David Matthews2

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This crazy climate

Posted: 06/01/2016 at 20:51


 This 'pair' of blackbirds have been demonstrating courtship behaviour around my garden since mid-December. No sign of nesting as yet, but it's probably only a matter of time...? [The heavy rainfall & gales do not appear to have deterred them!].


Posted: 28/12/2015 at 18:34

Oops, Hazel: at least you spotted the signs before total disaster!! Best treat yourself (& OH) to a 'restorative' tot + tonic & a couple of mince pies whilst you count your blessings!

Thanking you, both Frank & Hazel for your kind wishes for our anniversary. We haven't any family in Wales now, so we re-import our exported son, Aidan & his family when we get a chance to celebrate! Both our parental homes were in adjacent villages on the N Warwicks / S Staffs border, so the diminishing tribal survivors are a full 200 miles from us. Each gathering therefore, is full of significance for all of us.

 *We none of us like icing, but we do love nuts n' fruit toppings, so this is the 'Deliarised' Christmas / cum Anniversary cake which we will all be setting about over the next few days [it rarely sees the New Year!! (Mrs M does the baking, I am responsible for the 'decor'].


Posted: 27/12/2015 at 16:11

Brilliant news, Frank! MrsM & I are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a carload of our decendants from Bedfordshire on 29th inst - it will be our 39th Wedding Anniversary: anything to 'liven up' the mid-Christmastide / New Year slump; we thought it a good idea at the time & it still works well for the pair of us!! May the New Year bring you yet more pleasant surprises...??


Posted: 26/12/2015 at 18:29

 Ho, ho, HO! Palaisglide: glad to have cleared up at least one of life's little mysteries (?) for you! [btw: I only 'do' courtesy & road traffic sign Welsh - this modest enclave is known as "Little England beyond Wales" as the proportion of Welsh speakers is particularly low - all down to the Norman domination of South Pembrokeshire ages ago!!]. *You seem to have had a fairly 'adventurous' time whilst enlisted? All the best for the New Year - I hope the surprises turn out to be welcome ones!


Posted: 25/12/2015 at 20:56

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!

Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!!

'Twas the night before Christmas...a little homage

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 20:45

Well done, Fairygirl - I take my hat off to you! "Chapeau" as our French cousins are wont to say. Here's hoping you FORKERS ALL rest up & enjoy the remainer of Christmastide, and return to the fray in the New Year with renewed vigour & resolve!!

Santa traditions

Posted: 25/12/2015 at 20:27

Thanks to Pansyface and to Kleipieper: delightful digressions sure makes 'western' derivatives look tame by comparison!! [Not sure that I fancy -40 temperatures, [same either Celsius or Farenheit scales] - plus 10 C is more the mark for Coastal SouthWest Pembrokeshire + rain today!! Happy Christmas & Joyous New Year to All!!

Festive puzzle....

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 20:58

I found the 'misfit' snowman by the "slow scroll" method. Such fun - thanks, 4th Panda.

"Show us ya baubles!"

Posted: 20/12/2015 at 19:34

A real treat for the eyes, Fairy: I paticularly liked the unusual 'photo' treatment -  wow!!

Stanley has a mate!!

Posted: 19/12/2015 at 19:19

Kathy: It's my belief that labradors & springer spaniels have a special gene where food is concerned - it results in them disgracing their owners at every available opportunity!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

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: 20/06/2016 at 19:15

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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