Latest posts by Palaisglide

"Experts" we go again

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:48

All the coldest winters in my long life were preceded by long hot summers, "have I missed something" ? There are masses of berries on the hedgerows around me, the old wives say this is a harbinger of a bitter winter. I shall go into the garden and put some bats and toads in the cauldron see what the future really holds, back soon with the forecast, second thoughts do Tesco sell bats?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:32

Katie and Anton, Kelly and Kevin, Georgia and Giovani. They rang all my bells though I am a Viennese Waltz man, last night was a joy to watch but some of the music choices attrocious poor Kirsty and Bredon had no chance, it would be like dancing with your shoe laces tied together, for goodness sake let's have the appropriate music for the dance. If they look on u  tube  will find plenty  the real music for the Latin. Sorry folks Jay was over marked he made four bad mistakes I think the judges only saw three, forgive two four two too many, Kirsty and Brendon deserved more and if they can allow Jay mistakes they should add points for making the best of bad music choices.



Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:11

Lorna  lot of depends here, are you near an electric point, are you going to insulate the greenhouse, what are you going to do store plants or actually staring plants off?

if you can run electricity as I do then a fan heater with a thermostat and frost setting is ideal, if not then a burner of some kind which have problems, they cause condensation and cannot be finely adjusted, bottle gas is expensive and will have thermostatic controls parafin needs  be well maintained, the wicks need trimming each  time it is lit or you end up with a sooted greenhouse.

often the best way is to insulate part of the g house, a tent inside with shelving, just enough to house your plants and some blanket over the plants on frostie nights.

My way is the fan heater with frost guard and cover the plants at night, trying to heat the g house to grow plants is a costly and often useless exercise, I gave that up years ago, you will lose the odd plant though most are more hardy than we think. Good luck,


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 19:49

If that is a Royal Enfield then I have driven one and worn that uniform except it was dyed blue and worn with a red tie which meant I was in convalescence. Life has some strange twists and turns David. Motorcycling was as much a love of mine as dancing and had some great bikes, Norton the best, Triumph the worst. Funny though the girls loved the bike on a hot day but would not have a lift on cold wet days, cannot understand why?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:00

Runnybeak, the floor space is quite big and for normal periods has tables at one end and bench seats along the side, it is high with balcony's giving a feeling of space,certainly plenty of room to open your legs and move. Strictly packs more seats in reducing the space to dance. I danced in the Hammersmith Palais and Streatham Locarno among the many places we had then and they may have been more spacious though the Blackpool atmosphere was different. My daughter and her husband have danced there a couple of times lately and agree it is still the Queen of dance halls.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 14:20

Tootles, stationed at Burscough near Southport with most weekends off it would be on the motorbike and off to Blackpool. Dancing in the Tower Ballroom was always special and usually packed out. When they played a Latin dance we got room to show off, most of the Ladies who danced Latin were the older ones who would hold on to you for more dances once they knew you could dance so we got supper and drinks, fair enough as I was always hungry and broke. My late wife and I often had long weekend in Blackpool dancing in the Tower, always a wonderful experience in a fantastic Ballroom.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 10:40

Kelly again for me this week, Jason gave a brilliant performance on the floor then looked as if he had been tazered in the interview. Helen Anita and Georgie were up there and Carol to go, that is of course up to the GBP we will see.

David today I have Silverside of beef in the oven, lunch 13:00 exactly bring your own plate.


Sungold Tomatoes

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 13:41

Best show of tomato's this year, still ripening and tasty though the skins are getting a bit tougher. A south facing green house and here in the NE of England we seem to have better weather than most. Having grown plants to give away then discovered the recipients would be on cruises the GH was packed out. Being on hand to open and close vents plus wetting down when needed helped to get a good crop from a mixed selection of types.

Phoebe aged five gave me strict instruction, plant plenty of those small ones, she would disappear among the plants and come out with tomato juice all over her top.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 10:10

Jason and Aliona SGL, they got 31 top mark. My pick of the night again Katie Derham and Anton, a proper dance.

Odonnal and Kristina surprised me with the foot work though dead above the knees. Kelly and Kevin, Helen and Aljaz also took my eye, as for the rest let us hope they start dancing sometime in the future.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/09/2015 at 11:35

David, did I say something to upset you. I was agreeing with SGL who was saying forget the razz ma tazz and just dance, or are my glasses steamed up with the leg of lamb cooking in the kitchen.. Each poster has their own make on things and every right to stress them. Some of us want a dance competition some to be entertained or even both? Put that way and reading her post again we both agree with her.

i will now go and baste the lamb.


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