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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 11:33

Hello all.

12C when we got home from dance class at 10h30 last night and still mild today but it's gone grey again and the air feels damp.   I have had a lazy morning after an interrupted night (Hosta-itis?) and will have a quiet afternoon with just a few errands to run while OH goes and practices his golf.

They've put the C lights up in Mouthiers now and on Sunday there's a C market in the old market - 40 stone pillars, timber roof frame and terracotta tiles so gorgeous.  Tiny town tho so not expecting much of the market and no sign of any locals decorating houses yet.

Hope OH is really OK Fidget and that you soon settle down with your new meds Pat.

Anyone got plans for the weekend or is it just time to snuggle up and hide from the weather?

Your worst Christmas present!

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 11:14

I like practical prezzies these days but that wasn't the case early on in our relationship.  One year, after Ken Hom had done his first series on the Beeb I received a lovely rusty wok that needed tempering.  Not thrilled.

Another year was a new pressure cooker, shortly after I'd blown up the old one.  Being gifted, I blew that one up too so now manage without.   Best of all was a mobile phone - for the woman who has always considered having a PC, internet and answer phone at home to be adequate communication resources.  If I'm not at home I'm busy doing something and don't want interruptions.  

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 22:00

No flooding here BF but we've had some decent rain and more expected so we can start planting my trees and shrubs soon.    12C when we got back from dance class at 10pm this evening so good root growing conditions.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 16:56

Blimey Fidget.  That is very worrying for you and not good for OH to be sat out in the cold after a bump like that.   I hope he's OK and has no lasting damage.    Good that there's a witness for insurance and police purposes.

Big hugs.


Posted: 24/11/2016 at 15:15

Thank you.  We did.  In fact that's all I had for supper.

Do plants have a biological clock?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 15:02

What's available commercially is more a question of what's easy to propagate using mechanical means and without paying plant breeder's rights where possible so seeds, cuttings, potting on in industrial scales.  They have huge sheds and machines in The Netherlands which is where so much of it is grown.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 12:35

Bubble wrapping bodies just sounds noisy to me.   Does anyone recall the cling film sequence in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café?  Brilliant film.

Do plants have a biological clock?

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 11:31

As AC says, plants are driven by either temperatures or day length.   Some seeds won't germinate till they've had a period of chill followed by warmth which indicates winter is over and it's safe to grow.   Some seeds, like lettuces, won't germinate above a certain temperature as they know it will be too hot for the plant.

You need to know what the plant is, where it grows, what trigger growth and then adjust its environment accordingly.  I can't see the point of messing with natural rhythms unless you're growing for exhibition, competition or shows like Chelsea where things have to be at the right peak of performance.  It requires such an investment in time and materials and heaters and lighting.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 24/11/2016 at 11:24

But did he look as good as you H?   Don't worry about the lack of sleep as long as you're warm and sunny by day.  

Busy - we have skylights in the two ex stripey rooms which can be noisy but, if the wind's in the right direction it's noisy on the normal windows and shutter too.  Didn't sleep much myself last night.  Brain in gear.

Let's hope it's better for us all tonight.  Is OH flying or driving?

Chicky - have a good time tonight.   I was told to use granulated sugar and olive oil to rub dirt and rough skin off my hands after heavy gardening sessions.  May be worth a go or be uber cool and wear evening gloves.

Have just been out on our favourite circuit with teh dogs - they get a long time off the lead to run around and explore and sniff and chase the wind.  Rasta found a pile of smeliies and rolled so went straight in the bath on our return.  Horrible dog.   Feeling lovely and warm and bright out there after yesterday so definitely some pottering with bulbs this pm.

The horsey neighbours are coming to inspect our paddock to see about entry and security.  Their rent will be taken in barrows of muck for the compost and future veggies and roses.

Have a good day all whatever you're doing.   Hugs and cake for those who need them.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 23/11/2016 at 18:52

Honey mixed with cinnamon and taken in hot water is supposed to be good too Clari.  Hope you fight it off but if not - take some sick leave and rest on someone else's time.

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