Obelixx


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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 16:33

Liri - as cities go, Manchester is very easy but cities are for people who really are 27 and not like us who like greenery and clean air.


To get a decent blood sample they'd have to anaesthetise him and if he does have it there's no treatment here and he's already passed it to Minstrel who is, so far, fit and healthy and very busy.   We'll wait and see how his paws go.  He doesn't seem at all worried by them when he's scampering about.


I love Chelsea FS.   Didn't like Hampton Court but then it was only the first or second year when I went and we had Possum in a pushchair and it was a nightmare getting to and from the car.  I think it's changed a fair bit since.

Christmas baking 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 15:48

I made cakes for the builders when we had our old hayloft converted to bedrooms in Belgium.   They especially liked the Borrowdale teabread which is like an Xmas cake with no booze.  It never lasted more than one day cos they scoffed the lot.


Logan - don't like any icing really.  Too sugary.  Chocolate ganache is good but not on all cakes of course.


 

Replacing conifer hedge with laurel/alternative

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 15:15

Another pic here - the red tinged bits either side of the gravity fountains at the top.


Replacing conifer hedge with laurel/alternative

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 15:08

Mono culture hedges can be very dull, especially with no plants in front to soften them.  If you really don't want to go for a mixed, wildlife friendly hedge I suggest you look at photinia Red Robin.  If you buy it as young plants - single whips if possible - it can be trained into a very decent hedge.  The new spring foliage will be red and so will any new growth after a clipping.


They've used it very successfully at the Jardins d'Annevoie in Belgium


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Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 15:00

Dove - JV has always seemed to me to be a huge pr*tt and now we learn he's an excessively overpaid pr*tt!   Can't bear him.


HHog - enjoy your cake and tea.   Sea not far from here but no cake that I'd want to eat.  It's either tarts or horrors made with layers of Genoese sponge which I find rubbery even when I make it.  Atlantic coast, Vendée in case you're wondering.


Back from vets with kitties full of jabs, new flea treatments for both as the old wasn't working on Cosmos and more potion for his paws.   He's either got very sensitive paws or he's got an underlying problem such as FIV.  Needs keeping an eye on either way.

High raised planting boxes from scaffold boards

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 13:11

I find linseed oil very sticky to work with.  The ones I leave soak in and do not leave a sticky film either.   We had a retaining wall made from railway sleepers in our last garden and that was lined with black plastic to stop it leaching stuff into the soil and also keep it safe from soil moisture.  Still standing - 4' high - 25 years later and growing lovely algae and moss on the weather side..

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 13:06

Afternoon all.  Been out doing the weekly SM raid which turned out expensive cos I said  I needed a new kettle.  We've found one with an Obxx proof lid - no stupid spring clip - that looks like an old whistling hob kettle.   Then, on the way to pet food, he stopped at the seed potato display trap.  We now have seed Charlotte, seed Bintjes and banana shallots to plant.  Fine with shallots but we really don't eat that many spuds.  I prefer sweet potato or rice or pasta.


Vet this pm - pussies need their annual jabs and Cosmos needs his paws checked cos another is looking scabby.  He surely can't be that accident prone.


Pat - that woman needs her license revoked.  Repeated speeding should, at the very least, lead to a re-education course before she gets her permit back and driving with a detached retina is just cretinous.


Clari and WW - good luck with the job hunting. You both deserve better.


Joyce - turmeric working well for me tho after an hour of jive and samba last night I did have the odd twinge on the way home.  I shall up my dose.


Hosta - I read important instructions thoroughly - kitchen equipment, sewing machines and such but am more cavalier with other stuff.   Never buying flat pack again.


OH has just shouted at me for washing a teeny white pot he'd left in the kitchen with water in.  It had teeny white plastic thingies for his new ears that he was soaking.  Told him not to put white in white and maybe use the bathroom, not the kitchen, for his bits.


Stay safe and warm everyone but enjoy yourselves, whatever you're doing.

Cut Flower patch

Posted: 09/02/2018 at 12:47

I find the price and lack of choice for hellebores in France utterly astonishing.   19€ for very ordinary white ones with no speckles!   I have seeds tho and will sow some and see what happens.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 21:58

Enjoy Pdoc.  Blow by blow account of that restaurant please assuming it's the one with the long tasting menu we discussed a while ago.

High raised planting boxes from scaffold boards

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 21:53

Sounds good to me.   I would make sure the planks are clean and dry before starting to assemble the structure and then brush them with some oil to help preserve them.   It will nourish them and also increase water resistance.  Cheap rapeseed or non virgin olive oil will do.   let it soak in for a day or so and then build.  Do the same for your 3 x 3.


Line the insides with ordinary black plastic which you can buy on rolls and have cut to length in good DIY stores.   Fold over to make it neat and staple to the insides an inch or two below eventual soil level.

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