Latest posts by Palaisglide

Strictly is back!

Posted: 27/10/2015 at 00:09

Plant Pauper you would have loved me the day I had three haircuts. The Squadron Sergeant Major saw me getting out of my truck after three weeks in the desert, he did not like what he saw. Water was rationed and we would rather drink it, my shorts were a cut down pair of trews, my weapons cowboy style and when he got his voice back told me to take my bush hat off, big mistake as he nearly drowned in hair. Three haircuts and inspection later he admitted there could possibly be a soldier in there somewhere and put me on a charge for dumb insolence. My punishment driving the CO's wife around and acting as her body guard? It was me needed the bodyguard. One extra duty was keeping her small garden with lawn neat and well watered. Two weeks later I was dancing in Port Said, another story.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 19:31

Know what you mean David, I sit in my arm chair with more electrics than my I-pad, I have the best of three falls to get it out of Rumba mode so I can watch Strictly in peace, my feet dance the rest of me fights to keep awake. Once stood four square master of all I surveyed now my Daughters tell me what to what to wear though still think I am the best cook. What happened David? I grow tomato's still bringing them in and ripening them in the kitchen. My hair cuts were military for thirty years, ducks thingees and beetles cuts verboten. Now I am told the bacon breakfasts I have eaten all my life will kill me, I ask what is taking it so long?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2015 at 15:36

I see Divid, you will remember Al Bowlly and Chick Henderson the Hartlepool crooner even like me remember Gigli singing live. Does that include the Lindi hop Boogy woogy jitterbug and Jive as well as the Lambeth Walk and Palais Glide. Those were the days David. Dancing was dancing to proper music for the style of dance being performed and not someone's take on hurt your ears modern stuff. Oh for the days of the Hammersmith Palais, the Nuffield Club and Streatham Locarno real Tango fast and slow to proper music.


Uses for Coal and Wood Ash

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 16:25

Coal ash contains heavy metals no use for anything. Wood ash would go in my compost and well mixed as it can also contain toxics depends on what you are burning. My Son burns chipped would pellets on his farm boiler then puts the ash in with the new horse manure, that takes two years before being used for fertiliser so well washed out by then. I never used fresh ash on plants always mixed it with compost.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 12:30

Plant Pauper, it is a family do so polite conversation is usually warts and all. Never know how many will arrive so a few extra are not noticed, if it is a low attendance week and a couple are in Barcelona at the moment it is fry up Monday.

my initial thoughts on Strictly is an all Lady dance off though the wily Aliona may shove Jay into even more gyrations in the weeks ahead.

The foil has to come off the roast and yes always roasties, mash, onion gravy made  how mother taught me not out of a jar, the steamer full of veg then it is help yourself, I sit down and rest my feet.


Strictly is back!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 11:36

Anita, Helen, Kelly, Georgia in that order stirred my old dancing feet though I would dance with Carol at a social dance but then Strictly is not social dancing so I am afraid Carol must go. Will someone PLEASE do something about the inappropriate music for some of the dances and before Blackpool, I would not like to hear such music emanating from such a hallowed hall.

Silverside and all the trimmings David, veg ready to go on and t'Yorkshires about to be mixed when I post this, the secret ingredient a heavy hand on the mixing.


Silly question of the day!

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:56

Easy Berghill, the cyclonic effect caused by their wings raises through the flight path throwing one right one left, if you watch closely you will see them both crash to earth, standing there with a dazed look, "what the @@@@ happened they ask" don't know they say but it must be covered by our flight insurance.


"Experts" we go again

Posted: 20/10/2015 at 12:48

All the coldest winters in my long life were preceded by long hot summers, "have I missed something" ? There are masses of berries on the hedgerows around me, the old wives say this is a harbinger of a bitter winter. I shall go into the garden and put some bats and toads in the cauldron see what the future really holds, back soon with the forecast, second thoughts do Tesco sell bats?


Strictly is back!

Posted: 18/10/2015 at 15:32

Katie and Anton, Kelly and Kevin, Georgia and Giovani. They rang all my bells though I am a Viennese Waltz man, last night was a joy to watch but some of the music choices attrocious poor Kirsty and Bredon had no chance, it would be like dancing with your shoe laces tied together, for goodness sake let's have the appropriate music for the dance. If they look on u  tube  will find plenty  the real music for the Latin. Sorry folks Jay was over marked he made four bad mistakes I think the judges only saw three, forgive two four two too many, Kirsty and Brendon deserved more and if they can allow Jay mistakes they should add points for making the best of bad music choices.



Posted: 14/10/2015 at 12:11

Lorna  lot of depends here, are you near an electric point, are you going to insulate the greenhouse, what are you going to do store plants or actually staring plants off?

if you can run electricity as I do then a fan heater with a thermostat and frost setting is ideal, if not then a burner of some kind which have problems, they cause condensation and cannot be finely adjusted, bottle gas is expensive and will have thermostatic controls parafin needs  be well maintained, the wicks need trimming each  time it is lit or you end up with a sooted greenhouse.

often the best way is to insulate part of the g house, a tent inside with shelving, just enough to house your plants and some blanket over the plants on frostie nights.

My way is the fan heater with frost guard and cover the plants at night, trying to heat the g house to grow plants is a costly and often useless exercise, I gave that up years ago, you will lose the odd plant though most are more hardy than we think. Good luck,


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