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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 18:57

Hello all, don't think I've posted for a couple of days. Our friends have gone. On Thursday we went to Blickling Hall, gorgeous. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate  On the way home TomTom led us down a narrow lane. An old lady was driving towards us in the middle of the lane and I went up the verge as much as I could and OH shouted at her to stop, which she did. But then she decided to carry on and scraped paint off the rear wing of my brand new red car  She headed for the car behind us with a young couple in it, but the man leapt out and stood in front of it so old lady stopped. The couple lived nearby and said she wasn't fit to drive so the young woman called the police. Then a chap from the National Trust turned up and said the old lady had been driving around the car park at the Hall and narrowly missed other cars and nearly knocked him over and they had reported her. Then a jolly farmer turned up and said he knew her and locals thought she wasn't safe. A lovely lady policeman arrived, took down all the details and took photos of the cars, then we all went home. I have ordered some red paint from the Renault garage in France, the scratch isn't too bad, not dented. Old woman's car was worse.

Today I have been planting up the slope behind the wall with rockery plants. Ran out so we went to 2 GCs and bought some more and had a drink in a pub on the way home. I'd wanted some bark to put on the bank, but English bark is shredded, not at all like French bark which is in pieces like slate chips. I fear it will all blow away in the wind, or slide down the bank, so I didn't get any.

work in progress

Posted: 05/05/2017 at 09:45

Good news about the clematis. Petunia tower should be gorgeous.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 10:18

Morning all.

Off to visit a huge stately Norfolk home with our friends. Had a good meal in a local pub last night.

Hiding a wall

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 16:29

Ivy, different sorts, variegated as well as green are available. Honeysuckle, climbing hydrangea (how tall is it?) Or evergreen bushes to plants in front? Holly, of course, Choisya, Eleagnus (Gilt Edge is nice) Is it sunny or shady?

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 14:28

Moira, thank you for letting us know where Nigel is. It must be so upsetting and worrying for you, but, on the other hand, it is very brave of him. The people of Syria are in such a desperate situation and few people are brave enough to go there to help, but Nigel is your husband and, if I were you, I'd be wishing he would stay at home and not interfere in the wars of other far away countries.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:31

Obelixx, I saw on other thread about your being kept waiting at the solicitor's. I'm afraid that is fairly normal in France. People joke about it here. Must be something to do with the laid back lifestyle!

Off to the amazing hardware shop in small local town. Wish they had that sort of shop in France.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 10:00

Tennis, Dove? Is your shoulder completely better now? Doc says I will never play tennis again

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 03/05/2017 at 09:59

Morning all. Just as chilly here as at Dove's.

Friends are coming to stay for a couple of days. Must deal with the guest room. Going out to a local pub for dinner this evening.


Posted: 03/05/2017 at 09:46

I think a foot tall is big enough, but I would be more afraid of frosts than slugs, bearing in mind recent weather. I wouldn't plant them out until mid-May, but I suppose it depends where you live. Look up some ways of keeping slugs and snails away.

Wilting wisteria

Posted: 02/05/2017 at 21:56

I think it is most likely to be frost damage, not much you can do, it should make some new growth by itself. After it has made new growth the shrivelled bits should dry up and fall off, but if you don't like the look of it you can tidy it up at that stage.

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