dancing the waltz on an empty floor with a crowded hall watching, still do not know why that happened. The top of the Donna Tower for dinner during the worst stom in a decade, every one with their backs to the wall and joan in the window clapping the lightning strikes, the lift finally working again and us last out clutching two bottle of very good wine from the manager impressed by Joan. We certainly made the most of our travels Joan not being one for the normal tourist routes discovering things we would never have seen normally.

I love the music.


Happy New Year Everyone

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 10:34

Awoke to clear skies and a white frost after seeing in the New Year with a nice beer.

wishing you all the very best New Year and may all your dreams and wishes come true, regards to everyone,

a very calmed down Frank.

Hosepipe ban

Posted: 31/12/2015 at 11:51

What is a hosepipe ban? We send our water abroad there is so much of it, I never understood why they do not sink a pipe line South, instead they ship it out in trucks utter madness. Keilder is used as a sports centre with boats and midges, well what else would you use water for.



Posted: 31/12/2015 at 10:04

Today this Frank has sunshine, for now, the jet black clouds from the west are hitting the coastal front above me and heading north boding ill will for those on the Wear and Tyne. Our meadows and babbling brook at the bottom of the bank turned into a great lake, my garden is wet though the standing water vanished adding to the lake. Last day of 2015 let us see what we wake to on the first day of 2016,

Happy New Year to each and all,



Posted: 30/12/2015 at 14:11

Shortly after posting my world went black with a vengeance, some one opened the taps and down it came, the road was a river, it is all downhill from here but the wind was driving the water uphill, never seen anything like it.

Verdun you may well have got rid of my namesake though I will still be around to purge you of pernicious thoughts.


Gentle advice ... for an old newbie.

Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:47

Know how you feel Andi, my boss, critic and colour specialist was taken from me nearly five years ago and it makes you feel things are not worth bothering about. I did have a good start with mature shrubs and bushes underpinned by deeply set bulbs of all kind which suddenly appear surprising you, a small clump of snowdrops is now a bed and start my year for me once again. Bedding plants fill spaces with the help of my Daughter who goes for scented plants putting sweet peas next to where we can sit and enjoy the scent and the sun, after all gardening is as much sitting and looking as breaking your back. My advice is deep plant bulbs of all kinds and fill in with your own seed and bedding plants. I prune the roses with a hedge trimmer (my old dad would have crucified me) they come again year by year, the shrubs and bushes get the same. The Dutch hoe is with me all the time, ten minutes a day as you walk round the garden saves a lot of hard work later. Mulches suppress weeds and feed the soil. I have a proper nursery near me so the odd pot plant is procured and sunk in place to liven up a dull spot. Like you probably I was nurtured by an old time gardener feeding us from a garden with no modern aids, he would probably frown at me now but we need to cut down the hard graft into doable sections. Best of luck/



Posted: 30/12/2015 at 12:20

Well Verdun, I am raging around the area bending trees double and moving detritus out to sea, blasting the clouds across the sky at the speed of sound and all this whilst clutching a mug of warming tea. Beware Frank when he is slightly annoyed. On a more sombre note I really do feel for the people over on the West side of the Country suffering horrendous floods, I hope it ends soon.



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 22:54

No Verdun we can sugest, when they actually do get sown is then up to them. Who among us have not sown early then cursed as a month of frost wrecked our initial joy. We who have lived long enough know Verdun is correct, this is the good old British unpredictable weather or else unknowingly we had climate change before it was invented. If we on our small Island think we can change things I say read the world news, Asia will put seven million vehicles on the road and light up a coal fired power station every month. How can we stop that i ask ?


Posted: 29/12/2015 at 19:27

Stand by folks, I am on my way, move in, cause chaos, move on, story of my life.



Posted: 29/12/2015 at 10:03

They need light as well as heat, the days are drawing out now but still not enough hours of light. Have sown early and late they all ripen around the same time so patience my friend. Was still eating the last of mine late October from Spring sowing.


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