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pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 15:13

Hi Plant Pauper -That's my point.

Any working breed should be channelled -They are not pets, and not happy as pets. Sorry if this upsets some. My Mum bred alsatians and bullmastiffs in the 50's and specialised in obedience training. She won Champion Obedience at Crufts with an alsatian and Best in Show with a bullmastiff , and always maintained that if you have a working breed you must work it.

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 12:56


Labradors and in particular retrievers are renowned for their furniture destroying ability. My mum used to have boarding kennels and she always used to dread these breeds unless they were working dogs, because they always tried to tear everything apart up until the age of 3 -After that they were always easy to deal with. You just have to 'work' these dogs. Their brains have to be kept occupied, which is why they make excellent guide dogs and obviously used on 'shoots' they are invaluable.

Collies are the same. We had 2 border collies whom we taught to round up and pick out our horses in the fields, bringing them back to the stables for us. Once again they had to be channelled - When they were about 11mths old -  we had an emergency call from our village dairy 'Could you please come and collect your collies -They have rounded up the milkmen and won't let them out of the cold room!' -

Bengal cats are the same -They have to be walked and walked and walked!!! Off to take Boots the Bengal out now with the dog.

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 11:23

Need to know how to upload photos from Picasso to this site -then of course you can see my beautiful home bred bengal. Can someone tell me how to do this? At the moment I am taking down Xmas decorations with help of new abandoned kitten Pushkin -He has torn all the holly berries off, and is now playing rugger with a candle!

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Posted: 04/01/2017 at 15:33

I have 3 cats (1 ginger/1 bengal and 1 mixture with spots and stripes) 1 Italien Greyhound and 1 husband. All obedient except for husband who does not know the difference between flowers and weeds. His job is to ONLY mow the lawn!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 04/01/2017 at 15:28

Writing Book in French with O/H doing photos. Have orders pending already, which is frightening as all on scraps of paper at the moment! Remember working in a pub in dim distant past, owner's wife used to work for Vogue Magazine making up the recipes for photoshoots -Used mashed potato for Ice Cream. Yes artichokes can cause embarrassment to friends! -and I always forget! How long did you bake Dauphinoise? - I tried it once but artichokes stayed crunchy (Should I have pre-boiled them?) BBC Good Food and Saturday Kitchen are my lifelines in times of stress!

Cleaned greenhouse staging and threw old soil in pots on garden. Temp 10C in greenhouse. Lovely and sunny and mild today for January. Nearly finished reading up additional info in Lunar Diaries. Will write tomorrow plus do 1st Lunar Guide 6-18th January. Bear with me!

Happy Gardening.

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Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 10:36

Perhaps we should start another Thread for foodies!! ie What are your best recipes with your own produce! On second thoughts I don't eat my own snails, although I know how to prepare them!

Jerusalem Artichoke soup is dead easy - saute 2  slices onions in butter, then add 8 thinly sliced artichokes and 1 medium potato (to thicken) add chicken stock to cover and boil gently until tender. Add lots and lots of pepper and salt to taste, add about 200ml cold whole milk ( NOT CREAM IT WILL SPLIT) then blend.reheat then serve decorating with chives or parsley. - really good and I made it up!!

I am working hard writing notes from my new Bio books - Will give you update and Calender shortly. Have started noting weather as per previous thread, Bright and frosty today. Wet and horrible yesterday but did take dog round back meadow and saw 4 Roe deer which looked splendid in the mist.

Waiting for new Maria Thun Bio Diary to arrive - think it has got held up in your pre Xmas postal strikes. Still French Lunar Diaries excellent this year - bear with me I am nearly ready to put pen to paper again.

Happy Gardening!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 15:14

Did you get to see The Northern Lights? Gather that they are stunning, watched Joanna Lumley Documentary on this -really impressive.

Pushkin watched video 'Paddington Bear' last night, now into hiding behind doors and jumping out at us as high as possible, arms and mouth wide open, claws sharpened and ready for Bear Wrestling! -Oh dear. He caught mouse in the 'snug' last night, drove him outside with it -He charged round the corner and returned with it through cat flap - Taking him down to the greenhouse to stand over mysterious new hole in Japanese Onion Bed (A vole I think).

Off to dig up some Jerusalem Artichokes for warming Winter Soup as simple meal tonight before tomorrow's Oysters/Escargots & Lobster Feast -With bubbles of course! -Just the 2 of us with French Cabaret on TV -Always a great night.

Happy New Year!

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 10:00

Hi Gardengirl great to hear from you - Yes we had loads of snow when I was little, just loved it. Delighted when we were holed up here 6yrs ago for a week - Very upset when men in tractors turned up to clear the roads on day 3! -Husband desperate to get out to make sure that there was still civilizisation! Love watching cats and dogs meeting snow for the first time -they always seem to aim for the deepest part first! The bemused look with frosted wkiskers is a joy to behold. Super day today with hard frost -Spring bulbs coming up here too. Starter Motor bust on van en route home (thank goodness in main town close to our local Garage) -so enforced break from work - Really chuffed, can settle down and read these Lunar Calenders and Bio Books at my leisure! Happy Gardening.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/12/2016 at 16:04

Hi everyone

Here's hoping that you had a lovely Christmas Weekend, and a white one in Scotland -How lucky you are despite the wind and cold I saw featured on UK weather -I would love a white Xmas again. Seems the best we can do here in Normandy is the odd sparkly frost. We get really good snow every 5-7yrs when we are really hemmed in and I love every moment of it -they say that you like the weather according to the month that you were born. Being a December baby -perhaps that is the reason I love Winter regardless of the weather. O/H born in June prefers early Summer. Does this work for you?

Anyway, Lunar Calenders and Bio Books opened on Xmas Day and gosh there's alot to read based on new scientific findings. Certainly enough to take us well into next year. The general weather indications for 2017 show a North wind bearing down on us regularly throughout the year, a warm Spring, a hot Summer and a wet and variable Autumn. A particularly good month will be May with heavy storms predicted for July and a hot August. January will see temperatures higher than the norm but wet and foggy. Snow is forecast between 9-13th and a colder windier end to the month, seems to be the prediction from all sources.

Something new to me has been suggested in the Newsletter of our local French Bio-Dynamic Group:- There is an old French saying that you can judge the weather for the year ahead from the weather between Christmas Day & Twelfth Night. What you have to do is choose a specific time of day - say 11am every day and note the weather (Not the temperature) between 24th December &  6th January. In theory the weather in January will correspond to 24 -25th December, the weather in February will correspond to 25th-26th December. The weather in March will correspond to 26-27th December. The weather in April will correspond to the 27-28th December and so on and so on for the 12 months.

I think that I might give this a try -certainly never heard of it before -Have you?

The Lunar Calender up until 1st January with the Moon ascending is clearly aimed at people with heated greenhouses - If the temperature is no less than 10 degrees sow radish and carrots, and if mild outside continue planting onions, shallots and garlic in frames. My Japanese Onions have slowed down a little but are nice and sturdy. I have re-labelled the potted goodies as ink had faded despite being 'permanent'!

So there we are -the end of another Lunar Calender Year. With 54,000 views on this Thread to date -I would love to continue  - Shall we?? - There must be more of you out there interesting in commenting -Be brave, we can all learn from each other -That is what the Forum is for - and it's a great hobby!

Anyway -Happy New Year everyone and all the best for 2017 in and out of the Garden.

(Oh the Vegan Cake met with great success - Just a little Italian number I rustled up!!)

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 21/12/2016 at 11:53

Have a great break - Looking forward to days off Christmas Day & New Years Day. Just been asked to bake a cake for a Vegan who's birthday is Xmas Day so must hit the oven again.

Walked round garden yesterday, lots of lovely leafmould forming, plus found a Chinese radish ready to pull for tasty lobster sushi salad Xmas Eve. Off to hunt down holly and mistletoe in the hedgerows this afternoon, then picking up PP from vet -Neutered today -What a Xmas present!

Happy Gardening.

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