Latest posts by Obelixx

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:42

Also, just laying slabs on sand is asking for trouble.  Rain will filter in, wash it away and leave your slabs very unstable and then dangerously uneven.   Better to set them in a thin layer of concrete and make sure they slope very slightly away from the house so you don't invite problems with damp.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:23

Liri - all packaging - plastic, polystyrene, metals, tetra pak etc - except paper and cardboard and glass bottles goes in the recycling bin here and we can take stuff to the recycling centre too but I'm not sure what actually happens afterwards.

No more rain this pm but OH is hanging out a whites wash so we'll see.  

Working on Sunday here too Hosta but unpaid except for the rewards of teh results.   Been re-erecting an old oak wardrobe we brought with us so I can free up some hanging space for Possum and occasional guests.  Just giving it a good but smelly clean with wire wool and wax polish remover and then it'll need a good airing and drying before I decide about lime wax, wood wash or white paint. 

Have you thought of taking up embroidery or jigsaws to while away the sleepless hours?

3 days before the BIL and SILs arrive and junior SIL hasn't even looked on a map to see where she's going or find out what there might be to see or do or even check the weather for maybe needing a raincoat!  Unless it's football, she is the most uninformed, incurious, passive person I know and then wonders why sh*t happens.  Asked her what she'd like to see when they joined us in the Charente a couple of years ago - a French football club and pitch!  Honestly.

Birds nesting

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 14:58

If two conifers can disturb a conservatory I would suggest it is lacking in foundations and shoddily built!

Tell your neighbours that removing the trees before October will cause more trouble than it saves because sap movement slows down then and there will be less of a shock to the water table and their conservatory.  No idea if that's true but seems logical and by August the blackbirds should have finished unless they're on a second brood.

Putting up an outside camera wouldn't cost much and can be taken with you to your new house.  Added insurance for those birds so maybe worth the bother.

Last edited: 25 June 2017 14:59:48

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 12:59

Online jigsaws Busy.  You can upload photos and then have them made into jigsaws witha varying number of pieces for others to do.  Several sites available:so not sure which one Pat and co use -




Good for winter evenings and rest days.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 12:55

Not good news Busy and a bit young too.     I hope you're OK.

Hope you warm up soon Joyce.

Must get on and so some stuff now.  I've been distracted googling around trying to find good, fish free food for the kittens after seeing that bit on Trust me I'm a Vet about fish products causing kidney problems in later life cos cats are carnivores and can't process cereals and fish products.   Boggling lack of info and suppliers out there.

twisted willow

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:59

Remove all the straight branches as they will be more vigorous than the twisted ones you want to keep and encourage.  Do this every year to maintain the twists.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:14

We have had some rain.   Not enough to register on the rain gauge but enough to lay some dust and freshen the air.  No measurable rain since we had .5mm on the 6th!   Our water bill is going to be frightening and I'm only doing pots.

June is supposed to be warm, but not baking, and showery.   Not this year. 

Clematis & climbing roses - white & white

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:08

Think also about flower forms.  Bees and other pollinators prefer open flowered roses as they can't get to the nectar in the more cabbage flowered varieties.   David Austin has some very good repeat flowering, scented ramblers but you need to check eventual size to see if they'll suit your intended location.

Clematis come in small bell, larger bell, small open, large open and also double forms.   They can be in flower, depending on variety form spring thru to late autumn.  Some of the bell shaped white ones are much more attractive and dainty than the big flat flowered forms but will often have a lilac tinge or a lilac/mauve bar on the back of the tepals which shows when they're nodding.

If you plant more than one clematis, keep the different pruning group well separated at the base or you'll get in a terrible tangle.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:01

Why is Scandinavia so expensive?

Loved the photos Liri.  Thanks for sharing.  It's a beautiful place and looks very restful.  

I'm a sucker for water be it river, lake or seas but the local rivers are teeny and coastal yacht basins are nowhere near as photogenic as Busy's river scene except maybe sunset with the low sun on all the masts.

Your sea looks like very calm GD.  We have yet to see the Atlantic showing its might.  Been calm every time we've visited since October when we arrived.

Hosta - that's a well-timed shot.  

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 10:52

We've had rain!   None forecast till Wednesday at the earliest and then only local showers but we are wet - and cool.  Not enough to soak in far but better than nowt and let's hope there'll be more.

Bad night with dreadful cramps so only just surfacing.  I suspect the diet Tonic mix for our soda fountain hasn't got the quinine so will have to go back to making a mountain of plastic bottles.   Maybe find a way to recycle them myself so they don't end up in the oceans.

Chicky - Adelaide is a lovely town with a great covered market and some lovely buildings too and close to the beach and Hardy's wines....   Hope she has a great time.

Liri - I shall go and look at your photos now.  Thanks.

Dove - you'll be doing heel spins by the time that boot comes off.  Hang in there and heal properly.  My broken toe still twinges at me.

Hosta - maybe just accept your sleep patterns are cyclical and relax when you can't sleep?  May help you sleep better.   Any results form your scans?

Greetings to all not mentioned.  Have a great day.

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