David Matthews2


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Reindeer part 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 18:03

Bulkherb: I'm loving your troupe of loggy reindeer! * The stag is most impressive - he has about the same number of white 'spots' on his flank as my late Dalmation had on her whole body!!

Bay plant

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 17:57

Nutcutlet: Here's picture you may appreciate  - rather better looking than the soggy messy remains of the nasturtiums!! *I scrumped various foliages from my garden this afternoon (in the gloaming after I'd finished my indoor domestickic chores) - the trimmings & gleanings will contribute to "decking the halls" by increments over the next few days [pics to follow...]. Once dried off by hanging in the garage & empty greenhouse, I'll work them into wreaths & garlands for our own home & a few close neighbours.

Garden pictures 2016: 2

Posted: 17/12/2016 at 17:37

I'm loving all those tree-iffic floral and birdie pictures! Just shows that there's a lot to give pleasure in gardens even in the 'depths' of Winter!! *Rather too, too wet of late in West Wales for decent pictures BUT I'll take a waterproof camera out with me tomorrow & see what we can find - promise!

Winter flowers

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 20:51

I had a fully developed grape hyacynth in my garden two days ago BUT the slugs (yes, still very active) sated their appetite before I could dodge the monsoonal rain & get a photo!! "Plus ca change, plus la meme chose..." as they say in "'Alloallo" Land!! Zut!!

Bay plant

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 18:49

Hi, Nutcutlet: my 'bay babies' are kosher independent plants - well matured by standing out in all weathers in my sheltered coastal setting in S Pembs. The bigger ones are just a 'tad' heavy for posting, so an agreed exchange & collection is the best way forward, I feel. Now the quick frosts have done for the nasturtium 'jungle' that engulfed them in the Autumn, I'll get a list together for the SWAPS thread for sure!!

Bay plant

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 18:07

You ladies (Nut & Dove etc) certainly sound as if you know your onions, & your respective bays, laurels & poison plants!! I've two big 4m 'lollipops' in my garden & lots of youngsters in their own pots of various sizes, from 30cms up to 4ft [note bilinguality here in "Little England beyond Wales"  esp Southern Pembs part of W Wales]. Offers anyone [swaps preferred - cash is sooo uncool, doncha think?].

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Posted: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

Aunty Rach: AS they say  (somewhere in the world) -"there's more than one way to skin a camel, hippo, rhinoceropig.... etc). I've reached the stage of digitally photographing your earlier response 'dolly panel' & tracing the outline as salient features; hair, dress ruffles, shoes etc directly off the viewing panel of the camera - by scaling the degree of enlargement to match the actual panel on my base board the rest ie the artwork should be a doddle..ha! ha!. [your suggested methodology is simpler & may well serve initially, inc home printing , cutting out, ppppppasteing with Pritt, followed by a couple coats PVA/ varnish. Gotcha methodology right, I trust?]. *Watch this space for further developments by & by...Cheers!!

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 19:48

Thanks folks for all your helpful comments - best 'tip' so far is from Aunty Rach with the "Doll" image exactly  portrayed in its rightful place: Brilliant! I'll probably be able to fabricate a 'facsimile' from 3-ply & paint a dolly-girl somewhat like the original (it won't be a Goya, but it will complete the set!!).


*Once complete, I'll post the ertzatz dollybird on this thread.....[other things may take priority in the immediate future as Christmastide is fast approaching!!].  

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 21:11

The game was originally copyrighted (& produced) by G.T. Hayter & Co Ltd of Bournemouth. I'd settle for an image or tracing of the missing Doll piece. Ideally the actual piece might be available to purchase - or copy & return - honestly!! ? Maybe a museum has a set or knows more about the game's history?? Make my (& a little girl's Christmas extra special if you can help. Thanks in advance.

Jobs You Think Are Going to be Easy.

Posted: 14/12/2016 at 20:58

Doghouse Riley: I'm sure I & many other modern motorists 'share your pain' as the saying goes!! *btw: There's a certain refrain in the closing sequence of the film "Life of Brian" that comes to mind..... Enjoy the ride - the view may sometimes be less than perfect, but the alternative option is far less favourable..!


Always remember your Elf & Safety first...?


Discussions started by David Matthews2

Urgently Looking for a Doll for indoor game!

Attached photo shows the nature of my genuine need as game is incomplete by 1 crucial piece!! 
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Last Post: 16/12/2016 at 17:54

Clematis "Freckles" in flower so early??

Long-established plant coming into flower already - normally 'winter' flowering type.  
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 19:54

Mystery Moth in garden foliage

Found deep in the shrub border (aka 'the jungle') - I've not seen the like before?? 
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Last Post: 12/08/2016 at 21:14

What should "Indigo Apple" tomatoes look like??

First time of growing this variety & it looks really odd - colour, shape & slow-to-ripen behaviour all weird!! 
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Last Post: 10/08/2016 at 19:28

Insect Hotels in Austria (revisited)

Update photos of previously posted 'deluxe' insect accommodation in Fuschl, Salzkammergut, Austria. 
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Last Post: 17/07/2016 at 11:15

Moth, myth or mithuss?

Recent visitor to my greenhouse 
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Last Post: 27/08/2016 at 21:19

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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