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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 12:31

Busy - you should send OH to the SM.  I did this morning since he was off to the tax office anyway and he's now headed for the car registration office so will run another errand for me.  I am staying tucked up indoors with toe, kittens and dogs and catching up on correspondence.   Great fun except for some fraudsters trying to get past my malware and adblocker.

Possum is 22 today.   Yikes!

Hope all are well or improving and keeping warm and safe.


What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 10:42

Same again today.  Busy - you are inland and higher up whereas we have the Atlantic 25kms west of us.  It's actually warmer in Belgium at the mo but that's OK as I can cope with dry cold and sunshine.

pet companions

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 09:00

Our dogs have a basket each but often use each other's - seeing the Lab curl himself into the terrier's is funny - as well as the terrier's chair that she has adopted, the sofas, rugs and, when it's hot or they need to cool down after walkies, the tiled floors.

The kittens have a sheepskin, a cardboard box with an old towel, our bed, the spare bed, backs of sofas.......

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/01/2017 at 07:34

Already on our second cuppa Dove.   On parade to talk to a man about a small extension for a shower room.

-6C out there at 8am.  Brass monkeys!

Staying in and keeping warm this morning.  Hope everyone is also tucked up warm, whatever you're doing.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 15:59

Welcome home hugs to warm you both up Hosta.

Liri - love those brass bits.

This afternoon has been a non-event dealing with French bureaucracy but, on the way home we stopped at France Agricole to pick up some potting compost for my new bulbs and they had a lovely taupe coloured terracotta pot at half price and also sunflower hearts in the bird food section.  First time I've seen those here or in Belgium.

Won't be going dancing.  As requested, I left the organising to OH and he managed to walk us round 3 long sides of a big square od streets and boulevards before we found the prefecture on the last side about 500 yards from the car park.  By then my broken toe was whimpering, loudly.   Stupid Boy!

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 10:38

-6C at 8:30 and bright and sunny.  So dry that the frost is there but largely invisible.  Wind chill factor too so perishing out there.   Should get positive this pm but not for long.  More of the same forecast all weekend.  No gardening then.

Clear skies at night and a waning, late rising moon do make for fabulous starry skies.

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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 10:23

I quite agree Aster.   A lot of the plants I want to grow either are not generally available in local nurseries and garden centres or are expensive so I'll be sowing seeds and growing them on and will then, with any luck, have spares to swap or maybe sell for charity at a local fair or car-boot.   Nurseries and GCs are in it to make a living and need a profit margin.  I don't but that may change too if I need to fund compost and seeds and trays and cold frames......

As for roses having a short season Hortico, you do talk rot.  A good one starts flowering in late May/early June and goes on for months if it's well pruned, fed and dead-headed.   Don't see the point of old fashioned roses that just flower once unless it's going to produce very decorative hips.  Even then I think I'd rather grow a different plant for its blossom and berries and keep roses for flowers and perfume.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/01/2017 at 09:16

-6C this morning.  No pics of sunrise as there are no clouds to make it interesting.  Just a lovely increasing glow as the sun slipped above the horizon.

I have been to the vet with Rasta who has a teeny ear infection.  Such a drama queen when he was plucking excess hairs so he could see.   She's put on a kilo cos of stealing kitten food but I've stopped her access to that and it will soon disappear with walkies and play.

Happy to report that all 20 of my wee pots of Belgian snowdrops are showing shoots.  None in the rest of the garden but that's not a surprise.  Given the state of the hay meadow that covers most of the plot, I doubt I'd see them anyway.

Glad you're cooler today Pat.  Hope they get that fire under control.

Keep warm and tucked up everyone and watch out for icy pavements.   Don't want any accidents with spring on the way.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 23:13

It's my own fault really Busy.   I started off looking for nerines which I could never grow in Harrow or Belgium but want to try here as they were among MIL's favourite flowers.   Naturally I ended up with all sorts of other stuff and spotted DA roses in passing.   Some are on offer and even at full price are cheaper than quoted on DA's site so it should all work out OK in the end.   

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/01/2017 at 19:09

I shall be up and on parade to photograph tomorrow's sunrise if it's pretty.  Taking Rasta to the vet for her regular ear check.  The perisher digs holes, sticks her head in, gets dirty and sometimes infected and then needs ear cleaning products.

Busy - you are an expensive friend.  I've been on your link and ended up ordering perennials, summer bulbs and DA roses!   Delivery mid March.

Forecast is colder tomorrow - -6C plus wind chill factor of several degrees.   

Supposed to be having hake and veggies for dinner but not hungry after lunch out so yogurt and honey for me and cheese and biccies for him.   Better go and freeze the fish then.

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