Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 17:42

Not sexist PD.  Just egalitarian.   In a world where men and women both work long hours to pay for and maintain a home and family there is absolutely no excuse for one partner, usually the woman but not always, carrying an unequal domestic load as well.   Since you're not working Punk, why are there any domestic tasks for your wife to do except maybe sorting out the washing as men don't do colours very well - in my experience.  OH does now that he's been trained and we have 3 laundry bins to make it easier for him.  

Clari - yes - a visible list of all domestic chores is good to tick off each week.  Try suggesting that you'll dust if he'll vac and then you'll have time to go and sit and share a beer/coffee/dinner and relax in peace together?   Your OH needs to understand that you too have need of downtime and him time.

Hope the ear clears up soon.   Not good.   You too Pat.

Dove - Bonzo is a Lab.  Suspicious of everyone but does eventually decide that most visitors are OK after all, especially the ones that tell him not to be so stupid when he's barking.

FG - glad you got your hill done.  Liri - congrats on the concerts.   I love choral singing unless they go very modern and atonal.   LP - enjoy your new gd.   Hope they like the pie.   Hugs for Joyce and NB.

We have been to the beach - Possum's first surfing lesson.   She enjoyed herself but will go by herself tomorrow as it's a 9am start.   Anyway, lovely long beach with one stretch marked off for kite and sand surfers, another for swimmers and paddlers with lifeguards and another unsupervised for surfers and surf school.   One café in the swimming part doing a brisk trade in salads and burgers and ices.  Lovely atmosphere.   Hot sand.  By the time she'd finished it was painfully hot.   Good beach for walking the dogs once the season is over and lovely clear views across to the Ile de Ré.

Cooling off now before a lovely fishy dinner.

Coming soon... At last ....Chateau de Gateau

Posted: 17/07/2017 at 11:18

Excellent DD and well done on lying boundaries for ex-OH.  Progress all round.   Very pleased for you.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 20:22

I think/hope/believe we are long past the point of males of any age, but especially the younger ones, expecting to get away with laziness in relationships on the grounds they're just boys and slow to grow up.   Clari is clearly an intelligent, hard working and active woman who is definitely not boring and deserves more give and less take.    It's abusive behaviour and not unlike DD's situation where she deserved not to be belittled and undermined at every turn.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 17:30

Clari - it does sound like avoidance behaviour or else he really is just stupid and childish and selfish and insensitive.  Talk to him, judge for yourself and then get him fixed or binned.  Life is too short.

I have finished my jacket and am about to tackle the leg of lamb which will be marinaded while we walk the dogs and then have showers before dinner.   OH is back from playing golf all day and watching golf on TV till it's cool enough for walkies.  Bit like me going to Chelsea all day and then watching it on TV when I get home but then that is just once a year at most.   He does it twice a week!

The continuing drought has made me look at buying Beth Chatto's Dry Garden.   Been chatting to the neighbour who says this summer and last were unusually hot and the 13 month drought is exceptional.   Farmers must be tearing their hair.

Sounds like a good walk NB. 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 14:24

Wine looks good Dove.   Still working on finding a good one here for every day quaffing.   Bought a leg of lamb yesterday Dove.  3 shoulders in the freezer but OH wants to do lamb kebabs on the BBQ.    28€ a kilo ready made but 16.50€ for a leg.  Just have to decide on a marinade and remember to hide the bone from the dogs.   

Just got the hand sewing to do on my jacket and then maybe some gardening when the sun is less strong.   Definitely not watching the grunt show. 

Last edited: 16 July 2017 14:24:51

What do you hate most about gardening?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:49

Hire a specialist mole catcher.  They work well.    

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:38

Good morning all.   Sunny, clear skies, slight breeze - lovely but I'd really like a few days or nights of proper rain.   Supposed to start the day with a bike ride to get Possum and me fitter and trimmer but she's grumpy and argumentative today.   No idea why.

I shall go and check which treasures are the most thirsty.  Water butts empty now so metered tap it is. Then some sewing till later on when I can get some weeding done without burning.   I last cut the grass in mid June, just before that heatwave and it has been brown since then - except for the weeds that make bits look green and the apple mint in some areas.

Good news with the eye LP.   Hosta and Lyn - pics please when you go to Rosemoor.   Hope you get your walk FG.   What wine Dove?

Clari - hide your car keys and give him the duster and vaccuum cleaner for housework!

Last edited: 16 July 2017 10:39:00

Garden shape

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 10:20

Try drawing two overlapping circles or ovals on your lawn - hosepipe or sand to mark them - and keep those as lawn with an archway between them or obelisks or tall plants either side of the narrowest part to break up the line of the garden and fool the eye.   You could also use squares but turned so the corner points towards the house rather than having the sides parallel to the boundaries, thus giving two diamonds.  

Either shape would give you wider sections for your borders for planting bigger shrubs, roses, small trees and perennials to break up the boundary lines.   You could use another circle or a triangle or smaller square in one corner or end as a BBQ and seating area and tuck things like compost and bins behind a trellis in another corner.

Use vertical lines such as trellis panels and obelisks with climbing plants to block views and move the eye up and down as this will also make the garden look deeper thru not being able to see it all at once.

Topsoil on top of patio then gravel?

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 00:49

Agree.   Remove the slabs of the old terrace and pats and then level the soil so it slopes very gently away from the house and making sure that you do not raise the level above your damp proof membrane and/or any air bricks.   Keep this level in mind for later if you decide to put slabs on top in the future.  You may prefer to dig more out rather than put some back.

You can use excess soil to create raised beds away from the house and further down the garden or just to improve borders away from the house and its drainage systems.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 16/07/2017 at 00:43

She'll be back soon enough Chicky and has great adventures ahead of her.    Have to let them go to keep them close.   Hugs for you whenever you need them.

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