Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:56

Chunnel can be expensive if not booked well ahead but ferries are usually do-able and you can have a rest and a meal during the crossing to gird your loins for the M25.   We do either quite happily depending in whether we have the dogs with us - have to leave them in the car in the hold on the ferry.  Not good

Hosta - hope he likes the card and yes, I'm curious about LG's plans and would just say - don't break yourself trying to get everything done before you leave.  The world of work will continue to turn, tho maybe not in the same way and, as a good friend in Belgium always says, the cemeteries are full of indispensable people.     Enjoy the time left and then enjoy your future.

FG - lovely photo.  Hope you get some walking this weekend or at least some seeds sown.

OH is still battling with the last kitchen unit which has all the plumbing for the sinks so isn't coming out easily.  Had to wait till late yesterday for the plumber to seal the water pipes as they had no taps and when he came back from walkies he promptly fell asleep for over an hour......

Ultimate Alphabet 'Q'

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:38

The yellow flag is a Q flag (in boating and shipping anyway).  The pony is not a quarter horse.   Too short.   The hands with parallel finger and thumb are sign language for Q.


Help! I can't create a design for my new garden!

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:30

Where are you, which way does it face, what kind of soil is it - acid or alkaline or neutral, how much time do you have to keep it looking good and will people be walking across it or round it to get to your door and how big is it?

Your location will affect mean temps and rainfall plus exposure  to wind and frost.  The aspect will govern how much direct sunshine plants will receive.   The soil type dictates which plants will or won't thrive.   The time dictates whether you go for low maintenance shrubs and perennials or high maintenance lawn and annuals.   Lastly, doe sit need a path to stop wera and tear on plants from passing feet.

Lastly, its size will dictate the number of plants you need and how big shrubs can be allowed to grow.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 04/03/2017 at 09:01

Got up at 3;30 after having a bad session of cramps and finding my Kindle battery dead.  Came downstairs, watched a bit of TV and read The Garden before dozing off on the sofa with a dog and a kitten vying for space and cuddles.   Going to be a bit weary today but must crack on with steaming the kitchen.

It's rather nice gardening weather at the mos so maybe I'll get some done this pm.   We've now had a whole 11cm of rain since Jan 20th.  No sign of the crocuses I hid in the grass but all the other bulbs are now showing buds or at least tips for those I planted later.  OH had a moan about me letting weeds grow in the biggest bed we cleared and planted but I was right to wait and see.  Lots of them are baby cyclamen - but also sticky bud/goose grass and bittercress.

I assume if Busy is to swim or paddle across the Channel with OH and baggage in tow she will arrive there by car or train so could maybe complete the journey that way?  Easier, faster and drier.   Just a thought.   Do you get flights refunded if they're cancelled for strikes?

Must finish coffee and get dressed.  Have a good day, whatever you're doing.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 21:10

I can't understand anyone buying Cadbury's creme eggs, let alone eating them.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:05

Fingers crossed for you then Busy.

We have a system here.  I prune and he clears - my theory goes that it's a skilled and unskilled division of labour....    He's asleep on the sofa now after a week of early starts, hard labour today and walkies too.   

Loads of heavy pruning to do here too in order to get things under control and there's fencing to take down so men with bulldozers can play.   Cleaning and painting first though then I can play outside while paint dries.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:39

Found this - http://www.naturallivingideas.com/home-remedies-for-gray-hair/

My hair is still mostly dark blonde/light brown and I'm expecting lots of natural streaks this summer but in the past I have used lemon juice and chamomile to brighten it up in dull winter months.

Rosemary is supposed to be good for darker hair and also black, as opposed to green, tea.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:34

OH enjoyed his pissaladière despite initial doubts.   You'd think he'd know better by now.

We've been wrestling with the cooker hood since and it is finally off the wall and clean ready to be hung in the annex.   He's taken the dogs out now after much muttering about bloody Windows 10.  

He has had to upgrade to it against his better wishes and has been having all sorts of problems. Found fixes on the 'net but after 3 days of uninstalling and re-installing and downloading this that and t'other it worked fine for just 2 hours and then started hanging again.  He says he's giving up and buying an Apple.

Plumber is upstairs having a long conversation with a radiator.   He talks while he works.   Very entertaining.   

Had hoped to set up my new cold frames this pm but am too shattered so they can wait.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 12:19

Cloudy with sunny spells and a breeze but mild.   Kitchen dismantling day today.  Loads of fun!

Camping in the dining room for the duration but at least we have decent sink and dishwasher in the pantry and we have kept 2 wine glasses to hand.......

Rasta doggy has taken advantage of the lack of supervision to go and roll in deep, smelly coypu poo.   Pooh stinkers.  Bath after walkies then.

We are having pissaladière for lunch after OH said we had to eat his drippy apéro anchovies, found in the fridge before we moved it.   Your shopping list sounds  a lot like mine Dove.  Bon appetit!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 22:30

It hasn't all gone smoothly Liri.   First people I asked about a shower room never called back.   First chappy I asked about finishing our annex asked for an email with details of the job then phoned just as we were leaving to go to dance class and never called again.  Two tree surgeons have failed to reply to requests for a quote.

I went in person to see another chap about the shower room we want built and it turns out he has a team who can finish our annex and please can they come this week cos it's too wet to work outside?

The plumber is a gem I found by chance when we needed a leaky bathroom basin fixed.  He's also an electrician so gets those jobs too.   He's happy, we're happy but he's also busy so we have to book him ahead.

Well done for all that pruning.  You must have sore wrists and shoulders now.

Love your plans Wonky.  I've seen a "single stemmed" pergola on sale here.   Yours should do the job nicely.

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