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Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 11:01

Still not watching news. Too busy chatting.  Guests have just left on their next leg to Bordeaux to see a nephew and then on, via other places to explore, before catching a ferry home from Bilbao.  

Scorchio here - 30C in the shade - and I was up till 1:30 watering plants in the dark whilst trying to persuade Minstrel it was time for bed.  Gave up and left her to it with a gap under the shutter to the kitchen so she could come in when ready.  Slept very well apart from 6am Cosmos cuddle alarm. 

Joyce - I'm pleased you've had some sleep too and hope OH is doing better.  Hosta - hope the scan produces some results for you.  Busy - hope your pain has eased.

For the arthritic - there are a couple of little books by Margaret Hills on curing arthritis the drug free way.  She was a nurse who was crippled by arthritis in her 20s and got no joy from conventional medicine.  Worth finding in a library or via Amazon.  Mine has a few triggers but is worse in cold, damp winters, hence the move here.  

Enjoy the heat while it lasts everyone and hope everyone has a good start to the week. 

Best houseplant for south facing window

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 10:06

The RHS has this list of plants - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=947 but you could modify the situation to soften direct sun by hanging sheer curtains to filter the light a bit and prevent sunburn.  You'd also need to be very careful about adequate watering without drowning.

I have a hibiscus sinensis which is very happy in a south facing window but the sun is very high and teh walls very thick so it doesn't get much direct sun at this time of year but revels in it from lat summer thru to mid spring.  I have to keep pinching it back to stop it becoming huge.  I also need to water it every 2 days at the mo.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 19/06/2017 at 09:58

It's lovely Pat.  Clever you and thank you for sharing.  T

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 23:44

Jolly hot here too today and even hotter as we headed inland for the Vendée steam train which runs excursion on Sunday pms.  Mr guest is a steam train and model train fan.  Came home well satisfied to cook steaks on the new BBQ.   Deep learning curve for OH but I decided that BBQ iq mens' stuff so did the salads then let him him wait on me.   Instructive!

They're off to Bordeaux tomorrow taking the scenic route.

Busy - maybe need a new hip?  I've been finding my left hip a bit naughty for a few weeks and don't really want to think about it but no point putting it off till you're desperate as it puts strain on other arthritic bits.

Joyce - so pleased you're sleeping well.  Make hay while you can!   

Exhausted now so sorry to all I've missed and best wishes for a good night's sleep or rest.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 09:13

Another lovely day yesterday - Les Sables d'Olonnes for the market and a stroll.  We bought clams for spaghetti vongole and prawns and a crab for starters and whilst OH took it back to teh car to stick in the fridge our friends had oysters and a glass of wine in a little bar where a chap was entertaining all the shoppers with song and guitar.

Strolled round the pedestrian bits and then the front - OH and Mrs paddled the whole way while Mr and I stayed sand free on the esplanade.  Lots going on as they're having a weekend promoting air activities with flight displays and stunts in small planes and micro-lights doing stuff.  I prefer gliders myself.

Fishy lunch round at the port and then another stroll and home for dinner.  Today is a trip on the Vendée steam train and then they're off to Bordeaux to see a nephew.

Scorchio here in the mid 30s but fine if you don't have to work or garden.  Watering pots takes an hour at the mo so we'll be sweating over new beds when they've gone so I can get plants in the ground and mulched.

Yesterday I took photos of trees wearing socks in La Rochelle.   They'll have to wait to be shared.

Have not seen any news and plan not to for a couple of days.  

I hope all they injured, wounded, sickly or wobbly are getting better.  Happy Fathers' Day to those concerned and Sunday greetings to all.

Last edited: 18 June 2017 09:13:55

Name this large pink shrub?!

Posted: 18/06/2017 at 08:59

Could do with a close up but it looks like a mallow to me.

Clematis Pink Fantasy

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 23:16

I don't think there is a problem but try dead-heading as each flower goes over and give it some liquid tomato feed to encourage more flowers.   If you prune it back to the lowest pair of buds next spring and give it a good handful of slow release clematis food - about March - you should get more and more stems produced each year as the root system develops.

Train and tie these in as horizontally as possible and you will end up with a magnificent clematis but, as Hogweed indicates, they need a year or two to get their feet in the ground.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 23:11

We have had a lovely day at La Rochelle being touristy and strolling round the old harbour and back streets and a garden with knitted socks for the trees - done by patients in the hospital - and the cathedral which is Roman style rather than gothic but very light nonetheless.  Lovely fishy lunch and then a quiet dinner out in the garden watching the sun go down and the stars come out.

Haven't seen any TV or any news and I give up on politics in general.   Too depressing.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 16/06/2017 at 09:01

Was showing our friends round the ruin yesterday and found about 10 beautifully made swallow nests in different rooms so we didn't hang about very long, just in case.  No noise form cheeping chicks tho so maybe already fledged tho we do see adults going in and out thru the windows.   Haven't seen anyone's babies tho we do hear a lot.

Re the fire - I don't understand how any building can be clad with a materiel that hasn't been thoroughy tested for fire behaviour.  That stuff behaved like polystyrene ceiling tils which were banned long ago.  Nor do I understand how one flight of stairs can be deemed adequate to evacuate a tall building in the dark with people panicking.   Sprinklers seem to be an obvious necessity.

I'll shut up now.

Off to La Rochelle today as P &E have never been this far south in France.   Les Sables d'Olonne tomorrow so we ca do the fish market as they love fish and shellfish.   Yum.

Now to water treasures before we go.

Have a lovely day, whatever you're doing.  Hope OH is OK Joyce and that you are sleeping well.

Young wisteria with flower buds

Posted: 15/06/2017 at 13:29

Some wisteria flower before they put on leaves and some afterwards.  Both forms are beautiful.

You can grow it as a standard if you don't have room for it to spread and you can also keep it pruned back to the width of space you have.  

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