Latest posts by Obelixx

Christmas Cactus

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 12:31

Plunge the pot in a bucket of water till all air bubbles stop and then let it drain.   Afterwards, repeat the process when the compost feels dry.  I give mine some liquid tomato or rose feed a couple of times in September/October and that usually helps with flowering.

Mine didn't last year so I re-potted it and have given it a stern talking to along with a feed and it has perked up no end.  Don't tell it but I can't really throw it out as Possum "won" it in a raffle at her primary school.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 12:19

That's lovely Yvie.  Well done.

I'd given up on cross stitch and embroidery but yesterday OH treated me to a daylight lamp with a magnifying glass that I can use as a standard, desk or sewing machine lamp.  I'll be back at it once I finish the scarf I started knitting last winter - not a natural knitter and have managed to choose a complicated stitch pattern.  Need something to do with my hands on quiet evenings at home with TV.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 11:51

Busy and DD - dance club meeting could go on for hours and resove not-a-lot.  We were usually at it till midnight or later.  Then I too over the presidency and meetings finished at 9:30 at the latest and everything got done and dusted.  Had to ask after the 2nd time what I'd missed out but no, we'd done it all.   Everyone so pleased they'd stay and chat over a muffin or piece of cake rather than get aerated and bolshy.

Our new next door neighbour can talk the hind legs off the proverbial.

I might look for some of those gloves for OH who has a new petrol powered strimmer and about an acre of grass to cut with it.   Ear defenders too as he's already cloth-eared. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 10:57

Good morning all.   Bright and sunny here after a decent rainfall last night.  Much needed.

Yesterday was excellent - Vendée Quilt expo http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/161104%20Vendee%20Quilt?sort=2&page=1 then a new garden centre which turns out to be a gem - pots of all shapes, sizes andmaterials for practical and decorative use, water butts and water features, clothing and tools, products and composts and plants!  Trees, shrubs, roses, perennials - first display so far - and seasonal stuff like pansies and violas.  Not a vast array of bulbs so I have to wonder if the locals don't grow them or if the ones who do buy mail order.

Chappy is coming soon to collect the sit-on mower which got overwrought when OH used it to cut the "hay" which is our grass.  Pots to finish planting for winter, pots from belgium to move into a sunnier, more sheltered spot and general pottering today.

Busy - glad you're enjoying Norfolk and catching up on rellies.   Fresh sea bass is cheaper here than in Gembloux so maybe it's to do with proximity to the coast?  Mullet too.

Clari - I do hope Reggie's food has arrived and he isn't starving.

WW - watch out for the nips and peedles.  Nott good long term but otherwise pleased you've enjoyed your first week.  Love the image of rolled up and rolled over trousers.

Have a good day everyone.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 10:47

Visited the Vendée Quilt exhibition yesterday - stalls selling all sorts of goodies for crafters, exhibition of quilts including a competition themed on the Vendée Globe single-handed, non stop, round the world yacht race which starts on Sunday 6th, winning quilts form a previous competition themed on migrants and assorted other quilts, quilters and workshops.   Found info on patchwork groups I can join to learn more skills so an excellent visit.

Photos here.  Enjoy - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/161104%20Vendee%20Quilt?sort=2&page=1

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 10:41

Good plan Missey.

Explored a new (to us) garden centre yesterday just to the west of La Roche-sur-Yon and it's a gem.  First thing we found was a goodly selection of pots both plastic and ceramic for decorative and practical use.  Second was the lunar calendar BF recommended.  

It also has a decent selection of trees and shrubs plus some perennials - a first - and seasonal stuff like pansies which I needed to finish some winter pots.   Tiny selection of bulbs so I have to wonder if the French don't bother or get them all by mail order.   Water butts in all sorts of sizes to consider and water features too.  

Signed up for their fidelity card and received an orchid.  I find them plasticky and the colours can be garish but that makes 3 I have been given now in the pinky/purpley spectrum and the other two are doing really well so I clearly have a knack.  

Other than that, we're still working on plans for developing the garden which will include a potager of raised beds, fruit trees and soft fruit plus some ornamental beds for bees and other beneficial insects.   We'll need a man with a bulldozer before we start digging and planting.  However I have broad beans and sweet peas to sow o the next suitable date.  Warmer here than up north so not too late I hope.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 14:41

But the bank account would pay out on those missing pensions....   Not much use for the other ,Joyce.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 13:06

Halloween is a European export that went with the emigrants and came back bigger, bolder and brasher like so much else form the USA.  The Irish traditionally carved turnips but when they got to the US they discovered pumpkins.  As ever, it's become a commercial thing to fill a vacuum.  France and Belgium, being strongly Catholic,both traditionally do the grave cleaning and decorating for Toussaint but in Belgium, since WW2, there are have been so many Americans there for NATO, SHAPE, WTO and the EU lobbysists and embassies along with the international schools and shops and festivities as well as their TV on cable for all that Halloween has infiltrated more deeply.    

The UK has no alternative national festivity so has succumbed to the commercial drive, as with Xmas and St Valentine.   You can resist.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 03/11/2016 at 12:56

I was so angry after Brexit that it affected my digestion for over a week.   Resigned to it now but still have to wonder about the "man in the street" they interview now who complains about price rises, pound falling, the time it will take for anything to be resolved, money for NHS etc etc.  No idea!

All too easy too to get fired up about CETA and EU/US Trade deals which will give global companies too much power over governments, living standards, quality of food imports - they allow growth hormones and chemicals and GM which the EU doesn't and it will eventually filter through to working conditions and job security and the politicians concerned haven't the wit to stand up to the lobbyists.

An then there's the middle east and most of Africa and the US elections and the bloody Russians and the Chinese to worry about and that lunatic in North Korea.

Thank heavens for gardens and plants!

No frost but chilly start to the day.  Still cloudless and sunny here and 13C now and we've been and bought a wood chipper for OH.   One of the DIY stores offered me 10% off an item of my choice for my birthday later this month so we've been and taken advantage.  OH so pleased with his new toy he didn't balk at the modifications I want to make to the plumbing and storage in the scullery.   Good.

Busy - sounds like you're enjoying yourselves.   Good.

Topbird - glad things are progressing well.  Looking forward to the pics.

Hosta - Have you tried the meerkats?  There must be a better deal somewhere.

Crab apple jelly time.

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 16:17

Crab apples have to be cooked.  Just dunking in toffee won't work.

You don't need to peel and core them to make jelly, just wash them and remove blemishes.   This is a good recipe.  Just ignore the rosehips and use all crab apples - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/rosehip-crab-apple-jelly 

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