Latest posts by Palaisglide


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 21:25

Nanny Beach, hope all goes well with OH. The different sections of the Hospital call me and I have call blocking. The call comes in and is blocked I get the message "you have a call from" Nurse NT Hospital, they never give a number but then I get "if you wish to accept this call press one" I do and get the call. I am with Virgin though I think Call Blocking is from BT it does work.



Posted: 06/10/2016 at 21:16

Yes SV and the Chemicals have a history too, Dad knew about Bordeaux Mixture for blight, scab on apples and molds or rusts, he mixed his own and the recipe is still in my head as Copper Sulfate slaked lime and water. Once mixed it went into a big brass hand held pump and was pressurised then squirted on the offending plants. That was not often as he knew the dangers of Copper Sulfate, mainly we used soapy water in the pressure spray or a hose nipping the end to give a jet, it washed the bugs on to the ground and the birds got them, we had free range chickens they would follow me around when I got the hose out, I still use that method. The heavy  chemicals came well into the war when every ounce of food was needed although Dad's principle of sowing one row for the creatures and two rows for us always left us plenty of fresh vegetables, after all he would say they are there for a purpose. We used DDT on people at check points coming into our area in the Middle East, it would be squirted on their heads up their clothes yes men women and children and our lads would be covered by the stuff. Luckily for me I was always designated gunner so was well back from it, years later I wondered what harm we had done. The years of use up to the late sixties caused a lot of harm to the Countryside and I would bet that even today you will find some of those chemicals in garden sheds.

Dad made his own fertiliser sending me to the fields to collect a mix of sheep droppings and cowpats these were put in a hessian sand bag the top tied and then lowered into a tub of water in the corner of the garden, one maturing one in use. An old tin cup of the stuff to a watering can and do not forget to lift and shake the bag, the smell was an acquired taste and did not go down well at the local dance when used as after shave.

Ruth Goodman and her crew caused some laughter among us people brought up on farms and there was quite a good thread on here as we discussed it. it would be an eye opener for most though for some of us the mistakes were there to see, the history of farming is a case in point, my Father would not recognise it in today's form. We had horses for the fields the old Fordson Tractor that started on petrol then changed over to Paraffin would come out for some work but horses did the ploughing  harrowing and raking. Today you drive onto the field set the Satnav and have your breakfast while the machine takes the strain.

Yes I know, Boring history, "oh" well you do not need to read it.



Posted: 06/10/2016 at 14:41

Verdun you are correct about family. My memories are of a house full of relatives on a Sunday, mother and my Aunts setting up the table everything home made including the breads (yes breads, there would be a variety), Uncles and others up the garden with Dad inspecting the animals, a good tea where long gone relatives were discussed which meant we knew where we came from, Dad's side from Lancashire and all musicians as well as a day job, mum's side from Yorkshire and before that Scotland and even earlier Ireland. It was folklore we all soaked up before we ended up in the front room (the only day the door opened apart from me practicing piano) and the family sing song? well no TV then what else was there to do. We did not need those ancestry boards it was part of the spoken history as heard around the table eating good home grown food.

My own lot never wanted to know, they had such exciting lives to live??? and then suddenly said we have no idea what you and Mum did before we were born? I started to write and that got me places I never expected, BBC for one, Local History, general History I always had interest in and now they wait for the next outpouring which gets well discussed by all. They now have some idea of where they came from, no bad thing to my mind. History has it's place in our lives although it took a while.



Posted: 06/10/2016 at 11:54

A recent thread caused me to remember times best forgotten, a History making time that has changed nothing yet is relevant in that it has all the Major areas of the world toeing the line nose to nose.

Gardening has changed completely yet is now turning full circle to what I knew as a lad. The garden then fed the family and extended family year round, almost everything we ate came out of the garden in season was bottled or preserved. Then came the fashion years, Rockeries, Lawns, Decking, extra rooms and places to burn sausages and spoil chicken. Now people around me are finding the joys we took for granted, fresh food out of the garden and into the pan, a real eye opener for most. My question, is History relevant or Bunkum as Henry Ford is reputed to have said. Does my input make any difference as looking it up it appears to be Lawns, Peony's and Strawberries with the odd fruit tree thrown in. With all the books available am I even relevant?


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The media

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 11:29

Dave, I am older than you and have memories of the war, my Parents had gone through WW1 and knew what was coming, the preparations began early. I would be standing in the cool pantry looking at Del Monte peach tins wondering why we could not eat them. The NE coast got German Planes up to three hundred at a time as they flew inland to bomb the City's, we lived in the shelters for nearly two years as they had to fly back out over us an hour or so later dropping any spare Bombs as  they went on our industries.

We form opinions on our experiences, or I hope we do, we all have them and each entitled to their own look at things, Philippa does not like the Media putting a blue pencil through our reading or watching, they should report the news not put their own twist on things. My experience is that the more we see the more hardened we become until in the end it becomes the norm and you pass by without noticing, even in those circumstances a hand held out will often be taken because we are taught to care, the human side in all of us takes over. There are many people who care in Syria doing what they can to help and dying because they are doing that. The problem is a few hard line Sects who want to put their own slant on the way things are run, they few are causing misery for the many. I do not know the answer just what does not work and it begs the question why did we interfere in the first place and what good are we doing causing more ruin and misery. Philippa has as much right as any of us to express what she feels and Censorship gets my hackles up to but watching the full horror on the news each night would only cause people to turn off. Some censorship is needed just do not make that the norm.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 11:00

"Give me the sunshine, Give me the Hoe, and leave the rest to me" they should write a song about it. Once more Stockton bathes in warmth and mainly sunlight some cloud up there heading rapidly North to Scotland, hope they are wearing lambs wool shorts under those skirts or is that Kilts. The summer we never got is here, hooray.


first time gardener

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 23:05

Your main worry appears to be the lawn. two questions, are you in a new build, if not, what condition is the lawn in and how far off level. Come back and we will try to answer. a picture may help.


What to do now....

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:58

Sarah Do not prune them, repot them water them now and then and leave them until Spring. Remove dead leaves which as the nights get cold will be all of them then let the plant sleep over winter. Once those little leaf buds start up again as the weather warms you will be able to see if all is well. Repot then wait and see. The mystery of gardening, what has survived the winter? Not everything does I am afraid to say.


The media

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 22:50

Philippa, By all means make a fuss and the more who join that fuss the better, the TV announcement is not to put a blue pencil through our viewing but to guard people with more tender feelings against the horrors the Camera men and reporters see on a daily basis. When I tell my children I had to kill animals on our small holding as a lad of 14-15 they reel back. How could you do that Dad, to eat is the answer, it was how we lived, their meat and fowl comes from a supermarket neatly packed we killed and preserved our own, they do not need to know how it gets in those packs. It is the same with most viewers, yes war is terrible but they do not want to see it in stark reality. Most Soldiers I met who had seen anything were Pacifists, you did the minimum needed, all wounded were treated and watered even when the nearest medical aid was hours away. Human nature took over and we all hope it succeeds in Syria. That is some hope when each of the many sects believe they are the only ones right and the rest should see it their  way.

As with everything in the Middle east from my time to now, our and other Countries interference only made things worse as with Iraq and Libya. Politicians go happily into conflict thinking it will enhance their profile, the forces have to pull them out of the mire then take the blame for the upsurge in anger, those forces they cut to the bone then withheld the wherewithal to finish the job. No win situations we were used to although we did the job asked of us as well as we could. We do not need pictures look at those we do get of thousands of normal people in huge horrible refugee camps, the boats sinking in the med with the loss of mainly women and children and worst of all the total destruction of the Syrian Cities surely that is enough.


Cutting Back Strawbs - Monty

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 12:19

Remove flowers to let the energy go into the plant, they will not fruit in any case. Try not to damage new young growth as that lets in disease. Burn all old straw and foliage cut off or bin it. I then leave the plants alone until Spring when any damage material is removed and feeding starts.


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