Latest posts by Obelixx

cant kill this plant/weed?

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:40

Have a read of this.  It may frighten you but it will point the way forward - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Advice/Profile?PID=218&cID=1037 


Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:37

Then you need wires until it has grown and been clipped to shape as it won't cling to bricks by itself.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:28

No.  I've tried fruit leathers and don't like the texture or the flavour much.  Don't use much dried fruit other than raisins and apricots and dates.   I'd rather buy an extra freezer for excess apples (when I get a tree), pears - ditto, plums etc.   We have a couple of grape vines but no idea what the fruit is like yet as this will be our first harvest here.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 10:00

Congrats to Chicklet and her family.   Hope the celebratory lunch is good.

We took Possum to La Rochelle - again - yesterday.  It's her favourite place at the mo and this time we did touristy things and visited the Bunker museum - bomb shelter cellar dug out under a hotel by German occupational navy to sit out bomb raids.  Packed with info including stuff on Vichy and Jews which always makes me cross and a memorial list for those shot, including 3 women added by another hand as the list was only men!, and those deported as slave labour.  On a more cheerful note, it was sunny and we also visited the taller of the two towers guarding the entry to the old port.

Some shopping for Possum and she and I stayed on to have dinner by the old port and hope for sunset pics while OH went home to check his doggies before coming back to fetch us.  I caught a bit of sun on my shoulders and have more pink bits than the sunset.   Next time, we'll take one of the cruises that goes out into the bay and tours islands and other sites at sunset.   It's a lovely town with a great atmosphere and fascinating people watching as the place is buzzing with locals, tourists, entertainers, street markets ........

Grey today but the wind has swung to the south so none of hoped for rain falling here after all.   Hosta - need to send it here please.   Too dry to garden so I'm on sewing again.   

Have a good day everyone and get well soon, all those with lurgies.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 09:42

Have a look a this LP - https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/best-dehydrators-and-how-use-them 

New Wisteria pruning advice

Posted: 17/08/2017 at 09:40

JimBob - sounds like you're heading in the right direction.   I have now shortened all the long, whippy tendrils on mine to promote the flowering spurs.    It's hard t advise you further without seeing your plant and its space so I suggest you have a look at this info from the RHS to see if that clarifies things for you.  It includes a video.


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When To Pick Corn?

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 21:45

The tassels on the cobs will turn brown and go dry but silky as they ripen.   You can then peel back a little of the skin and test a kernel with a thumbnail.   When ripe, it will produce a milky, translucent juice that is neither clear not too opaque.

Make sure you have a pan of boiling water on before you pick them so they can go straight in the pot.  The minute they are picked the sugars turn to starch.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 19:56

That's OK then.  Old Gouda will do nicely since they don't do old Bruges round here.

The Virtual Café

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 19:36

Never heard of Norfolk Dapple and unlikely to find it here.   What's it like?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:21

We saw a hedgehog in next door's grass near the fence a couple of months ago.  Much excitement from Rasta but never seen any in our garden yet.  I shall have to look into making safe shelters for them - cat and dog proof!

Joyce - Minstrel lived on her wits for a while as a very young thing.  Found covered in oil under a truck and underweight for her age.   Cosmos is younger and has always had food on tap so has less motivation but he has progressed from flies to butterflies when playing in the garden.  Still waits for birds to come to him at the feeder tho.   They have his measure but steer clear when Minstrel's about.

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