Latest posts by Palaisglide

Sharpening tools...

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:34

Hello Zoomer, if you were driving through Stockton today it would be in shorts, the sun has at last arrived.

Sharpening tools, you need a good medium file and a smooth file. With shears take the bolt out and clamp one half of blade in a vice with the bevel towards you. With the medium file in line with the bevel rub the file forward across the bevel in slow circular movements do not press too hard making sure the file stays flat on the bevel. Now do the same with the smooth file until the cutting edge looks free from nicks. remove the blade and turn so the cutting edge is facing you and rub gently with the smooth file to remove any burrs caused by the first filing. I then run the bevel edge on the oil stone which in my case is boxed so can be clamped in the vice and running the blade along the oil stone, again in a circular motion. Re assemble the shears and make sure the tension is correct I do this by cutting paper as you would with scissors, if it does not cut first time adjust the tension on the bolt which should have a spring washer between the nut and the blade.

It is exactly the same to sharpen secateurs though with some modern types they cannot be taken apart,, there is no need to do that if you do not want to but the sharpening is always from the bevel side and not the back of the blade. Nine times out of ten hardening up the centre bolt gets them back cutting, I found about three times tighten the bolt to once sharpening the blades.

Hoping this gives you an idea as to how it is done any questions come back and I will try to answer them.


How do you all keep track?!

Posted: 02/06/2016 at 16:33

A shelf in the garage come potting shed with neatly stacked note books, hand written accounts of what went in what flourished what went wrong. They have then been neglected for the last twenty years hence the nice condition. It started as an engineers reference section then a gardeners wing it method plus experience. We all do it.



Posted: 02/06/2016 at 12:22

Liriodendron, dad was from Pruhoe and he called Christmas pudding and cake scran, I asked him why, "well Son, Sultana's Currants Raisins and Nuts"? now Dad was a joker though I believed him until starting work. The bell would ring and the Foreman shouted Scran up for break time, the men said they were going for scran, it is widely used in the North and Scotland. My Mother from Yorkshire always called lamb stew scran, more to do where you were born me thinks.



Posted: 01/06/2016 at 14:11

Utter frustration, after a couple of weeks of trying everything I had given up then looking through some old photo's there was the bold Frank dancing the Palaisglide, Light bulb moment and with one try I was back on, I still ask "what Happened" dancing the Palaisglide in Port Said of all places worked the miracle.


raised beds

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 13:59

Janet, the beauty of a raised bed is its versatility you can make them as high wide as you wish and you do not need sleepers. When my wife took ill we built some raised boxes around the seating area with scented flowers in them, They were tannalised board on stout corner timbers lined with old compost bags they lasted ten years until I took them out still looking good for another ten years.

The idea of raising beds for vegetable is to make no dig areas so six inches high will do, I did not line the bottom just dug it over first then added good compost. Plants can be closer together and as one crop is over rake the soil add more compost and sow another crop. Raised beds as with all gardening is a mix of experience and common sense, sow enough to cover any failures and sow little and often, no waste or over abundance.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 13:25

No "J" no daring do, Northern Ireland played a huge part in the war much more than people think and being a Historian I also know Southern Ireland played a clandestine part. In my Service I met many Irishmen and Women many from the South wonderful people as are most where ever you go. Shortly after Suez we suddenly went into training in Liverpool street fighting in the broken down area's when we asked why they said you are off to Ireland? That did not go down well and in the end was cancelled they sent us to Hamel instead, the problem being I could only play Keyboard the Pipe was beyond me so the rats were safe.

I googled it to see what I missed, sorry I did though a bit late now, enjoy it while you can we all get too old for travel in time.


PS I did not mean Time Travel!!!!!

What is your weather like?

Posted: 01/06/2016 at 12:23

1st June, weather dire, been there before, we better postpone invading France, again.

"J" to my sorrow I admit to never having been to Ireland, seen parts of four Continents yet never my own  back yard, apologies are in order as my ancestors came from Ulster to Scotland then here. I would admit to singing and playing all the old Irish songs probably badly learning them at the big family get together's on Mothers side, they never forgot their Irishness.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 11:20

Typical North East Coastal weather, low cloud, bitter cold North wind though the rain is holding off. I can usually see the Cleveland Hills, not today, up towards Durham looks bleak and somewhere to the west Darlington though finding it may be difficult. Roll on winter?



Posted: 27/05/2016 at 10:25

Joyce, "J", I had no trouble hip swinging having danced since being 10 years old, the old fashioned type with Saunters and all, learning Latin at Cochran's school with Ruby the Carmen Miranda of the North of England swinging hips were the order of the day. In this whimsical world a 6 foot blonde Englishman landed among average 5 foot 9 inch red headed Scots. Tank Regiments tend to be shorter for obvious reasons, on Parade I stood out so they made me right marker? The trews were smart I kept them for years and as we had no civvies went everywhere in uniform at that time including the dance halls where Latin was all the rage you can guess the rest, luckily I had also boxed since I was ten. The excuse was a lame one, unable to sway a kilt they were jealous of my lovely legs was my excuse.

The Cube I nearly fell off my chair at that one and on top of that it needed shading and extra water??


greenhouse advice needed

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 23:33

Sanjy, any greenhouse is better than none and 6 foot by 5 foot gives you thirty square feet of ground space. on top of that staging all round gives another level then shelving will give even more space for pots trays hanging baskets. How will it face N. S. E. W.  Mine is South facing so the North wall is shelved in tiers though I do have a shelf on the South wall. On the floor under staging is a good place for bringing plants on in other words used properly there will be plenty of room. Unless you grow Tomato's peppers cucumbers Melons the green house will be empty once all the bedding is out, my way is to have staging in Autumn to Spring then take one side out it comes in handy for potting or putting plants on outside. Think about it, read some greenhouse books then make it suit your needs.


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