Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:10

Lesley J is just amazing and wasn't Ore's jive a delight?   Clever girl that Johanna.    For such a tall, leggy girl, Daisy did a very graceful rumba and Louis Rednap did a gorgeous foxtrot but Ed Balls was atrocious and full of errors this week so he can go.  

Didn't like Claudia's foxtrot - poor choreography I thought and she pointed her toes far too high in some of those heel turns.  The balls of the feet should glide over the floor, not turn up.  Oti is a clever girl too and gave Danny some really good steps to keep him on toes.   I like Naga too and have slender leg envy..

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 16/10/2016 at 09:03

Cool and grey to the west but brighter to the east.  We have had some rain overnight, the first since a light shower on the 2nd and the ground is parched.

No outings for us today apart from dog walking and a mini SM raid.  Unpacking again to reduce obstacles before friends arrive on Tuesday and we need time for a rawl plug excursion tomorrow!

Busy - congrats to you and son and DIL.  Great news.

Loved SCD last night tho we missed the first 3 dances after Sky record got its knickers in a twist.  Humph.  Need to fix that PDQ..   

Farmyard manure & dogs

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:24

I rather expect our terrier (Wheaten type but unknown cos she's a rescue) would roll in it and the Labrador would eat it.  I shall find out soon enough as new neighbours on one side have 500 beef cattle and on the other 2 horses and a pony.  The latter want to use our paddock for their horses and the rent will be manure for our veggie plot.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:21

That's the kind of question mine would ask too!

Lesley - OH doesn't like supervision so I left him to it.  Keep hoping he'll learn and yes, I will be in charge of rawl plug selection on Monday and some new drill bits for when we do hit stone.

Hosta - OH has very carefully laid a pile of bonfire stuff on one of several concrete squares that seem to have been bases for former sheds and playhouses.  I want to pave this one and use it as a BBQ area with a paved seating area on the bigger one nearby.   I shall use hogs as an excuse to make him shift it before he sets light to it.

Off to cook dinner now so we can eat and then watch Strictly.   Limousin beef sausages with a gratin of root veg - both an experiment - and some lovely green cabbage.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:12

BIt too easy Hosta!

No favourites yet so no preferences for the dance off - waiting to see how they all cope now the film bells and whistles have gone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:38

I hope we'll get some glorious dancing and choreographies too and that the judges will continue with their largely constructive comments.   We tried a new dance school here on Thursday after 15 years of classes in Belgium, the last 6 with Christophe Dradin who was Belgian champ 30 times from when he started competing at about 12 years old.  

The new teacher observed our jive and tango and then said that we clearly have a good base of steps and technique!  OK to join her class then.  Christophe will be pleased.

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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:34

Certainly not!  He's the labourer and good at heavy jobs that I can no longer do.  Skilled stuff is for me - or at least anything that requires common sense and a bit of nouse.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:15

Exactly.  He's even organised my tools for his use.  Delusional or what?  I shall have to hide the jigsaw, mitre saw and router when I find them again.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:13

If they're tiny they'll be fine in 3" pots till you see roots starting to poke out of the bottom.  Then you pot them into 4" pots and repeat as needed going up in pot size every time.   They'll want good compost and regular watering but also good drainage to grow well and not rot.

I have kept lily bulbs for years once they are the size to go in big display pots.  They get rested in a cool, dry place over winter and then top dressed and watered come spring.   Works for me.   When they look a bit congested I tip them out in spring and pot in fresh compost and cleaned pots, giving away spares or potting them up to grow on.   5 Firebolt bought at Chelsea 5 or 5 years ago have thus become about 40.

Bare root roses

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:00

They need to be soaked in a bucket of water for 24 hours to re-hydrate the roots and then you can either heel them in as Dave suggests or plant them in large pots in a sheltered corner.  Try and find some microrhyzal fungae mix to sprinkle on the roots as you plant them.   They'll grow a fine set of roots over winter and should then make a good display next summer.

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