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Does my rose look ok?

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 13:46

I also have a Tess in a pot, but a bigger pot. I think your Tess looks fine, bearing in mind it's her first year. David Austin roses often take a couple of years to settle down.

She has some nice strong shoots in the wrong direction. DON'T cut them off. Turn the pot around and tie them into the trellis. Better to cut off the spindly growth.

Don't forget that roses in pots need a lot more feeding and watering than roses in the ground.

Roses in winter never look good anyway, she will probably drop most of her leaves. Clear them up and bin or burn them, not the compost heap.

Last edited: 21 December 2017 13:49:05

What are you hoping Santa will bring you?

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 13:29

I would like that too KT 53, what a great present!

For an unwrapped present I would like good health for OH, me and my family. For a wrapped up, under the tree present I would like a Rowenta Steam and Clean thingy that vacuums and washes at the same time. OH thought it wasn't a suitable present and he wanted to get me a tablet. But I love my Laptop and I have to sweep and wash the tiled floors so often! I think OH has given in, the box is the right size.

As far as cars go, I don't want a new one. I bought a beautiful red Renault Mégane Estate car in April with money my mother left me when she died. She died a few years ago but previous car was fine then.

Here is a photo. Isn't she lovely?

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 13:12

I'm sorry about your son, Dove. What a rotten time to be ill, not only Christmas but his birthday as well. I hope he recovers quickly.

Our Carol Service in a village church went very well. The church looked lovely and the French RC priest turned up with members of his congregation. They said how much they enjoyed it and how cheerful it was. We had sparkling wine, smoked salmon sandwiches, mini Cornish pasties and Stollen afterwards. Then OH and I went to a restaurant with some of our friends. Very Périgourdine, duck, duck, duck and Cassoulet, but we enjoyed it. Delicious Vacherin for dessert.

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 12:43

I love Christmas too. What a cheerful thread this is.

Here is the tree.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 12:41

We have had a huge amount of rain in Dordogne in the last 3 weeks. The river in the village rose alarmingly. On the rare days it hasn't rained it's been cold and frosty, down to -5°.

🎄 Happy Christmas to you all 🎄

Posted: 21/12/2017 at 12:29

Thank you, Nora. I hope you and the rest of you all have a good Christmas too.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 10:09

Yes it will, Joyce, but I have to wait until 5th February for the flooring upstairs.

Lily P, it wasn't me either! Do you do anything with the cut onion or do you just leave it in the room? Glad you dealt with the lost card before money disappeared. That must have been a panic moment.

Obelixx, do you have a shop called "Gifi" near you? That's where I found crackers. It's a bit like a French Woolworths.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 07:19

Morning all.

Christmas will be quiet this year as not my turn for the family. Also the decorating man is here, making good after the flood. He is starting the family room today. Hope it doesn’t reek of paint as we I’ll be having Christmas lunch there with our friends. The dining room is shut and the heating turned off. 

Tonight is the Carol Service in the local village church that we decorated on Monday Then we’ll be going to a restaurant fo dinner with some friends.

When the family come they expect roast beef, trifle, chocolate mousse and crackers. Crackers aren’t always easy to find here in France. I’d stock up I’d we went to the UK in the car, but now there is a shop selling them.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 13:05

For a short while we had a collection twice a month, then passers-by dumped their rubbish which I had to clear up as the foxes and badgers ripped the bags open. The bin men wouldn't collect ripped bags. Then they said I wasn't on their route.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 12:17

Depends where in France for collection, Obelixx. I'm only 20 minutes from the capital town, but 4kms from the main road so the bin men refuse to collect my rubbish and they certainly wouldn't go down my 1km drive. I have to drive it in the car to the nearest big bin. But I get given re-cycling bags if I go to the Mairie when it's open on Monday or Wednesday afternoons, 4kms away. No collection for green waste but I can dump mine in the forest, part of which is part of my place anyway. The recycling centre is nearly 20 mins away. I have to pay over 700€ a year for rubbish collection as part of my council tax.

Been to town for a meeting with OH's bank, I went to translate. But on the way back OH said he wanted to get me a tablet for Christmas, so we stopped at the shop, a bit like Curry's. I don't know when I'd ever use a tablet, I like my Laptop and we have a Laptop at the cottage, OH has an iPad. But they had a Rowenta Steam and Clean. I'd seen it on TV, you can sweep and wash the floor at the same time. He didn't want to get me that, said it wasn't romantic, but I wanted one, don't care about romantic, sounds useful as there is quite a lot of tiled floor here, so he gave in.

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