Latest posts by Palaisglide

What's the best book you've EVER read ?

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 00:24

Lorna Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. I had been an avid reader of Dumas The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, plus books like Beau Geste, and such. Starting High School my English teacher Miss English believe it or not made me read Lorna Doone, forbidden love at East Lyn Exmoor and it registered. I am sure Lorna was my first real love or should that be virtual love. One of the few books I read more than once, probably because I had that and a Bible with me in the Desert. On the long nights laagered down at sunset to dawn I would read to the crews as all paper got used apart from the bible and Lorna my vicious threats to any one who touched Lorna for any reason also kept the book in one piece.

I blame that teacher and that book for setting me off on my writings, she saw something even I did not see until years later when I rediscovered good literature once more, it sent me off on paths I would not have travelled. Now I have a virtual Friend who lives on Exmoor very near Doone country, strange things do happen.


Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 14:28

Insulted Alan, who among us has not been hit by the weather, late delivery, people not doing what they say they will, I have been in much safer minefields when it comes to planning gardens. A wedding coming up plenty of time we will have the garden made over for some photo's, then it happened, I am on top of a hill never flood but it did and ended up with a mass of plants in pots and me in my father of the bride suit having to be dragged off to the car, wife not happy with muddy shoes. It happens Alan and those people last night suffered some bad weather too, no such thing as a fast track garden make over, plan at least two years before the event but we do not do we.

I am with you on the football, Sunderland losing 8-0 though at least the Boro won, for once. I gave up a long time ago.


Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 12:38

That is the beauty of TV sets Berghill they have on off switches, the rubbish and repeats they put on all channels these days is not for me. I have on order  kindle so I can read or do brain games when the rubbish is on, but then that is me, many do enjoy the programmes I hate and why not, we can all do as we wish in our own homes, how do you know I am not typing this in the naked state???

There are four Monty gardens and I will watch them all and enjoy totally normal to me possibly weird to others so Vive le difference.


Monty don new series

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 10:31

A garden is in the eye of the beholder, if we all liked the same things then it would be a sterile world. A garden as mine was thirty years ago new build has to develop gradually over years of work and change, or you spent several thousand as the Lady over the road did on a Garden company to make it in one season then come back every year for several days to maintain it, that is when they cost big money though all gardens cost you money in the end.

I loved the way Monty gently told them some things could be a mistake and others could be managed, the large tree being one of the points, he told them it was wrong but gave them the heart to try another way, jolly hard work and they got there in the end. Any new garden just planted up looks bare and has to mature, there is no rushing nature. The happy faces at the end said it all, roll on the next.


Blowing a gale where you are yet?

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 10:18

Slight Breeze ruffling the trees on my front and glorious sunshine, quite warm. But "hey" this is Teesside we have three sets of hills before those Westerly's get to us including the Pennines and the North Sea is always lingering ready to pounce when we get too cocky. Ate the last of the tomato's fried in a little butter with pepper, roll on next year.


Planting trees and shrubs - what help do I need to give?

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 16:23

Get six gardeners and you get six different ways, usually all work as the gardeners on here have the experience. When I first moved in here 30 years ago to a bare lawn and not too much time a lot of Shrubs got a hole dug, the bottom loosened with a fork, some grit in the base and then planted with the original soil, they are still going strong apart from the Lavender. You usually get eight to ten years from Lavender depends on how you dress or prune it. I say dress because after flowering you cut back but never into old wood, it will not re-grow. in time it outgrows itself I take cuttings and renew after five six years and some goes in pots. You want well draining soil for lavender so add plenty of grit, they do not need extra goodness though a bit of compost if you have it will not go adrift, I had none to start with now have two large boxes, one to fill and one to empty after it is rotted down.

So if you have it use it, if not they will still grow if well watered for the first couple of weeks, water is more important than all else you do and good luck.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 20/10/2014 at 12:22

It is too noticeable one reasonable pair who will not go out and one duffer, we have no idea whether it is a scam or it could even be the duffer saying, "OK I have made enough of a fool of myself time to go and ask for an out" it is good for ratings, who will be the shock dance off couple next week, you see the total shock on the judges faces when it is announced. Could they do away with those stupid pauses, it has been over done.

You ask why they put themselves through it? Money £25,000 for a few weeks work even to them must be fine though some get more than that, the longer they stay the more they get. Now get rid of Scott, I can stand Judy a while longer.


Strictly 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:44

 In my case David imagine a White Armoured Half Track much more efficient.   


Strictly 2014

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:08

Caroline again for me, that girl can dance. Pixie nice if a little theatrical. The bottom for me without doubt Scott, get him off followed by Tim, as Joan and I got older we stuck to straight Ballroom dancing and left the antics to the kids, they would ask how do you make it look so smooth and we would ask, how do you get your arms legs and body into such gyrations without falling apart, but then remembered we were once young too. Judy threw herself into it in more ways than one, it should be her or Tim next week providing there are no glaring upsets this week.


Mature Roses

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 22:51

I would take about a third off the top now then in spring prune properly about a foot off the ground, they will produce new growth and over time grow back so keep them pruned to the height you require. a couple of my old roses were in the way so I cut them down to the ground ready to dig them out, winter interfered with the plans and in spring when I got round to it they were healthy new plants and still going strong, I did not have the heart to get rid of them.


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