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Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 14:20

Go to a library or charity shop and see if you can find a copy of Geoff Hamilton's book on Cottage gardens.    It includes instructions for a cheap but sturdy wooden obelisk that you can build yourself and paint a colour to suit your garden scheme.

I shall be giving it a go later on as I find that many of the metal obelisks are, in fact, too small for many of the clematis I intend to grow.    Arches and pergolas are another option for introducing height to a garden.

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Posted: 05/01/2017 at 13:41

Thanks Busy.  I shall have a look.

Haven't got a slow cooker but do use the oven or gas hob on very very low for slow cooked roasts and stews.  I tend to make stews a day ahead anyway as they're much tastier when reheated and I can skim off excess fat when they're cold before heating to serve.

Plumber has been and done the deed.  He's an electrician too so moved the mirror with its lights - much better than getting OH to do it.  He's going to quote for installing a radiator in the bathroom and my real cooker in the annex.  It's a Rangemaster with two ovens and a grill and ate 3-phase leccy in Belgium but we're mono phase here so will likely need extra feeds.   Fortunately, the annex has no ceiling or roof insulation yet - work stopped when previous owner upped and abandoned wife and kids one day - so it'll be easy to do without breaking walls.

Minstrel has been quiet all morning but is now in full song and bum waving again.   Might have to see if we can bring the op forward as she'll be at it again in 14 to 21 days according to the web.

I need some sleep.

Do please look after yourselves if you have lurgies.  Viruses have a way of creeping up and biting you if you if you don't take all the R&R time you need.

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Posted: 05/01/2017 at 11:00

Oooh Busy.  Care to share your plug plant supplier?  

Steaming worked very well for the kittens and their flu so I shall be doing it for me next time I get a cold as I always have dreadful sinus infections and they're worse than the original cold.

I hope everyone's lurgies clear off soon and that those that need it get the rest they need to recover.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:57

No.  The good ones are made with minimum 5mm steel.   I had some in Belgium - very wet - for 20 years and they never snapped.  I've brought some with me to this new garden.

Cheaper, lighter, plastic coated tubular metal bends and snaps with terrible ease and is a false economy.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:15

Natural rust obelisks will probably outlive you - as long as they are of solid metal and not too thin and wiry.

Google around for suppliers and prices.

rats in our garden

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:12

When we took our car for a service last month we were told that rats had eaten a crater out of the bonnet insulation.   We lived in Belgian countryside in an old farmhouse surrounded by fields and fed the birds for 25 years but, while we had rats in the garden and sometimes in teh garage they never did this.

I have put down poison in the garage and sheds and so far we have found 3 corpses.   We buy it in the supermarket but you can also get it in garden centres.   However, there will always be more so careful storage of bird food and seeds, careful disposal of food waste and careful feeding of birds are a must.

As for your neighbours, do as we've suggested.  Call in teh pest control people and they will talk to them for you and explain about how rats feed and live and multiply so they clean up their act too..

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Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:17

I expect that would evaporate in about 5 minutes in your heat Pat.   Hope you're keeping comfortable.

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Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:02

We've always gone early for blood tests as you have to go "ajeune" having had no food or drink.

Do agree that wet and windy isn't fun - unless your garden needs the rain and you're tucked up indoors.

Why does'nt my Clematis 'Jingle Bells' flower?

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 08:00

Can't go by the name.  

I had a cercis canadensis Forest Pansy which did not survive Belgian winters of -20C and worse.  I suspect that's because we had the cold without a blanket of snow.   Ditto a northofagus antarticta that failed at -25C.   Several conifers and evergreens such as viburnum tinus, eleagnus, choisya and skimmia also wiped out.

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Posted: 05/01/2017 at 07:54

Oh what a night!

Minstrel is older than the rescue people think and is in heat.  Lots of singing and chirrupping and bum waving all night and then Cosmos decided he needed a full face cuddle from 4am.  I shall be having a zizz later on.   Plumber here now so I have to be awake.  Nice man.  Apologised for not shaling hands but wants to keep his bugs to himself.

Kittens shut upstairs so they can't escape thru the front door and dogs shut in living room cos Bonzo is a bouncy barky doggy with strangers.    OH has disappeared to get his hair cut and do some admin at the town hall.   It's going to be quite a morning.

Chicky - beautiful wall and pots and plants.

DD Grump away.  Things will seem less overwhelming if you share.   Keep up the running too - good endorphins to help you along.   Hugs to you and Charlie.   Is he still following the Vendée Globe at school?

PDoc and Joyce - hope all has gone well.

Just getting light here and 4C.   Looks like grey but not heavy or wet.  Supposed to get sunny spells later.

Please be careful if you're out there in the frost and black ice.   

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