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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 10:50

OH has just surfaced and is taking the dogs out leaving me with a  singing Minstrel and carrot and ginger soup both on the bubble, so to speak.   I have advanced her op to next Thursday cos by the 24th she'll probably be in heat again and we need our sleep.  

It feels a lot colder now the fog has descended.   Brrr!

Another reason I don't knit is that woolly jumpers make me itchy and angora in anything is a nightmare.    Cotton yarn seems fiendishly expensive but I found some on sale at just 3€ to make my latest and possibly last scarf.    I shall have to master the overlocker and make fleeces instead.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:49

Lovely sunny start making the frost all sparkly but now it's gone foggy.

Another interesting night.  Minstrel is in full song again this morning and half way thru the night too.  How long does it last?  OH is still in bed!

Xmas dec dismount today and then a raid on the SM.   No gardening today and frosts set to last all weekend.   Our neighbours tell me there wasn't single frost last year and she left her big pelargonium tubs outside all winter.  They won't survive this lot tho.   Brrrrr!

Hope the museum sleepover goes well Clari.  

Pat - I love banana cake but will have to wait for a few kilos to disappear and then a real oven to be installed before I bake one.

PP - At 10 years old it took me 18 months to knit a baby jacket at primary school and then I gave up till I took to knitting scarves when I was recuperating from new feet 3 yrs ago.   I do not understand instructions for anything shaped - all Greek to me - and I had to google and ask for translations when I progressed to a lacy scarf stitch.  I think one winter is probably too short for a jumper anyway.  Now I have a daylight lamp I shall probably go back to embroidery.  Can't just sit and watch TV and not do something.

solar powered water feature

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:36

How did the men get away with such bad hair?

I still do jeans and t-shirts but no beads and bells any more.

On the original subject - we need a water feature or two and should have enough sun for solar powered but is there one that can store energy so a pump or lights work in the evening or are we going to have to lay cables?

Obelisk prices

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:26

Have you thought about a pergola structure instead of a line of obelisks?

pet companions

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 09:00

We adopted a one year old terrier nearly 9 years ago - Wheaten look alike so medium size - and she has never eaten furniture or chewed rugs.   When we went to dressage classes she wanted cuddles, not doggy treats.   She likes to bring me a shoe or slipper when we get home but doesn't eat them.

A few years later we adopted a Labrador, about 3yrs old and never been outside - and he chewed the bottom of the sofa covers, my best pair of shoes, the lid and rim of the kitchen bin and most of the contents and he wasn't house-trained.  Bit of a shock. It took him two puddles in the hall to learn to pee and poo outside and never an accident since.  The kitchen bin was moved out to the garage and we bought him chew toys and took him to training and made sure he wasn't bored or lonely.   He's a nervous dog and we learned later that he had eaten a whole wooden sofa in his first home.

We can now leave them together all day and no problems.  Just wish he would learn not to bounce and bark at people.  He's still nervous and, after 5 weeks, is still frightened of kittens who move too fast but it's getting better.

Last edited: 06 January 2017 09:02:22

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/01/2017 at 08:41

Brilliant sun just creeping up over the trees on the horizon.  Beautiful frost everywhere.  -2C on the back wall.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 22:42

No hazel here but we do have some very tall bamboo which might work.

Lovely photos Marlorena and Richard.  Thank you.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 22:39

We loathe marzipan Liri.  Takes all sorts.

Feeling zombie-like here after 4am start.   Just back from dance class which was excellent.  Lots of lovely tango - our favourite - and then rumba which is definitely not our favourite but is OK.    Minstrel kitten is in fine voice and is so gone with her hormones that she's singing to Rasta doggy and letting her get quite close.   Rasta is flat on the floor in front of her with her tail going 19 to the dozen.  Cosmos doesn't understand a thing.  It's very funny.

Busy - hope the journey is OK and the sweeties work.   Rangemaster destined for the annex (summer kitchen?) because the real kitchen is a funny shape and badly planned and can't really accommodate a 110cm wide cooker and a fridge and a dishwasher and work tops.   The 90cm gas hob is a push already and, while the hob works fine, the oven is a disaster (might be OK with town gas but not bottled) so we'll get rid and put in a 60cm built in electric oven with a gas hob in case of power cuts.   Then I'll have my lovely Rangemaster in reserve for big baking sessions and when we have guests.   

Dance class was really good this evening.  The dance floor has one wall of floor length mirrors (Yikes!) so, while I can see the wee bit of Xmas blubber has already gone, I can also see I need to get rid of the excess kilos I've been carting around for a while now so I can get in my spring and summer clobber and some dance frocks that are inexplicably tight...........

I have some home-made blackcurrant cordial for colds and have been having a wee pot of Greek yoghurt sprinkled with cinnamon and lemon honey every day for the last 2 weeks.  I do not want a lurgy.  Too much to do.   

Sweet dreams all and good rest for those needing to catch up on sleep or fight lurgies.   Almost the weekend.

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.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

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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