Latest posts by Obelixx

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:11

Try this one - free and simple to install - https://adblockplus.org/

You need to restart your PC when it's installed.

Inherited this pond - help!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:09

Do you get copies of Living magazine - English, every 2 months, life and events and so on in south west France - Vendée, Charente, Dordogne.  It's free and can be picked up at some stores, tourist offices and also online.   There's always a feature in there on wildlife and ads for groups to join for many activities.   

Joining a local association will depend on how good is your French.

Inherited this pond - help!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 16:55

I'm newly arrived from Belgium so can't help with wildlife groups yet but there was a local Vendée one with a stand at a recent local plant fair so I'll be looking them up sooner or later.   We also have a pond dug to provide water for cattle rather than as a wildlife refuge.  It is now full of bull rushes and brambles and dries out in summer so a man with a bulldozer will be coming to empty all of that and some sludge out later this year and then it can become a proper pond.

We had a natural pond in Belgium and would use an old plastic sieve attached to a long handle to scoop out duckweed.   If you go to a specialist supplier of pond kits and plants you may well find they have organic barley straw which can be bundled into an old pair of tights, tied to a stone and lobbed into the middle of the pond.   It helps control blanket weed.

The previous owners ran a creche here so had a simple wire mesh fence round the pond and held up with simple round fence stakes.   Something similar but using green metal stakes would be easy enough to erect and sturdy enough to keep dogs and small people out of the water while still giving access to any amphibians and small birds.

Later on, as you get other things sorted out, you may have the time to clean up the edges and plant marginal plants to shelter and feed a variety of other aquatic life including insects.

Ride on mower help!!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 16:36

Well, if your wife sews, maybe she has a flexible tape measure you could run round the belt's circuit?

Ride on mower help!!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:58

Maybe it's a standard size and you can find one on the net if you know its length.

Madame Alfred Carriere

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:57

It does look gorgeous.   May have to find one when I get a pergola built.  Here it is pictured on David Austin's site to give an idea of size - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/eu/mme-alfred-carriere

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Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:48

Installing an ad blocker has worked for some people today.  I have free ad block on my PC - https://adblockplus.org/ - and it seems there are versions of such apps available for iphone and ipad.

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Ride on mower help!!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:45

Have you tried contacting the manufacturer?  Or a lawnmower repair shop?

We have a Lazer and get it serviced by professionals every winter - oil change, engine and battery checks, belt checks, tyre checks and blade sharpening.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:26

I suggest you go to a builders' merchants and look at the steel rods they use for reinforcing concrete.  It comes in various thicknesses and usually 5metre lengths.  The 5 or 6mm is flexible so can be bent to make plant supports for perennials - like Monty on GW - or over paths to make arches.   The thicker grades are sturdy enough for structures.   You can cut the thinner ones with bolt cutters or use a hacksaw on the thicker ones.

I've used the thin ones a lot as plant supports.  The rust makes them practically invisible most of the year.  I've also used the mesh grid for trellis to support soft fruits like blackberries as well as pumpkins and climbing roses and clematis.   Versatile stuff and discreet and will last a lifetime.

Haven't tried Eton Mess with raspberries but we will.  One of our favourite fruits.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 14:58

Some software does need you to restart your PC before it kicks in Busy.  Every now and again a rogue ad gets thru but if you click on ad block (icon on top right of my screen) it will let you delete them form your screen.  I do get the Sarah Raven ones but they don't interfere with performance.

I'm just back from dropping Possum off for her golf thingy and am about to water my pots and then cut out a denim skirt for her.  The car said it was 17c outside but it feels a lot cooler in the breeze and we're due to get down to 2C just before dawn so all softies will be brought in.

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