Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:34

Pat - there's a "translation" charge every time a credit card is used abroad, even if it's kept in credit.

Pdoc - In Belgium we did both ours at least once before the autumn frosts set in so the chassis, axles and wheel arches got their protective coating to help against salt and grit and then again mid winter and mid spring to top up protection.    Worked a treat and we never had rust problems whereas one of my scientists who thought 17€ for the full works was excessive ended up having to buy a new car when his 4yr old Megane failed its first MOT for serious rust.    Here, the car washes are much simpler and offer no undercarriage protection and I have yet to see anyone offering a personalised service.  I hope she was getting tips at least.

Staying cool here which is lovely but very dry.   Had to go and water the herb patch as it was wilting, lavenders, sages, thymes and a rosemary all floppydoodah.  Not good.   All 150 red onions have frazzled and the squashes are struggling.   Sweetcorn and brassicas seem OK but the only things thriving are my toms, still in pots so watered almost daily.

OH has ordered the Beth Chatto book for me but I'm going to need serious loads of horse poo to sort things out in the potager.

That water lily looks lovely Hosta.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 11:18

Cool and cloudy here.  After a very noisy night with lots of flashing and banging we've had a whole 2mm of rain.  I've just had to go and water the herb garden which had gone limp.  Fennel and dill I can understand but lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary not so much.   Winter savoury doing fine tho.   

Stayed up late to keep Bonzo company but not coddle him.  He doesn't like thunder but is getting better.

Sympathies for the stink Joyce.   I should think our farmers have had a lie in after rushing round like mad things getting the harvest in before the deluge which didn't happen.    Haven't seen the news yet but hope Cornwall is OK today and no more floods.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 23:30

Thunder, lightning, short shower.  Infuriating really.  13 months of drought now and I want a proper downpour or three.  Please.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 23:11

No sleep here for a while.   Lots of noises on high and we have raindrops.  Hope they turn into a thorough downpour as I have long established shrubs wilting here and stressed trees.

Hope your wife gets back in good order DL.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:24

Thanks for the moth ID Aunty Rach.  Found it on one of my kitchen cupboards so took a pic before ushering it outside.    Lots of moths and butterflies on my mint pots but they don't sit still long enough to ID or take pics.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 20:28

Floods can be devastating.   I hope everyone gets out safely.  The same storms are passing thru Brittany and causing lots of bovver with fires from lightning as well as local floods and power cuts.   They're on orange alert.   We're on yellow for tonight and tomorrow morning.

Chicky - well done for changing banks.  Hope it works well.  No justification for charging that much for a simple piece of data for the overnight run.

Boat trip sounds lovely Busy.   Love messing about in boats.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 18:57

OH is at the BBQ again.  More lamb kebabs.   Seems to think you have to hover over it while it comes up to heat.   Just imagine doing that every time you turn on the oven to bake or roast something.   

Meanwhile neighbour Luc is rushing around madly to bring in all the wheat and straw before the storms come.   Got quite sticky this pm but feelig fresh again now so I suspect teh storms will sweep by without dumping.    Bums.

Lots of butterflies about so the kittens are getting good exercise.   Anyone know what this one is?

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 13:58

Flip flops are good for me because I can exercise the middle toes that have to work harder since I got my new feet and nothing is rubbing me and making blisters or achy bits.   No idea how dodgy thyroids impact on tendons and things but doesn't sound too good.  

Just watching Horizon's programme on driverless cars.   What will they do for boys and their toys?


Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 12:50

I find shoe shopping a nightmare Dove.  Very happy at the mo since I can wear flip flops all day.  I have the ordinary rubbery ones plus leather ones and sparkly ones and all blessedly flat.   I liked Flint too.   Get dragged to most films by OH and Possum but I draw the line at anything with Johnny Depp or Tom Cruise or Tom Hiddleston.   Horrible lot.

Dacha - I was always more commercial than scientific.   Flirted with Fortran for a while but COBOL just seemed very elegant and logical for business use.  Lost my way when things moved to C and Unix.  All Greek to me but by then my organising skills had been recognised so not a huge problem.   We now have 2 dogs aged 10 and 8 and 2 kitten cats.

There is a yellow warning out for storms here tonight and tomorrow.  Heard that one before!  Fingers crossed we actually get some rain this time.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 11:25

Interesting Dachalover.   I first got into computing after seeing a job advertised in the Philippines paying ludicrous money for a COBOL programmer so off I went and trained.  Then I worked for a software house but always in the UK.   Moved locks, stock, barrel and 5 cats to Belgium when OH was assigned to run a project for Swift.

It's hot here again but not sticky and there's a breeze but it's too strong for even the mad Brits to be out in the midday sun.  I have spent a couple of hours this morning gathering up all but the two biggest pots of roses and moving them to a new, shadier location after deadheading, weeding, top dressing, repotting and feeding as needed.    Can't get them out in their new home until we've laid the terrace stones and had lots and lots of rain so we can level and improve the soil for them to get their roots down deep.

Had a little tickle of some other pots and then retreated out of the sun.   OH has helped me move the bigger pots and then gone off to oil the planks we'll be using to make raised beds in the potager.   He's a good garden labourer but pretty clueless about plants so we divide the tasks as we both like to have healthy plants and fresh produce.

Possum has just got home from her second surfing lesson and is happy.   Good.   

Hosta - with you on Dr Who.   Gave up in the David Tennant years and left OH and Possum to watch it while I pottered in the kitchen.   Gave up on James Bond too till Daniel C came along.   Good choice.

Liri - hope you have a great trip to Ireland and no excitable seas this time.  

Busy - family gathering sounds good.   Glad you've had a good trip up.

Raisin - sounds like a good balance to me and I can see why your OH was giggly.  

I suppose I'd better see about some lunch.   OH is learning to drive the new BBQ...........

Enjoy your day everyone.

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