Latest posts by Palaisglide

Gardening bikers?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 09:50

P.P. thereby hangs a tale. One of my men at ICI had a Bantam, he was six feet four weighed eighteen stone of muscle and rode that BSA Bantam winter and summer. Picture a person on a Unicycle, all we could see from the back was nothing of the bike apart from a wheel emanating from his bottom and we wondered how that skinny thing managed to hold him up at all, it never let him down he was never late or absent even in the worst of weather, that says something about those Bantams.

I was moonlighting trying to save up for a Vincent I knew was for sale, went in one day and Joan smiling, "how is the bike fund going" "oh oh" Joan never asked for much but when she did it was needed, OK sweetheart what is the problem says I, "well says she, we are going to need a bigger car, you have around six months" "right Darling" after the hugs and kisses end of dreams end of Hillman small car and in with Vauxhall Estate. I changed the BSA Gold Star for an AJS which stood me in good stead for seven years. Those were the days "J" happy memories never leave you.


Gardening bikers?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 16:07

P.P. Never heard of a side prop, my BSA, and Norton's had them built in, you reached back with the heel and kicked them down perfect. The first bike came in a box of bits at sixteen, a New Imperial 125 that had raced on the Isle of Man pre-war. Dad said when you have built that you can learn to ride, "On the Farm tracks" "ye Right", he expected it never to go again. Three weeks later they all came running to see what the noise was, one bike running nicely without the silencer. That bike was a flyer but the next bikes were not, BSA H model with girder forks no rear springing, Norton the same, Royal Enfields and after again assembling a box of bits a BMW shaft drive ex German, the MP's watched me pass them on the Canal Road to Faid for a couple of weeks before stopping me and stealing it, well I said they stole it.

After I could afford it there came a series of Feather bed Norton's BSA Gold and Silver Stars, a Triumph that nearly killed me, it had a spring heel and the most unstable bike I ever had, that went for another BSA Twin. Joan said enough we need a car, we could not get three on the bike, so a few as personal transport and always an army bike to run around on, if you have the Rank Flaunt it. My next bike may be a pensioners passion wagon though I cannot see me doing 8 MPH down the High Street on one of those, can you get Go Faster Stripes.


Things I don't get

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:40

Some things I will never get. Office speak? out of the Box, Blue Sky Thinking, At the end of the Day, how on this earth did I manage to run both military and Civvy offices without resorting to such silly sentences. As to Bonding, every one cuddle? sing the song for the day or works anthem? all go Paint Gun Playing, well I did use guns, Real Bullets, far better result. Golf definitely a good walk spoilt, better off walking the pooch.

Three of the lads in the family have motor bikes, they were discussing a long distance ride from Stockton to Whitby then on to Scarborough and back over the moors. Maps were out mileage worked out times set. I sat listening and never said a word_______ about the six winter months I rode from Aldershot to Stockton after parade on Friday then back again after lunch Sunday. It was during the winter  of 1955 cold wet snow and ice, I had waterproof trousers a leather coat and helmet apart from the odd stop to warm up it was in one go each way every time. Six months later it was back to the Desert.

Motor bikes fast cars were all the same to me they got you from A to B, we did the Defensive and Offensive driving course with the London Met, they came to us and were more interested in firing our machine guns. A mornings driving a liquid lunch in the Mess then a very interesting afternoon, we set up a row of weapons plenty of ammo and took off in their cars, bumps dents and grazes were part of the course. Having learned to drive in trucks they were my first and last love everything else were classed as toys.


Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 20:49

Why oh why do the News programmes have to give the headlines as the last programme rolls away then thirty seconds later do it all again, I throw things at the screen. Why do they have to rush all the top news readers to parts of the world where catastrophe strikes then interview people obviously in dire shock, they would be happier to see people who can help not intrude.

As to driving, try taking a 44 Tonne truck through a town to a High Street Supermarket, they did not all have back side warehouses. If they did you would probably need reverse down a back street using all the road to get the back round, the language used by car drivers without a second to spare usually found me out of the cab and facing them off. I am 6 foot and was well muscled, oh the joy of seeing the shock on those faces. Next time you pass and cut in on the motorway remember it takes a truck three times as long to stop. On a Roundabout a truck swings wide because the back of the trailer does not follow the cab, it takes a narrower line, if you try nipping through expect to end up under the trailer or pushed onto the grass by the side bars, be warned.



Posted: 26/08/2016 at 12:00

Daisy, you could use one as a gozunder and the rest as planters. I compared my old dinner plates with some new ones after reading this and it is correct the new ones are a quarter size bigger?


What is your weather like?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 11:55

Be afraid, very afraid. A large golden orb giving out rays of light I am unable to look at and if you step into them you start to smoke? Is this an alien ship hovering over Stockton? has the war of the worlds begun I ask? I rattle my brain box and it brings back long gone memories of idyllic days chasing the girls through the flower filled meadows during the summer school break and skinny dipping in Billingham Beck, oh what innocent days those were. Now what was it called again Son, Sonny, Some? oh yes SUN.

Every bit of bad weather this year has flown across country stopped over the top of us and ditched its load of rain, what did we do, I never meant what I said about Cornwall Verdun, can you just move those clouds North a bit, that lot over the border are used to it. every thing rains on their parade I blame the bagpipes and all those naked knees. Explanations please in writing with stamped addressed envelope included.



Posted: 25/08/2016 at 15:01

P.P. "J" when I am hungry.


Crop rotation

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:55

Rotation was the way they did things when I was a lad, the garden was divided into four sections (it was a large walled garden). Section one Onions Leeks Garlic scallions shallots and pickling onions. Next section Potato's all root vegetables, celery, outdoor Tomato's. Third section Cauliflower, Cabbage, Sprouts, Broccoli Swedes. Fourth section all kinds of beans and peas. With the garden being large we had a fifth section kept fallow for a year.

Each following year we moved round in rotation, that way the same crop only went back into its original position every five years. We had horses so plenty of old straw and manure would be dug into the second section for the Potato's and roots. It is not always as easy as that in reduced room you would need to plant closer together in some cases. Cabbages can be grown if you only plant what you will need for your own use, a mixture of spring summer winter and red cabbage in pots allowed to grow and then plant when a position comes free.

You will learn what is best for you and even a small rotation helps in that any disease is not carried on to the same crop year by year. Some crops such as beans self fertilise the ground for the following crop. Potato's and root crops have been fertilised and break up the soil for the second years Onion type crops so each helps the next. Once used to doing it you will wonder why you never did it before. Good luck.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:27

Awoke in the middle of the night, or so I thought, it was 07:45 and black as pitch, crawled out and into shower, I could have stepped naked into the garden and had a free power shower. Never once let up here in Stockton, if we were not firmly fixed to Durham County we would probably be floating in the North Sea. My lawn man rang, due today, is it raining Frank? I do not know cannot see for the stair rods, he took the hint. Family all off to Centre Parks for the weekend, I wished them the best of luck.



Posted: 25/08/2016 at 14:15

P.P. "No Teeth? Feed Em Mush?" I assure you dear "J" bend down picking weeds in front of me and you will find a set of Rottweiler teeth taking a lump of meat out of your rear section and asking for the Brown sauce and some chips. My Daughter took me into one of those posh coffee bars, £3 for a spoonful of instant with milk then ordered a sandwich another three pounds each (I was paying, reluctantly) a long thin thing came full of green stuff and a sliver of meat, it overhung the plate on both sides and served with crisps and more green stuff, do they think we oldies are Rabbits and who the H@@@ asked for crisps, fat salt and some sort of flavoring probably more salt, most of the stuff on the plate went back and the coffee was cr@@. Daughter rarely asks me to go out for a meal now? I wonder why? If and when I do go I ask for a small portion of everything usually telling the Waitress why, much rather eat a small portion and enjoy it than walk away feeling like an over stuffed cushion, it is usually accepted. I do not ask for reduction in cost as demeaning, I probably earn more a week than they do a month, the point being it should be on offer anyway. Offering me a discount on food makes me look sideways at them, is the meat Road Kill? did the salad come from the bins of the Cafe next door? did they potato pick the field after it had been already scrabbled? Did those Yorkshires come from Wales, or maybe even Ireland? It is never ending eat at home and be safe and £3 for a coffee? not while I have my sanity.


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