Latest posts by Palaisglide

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 15:33

Joyce as like me you are a hysterical Historian you will know John Knox was railing against women rulers, Queens etc. He traveled Europe and married although did you know he spent much time in Newcastle, probably meeting some of our local ladies turned him into a misogynist.  Had he met we're Cushie he would have met his match. "She's a big lass an a bonny lass,  An she likes her beer,   An they call her Cushy Butterfield,   An aw wish she were here". See we are trained to deal with strong women who diven knares thee place. Verdun and I have taken the course at Uni, keep em well kissed and poorly shod.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:58

Joyce, DAUGHTERS, there is an Amazon Legion of them, they do not do things by half, one had an operation for Gallstones yesterday (private own room the lot) just phoned to say she will be out for lunchtime, was that a hint I wonder? I always thought "The monstrous regiment of women" was that lot over the border wearing skirts and playing strange twisted tunes on a bladder, could be wrong.


Last edited: 09 October 2016 11:59:33

What to do now....

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:49

Sarah, Looking at your balcony as it overlooks the road there is a grill, tie a sheet of plastic to the grill just to stop a direct sea breeze or freezing wind from harming the bare stems of the plants. Not pretty I know so take it down once the weather starts to warm up. The bubble wrap idea around the pots I use for outdoor pots to stop any water in the pot freezing and cracking the pot, the plants are quite hardy the pots are not. I have seen Balcony's that were veritable gardens so you can grow most things on them, experiment and see what will grow, all us gardeners do that as we all have different conditions soil and weather. I am in the NE near the sea, our weather comes off the North Sea with the coastal front quite often above us, that can be good in morning sea mists bring water where as inland it gets dry, on the other hand we get a cooler clime so plant accordingly. A long learning process Sarah but keep at it you can work wonders with your tiny micro climate.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 11:06

Joyce, dangerous ground was what I did and still do at times, no point in being a wilting lily as a Soldier.Poor down trodden Verdun needed advice from a professional sorter out of inter sex  warfare  and that is what I am good at, that used to be with my Wife's permission of course now it is down to my Daughters. At my yearly check over on Friday Sister Rose told my Daughter I was fit as a fiddle and ready to be put back on the marriage market, she thought I would be snapped up, Daughter replied, "not on your Nelly no one is getting their hands on our inheritance"  I asked if I had a choice?


What to do now....

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:50

Sarah, Had another look and the square red pots only need to be topped up with fresh compost, fill them to within an inch from the top and leave to over winter. The round pots want to be the next size up at least and topped with new fresh compost, most of the leaves will drop and fresh ones grow next year. The gooseberry leave for now and re-pot in Spring then cut out any weak sprigs in the centre leaving the centre more open, all the work will start in spring. Over winter and water very occasionally never let them dry out but not wet either, stick your finger in the soil if it comes up muddy too wet comes up clean too dry you soon learn to right way. I would advise wrapping the pots in Bubble wrap and tying to give the pots some protection from icy winds, the plants are tough and can stand some frost, sea spray if you are near to the beach can cause problems but some plastic sheet would stop that. Nothing much appears wrong in those photo's, it is Autumn, plants go to sleep, drop leaves look a bit dead but come spring come back to life. You will get fruit and it will be worth it for the taste so never give up and come back here for any further questions we are always happy to help.


Last edited: 09 October 2016 10:52:12

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:40

Warm and bright in Stockton sun coming and going playing peek a boo around the puffy clouds. We are getting a lodger for the day Bailey half Greyhound half goodness knows and full of fun, I am six foot yet he can put his front paws round my neck and lick me to death. Memo do not leave anything on the work tops.


Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:34

Verdun typical of the female, they cannot dual task. She should have seen you had a sweat on so brought over a table with umbrella, a nice chair and the beer in a glass glittering with ice cool droplets on the side of the glass then whilst you sat cooling down shot up the tree and completed the task. They see one thing, "oh he looks hot I will take him a beer" they do not realise beer needs to be slowly imbibed and cans take some effort to open she could at least have done that bit. Next time she waves cans at you ignore her, let her know your slaves need to think ahead.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 09:24

Amazed at the standard achieved in just week three, those people are working hard and most have a day job as well we tend to forget that. I am still looking at it as an entertainment it stops me chewing the carpet, the critic will come when we get down to the real dancers in the pack. One or two of them including Lesley looked about heart attack level after they had danced, some let the nerves get to them. I laughed heartily at Ed Balls effort not at him but with him thinking it fun and he certainly did not hang back, tipping this will not be his week to go, expect a surprise, the GBP are full of them.


Using wood ash

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 11:19

We have had this thread many times before and having been brought up with a Dad who was a top class old time gardener put in my two pennyworth to be told I was an idiot among other epithets. We had wood burning boilers for cattle and pig food which I looked after, we would cut our fire wood from the Copse so it was always what we called clean wood and in those days the pesticides which were used massively later were not around. Dad still would not put wood ash directly on plants it went into the midden with the horse manure and general compost to be rotted and used later. I of course asked why, "the acids in the ash burn the plants and roots" composting them dilutes any acids. Modern wood burners often use waste wood and we have no idea of where it came from. Wood preservatives are often used using a pressure system that sends it into the core of the wood, pesticides used years ago can still be inherent in the wood we do not know and as far as my research goes no one has ever put it to the test.

That is all I am saying on the subject, you do as you wish, my take on it is plants are expensive in money time and caring for them why risk it for a maybe it works maybe it wont approach when the risk outweighs the good you think it may do. I would compost it.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 13:32

Who needs Strictly? The results of my Grandchildren's Dance Exam's where given out with the trophies at a get together in a local Hotel last night, Grandson and Granddaughter 15 and 12 got 94 out of 100 and a gold bar, another Granddaughter twelve got the diamond trophy. Definitely chips off the old block doing the same at their age. Future Strictly dancers? who knows although one very happy Granddad watching the video's over and over.


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