Latest posts by Obelixx

Tempting fate

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 12:09

I think you're being a tad optimistic.  Have you taken cuttings as backup?  Just getting cold will check them and a bit of frost the night you forget to protect them will see them off.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 09:49

Cosmos will be fine and will love being fussed over later.  He won't know he's missing anything, not having had the opportunity to use them.

Just been out to take a pic of some surprise aquilegias over by the fig tree and found it covered in figs!  Result!  Not a one last year so I hacked the bejabers out of it and it has responded by forming loads of fruit, some nearly an inch across already.  Yum!

Never used to worry about the wight of tools as much as the balance.   Now I leave the heavy stuff to OH and have forbidden him a chain saw.  Know what he's like.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 08:58

I like a car to be functional, comfortable, have space for 2 dogs and some holiday luggage and big bags of potting compost plus height for clematis - not all at once necessarily - and also "finds" in TROC shops and flea markets - chests of drawers, rusty plant stands and so on.

25 years ago I was asked to accompany a friend to find a pushchair for her impending baby.  We went in their Porsche because it had to fit in the boot under the bonnet.  Dreadful car - too low to the road, couldn't see what was coming past the higher cars in front, felt every bump and a b*tch to get out of even when I was younger and fitter.   Liked Top Gear years ago but stopped watching when it got really silly and narcissistic and haven't watched any of the new ones.

Cosmos has been delivered to his fate.   Pick him up at 5pm which gives e time to finish Possum's new skirt, make lunch then get grubby with my irises and then cleaned up again for fetching and snuggles.

Those kittens are just gorgeous M-U.  I hope they like the new chair.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 08:46

We bought our newer car from a woman salesman who spoke to us equally and was apleasure to deal with.  The older car came from the same dealer but an arrogant  male who spoke exclusively to OH but I didn't care as it was being paid for by the golf club he ran.  I did all the bookings, deliveries and collection for services and technical chappy recognised my voice as soon as I spoke on teh phone and gave us great service.

When we ordered our new kitchen chappy was very happy to address all comments and questions to me as I was the one with the carefully drawn up plans.  Very happy with the service there too as well as chappies for the annex mods we've had done.

These days, if sales people are rude or stupid I leave but I did make an official complaint about IKEA Nantes to HQ France.

Up and on parade early for me as it's D-day for Cosmos.   I have a skirt to finish sewing and then can get mucky for a while before fetching him at 5pm.   Not happy about missing his breakfast.

Bright and sunny but very fresh out there.   Even the birds are quiet and snuggling u  .

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:52

Didn't like Higgins either - too emotional and unreliable and inconsistent, not to mention the snooker factor.   Jeremy Clarkson could be very funny but not enough to offset all his obnoxious tendencies.

bed for me too now.  Up early tomorrow to take Cosmos for his op.  He won't be happy about not having any breakfast.

Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:47

Ordinary 4" fence posts.  You could sand them and paint them first if you don't like their colour but it will soften over time and be covered by the climbers.

Nut's suggestion of shrubs is good too to break up the line of the base of the wall.   

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:45

Happy ending then.  Good.

The day after we moved in here we had a very skinny but very friendly ginger cat banging on an upstairs window.  She scarpered when she saw the dogs but came back again and was very persistent about cuddles so I fed her - and fed her and fed her.   She was very happy in the house except for the dogs.

By day 3 I had the wit to phone the previous owner and she confirmed that their cat had gone missing a few days after they moved into their new place in mid July.   No idea how long it took her to travel the 5 or 6kms but she'd been living on rodents since and was skin and bone.    She was fat and sleek again by the time they came to fetch her at the end of the week and they were all in tears too - Mum, 18yr old daughter and two younger sons.

Railway Sleepers with Bamboo v Trellis on top of wall with creepers

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 22:32

Have you priced up the costs of railway sleepers plus the men needed to wield them into place and cut them to size?   I also think ramming them in behind your wall might just weaken it.

Trellis panels don't curve very easily and also don't last many years - the flimsy cross pieces rot or break in strong winds in my experience.

For a cheaper and more flexible option, I would suggest erecting tall posts to the height of your neighbours' fence panels with about 18"/45cms to 2'/60cms buried in concrete for stability.  Fit them round in front of the wall at intervals of 5 to 6'+150cms to 180cms.   Before you do that, drill horizontal holes thru them from side to side and at 12"/30cm intervals starting from the top end and working down.

Once the concrete has set leave it to mature overnight and then stretch and tension wires thru the holes.   You can then use them to train climbers such as honeysuckle, clematis, roses, campsis; jasmine etc depending on soil, aspect - light levels - and exposure to cold and whether or not you want perfume as well as colour.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 21:27

I've never welded yet Liri but if I start making things with the thicker rods I may well give it a go.  I also have some peony supports made from the thinner grade wire and they have knobs at the end to protect eyes.  I buy them at Chelsea Flower Show for about £15 each but won't be going this year so if I need new ones I'll have to make them.

I'm sure your son would love some Eton Mess............

OH played in a golf competition at his new club today.  Won a prize - he gets to play in another comp at St Tropez, hotel paid for.  I asked if it allowed dogs.  Possum thinks she'd like to go in my place as she enjoyed her initiation today and thought the professional was "cute" as was OH's partner today - clean cut Irish chap training to be a Ryanair pilot.  I can see we're going to have to discuss ground rules for conversation at dinner and play times.  Can't bear golf post mortems.

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Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:36

Maybe google will find something else then.  I only have a simple mobile phone as I tolerate having one for emergency messages only.   If I'm not answering the fixed line it's cos I'm busy in the house, garden or out and don't want to be hanging on a phone.

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