Obelixx


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Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 17:31

We have an Electrolux larder fridge with no clock which we keep in the garage and now use only for drinks as it is a bit tatty now but then it will be 40 next year.  It's freezer partner died 20 years ago but, fingers crossed, this one is still going strong after a change of gas 20 years ago.


Dove - no thanks.  I can feel my teeth on edge at the thought of all that sugar and sweetness.   I can just about do bottled fruit but not candied.      Maybe worth a day out to Cambridge for a raid to stock up?   I go to Maastricht once or twice a year to feed my fabric habit - 100kms each way but so many fabrics at silly prices and a good range of haberdashery too that it's well worth the petrol and makes a good day out with lunch too.


Looking at the piles I have in the attic and that need packing up for the move it's maybe just as well it'll be too far.....    Trouble is, I buy something I like and for which I have a pattern in mind but then gbuy a new pattern and never have the fabric I need and have to go again.   Funny that.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:50

Stuff is cheaper on the internet because it's either a) a fraudulent copy or b) they've saved on the costs of shop premises and everything that goes with them - rents, business rates, fittings, storage, transport, insurance and most of all sales staff with all their hiring/training/wages/insurance and pension costs.


I don't like dried up little bits of candied peel or glacé cherries in any shape or form.  However, near here there's a patisserie wholesaler who does proper, juicy, sticky strips of candied peel which I blitz in my chocolate orange fudge cake and they do dried cherries which get soaked and plumped up in the mix of rum, cognac and cherry brandy and whatever else I have to hand when I make a Creole Xmas cake the week before Xmas.  No icing of any sort though I did do a proper Delia once and top it with glazed nuts.   It's yummy.


I hope Trump doesn't get his planning permission.  Apart from the fact that you can get proper spiked wellies for wet golf, experience shows that sea walls and barriers just move the problem along the coast.   The RSPB and NT are actively investing in coastal flood plains down the east coast  to save other areas from damage and to create wildlife refuges.  Seems to me a perfectly logical thing to do with a golf course.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:03

You can have him Star.   Bit hairy and toothy.


Busy morning again.  SM run and now a 3 litre pot of bolognese sauce on low in the oven for a few hours while we move more of Possum's stuff.   I need bol for a simple supper when we arrive in Malvern next Wednesday and to freeze in batches for student emergencies.


Haven't had a single tomato or cucumber here Dove so no relishes but loads of soft fruit and rhubarb so don't mind.


I have locked keys in two cars, both times with OH away playing golf for a long weekend.  Once, over 20 years ago in the boot of a Corsa and I didn't manage the trick with a coat hanger so I ended up breaking the smallest window to get in.   The other was our newish Zafira last year.  Called the Belgian AA and there was a whole performance with prizing the door enough to get rubber wedges in to hold it wide enough to send a stiff wire across to the passenger door so its handle could be pulled to open the door.   Very entertaining.

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:39

That looks lovely PP but maybe not with beans.  Would make a lovely bread and butter pudding.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 08:33

Morning all.   Bright and sunny here and fresh so far.   Lovely day for moving more of Possum's stuff to Namur!   Our grass is green in parts but mostly looking quite brown.  It'll recover after a wee bit of rain though - when we get some.


Dove - Aidan who?


DD - enjoy your weekend with Charlie and your free time to yourself too.   


Bon appetit Pat E.   Hope he hasn't burned it.


Hosta - lovely to have hedgepigs.  Look after them.   Maybe make them winter nesting boxes near your hostas so they can eat slugs for you?


Anyone got plans for the weekend?

Cold Frames

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 22:55

I made mine using old window frames and they did me very well till I reorganised my garden work area and got rid.   Since then I've used old glass shelves I got from a shop that was closing down and old glass shelves from a fridge when it died.


If you google "make a cold frame" you'll find some good advice about how to make one which will let you select the size that suits you and probably save you money too.

Identifying

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:29

Rhus typhinus - aka stag horn sumach - lovely tree but has a tendency to sucker and spread so can be invasive.


You could try giving it a bigger pot and some fresh John Innes no 3 compost as it'll be hungry in that pot.

very old rose

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:25

The green bits you have look healthy enough so I reckon you can keep it going a good while yet.   Cut out all that dead, grey wood as soon as you can.   If your garden is windy, cut back the tallest green stems by at least a third and then work some bonemeal into the soil around the roots and mulch it with good garden compost or well rotted manure once you've had some decent rain.


Next spring, cut out any broken or damaged or crossing stems and cut the reminder back to an outward facing bud.  Feed generously with slow release rose fertiliser and an instant liquid tonic of tomato food.  Take cuttings if you want some insurance.   There's info on the RHS website.


It should recover well and flower for years to come if you look after it.

very old rose

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 19:24

The green bits you have look healthy enough so I reckon you can keep it going a good while yet.   Cut out all that dead, grey wood as soon as you can.   If your garden is windy, cut back the tallest green stems by at least a third and then work some bonemeal into the soil around the roots and mulch it with good garden compost or well rotted manure once you've had some decent rain.


Next spring, cut out any broken or damaged or crossing stems and cut the reminder back to an outward facing bud.  Feed generously with slow release rose fertiliser and an instant liquid tonic of tomato food.


It should recover well and flower for years to come if you look after it.

Things I don't get

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 17:41

Yes.  Really odd but I heard it's hangover from pioneer days when they didn't have enough knives so had to share.   Similar to their using cups for measuring ingredients as they had no scales.

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