Latest posts by Obelixx

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:15

Ficus?  Burmese rubber connection.   Benjamin?  From ficus benjamina which is a bit more decorative.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:01

Unfortunately, salsa on Strictly is all show and very little proper salsa which is all about armography and tying and untying knots.   If it's fast, it's hard to do hip gyrations even tho the basic foot rhythm hardly varies, unlike the ballroom and Latin dances.   I like Ore tho and hope he does better next week.

Danny's jive was very good and Louise's TA exceptionally good.   I loved the Viennese waltzes, especially Daisy's.  Clever choreography.   Can't warm to Claudia either SGL, or her partner.  

Loved Nathalie's dress but I'll be happy with Laura's from last week so no need to share.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 09:52

The Vendée Globe racers leave today and are already processing out of the yacht basin with much pzazz and hooting of horns.   OH is watching it on TV thru a website on his PC.  Great pictures and good reporting so far with all sorts of info on techniques and winds.   We planned to go and find a bit of coast nearer this end of the start line and take a picnic but it's raining.  5 weeks of dry and now we get rain.   Now that I am 27 I am not a wet picnic girl.   We'll see.

Have fun with the new friends Busy.  The lamb sounds gorgeous.   We have invited our neighbours on either side for lunch in 2 weeks' time but have to wait for the gendarme to confirm his shifts.  He works 4 nights on and 2 off so that he can be there and awake in the pms to help his wife with their handicapped daughter.   The other neighbours are beef farmers and free any day they don't have their grandkids.   Now to decide whether to do British or Belgian cuisine.

I have a slab of belly pork soaking in brine - Tom Kerridge recipe - for tonight's dinner and expect lots of lovely crackling but it's an experiment and not the sort of thing I can feed to the French first time out.

Cat - hope you perk up.    Chicky - frost already?   You'll soon warm up once you get going.

Brightening up to the west so better see about that picnic, just in case.

Reliable weather implement.......

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 19:10

What make and model and has it been reliable?

It isn't cold here but we're lighting a fire anyway as we've had a sparrow down both chimneys since they've been swept and it drives the terrier mad and that gets the Labrador going.  We're hoping the smell of fresh soot will put them off.


Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:32

Me neither.  When we spent a week here in summer to start painting bedrooms ahead of the move we had a mattress on the floor and i had to roll over onto my knees and prise myself vertical.  I have used old wine crates for storage in the past.  No doubt very chic now.

Reliable weather implement.......

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:29

On a more technical note, I once had a mini weather station which talked to my computer and measured rain levels, winds and temps.  Unfortunately it was killed by a -20C frost in 2008 so I didn't bother replacing it as I knew we could get worse - and did.

Wouldn't mind another to tell me what has happened but now rely on local forecasts for what will.  Love the idea of a stone though and will keep an eye out for local pine cones as backup.


Posted: 05/11/2016 at 17:47

So do I but then I'm not young and starting out and needing cheap fixes while I save for proper furniture.


Posted: 05/11/2016 at 16:38

Came across this - full of ideas for using pallets indoors.  In French but plenty pf picturs ti inspire or horrify you depending on point of view - http://desidees.net/30-idees-de-lits-palette-chambre/

Meanwhile, we have only ever used pallets for building compost heaps and a 5 storey insect hotel with a roof garden.   In this new garden, I shall use them for some storing chipped wood prunings while they dry out and, assuming I can find some more, probably make another insect hotel.

Crab apples everywhere

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 15:11

Pick the apples before they drop and make jelly.  Lots of recipes on the internet if you don't know any.

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Christmas Cactus

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 12:31

Plunge the pot in a bucket of water till all air bubbles stop and then let it drain.   Afterwards, repeat the process when the compost feels dry.  I give mine some liquid tomato or rose feed a couple of times in September/October and that usually helps with flowering.

Mine didn't last year so I re-potted it and have given it a stern talking to along with a feed and it has perked up no end.  Don't tell it but I can't really throw it out as Possum "won" it in a raffle at her primary school.

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