Latest posts by Palaisglide

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 17:38

Verdun, a large pinch of salt required, our Brexit brought out the doom and gloom merchants before and after the vote and what happened? well nothing much apart from Scotland getting wind up their Kilts. The same will happen in America, some of us old hands have seen it all from "We never had it so good" to a stern warning we must tighten our belts by an overweight politician who was pictured ten minutes later on his yacht in the solent. That lot needed a kick in the pants and now we see it happening, the people turn and bite. Brexit, Germany and its immigration policy now America with trump. We the uneducated public strike back and how. Let us see what happens in our next election, the way it is shaping up the raving Lunatic Party will win.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 11:39

Keep yer feet still Geordie Hinny ya'll gan apex over base

Cos the snow tis a slippy slidy mess

Keep yer feet still Geordie hinny ya'll gan downhill on yer face

And Cushy will think yon's gazin up er dress.

Stockton a thin cover of snow turning to rain, a lights on day again and the heating too, tis a chill wind.


Who am I?

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 10:15

"Ah" Pansy, Buttercups, memories of fields of them in the water meadows below our Village, an idylic place with a large green and duck pond,. Cricket on the green warm summer evenings after school and chores done, My forte was bowling and was given a shilling by an onlooker when i got a hat trick. No TV  the locals would sit around watching us play or parade up and down the High Street. Reed flutes down the Willowgarth, Daisy chains for the girls and waving Buttercups under the girls chins to see if they liked butter. I look back on an idylic youth and then I went in the Army?


Well, he won but.....

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 09:59

We voted Brexit, the world thought us mad ! America has voted Trump, the world thinks them mad ! Russia has Putin, the world wonders why ! The point being one man makes no difference to the world as a whole. They may come up with odd policies then have to get them through various levels of legestration and reading History most Presidents feel impotent, Obama felt he had wasted his time as President. America will be what it always was despite the knee jerk from the electorate, we may yet get Brexit despite the shennaigans of the stay people and Scotland. The people showed they had a voice now it is up to those who rule to wake up, they can be put on the scrap heap.


Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 14:31

To lay a lawn needs time and patience and that includes laying turf, it is basically starting from scratch and you would need to sort out the drainage before you could lay even a raised lawn. This is the wrong time of year in any case it would be a waste of your time and money, you should see the sad looking water logged lawns on some of the new builds around here, the builders do just that rotevate put six inches of soil down and lay out the rolls of lawn, it is heart breaking to a real gardener watching them. You have two weeks for a quick fix forget the lawn until spring unless you can afford to get a groundworks team in to do a proper job. Decide on say digging out a border along the fence or a couple of raised beds which will take all of your time to finish and plant up. A gardener plans for two or more years and over many years of gardening that is not enough time.


Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 13:58

Trees in such a small garden would be a disaster darling as they say on Strictly, I am talking small fruit trees fanned and trimmed every year, they do take up water as does everything we plant. At the moment that garden is a lake and without major drainage work will remain so, anything that will take up water would be welcome. Most of us would get rid of the lawn in its present state and dig out beds for various plants from Shrubs to Vegetables, in time digging in compost and drainage materials the water would subside. I would also make a safe play area for the children and Astro Turf much as I dislike it would be ideal. Next a trellis arrangement across the open area with climbing plants and probably another fanned Tree to give a little privacy to the seating area. All of that will not be accomplished in two weeks it will take planning and materials depending on your own budget. I suggested raised beds to get some plants going that would not be drowning in the lake, that is a simple job that can be done over a shorter period of time. Gardening is and always will be ongoing, I never ever finished a new plan on time or in budget we make do and improvise as we go probably why we spend our time doing it. best of luck make a plan for your two weeks and stick to it do not be overly optimistic with your plans though.


Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 12:21

Mart Raised beds full of plants soak up water, when I had them they often needed watering even after rain. Fruit trees can come quite small and be fanned onto a fence or trellis, they will soak up water. On my wet side i planted two golden Privet spaced out they give winter colour and drink water by the gallon that side is now dry i have to water the rest of the plants. There are many shrubs or small bushes that will help soak up the water. 

Wait until spring to sort out the lawn, the more you walk on it the more compact it becomes. In spring if you can hire an Aerating machine with open tines, they dig small holes in the lawn, you then throw a mix of washed sand and compost across the lawn and sweep it down the holes with a stiff brush, this will open up the lawn let it breathe and drain better. Later after treating the lawn with feed and weed around six weeks apart you may need to scarify, that means using a rake drag the thatch off the top, you will be surprised at how much thatch there is. If you cannot hire a machine then using a good fork walk up and down the lawn driving the prongs of the fork into the grass then do the sand and compost bit.

If you build raised boxes or even just troughs line them with old plastic compost bags nailed to the inside, it stops wood rot and contains the moisture the plants need. Make the box so you can reach any part without having to stand on it so a number of smaller boxes are better than one large on. That way you can also rotate any crops you grow. Hope this helps.


Garden like a swamp, 2 weeks off work to come up with solution

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 11:42

Mart, the photo looks tells me you have young children therefore whatever you do will have to fit them in. basically your garden needs draining and raising jobs you can not complete in the time. Digging trenches or holes and filling with gravel works up to a point although the water still has to go somewhere, I did that on one small section of my garden and the water did run away downhill not causing problems to others.

Looking closely the play area being at the back you need a pathway for the children and a gravel path with contained sides would be ideal to keep feet clean from mud. Have you considered laying Astro turf around the play area this would give a cleaner area for the children. As to the rest raised beds are the answer, these can be made from scratch, a little drainage in the base then fill with soil. If the fence on the right gets some sunlight then put a couple of fanned fruit trees in there they will drink water by the gallon. Raised beds can be any height from six inches to what ever, filled with a mix of flowers vegetables and salad crops they will provide yourself with food and the children with an interest, I learned by watching Dad who gave me a small plot to grow things in. These idea's are only my opinion on what needs to be done in making a garden from your plot, I would also buy or win some containers and start growing some nice plants to divide the garden into play area and pleasant place to sit glass in hand. I hope this gives you some idea's look at the whole then mentally set yourself small improvements a bit at a time, no need to kill yourself, deal with the main problem first, path, Clean area, free from mud for the children


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 10:05

Verdun, not normally me being a bit down. I look out each day towards the Cleveland Hills across the Tees Valley, often you see every detail the last few days you can barely make out the shape as the bad weather in the North Sea rips into Tees bay. The forecast last night showed the clouds and rain just inland along the eastern coast.

Today it is dry with patches of blue where the coastal front meets the Westerlies which dropped their rain on the Dales and Pennines, they should stay dry, we may get some rain later. We are lucky in that from various view points on our leafy back lane on clear days we look into the Vale of York, out over the Vales and very clear days can see the Pennines. Murky days we know what we are missing, hence the slight down.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 15:12

Goodby summer today we had four seasons

Daughter came to see me had to put her fleece on

Skies full of sorrow

Hoping it is better tomorrow

Goodby summer goooodbyyy.

Sung to goodby Campers, bring the bottles back tomorrow, Frank.

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