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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 09:47

We have two pots on the go - one leaded for morning dose of caffeine and one unleaded for drinking after midday so we don't buzz all evening.   Once made we heat up individual mugs as needed n the microwave so it doesn't stew.

Ginger cat has gone home.  Mum and 3 kids came to collect.  tearful teenage daughter at sight of her puss who went missing in July so good to get them back together but I do hope she doesn't do another bunk when they let her out again.

Cloudy start but clearing up now.  Chilly though.   I'm on fabric stashing and kitchen sorting today after OH has made a couple of adjustments to the wall cupboards so I can add extra shelves.   I can do it myself but a bit of non challenging DIY is surely good for his soul.    Later on he can build our first compost bin which will be good for the garden's soul too.

I hope your drizzle does the trick Dove.   Try and enjoy some peaceful moments DD.   Hope Leeds is good Chicky.   Have a good day everyone, whatever you're up to.


Posted: 07/10/2016 at 22:55

I agree.  Hawthorn is very robust and really wants to grow.

I also agree with finding out why on earth your new neighbour thought it OK to do this to your tree and without prior consultation.

What is this shrub and what's wrong with it?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 17:21

There's a size limit so try and reduce it.  

What is this shrub and what's wrong with it?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:10


HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:09

Leg warmers too Clari.  Flexible open plan and snuggery sounds good to me.

We have bought 3 new doormats and have a bowl at the back door and handy doggy towels ready for paw washing after mucky walkies.   Fortunately the dogs love the whole rub down process and know there'll be a Jumbone or pig'e ear at the end of it all.   The towels also do mucky paws just coming in from the garden - - if we catch them.

Might have to tackle the fabric mountain next.    Not doing anythng about "improvements" till we're all sorted and know what we want and where to get it.  No point going off half-cocked.   .

Impressive pickles Dove.  Somewhere, I have 3 cartons full of jams, chutneys and lime pickle.....   

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 12:43

Those logs are too fat!   We have some rocks to shift but nothing huge.  Someone has used them to edge beds in the gravel zone but not very well.   Not urgent as we can't do anything with the beds till we've had a lot of rain.   Good luck with your Hosta.

Saw a Japanese maple growing in full sun and covered in seed wings in Mouthiers today when we went to pick up our compost bins.   Encouraging for the 2 I've brought with me.   All plants seem fine so far but I need to get my clematis Blue Angel/Blekitny Atholl back in the ground asap as I didn't have a pot deep enough to bury all his roots properly and I don't want him complaining.

I've bought some fat and seed balls.  Just need to find my feeders now so I can take them out of their strings and get some peanuts up too.   Need to think about where to place the feeders too.

Enjoy the barn dance Busy.  Haven't been to one since I was at school so a very long time ago......

I liked the look of that house dug into the hillside but not the scooters.  

Back to the unpacking of the dining room now and then maybe we need to clear a path in the outhouse so chappy can get to the CH oil tank to fill it for winter......

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:50

HI - no gardening here yet but we are off to collect 3 smart new compost bins from the local council refuse and recycling service - wooden, flatpack jobbies for 30€ each.   Our new next door neighbours have horses and have asked if they can use our paddock so that'll give us supplies of manure to add to the heaps.

Other than that, just watering the plants we brought with us and planing to plant my bilbs in pots for now.   No serious gardening till we see what is what and where and come up witha  plan for the various features we want - veggies, fruit, perennial borders, herbs etc.

We had a new cat arrive on Monday - starving and skeletal - but we've established she belongs to the previous owners and went missing in mid July so they're coming to fetch her this evening - well fed again and spherical.

Hope the scones and festival turn are a success.  Now we have internet I'll be looking for garden events here and pricing up greenhouses and polytunnels and water butts.

Anyone sowing for spring veggies or is it too late now?.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 09:40

Morning all.  Bright and sunny here again but a very fresh breeze blowing.  I need to unpack some warmer clothes but we'll get to 16C later on.   

This morning we're off to collect 3 big wooden compost bins from the local council.  30€ each and flat pack but they should set us up for some good composting for the new veggie plot.   Our neighbours have horses and want to know if they can put them in our paddock - gladly - so I'll be getting horse muck too.

Other than that - more unpacking and sorting every day till it's done.  We've decided mornings have to be unpacking and pms are free to unpack/sort/think or go out as we please so it doesn't all become overwhelming.    We've been and bought a whirlygig so we can hang washing out to dry.   Couldn't do that in the Belgian house as it either was blown away, rained on or decorated by the birds.   

Need to train the local birds to come to feeders which will be well away from the washing.  I think we have some sort of redstart and there are brown thrush-like jobbies and owls and a few sparrows and tits.   We'll get to know them all in time.  The swallows have long gone but should be back next year.  

Hope everyone's having a good day and gearing up for a great weekend.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 23:15

Hi Joyce.   Owners very keen to retrieve their cat so I'll keep her in tomorrow to be sure she's there.  I just hope they keep her in long enough in her new home for her to like her new home and not try and make her way back here as there are all sorts of hazards - roads, dogs, foxes, hunters...

Our plan is to spend mornings unpacking and pms doing what we fancy.   It has all been extraordinarily exhausting but now we have no deadlines and are sleeping better.    The plants have all arrived safely and are now gathered together for easy watering with the sprinkler.  No rain in sight for the next few days.  Very dry here so no prospect of gardening to distract from unoacking....

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 22:29

Hello again.  We have internet!

Interesting week.  The removers arrived early - ie mid pm on Monday and were unloading the plant trailer as we returned form shopping.   Worked till 7pm then slept in the trucks and spent 5 more hours on Tuesday unloading and then scarpered.   OH went out at 7am to fetch them croissants and baguettes...... no visible bakers in the nearest village and the next one said of course she didn't have 12 croissants or change for a 50€note.   We won't be regulars!

Since then, registering at the local council for residence, at another for refuse collection and composting bins, buying light fittings and a washing whirlygig, walking dogs and caring for a cat.   She knocked very insistently on the bedroom window above the single storey parts on Monday morning.  Gorgeous ginger cat, clearly starving but very friendly and cuddly and not at all shy.   Been getting through 4 sachets of food a day plus biscuits and milk.   Turns out she belongs to the previous owners and disappeared in mid July just after we'd bought the place.   They're coming to fetch her tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, we're carrying on with the unpacking.   Gardening and cookery books sorted today, amongst other things.    Lunch out in Luçon - very good.  

Clari - hope the breaking is soon over and the making and creating starts soon.  

Dove - rest!  It's a short term frustration for a long term result

WW - your month will fly by.

DD - your OH's role in life is to frustrate and control you.   Don't let him and don't be fooled.   Good luck with your projects.    Someone is our new village is advertising sessions of English tea to "improve your English" at a local hall.   Wonder if he does cakes.

Good to see everyone else chatting and pottering as usual.  Hope all nasty bugs go away soon. 

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