Latest posts by Obelixx

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:22

Cement is the usual medium for fixing slabs.  

Before closing that 10cm gap, check where your damp proof course is and any air bricks.  Going up to that level or higher will knacker them and be hugely detrimental to the fabric of your house.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:03

NOt me Pat.  Clari.

Proud mum indeed Busy.  Congrats to son and you too.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:50

Lovely pictures Pat.   You're very talented and also must be very patient.

I have been awake since 5am and gave up and got up at 7am and have been on the go ever since - watering treasures, tidying up and tying up the rubber plant after taking it out for a good hose down; fixing a light in the funny wardrobe, cleaning mirrors, putting up hooks, cleaning floors and playing with kittens and dogs.  Fading now so a fresh pot of coffee is on to brew.

Slightly cloudy today and just the right temps for working.   OH is trimming long bits of bramble form our mixed hedge - secateurs in case of birdies so a long, quiet job.

Clari - hope the "carrots" method works on your OH.  If not, just hide you car keys till he's compliant.

Haven't read back so greetings to all and have fun, whatever you're doing.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:42

Also, just laying slabs on sand is asking for trouble.  Rain will filter in, wash it away and leave your slabs very unstable and then dangerously uneven.   Better to set them in a thin layer of concrete and make sure they slope very slightly away from the house so you don't invite problems with damp.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:23

Liri - all packaging - plastic, polystyrene, metals, tetra pak etc - except paper and cardboard and glass bottles goes in the recycling bin here and we can take stuff to the recycling centre too but I'm not sure what actually happens afterwards.

No more rain this pm but OH is hanging out a whites wash so we'll see.  

Working on Sunday here too Hosta but unpaid except for the rewards of teh results.   Been re-erecting an old oak wardrobe we brought with us so I can free up some hanging space for Possum and occasional guests.  Just giving it a good but smelly clean with wire wool and wax polish remover and then it'll need a good airing and drying before I decide about lime wax, wood wash or white paint. 

Have you thought of taking up embroidery or jigsaws to while away the sleepless hours?

3 days before the BIL and SILs arrive and junior SIL hasn't even looked on a map to see where she's going or find out what there might be to see or do or even check the weather for maybe needing a raincoat!  Unless it's football, she is the most uninformed, incurious, passive person I know and then wonders why sh*t happens.  Asked her what she'd like to see when they joined us in the Charente a couple of years ago - a French football club and pitch!  Honestly.

Birds nesting

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 14:58

If two conifers can disturb a conservatory I would suggest it is lacking in foundations and shoddily built!

Tell your neighbours that removing the trees before October will cause more trouble than it saves because sap movement slows down then and there will be less of a shock to the water table and their conservatory.  No idea if that's true but seems logical and by August the blackbirds should have finished unless they're on a second brood.

Putting up an outside camera wouldn't cost much and can be taken with you to your new house.  Added insurance for those birds so maybe worth the bother.

Last edited: 25 June 2017 14:59:48

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 12:59

Online jigsaws Busy.  You can upload photos and then have them made into jigsaws witha varying number of pieces for others to do.  Several sites available:so not sure which one Pat and co use -




Good for winter evenings and rest days.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 12:55

Not good news Busy and a bit young too.     I hope you're OK.

Hope you warm up soon Joyce.

Must get on and so some stuff now.  I've been distracted googling around trying to find good, fish free food for the kittens after seeing that bit on Trust me I'm a Vet about fish products causing kidney problems in later life cos cats are carnivores and can't process cereals and fish products.   Boggling lack of info and suppliers out there.

twisted willow

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:59

Remove all the straight branches as they will be more vigorous than the twisted ones you want to keep and encourage.  Do this every year to maintain the twists.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 11:14

We have had some rain.   Not enough to register on the rain gauge but enough to lay some dust and freshen the air.  No measurable rain since we had .5mm on the 6th!   Our water bill is going to be frightening and I'm only doing pots.

June is supposed to be warm, but not baking, and showery.   Not this year. 

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