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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 15:41

Good Liri.  Can't sew with a cat, obviously.  The kittens - well Cosmos probably - have once again been climbing on the shelves in my sewing room (now showing no sign of orange and blue stripes) and have tipped one of my boxes of patterns on the floor and upended the bin which has some tempting twine in it.   Your builder sounds very interesting.

Lesley - you bad girl - I'm thinking of soft shades of terracotta to warm up the cold corner as we have terracotta tiles on the floor.  

Been collecting loo rolls since before Xmas and also took Busy's advice to buy plastic drinks goblets just in case.   Haven't go a greenhouse yet tho or a cold frame so holding off on sewing broad beans and sweet peas for another week or two till I see what the weather does.   They'll soon catch up I reckon.

New garden

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:41

I wouldn't do that.  You won't know what you're getting that could be noxious and too much will make it impossible to grow anything anyway.  

The first thing to do is to get all the crud cleared out so you can see exactly what you have and then you can see if it lends itself to being a sunken seating area or even just a place where you park compost bins out of sight.  I don't think a lawn will work in the shade of those trees and a pond will just fill up with dead leaves every autumn and then become too full of nutrients to be a good wildlife or fish pond.

If you clear the space you can then measure and sketch the plot, noting which way is north and which bits of you garden gets the most sun and most shade.   I would be more concerned about making a sunny seating area and making some curved or triangular beds to break up the side boundaries and make the garden more interesting.   That would give you time to ponder and research the kinds of things you could do with that end bit whether hard landscaping or a woodland glade.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:32

Hi Joyce.  We went for a Neato in the end - better reviews for dog and cat hairs and slightly lower for sliding under furniture.   We'll see.

Now I have my foot up again while I consider paint colours for the new kitchen.  It's north facing so my initial thoughts of pale blue will make it cold.    Better get to know Pinterest I suppose.

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:17

I sympathise about James B Dove.  

I know it's daft but I do always resent it when the voice over woman in BDSS refers to MD as the nation's favourite gardener.  

However, in this series he has been much more sympathetic to the people doing their gardens and I like him better for it but definitely still not my favourite gardener.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 13:05

Up half the night with toe throbbing.  Heaven knows why, it's supposed to be healing now I'm resting it properly.  Then, since it was raining anyway, I lay abed a long while reading and cuddling kittens and a Rasta.   Sunny now and we've had a whole 17.5mm of rain.

The robot is an autonomous vacuum cleaner intended to trundle happily around downstairs cleaning up dog hairs and bits of grit they ship in.

Funnily enough Liri, I called a chap about finishing our extension then sent him a mail detailing the work to be done and he eventually called back a week later on a bad line as I was serving dinner.   Asked him to call the next morning and nothing.  Meanwhile, a chap who came out about something completely different is keen to do that job too.  Fine by me.

Hope your cat's OK now Liri, and your fencing Busy.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 20:40

I imagine a red deer would frighten the horses!  Or maybe a stray dog running wild?  We have roe deer in woods near here and wild boar and foxes.   No pheasants for some reason.  Saw some roe deer for the first time when we heading off to La Rochelle on Saturday morning so I expect they'd been spooked into the open by hunters or dogs.

We have a robot!   Plugged in to charge up and then we'll let it loose tomorrow.   OH is off to play golf so I shall go and play in the garden shed and organise my tools my way. 

General thoughts?

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 20:24

There's a size limit on photos so maybe the panorama was too big.

While you're waiting and watching, you can watch the new season of Gardeners' World that starts in March on Friday evenings, repeated on Sunday morning and then Beechgrove which is from a garden enar Aberdeen and also repeated on Sunday morning on BBC2.  Other garden shows are also shown then and there is currently one about vegetables.

If you want to grow veggies, bear in mind that most like full sun so look out fo rthe best spot.  Veggies can be ornamental.  Look for copies of the Ornamental Kitchen Garden and Paradise Gardens, both by Geoff Hamilton.  You may find them at charity shops or else the library.  There's also a DVD box set available from Amazon.    If you have time, buy or borrow a copy of Alan Titchmarsh's How to be a Gardener in book and DVD form.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 18:19

Hope you get a walk next weekend then FG.

We had towel radiators in Belgium and they heated the bathrooms very efficiently as well as giving us somewhere to hang towels to dry in any season, with or without the CH being on.   This one would have to be a bit shorter cos of the sloping ceiling but then there is less volume to heat and I don't want a sauna, just somewhere to hang towels.  If I get and ordinary radiator and towel rail it'll just take up more space.

We've just had the estimate for 100 metres of fencing with a 3m gate for a horse and a mini digger to sort out the former donkey pasture that will become our potager.  That should concentrate OH's mind on a bit of DIY!

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:59

Well let's hope they go for his ankles at the top of the royal staircase.  Seems he has a phobia about them.  Poor man.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 30/01/2017 at 17:46

I agree.  Old age.   Now you have a planting opportunity.

Dig it out, improve the soil and plant something attractive for more than one season.  I find kerria very dull once their very short flowering season is done and they sucker like mad in most gardens.

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