Latest posts by Palaisglide

Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 10:11

To those who grew up during the war it all seems irrelevant, we saw the women doing everything men had done, engineering machinist's welders drivers they manned the factories and the essential services. The local Balloon squad were mostly women and that was a heavy job, my own mother was an electrician on the local Canadian Air Base and women filled many of the jobs on the base. Many years later when I worked at ICI women manned the process lines filling two hundredweight sacks which often fell off the line, some of my men feeling gallant would rush to lift them back on and fail, only to see a girl with a jerk throw the bag back on the line, the men walked away blushing. Nothing soft about women when they are pushed, they may choose to be blushing virgins at times, all part of natures way of propagating the species, fight your corner Ladies some men know you are capable.


Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 12:35

Many years go I was in charge of a heavy construction team, the Works Manager told me he was putting a Graduate Engineer with me to see how it was done. This girl turned up in my office, skirt blouse jacket, I asked what she was expecting to do? Everything you do says she. "Right" you need gear, got it she said I will change, a few minutes later she was there in boots overalls hard hat the lot. The first job was 300 feet up a tower, have you a head for heights I asked, I rock climb she said, she followed me to the top. She made notes asked questions and we discussed solutions to problems. Some years later coming from the main offices a car pulled up I heard my name called and this Lady shot across wrapped her arms round me and I got a big kiss, somewhat shocked as were the other people getting out of the car she said this man saw an engineer not a woman, it turned out she had gone up in the world, saying thank you she went on her way and I saw later was on the main Board at ICI.

My Granddaughter is a Graduate engineer has just gone back to Canada where she is a plant manager, women can make it in a mans world and I see no reason why not.


Soil Type

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 14:10

Michael, Loam will not feel wet and sticky in the hands nor too dry, it will be humus rich with a soft feel to it. Most Gardeners grow their vegetables in that type of soil with success, no need for raised beds unless posture problems dictate them. Sandy soils add plenty of compost and manure if you can get it, in time it will become loamy. Clay much the same but add newspaper wool some woody compost plus drainage grit, it takes time and will grow veg, Potato's are a good crop to break it up.

If your soil is good then why waste money buying bags of compost and why raise the beds, nothing like doing what nature intended, natural growth.



Storing seed and poor germination

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:34

Depends on the seed and what you do with it. If you stored the seed in paper packets semi sealed then put them in an air tight or near enough container they should be fine, keep the container in a cool dark place.

You do need know what you are sowing as all seeds need different conditions, not all seeds germinate as I found when buying expensive seed to find only half germinated. Some need heat and lots of it others cool conditions even now I will get my books out and turn to the well thumbed pages on setting seed. Many people will give them all the same conditions then wonder why some came others did not, with others it is the seed bed that is wrong, the soil too rich not free draining enough or too damp, some need cover others not, as I said you need to know what you are sowing. We at times are too impatient. some seed will be up in hours but others take weeks or even months, gardening? who needs it?


Rambler roses

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 10:12

Lilydotwin, yes go up one size pot with fresh compost each time and you can pot on for a year or so. The roots will be contained and the plant not grow quickly in a pot as they do like to put down a tap root, cut back when you repot about a third and keep watered for a while. Once you put them in the ground they will fly away.

Some Roses you buy will have been in pots several years unless you buy dry root.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 23:48

Hi Orchid Lady, he is ex army and we all learned to sing as the log over a trench toilets were usually outside the perimeter, you sang going to, sitting or I should say perching on and returning so the guards did not shoot you, mind some of the singing got you shot at anyway. Enjoy your Concert.


Bitter new potatoes

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 23:14

I agree with Bob, well manured garden soil to start them, earth up to the top of the Haums on a regular basis, keeping them well earthed up should keep them sweet.

Leave the skins on and cook with a sprig of fresh mint for fifteen minutes then add a knob of butter, who needs anything else with them?


Computer replacement

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 23:02

Mike get the new computer out (mind at two years old it is not so new) get some techy kid in from around you and he or she will have it up and running in less then an hour for a couple of quid. I got a new lap top at Christmas, touch screen the lot, my Son had it tuned up and away in an hour I never looked back, the old one was five years old and well worn.

We do begin to consider regular poster as friends though they are virtual, we only know what they tell us which is why I leave my page blank, too much information is not always a good thing. Off to the Lakes Wednesday with my Daughters and when I come back some invasive examinations at the hospital and that is all you will ever hear of them. I do communicate with some old members by other means we did become friends, remember people can tell you anything, there is no way to check so take it at face value is the best advice.



Music in the Garden

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 22:39

A lovely hour with Len Goodman and a repeat of the old time Dance Bands, BBC4 well done. Dad with his wind up Gramophone with the big trumpet he took in payment for moving some one in a time when money was short, a pile of records all the latest bands and singers, as a wee lad I could sing them all and still play many of those tunes. Growing up with it then dancing to some of those bands as they reformed after the war to me a golden era and probably a mystery to those brought up on Little Richard or the Beatles, maybe nostalgic still wonderful stirring music unlike the three chord wonders that followed and assaulted the ear drums, "Oh well" an enjoyable change from football and tennis.


finding it hard to level out soil for grass seed.

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:01

On the bowling green we used a long plank on edge. Set it on one corner and swing the plank across a stretch of soil, you will see the dips and humps. Keep changing the position corner to corner until you get an even tilth.


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