Obelixx


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Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 12:57

Aster - they had some in strong purples and pinks with full flowers instead of the wishy washy half bald flowers I've seen so often.  Have a look here - http://www.autumnasters.co.uk/   They also plant them in mixed borders with other plants like eupatorium and rudbeckias and have varying heights for interest.   I took these pics in mid September when the display was just getting going - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1609%20Picton%20gardens?sort=2&page=1 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 12:52

3C at midday today!  Shock horror!   OH was up early but says he saw no sign of frost but it must have been close.  I had a lie in after a disturbed night - purry kitties and Minstrel swearing a lot at Cosmos but they're playing well this pm.    Seriously unimpressed with the rescue organisation.  The whole collection thing was shambolic and now it turns out Cosmos' weepy eye is cat flu so neither he nor she can have their jabs till he's better and we know she hasn't caught it.  Brilliant!


Both are eating well though and full of beans so fingers crossed.  I've dealt with cat flu before in street rescued kittens and they survived.


Bright and sunny so off out with the dogs after the news and a coffee.


DD  stick to your guns.  The agent won't get any commission at all if he doesn't sell to you and there are no other buyers in prospect.


Busy - no shop like that here and Cholet's over an hour away so I'll just have to wait till I can grow my own pak choi and greens and PSB.  I have the seeds, just need the potager.


Dove - glad the neck's OK.   You too Pat.  Onwards and upwards.


Keep warm everyone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 29/11/2016 at 11:40

It is light entertainment and was always intended to be so.  What is great is that it shows people learning a skill and improving each week (mostly but not always) but, for me, the best bit is the proper dancing.  OH and I love our dancing and gain much insight into choreography and technique that we can't get in our standard 30 hour season of group classes in which we learn a few new figures of all 10 dances.


These celebrities have access to 30 hours or more per week, depending on their commitment, for one dance with a personal professional teacher.   Anyone who is fit and has a bit of intelligence should be able to produce a decent 90 second dance in such conditions.  The differences then come from age, personality and whether or not they have a clever pro or a selfish one.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 18:55

Love scallops here too but they've always had to be an Xmas treat.   Still busy exploring lovely fresh fish here and haven't got to shellfish yet.


Busy - where do you find pak choi?  Haven't seen any here yet and curly kale just the once in a market.   


Whilst approaching Challans on the kitten run we saw whole rows of luscious fennel growing outside.  Very impressive.   I do like the way supermarkets here proudly display local grown veggies and fruits and cheeses and meats and misshapen or dirty but well brought up local or French fruit and veg.  Still haven't found a farm shop except for pork and charcuterie but met a man from a local cheese co-operative yesterday ad some local fish smokers.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 17:08

We now have gas so I have just resumed the cooking of cod with clementines for dinner.


It has been a beautiful, sunny day with clear skies and little wind.  We've been treated to fabulous starry skies for the last two nights.  


We have just got in from a marathon kitten fest.  Drove to Machecoul to fetch 3 kittens and deposit 2 en route home at a flat in La Roche-S-Y except I hadn't banked on over an hour at the vet's waiting for each one to be prodded, poked, given its ID chip, weighed and checked for fleas.   Ours is the little black and white 4 month old who we're calling Minstrel after a dianthus I lust after.   She was found under a vehicle and covered in motor oil nearly 3 weeks ago and has had to be cleaned up and settled.  She's very cuddly and is now upstairs getting to know Cosmos after a good feed.


T'other pair are a gorgeous tabby female of about 7 months and her brother who is the most beautiful taupe and cream subtly striped tabby with dark brown seal points and blue eyes.  Stunning and also very cuddly but we must be sensible sometimes.


Vet tomorrow for jabs and an ID chip for Cosmos.  


Busy - thanks for that link.  We have two levels behind the house with a bank that separates them.  We could probably excavate a bit further to put an above ground pool whose top would then be level with the upper layer with a bit of decking at the join.  On the lower level, there are 3 concrete posts with wires stretched between for washing but which we don't use as I am planning to add extra levels of wire and grow clems and roses so they could hide a pool.  Priorities are a proper potager, a new kitchen and another shower room.  Then we can talk pools - as long as it's heated by solar panels.  I do not do cold water and he's not having a private pool.  There's a cold water ocean just down the road.


Hosta , being a devout atheist brought up by Plymouth Brethren style Methodists, I have a deep mistrust of anything decided on "faith".  I much prefer a sound moral basis and logic plus an understanding of consequences to decide policy.   Just imagine how much more peaceful the world would be with no religion and a respect for one another's differences instead of fear and hatred or contempt.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 10:42

HI Frank.  Nice to see you.


Samba is my least favourite dance to do cos of all that rotation in the hips and the leg technique to achieve it.  Really difficult and, since I have my new feet, hard on the toes to get all the bounce.  Oti's tribal take on it was very clever and more interesting than the usual party spin with tail feathers.  It was fabulous and Danny danced it with aplomb.


Louise has come on leaps and bounds and I really like her.   Used to think she was vapid on Sunday Brunch but Strictly has brought out her warmth and she's turned out to be a good dancer too.

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 10:08

I forgot forsythia and flowering currant, especially hen planted together.


Love roses but most do need to be planted with other stuff to hide their legs and I don't see the point of once flowering shrubs and those with no perfume.


I used to dislike Michaelmas daisies till we went to Picton Gardens in September and found some really lovely ones.  Far too many have faded looking teeny starry flowers that look like a weed that proliferates here and then there's all that bovver with mildew.


Having seen a majestic gnnera at Keukenhof and also Beth CHatto's garden I will be planting one here - once the pond edges have been cleared of all the brambles and bullrush which brings me to iris pseudacorus - nasty thug with terraforming ambitions.  Hate it for wrecking my pond in Belgium..

How can I remove this clump?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 10:00

It would help to give it all a thoroughly good soaking before you start.   Gallons of water and then let it soak overnight and it will be easier to prise up, working in from the edges.

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:56

It has been measured.  There's an article about it by the Hawaiin Volcanic Observatory mob - http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/archive/2007/07_02_15.html and no doubt others.  I'm so glad I'm not downwind of a volcano emitting SO2!


Earth's weather patterns have always been cyclical with mini ice ages and so on but those have been largely a result of the elliptical nature or our orbit round the sun and thus greater or lesser distance from the heat.   However, the past few decades have seen a relentless rise in average temperatures that is, amongst other things, having a devastating effect on ice flows in mountain glaciers and the ice cap at the North Pole.  This is leading to increased sea levels and more turbulent and frequent catastrophic storms.


Having deliberately moved south to a new garden in order to experience a beneficial climate change for both my garden ambitions and my arthritis, I can't speak about the effects on plants here as I don't know them yet but I do know there was a very long and unusual drought here from mid July to the end of October after a cold wet spring and that, according to our farmer neighbours, has made life difficult for both his beef cattle and the crops he grows to feed them through winter.   He's had to carry food and water to the fields 6 weeks ahead of normal.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:41

OH wants a pool Busy.  I'm not convinced - expensive if it's in ground and ugly if it's not - and we'd have to sneak it in cos of being a "zone agricole" so it has to be connected to the house.   Your son's cat looks very comfy and so glossy.


Our pair do that Clari, so relaxed whether on a sofa or in their baskets.   


Warm and sunny this morning.  OH is off to fetch gas for the cooker and then we're both off to get another kitten for Cosmos to play with.  Black and white so we're calling her Minstrel after a dianthus velvet and lace.


Sorry about your neck Dove.  Hope it loosens up soon.


Lesley - OH doesn't really watch snooker anymore since he has golf on Sky.  I've had previous cats climbing round TVs looking for the bird/cat/other on programmes like Planet Earth and one long ago who loved snooker and tennis and followed every ball.


I'm saving Planet Earth series for a rainy day.   Missing too.   


No Pat today?  Hope she's OK.


Have a great start to the week everyone.

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