London (change)
Today 11°C / 8°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 4°C


Latest posts by Palaisglide

MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 12:47

Washing machine? twin-tub? Drier??
Would that be the big iron tub in the corner with a poss Dolly and Mangle attached?
Drier I have one of those, it is outside and stretches between two hooks, it did a good job Saturday, bed clothes off washed hung out dried then aired and back on the bed lovely and fresh, us widowers need to keep occupied.
Toaster? as my toast would have cheese with mustard and Lee and Perins on it you need a grill, don't forget the pepper.
Mod cons are for very busy people and going by the busy people around me no time to spit or garden either, what is so important that you have to save every second for some other task I ask?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 11:22

Stockton terrible.


MOB rants

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 10:39

Fairygirl/Daughter, animals were always there for me and before me so it was natural.
They do sense fear or indecision and they do like to know you are in charge, training sheep dogs and preparing animals for the ring washing brushing oiling hooves etc all need confidence in both animal and person doing the job.
At the moment I get a little Jack Russel come Corgi from next door from nine to four, they got the dog then she had to go back to work so I take him, they are totally daft with him he even sleeps in their bed, madness.
Sonny was almost out of control, not now, he knows his place and the lift in my voice if he is getting excited, my neighbour thinks the improvement wonderful then tries to undo it within minutes so I am now training her.

How lazy can people get, lawn mowers sweepers? they will have automatic bottom wipers next. Even at my age the hoover is good exercise, I use it as a zimmer frame with an engine belting round the bungalow like Alonso, then the lawn with an even bigger engined zimmer, sit long enough and you will never get up.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 23:09

TT, parents do not have children, children have parents!! at their beck and call, as taxis, as loan agents with no chance of getting it back, as a shoulder to cry on when things do not go their way and as cheap, very cheap baby sitters when their own wee ones get in the way of them and their right to have a life. Am I biased of course I am not, "err" much.

Dogs need a short sharp shock, a double barrelled shot gun comes in handy, you can fire into the air if you wish??

BBQ's I have done many in my time, I would fill two ovens to cook off the meat then finish it on the BBQ with appropriate sauce drowning it, I got many compliments on well cooked meat and cooked but unburnt sausage, I never told them and Joan would be laughing her head off as they tucked into it all, the salad came out at the last minute from the fridge in the garage, yes we were organised.
The last good BBQ was in California up in the forest with real Yankee steak cooked to a turn and they had the biggest fridge in the biggest mobile home I had ever seen. Herb doing the cooking lit the BBQ nearly two hours before he cooked on it which was the secret, get those coals white hot and not smoking.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 15:39

Tina, don't worry, they will all end up in A&E with food poison from raw undercooked food, or stuff sat in the sun too long, I am with you on the oily smell of the things.
Cover the stuff with BBQ sauce bung it in the oven and cook it properly without upsetting the neighbours.
BBQ's are for Australia or California where it is way to hot to cook inside in fact just way too hot, had hot now prefer nice cool UK although without the stink of the BBQ.


MOB rants

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:44

G/G, The worst fear is the fear of fear itself, we could wrap the kids in cotton wool and never let them out of our sight, they would become paranoid, never be streetwise and worst of all never know the excitement of adventure.
When my very quiet Granddaughter took her gap year from Uni and went round the world I was reading her computer dairy every night worried to death I need not have she had a wonderful time, came back a much more open and happy person saying she had never seen anything bad.
As an 18 year old soldier you learned that jumping at every unexpected happening did not ease anything so you pushed fear aside and got on with what you had to do.
Our children are learning from us and each other, schools are very aware of the dangers outside the schools ( mainly mad mothers dropping their kids from 4x4's into the classroom and to h@## with all others) and they do teach the children what to watch out for.
It was always so, we may think we had a safer life although children did go missing and murdered, we did not have the wall to wall media back then reporting it all.
Children like adventure, they think as we all did they are fireproof it is another way of learning and we have to give them the freedom they at times crave.
It is often said and I do not know if it is true that children have most to fear from family and friends of family, how do we tell them that?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 16:08

Stockton today another warm sunny day until now, cooling down a bit and wind getting up although a very good weekend all round.
Did not get much done in the garden today, daughter brought the wedding DVD's so we watched them then cut a load of extra discs on my laptop.
The old machine did the job well so I am asking myself why buy a new one?


MOB rants

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:56

MMP, you are between the rock and the hard place when it comes to technology, my grandchildren had to grow a bit before they got TV in their rooms and at the same time they had to play sport go swimming and still do they love it. Of course they had mad aunts and uncles to take them to all those things and most weeks have a sleep out at one of them, that way you tend to get rounded children who can hold their own in most situations.
They had laptops or computers from being able to crawl as it is technology they will need to compete in life and at twelve and eight can fix my laptop for me in the blink of an eye. What do we do? somethings they must have other things they should be kept away from and anything war game is one of those things including those crash bang thank you ma'am films all the rage at the moment on TV and Cinema.
They carry phones for safety and can use them better than me, they have Ipods and other things although they play out in the gardens when possible, it is a bit of everything for them, Camping holidays with the Caravan sees them out in the open climbing or walking and gardening with granddad, they love eating the stuff we grow, a carrot washed off with the hose pipe tastes much better to them.
You are obviously a good mother the problem being a balance between them not seeming to be too different to their friends yet not giving in to all demands, they do learn that not all things are available or even possible in time, five is a bit young for those things you talk about.
As to History, those of us who lived through the war years know every twist and turn they were burned into us, to the modern kids it is old hat and those who do study it always come up with things we should have done better? yes well they were not there.


New EU law to block gardeners collecting and growing from their own seeds.

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 00:09

I ask? who would know, a brown paper packet a quick shuffle up to said plant a shake of said plant, a faint rattle of seed in brown paper packet as it disappears into copious pocket of baggy gardening trews, or North of the border under the Kilt.
Who would be brave enough to go searching under a Kilt I ask.
There are how many million gardens in the UK, not enough Police to catch the local criminals so who is to watch you sneaking seed off your own plants.
It would of course be a good idea not to fall out with your neighbours, they could grass you up (using seed I hope), A couple of old gardening mates have told me the stuff on my garage shelves was outlawed twenty years ago, well they ain't caught me yet.
I say B@##@ to the Europeans and carry on as normal, I would have a field day if I was caught, standing up in Court explaining how the prevailing winds scattered the seed with no help from me so it must be the hand of God.


MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 23:53

Pentille Driving in Cairo was an experience Apart from the locals not quite sure which side of the road they should drive on, the overloaded horse carts with poor old nags with no MOT and that was only the drivers, the horses were something else, the beauty being I was in a military vehicle with huge bull bars, they got out of my way.

My rant today concerns Chelsea. I watched hours of it in the hope of seeing some of the other gold medal winners instead of the same dozen over and over again. Allan would do some then Joe would do them again then we got a couple of "err" Celebrities?? is that the correct word I ask? who did it all again. 92 Gold medals and we saw only a few. I managed last night Saturday but not tonight knowing it would be more of the same.
BBC The show is CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW not the Allan Joe and Nicki show, we want to see gardens flowers plants and some of the side tents with the latest gardening gear not b@#@#@ presenters flouncing and preening round looking smug.
We have more garden shows to come so more gardens less presenters please, please, pretty please.


Discussions started by Palaisglide

A garden is the best medicine

Home at last after a NHS holiday 
Replies: 38    Views: 1011
Last Post: 14/09/2014 at 11:14

A Senior Moment.

Do we all have them? 
Replies: 286    Views: 7243
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 23:07

A grand Auld Lad.

Not me Max the dog. 
Replies: 21    Views: 771
Last Post: 12/06/2014 at 12:11

The established Garden.

Who needs change 
Replies: 35    Views: 1125
Last Post: 06/06/2014 at 13:53

How old are your gardens

The real question how old are your plants 
Replies: 7    Views: 464
Last Post: 22/05/2014 at 14:56

Ailsa Craig and free strawberries

Grew up with them then could not get them 
Replies: 3    Views: 380
Last Post: 13/05/2014 at 22:22

Poetry Thread

Describe your garden, your thoughts, in verse. 
Replies: 38    Views: 1623
Last Post: 02/04/2013 at 23:17

Get Rid of your Lawns

The wrod according to Bob Flowerdew. 
Replies: 44    Views: 2751
Last Post: 12/09/2012 at 18:54

Not all bad news in the garden

Some of the plants seem to love this weather? 
Replies: 12    Views: 989
Last Post: 17/07/2012 at 22:56

Gardeners world weather

We are to get a 7 day forecast? 
Replies: 7    Views: 1450
Last Post: 18/07/2012 at 07:57
10 threads returned