Latest posts by Palaisglide

Changes to YOUR way of shopping!

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 22:21

Because the past is the past for a reason.
It's been, and now it is gone,
So stop trying to think of ways to fix it.
It's done, it's unchangeable, move on.

Not my effort author unknown but so true.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 10:12

Stockton, Frozen snow and a high of 2C today, the car stays home and we get the Husky's out, sleigh bells and Ganzi's at the ready.


Changes to YOUR way of shopping!

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 09:51

Mike, Think about it, you had the time to mooch around checking prices and then to go back and buy at the best value to you, Modern married do not have this time, they barely keep their noses above water if they need a home, transport and all the other things their parents had. The bank of Mum and Dad now usually includes bank of Granddad too. Last year was a wedding one Granddaughter two births the other Granddaughters and this year another birth. They cost money and I was glad to help knowing the struggle we had and the help we got. Also this year two moved into a new house near where they work more expense and they had to share it, both are University graduates and both get less money than I get in pensions, something tells me that cannot be right.

My argument is they do not have the time to shop as we had too, it is not their choice but the lifestyle, they work to live, they can only look at their parents and grandparents with the hope they will one day reach those standards and possibly inherit the wealth we worked hard for but in an easier time.

Times change people change with it, in just over 170 years Stockton High Street went from posh Town Houses to a Street of shops and Emporiums with Cinema's dance Halls and Music Halls it is now retreating back to those times and I am sure will be back to a street of houses in the next few decades. My Busy Daughters use online shopping even I use it through my Daughter more so in this weather. Years ago Mike we had no Fridges yet preserved food quite easily but then there were no sell by dates either as the VE and VJ street parties showed we were eating pre-war tinned and dried food with no ill effect, somethings change for the worse i will give you that.


Changes to YOUR way of shopping!

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 15:33

AnniD, Stockton has changed in 38 years I say for the better having seen it from the War years to now. The Market still runs twice a week though a mere shadow of what it once was. The Town Council are forward looking and have spent money on changing the High Street into a lovely Family area and attract street shows music raves and some of the top entertainers, they all attract life into the town and the Cafe's Coffee shops and other outlets survive. We can now view the River from the High Street as a panorama instead of a narrow view down Silver Street or Bishop Street, the river attracts water sports after the big clean up, it is now a fresh water lake where once it was a tidal sewer, the fish are back.

You would not recognise the place now AnniD though the flower plant stall is still there, look it up on Google or even Picture Stockton the History Forum i write on. Progress is always two steps forward one step back, the Town I knew as a mad youth has gone and people rue that but I do not, my Grandchildren think it a great place to live as I did and still do. Give it 50 years and town centres will be back to Houses, quiet residential places they once were, change goes around in circles, each generation will put their stamp on things as they always did.


Changes to YOUR way of shopping!

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 10:11

Mike, be very careful what you wish for and remember those times. Typhoid rife in over crowded city's because of bad water due to poor drainage, in our area clean drinking water has only been available for less than one hundred and fifty years. Then it was a single cold water tap in each house if you were lucky more like a stand pipe shared by several houses. All the diseases children got some where killers and no instant cures, even in my day the local Fever Hospital was usually full of children and not all came out. We cannot cherry pick the best bits and it takes very little to lose everything we have gained look at the wars in the Middle East and with the world in the state it is in plus an American President who wants to isolate half the world it could happen, I saw the Middle east, the devastation caused by war and tribalism and worse religion. We still have to learn this world is one, all people have the same expectations and comes a time we must live as one nation.

Our Local Paper is full of letters wishing for the old days, the Town is going to the dogs, my Grandchildren think it a great town, they do not yearn for something they never saw, it is called progress, ever on ever up, my time is over it is now their world. We made a mess of it let them make their own mess whilst we sit and dream of the good old days that were only good for some of us.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 09:09

Stockton, More snow, Roads like ice rinks and more snow on the way, Winter sports anyone? I hope the family when they arrive do not brake suddenly, I am on a hill they will go flying past and park IN the wrong house at the bottom, it is on a bend and looks like a target from here.


Gardening Proverbs

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 14:58

Gardeners dream bigger dreams than kings.

A weed is a master of survival yet has not learned to grow in rows.

A couple from dad who used to say "All gardening means back ache and then you taste that first tomato" Worth it in the end then I would assume.


Shrub peonies not growing full size

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 13:40

I would never plant anything into cold wet soil so wait. You can often warm an area you wish to plant by putting some old carpet or a black plastic down although the best time would be spring.


Help for my first plant?

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 11:49

Helen, big question, if you get ten answers two may possibly be the same. It depends on your potted plant, where you intend keeping it and how warm the position will be. Some leafy plants need a cool place flowering plants may need a warmer place but all plants need to see the light some more than others, all plants need water some a lot more than others and most need extra feed now and again.

My advice would be visit your Nursery or Garden Centre and talk to a plantsman or women pick out a plant you can keep inside, House Plant, then read up on this forum by asking specific questions. We all had to learn, we all made mistakes, I am forever rescuing plants my Daughters think will stand in a corner and live their own lives, not so, they need nurturing food water moving now and then I say turn them once per day so they grow straight. Start small with something you can manage.

The usual answer to your question is make sure the plant is damp not soaking wet, dip a dry finger in to the compost if it comes up muddy hold off on the watering if it comes up dusty then water well your finger should have a few grains of damp compost on them. Add a liquid feed to the watering can as instructed on the bottle you can buy baby bio at any supermarket now and you add a few drops normally every ten to fourteen days. Good luck and keep asking we are happy to help.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 09:40

Stockton we now have frozen snow with a slight rise in temperature 2C threatening more snow, fairly normal for this area this time of year. I shall delay the naked run around the garden singing the "Flowers that bloom in the spring" for a while.


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