Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 21:08

What an irritating idiot!   So unfair for his professional partner apart from upsetting the series schedule and disappointing fans.    

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 18:39

Happy to help DD.  There really isn't very much printed info but the poster is quite good to have   There are other posters up around the port announcing the day of departure and others saying the record is 78 days.


I think there's a yacht basin too so we'll go and look for that when OH gets his sardine lunch.

We have been to look at our future veggie plot and have met the 4 legged neighbours - dozens of gorgeous Blonde d'Aquitaine beef cattle with their babies.   Unfortunately Bonzo barked at them and they stampeded.  curiosity very quickly overcame fear but we'll have to keep him away from that boundary.

Camera Talk

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 13:54

We love Tuscany too Busy.  Went there for years when Possum was a bairn as she was happy in the sea at the northern end and we were happy to be close enough to Pisa, Lucca and Florence for day trips.  We took a weekend break in the middle one year to go to Sienna and San Giminiano.  Loved it all except for the electric "candles" in the church at San G.

Now we're over this side of France we plan to head to northern Spain for breaks so we can explore the northern coastline and its hinterland  and lots of day excursions round here too while we get to know it..

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 13:38

FG - I don't see why every adult not in education or on disability benefits should not contribute to the running costs of their local social and community services.  Far fairer than a rate system based on house values regardless of the number of occupants,   The poll tax, however, was badly conceived and badly presented do bound to fail.

Sunshine here too now after a cloudy start.   Lots more of those funny little yellow crocuses opening up out the front;  Turns out they're daffs!   Sternbergjia lutea.   Gorgeous.  More cyclamen hiding under the rampant campsis by the old well so we'll have to hack that again and try and replant it somewhere more suitable as its stems have nowhere to go but over the drive where they get run over.;

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 12:03

Sorry you're feeling crook Yvie and hope it clears up soon.

I'm making a huge pot of Jewish penicillin to stash in the freezer, just in case.  I need a freezer doctor though.  Cleaned and primed second yesterday only to get back from shopping to find it shorting.  Not good.  OH has found a dead mouse wrapped round a wee power unit that now needs replacing.   Looks long dead so maybe moving shifted it to a critical position.

He's now fixing my new kitchen lights while I potter about unpacking more boxes.  Need to get a couple of extra shelves cut for the cupboards to store all the spices......

Thatcher did one or two very good things but, on the whole, got far too much wrong and implemented things without thought to consequences to people and their communities.  The far right is as de-humanising as the far left.

Last edited: 11 October 2016 12:04:50

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 10:49

That sort of help you can do without.  Sounds like some serious training is needed.

Garden Confessions - 3 Worst Crops of 2016!

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 09:47

I know we were distracted with house moving but it was a dreadful season for us in Belgium.   Long cold wet dark spring after a dry start to the year so most babies eaten by slugs and then the survivors took forever to get going.

Broccoli, cabbages, kohlrabi, fennel and beets munched by slugs.

Courgettes very slow to start and then bolted to marrows during a 5 day absence in September.

One pumpkin plant with no fruits at all and the other managed to ripen one.

Tomatoes and cucs flowered too late to produce fruit and then suffered from drought anyway.

Oak leaf lettuce fine, cos lettuce munched.

Good strawberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, damsons and rhubarb but the birds got the blueberries.

Drought here too in the Vendée but that's not a problem for us as we haven't started the new veg patch yet.  There are some good looking veggie plots around and about so there's hope.   Going to discuss siting of compost bins and bean trenches and other beds  later today so OH doesn't go off half-cocked.  Then I need to go and buy pots for sowing some broad beans and sweet peas.

Last edited: 11 October 2016 09:47:41

Clematis gift

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 22:55

Yes, pot it on and plant it a bit deeper than it was so it grows extra shoots as it develops.  I would then keep it in a sheltered spot over winter.   I would then pot on again next spring and keep growing it on and potting it on until it's big enough  to cope with life outside in the border as clems can take  while to establish a good root system.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 21:53

Busy - good that the jumpers fit.   I have found the box mine are in but don't yet need them.  20C this pm at the high point in Chateau d'Olonne.

Clari - get training that dog and OH too.  Hard floors and rugs are lovely and relatively easy to keep looking good.   Not sure I could cope with carpet anymore.   Good slippers are essential in winter though.

DD - well done with the mairie.   A good step forward and a good ally to have.

Les Sables d'Olonne turns out to be very attractive for a built up coastal resort - lots of restaurants and cafés along the front which has a long, sweeping beach of golden sand with occasional rocky outcrops and then a huge expanse of Atlantic in mill pond mode today with glittering sparkles from the sun.   The harbour has lots of fishy restaurants doing sardines for OH and moules frites for us both so we'll go back soon.  Today we just needed a coffee and a tart.  Popped into the Vendée Globe shop - no info but could have spent a fortune on logo'd t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs and so on.  Then we found the tourism info - not a lot of info but I did pick up a couple of leaflets and a poster for you if you can PM me your new address.   Took some pics too if they'll help.

We went to dance class this evening.  Very different from what we're used to, a bit chaotic and no technique but good figures - one hour of jive! - and everyone is friendly and welcoming and already talking about the Xmas bash with teh other two levels.  next week is the Boston waltz which is anew one to us and apparently faster than the English waltz and slower than the Viennese.   We'll see.

Glass of wine and then bed for me.   Sweet dreams.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 12:57

Plenty of info online DD but I'll see what I can find.  Even if we don't have time today I want to visit the harbour soon before the weather changes.   Good luck at the mairie.

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