Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Country cottage garden

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 18:22

I've really enjoyed reading about the evolution of your garden, thank you.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 10:21

Watched it on iPlayer. Glad Anastacia went. Can't understand why Daisy keeps being in the dance off, she's very good. Thought Ed did his best dance, but really it's time he went. Shame about Danny's mistakes. Ore said the Halloween costume and make up put him off, I could see why.

When we left England to move to France in 1985, Halloween wasn't a big thing. Now I am in England for Halloween this year it seems to have gone mad. Not a good thing and all those treats are dreadful for children's health and teeth. In France it's the time when people visit the cemeteries and put flowers, usually pots of chrysanthemums, on the graves.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 10:09

Morning all, haven't seen you all since I was in a B&B in York before breakfast. Just read 5 pages.

Visited Uncle in Yorkshire, who is nearly 90 and getting very frail. I have happy memories of him when we were all younger, Mummy's brother.

Love your dog photo obelixx.

Punkdoc, just the moles would be enough to make anyone angry, let alone the rest of it!

We went on a walk yesterday, parked the car in a Norfolk village. Walked the mile to the next village in about 20mins. There was a gorgeous thatched pub so we had a cider and a prawn sandwich then set off in a round back to the first village. Should have been 3 miles according to the walk book. Somehow the instructions didn't quite match the map and we took a wrong turn and had to, eventually when we found someone, ask the way. He said the map was a bit weird! So the 3 miles took nearly 2 hours!

Having worked up an appetite and feeling tired, we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 07:59

Hello Lisa, this is an old thread and the man who advised on it has left the forum so you might get more results if you start a new thread.

The cordon method is usually used by professionals and people who show their flowers and want extra big blooms. I just use the normal way, growing them up a support framework and letting them bush out.

They shouldn't be too mollycoddled, if they are getting long and spindly they are probably too warm. They would be best in a cold frame with the lid open, unless you are expecting a hard frost But they are hardy.

The mouse risk should be over now as mice like the seeds before they have germinated.

If you grow them in the normal way the tips should be pinched off when they are about 4" tall.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 07:57

Morning all. I've just been catching up in bed in a B&B in York. Soon going to have a full english, but not sure I can manage it. Usually have a piece of toast, half Marmite, half marmalade. 

Can't chat, OH wants his iPad back!

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 17:35

Been grey and misty all day. We went to a GC this morning, I bought 20 violas for the bank and some Christmas cards. Then we went to an antiques fair this afternoon. There was some good stuff, bit pricey, but all I bought was coffee and cake.

Love lambshanks Lesley. I am being lazy and we are having Sainsbury's ready meals, pulled pork for me and Chinese for OH.

Watching Strictly (yesterday's) tonight.

Off to Yorkshire tomorrow.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 17:28

Oh dear, I'd prefer Anton du Beke.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:11


Please don't try to be grumpy, Dove, you're just fine how you are.

I get grumpy, but it doesn't last long and I don't bear grudges. I tend to forget the horrid times. But I'm not an extrovert cheerful person either.

Probably going to a GC today, to buy Christmas cards! That's if they do them in Norfolk like they do in East Sussex. French cards are expensive and not that nice, they don't have the tradition of sending them like we do.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:12

Been awake for ages, too light, would much rather have the light at the end of the day. Its like a 2 hour clock change as I was so recently in France. I took the children to school in France in the dark as they started at 8am after 11 yrs. Better to come home in the light, school finished at 5pm.

Hate winter time.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 18:16

Hello Thankthecat, I haven't had time to join in much recently, but I've been a member of this forum for several years. I live in Dordogne, about 40 mins from Dordogne Damsel. Last December we bought a little terraced cottage in Norfolk. OH and I moved to France because our first spouses wanted to, then they died. I have 4 children and lots of grandchildren in France, which made going back to England difficult. But OH sold his French house and bought the cottage - which is where I am until the 8th.

We've had a lovely afternoon. We went to look at the Suffolk town of Clare and the village Cavendish, both very pretty, and we had a sandwich in a lovely old pub.

Going to a concert in our village church tonight.

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