Latest posts by Palaisglide

Green pebbles

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:31

Anne, have you spray? Any normal household cleaner bottle well washed then fill with a mix of washing up liquid and water. Spray the pebbles leave a while then an ordinary hose will wash them with the help of a stiffish brush. Raking them over with a garden rake now and then also helps, you say it is a small area so it would take minutes. Using a pressure washer could turn the pebbles into shrapnel, not a good idea, you do not want to break windows or wipe out your neighbours do you. Good luck.


Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:52

Not quite with you by lean to do you mean something with walls if so are they solid or glass, more information needed.

I have  south facing lean to greenhouse fixed to a brick wall, the wall takes in heat even on dull days and gives back at night, it has only gone below freezing point once in over thirty years. There are plenty of vents as plants need light, air, shelter from cold winds. In that respect any sort of cover works and you can grow almost year round. Corrogated plastic is often slightly tinted reducing available light, one way is turn your pots planters trays every morning before leaving to work, OK for me retired but not easy for some people.

Gardeners experiment all the time so have a go see what you get, plenty of greens do not need heat just shelter from frost and icy winds. It also depends on where you live the North is at least two weeks behind the south in growth. Give it a go with some salad greens, a lttle warmth to start them off is all they need. Good luck 


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 13:06

Thank you D D, I had the flu jab just a few aches in the old bones, it was the young ones who had the worst of it.

the snow is being blown away by the gale, part of our coast in the NE, are expecting the storm surge, I live on a hill though sorry for those who do not.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 11:32


I am blue, the sky is too, the familie had flue and its snowing covering the lawns.

The moon last night was big and bright, I thought it was the intruder light

And it was snowing from well before dawn.

They should write a song about it.


A very Merry Christmas to you all

Posted: 20/12/2016 at 12:21

To Nora the Team and all my friends on the board Have A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My Christmas will be with Family Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, guaranteed a great time then for me, hope all of you as lucky as I am. Best regards to all.



Posted: 17/12/2016 at 12:10

KT, imagine being able to switch them off when they started to nag, "that hall and stairway need decorating" yes dear click? It ia all relevent to the times. My parents worried about me and had plans for me, they did not ask my opinion on going to Agricultural College to be  a Gentleman Farmer? What, not on your nelly. Right Sunderland Naval College then to be  a sea going Officer, what, I could not cross Victoria bridge over the river Tees on a bus without being sea sick. It came to an engineering apprenticeship with night school three nights a week plus a developing shapes with all the math drawing and cutting them out nightly to be handed in next morning for assesment by a crabby old boilermaker. His highest praise was not too bad.

Mother you cannot go dancing every night of the week, why? It will stunt your growth or words to that effect, they were both prize winning Ballroom Dancers, what, you dance, that is different? I carried on and yes, village halls the big dance halls and Sunday night at the Ace club every night was dance night. Remembering that and listening to the parents onto my grandchildren think been there done that, leave them let them find their own way they get there in the end. It is something they need to handle and work out for themselves who are we to cast stones, think back to those mad years.

Technology speeds up they need to keep up it is their way and up to them, we have not made the world a better place they may succeed where we failed.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 13:06

Joyce, the Balfour Declaration caused much of the Middle East fiasco we had to deal with, even as a confused 18 year old I could never understand that. The other thing was having to separate people trying to kill each other, same religeon different sect and that went for all of the religeons. Most of our Officers were against Balfour, it was a bit touch and go at one time, we all knew which direction the tanks would roll and that could well have settled it once and for all. What did we know, we obeyed orders, most of the time. Saw no point in stirring up more trouble for ourselves, surprisingly most soldiers I met were pacifists, what is the point we would ask we will not be here for long. There is no quick fix answer apart from stop supplying arms to those people.


Hello Forkers December

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 11:00

Joyce, the probability is that as I found as a soldier interfering in other peoples wars only causes even more death and destruction. In my time all we ever seemed to do was retreat from areas we had once ruled only for chaos to follow. Should we have stayed taken our casualties but letting the local population take it out on us, no instead we usually left suddenly leaving a vacuum that left sections to fight it out, often with a massive death toll. We never did learn to keep out as Iraq and Afganistan proved. Our input solved nothing, caused even more trouble for the local populations. Having often had to seperate sects of the same religeon trying to kill each other, why? I did realise it was impossible to get them to see sense. My impression is that after Libya our politicians got cold feet, as an ex-soldier my way would be why go and interfere knowing we would leave it a lot worse. Religeon has a lot to answer for.


Music and YOU, or MUSIC & ME

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 09:52

My late wife was into Keep Fit so every year we would be in London for the Albert Hall, we always took in one or two of the live shows in Town and never saw one I did not like. Seeing it live watching the singers the live orchestra it brought a magic that is missing from plain listening.

Utube has some wonderful keyboard music way beyond the double keyboard Yamaha I had years ago, try Paul on the chromatic keyboard, he is an orchestra with two hands Hiedrun Dolde is a whiz on the latest Yamaha. Plenty of good music out there with video you can watch and listen.


Music and YOU, or MUSIC & ME

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 17:51

D R, I did not say playing in the key of C was a like, playing for the normal sing along it is a waste of time doing anything else, when the drink is flowing tonal excelence goes out the window. Many Lloyd Webber tunes are five flats, try playing those in C and even the drunks do not recognise them. Funny when playing my Honer Accordion it can be in any key I wish, the old Accordion man song goes down well but then look who is playing it.

Joyce, Have to put ABBA on on Tuesdays for Joanne to clean to but orchestral not a vocal, I am also  C&W fan have a lot of vinals of the top singers. Love all the big bands even when they jazzed it up. All our Dance Halls had live music although the dance class put Victor Sylvester records on for his strict tempo. I fell about laughing at his jive instruction though, jive in my day was anything goes and your partner better be wearing big nickers, they were on show a lot as we threw them around.

It was the three chord wonder period when I switched off, out of tune repetetive and musical not, luckily we still had some good travelling orchestra's we could and see or even still dance to in Blackpool.


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