Latest posts by Obelixx

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.

Last edited: 05 November 2016 10:42:09

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 

Jasmine Sundance

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 14:35

Fiona Sunrise - golden leaved form but nesh as anything.   I bought two - one for my friend Fiona - and neither survived winter in Belgium, but then it does get colder than your average British winter..

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 14:33

Good luck Fidget.   Bureaucracy can be a nightmare, especially when it involves "job'sworths".

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 14:28

Thanks BF.   I'll keep an eye out for that calendar.

Any news on your move?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 09:49

Good morning everyone.   Good sleep last night.  Sorry, all you insomniacs.

I have had to take adult scientists on immersion trips for years and they can be hard to round up - seem to lose individual responsibility when in groups with a "leader" and OH had the same bovver with grown men on golf weekends away - so I can just imagine what a bunch of rampant teenagers can be like.   

Wonky - I think you should definitely go for pink steel-capped boots and maybe purple for a spare pair.   Glad the first day out went well but not surprised you're tired.  Those things are heavy.

Entertaining morning so far.  We've had a cock sparrow in the fireplace again and Rasta doggy is determined he's still in there...   Good job she had her coat clipped!

Messed about with pots yesterday and moved colourful acer into the sun

Jam jar shopping today then more messing with pots.

Have a great day everyone, whatever you're doing..   

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 18:51

Not round here that I can see.  One house in our hamlet has put a sticker of a pumpkin on its front door window but that's all.   Haven't seen any great fuss in shops except for a bit of witchy decoration in the customer service area of one DIY shop.

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