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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 06/04/2016 at 18:22

I seriously dislike tofu - taste and texture - so, when cooking veggie meals I balance pulses and rice or pasta or bread to get protein or use quinoa or cheese.    There's a really good veggie cookery book by the Pru Leith school of cookery which I got years ago in a remainder sale.  Brilliant recipes for baked fennel with goat's cheese and roast peppers and mushroom thingies.

I once irretrievably broke two bottom molars on a rogue peanut in a broccoli and bacon salad with peanuts.  Cost me €2000 for two crowns!   Expensive peanut!  

Guinness is very good in a chocolate cake but is otherwise only good for feeding pumpkins IMHO or maybe a beef stew but not if you live in Belgium and can get Trappist beer.

Exhausting day today exploring the Vendée.   The doglets think they have to save their car from any rat/cat/proper dog/man in fluorescent jacket working on the roads/cyclist who gets too close.........   Very pretty countryside and villages with primroses and cowslips in lots of hedgerows and lots of green fields and streams/rivers/small and large lakes.

 

Can you have too many different plants?

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 21:20

I seem to recall the original comment was about limiting the number of plants in one bed but, as ever, a garden can be many things and some are only as big as one bed in someone else's garden.

I do think it's a good idea to limit the different plants and play with colours and texture in blocks or drifts rather than "dot" planting where everything gets lost in the melée.  3 of one plant looks so much better than one each of three plants in the same space especially if space is tight.   

However, it is our own garden situation and our own taste and our own budget and skills that must rule and not what anyone else thinks or says.   We can always re-arrange plants and swap them in and out till happy with the result. 

new neighbours, thoughtless people, no more sun in the sunny bed

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 21:14

Sounds like a plan Nin but first check how much the extension would cost and what it would add to the value of your house.

Might be simpler to let someone else invest in upgrades and live with all the mess and noise, not to mention having to deal with builders, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers, electricians and the rest - not to mention building regs.

Start house hunting now before OH changes his mind and gets used to the shed.

In the mean time, some extra wires and a rampant climber?  Clematis montana should do the trick.

Picture Postcard Request

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 17:52

Lovely idea.  I offered to help out at Possum's primary school years ago but wasn't allowed as I don't have a teaching diploma.   Doh!  Gift horses and all that.

Anyway, I could send one from a Brit on hols in the Vendée if you like and if it would help, just to show them we go other places too.  Or one from Waterloo next week - reminder of Napoleon's 200 years anniversary?????  

How Many Have You Got?

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 15:00

Our local recycling facility accepts plastic pots now and I occasionally have a clear out but always fine I need what I've just dumped, even if I still have way more than 39 left.

I keep mine stashed more or less by size and shape on old shelving from deceased plastic greenhouses all lined up against the back wall of the garage in my outside pottering area.   Large pots go under the "nursery" table in the same corner.   

I don't wash them till I need them as spiders and other creepies make homes in them.   

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/04/2016 at 14:53

OH cut our grass a couple of weeks ago - far too early and far too short and we were still having frosts but I've fixed it now.  Chappy has collected it for annual service and blade sharpening and won't bring it back till after we get home on the 9th.  The grass is thus safe to grow a bit and strengthen its roots ready for the onslaught of spring scarification and weed and feed - after the worst frosts are over!

Interesting here in the Vendée - huge camellias in flower and luscious magnolias and a wisteria in bud already.   My garden is fertile but colder and alkaline so no ericaceous plants at all and my wisteria has only once flowered before the second week of May.

Being very good and not having croissants for breakfast but definitely lots of coffee.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 04/04/2016 at 17:51

Hello all.  Just checking in.   Had a good drive down on Saturday and have spent the last 2 days exploring the area.   On Sunday we ended up at the coast which is a typical mix of French over management and over development for miles and then "forest domains" where people can camp behind the dunes and take their dogs to the beach.  First time for our two - Rasta was very wary of the wet stuff foaming at her feet and Bonzo clearly has no idea what Labradors were bred for as stayed well away and didn't even get his toes wet.   Not keen on teh noise of the waves either but certainly plenty to sniff at.

Spring in the countryside isn't as far advanced as I'd expected but I have seen primroses, cowslips and even a few proper bluebells in hedgerows.   Magnolias and huge camellias in gardens and a nice surprise - so unlike the Charente which we know better and which is alkaline.

DD - Parisian traffic management requires a major shift in their psyche and some new ground rules but which is the chicken and which is the egg?

WW - sounds like you enjoyed your birthday then.   Good surprises.

SW - welcome aboard.  Greenhouses need to go where they will be sheltered from strong winds that can play havoc with their panes and where they will get sun in winter to help with keeping them warm.   Sheds need to be easy access at all times of the year but are best not right in view of your main windows onto the garden.   I'd put one near the veggie plot if you're planning one so you can pot up seedlings and plugs easily without hauling bags of compost and trays of babies.   Add water butts to both as rainwater is best for some plants. You can paint sheds to pretty them up if needs be.   Don't forget cold frames for hardening off.

 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 20:55

Good that she's not in pain at least Dove.   Hope WW was happy.

Well done Busy getting all those babies potted on.

Hope OH's plumbing is OK now Chicky.

Cream crackered here after a 9 hour drive with a couple of short pitstops for the dogs. They've had walkies this evening but will need a proper one tomorrow.    Here for a week exploring coast and countryside.  Will be taking a scenic route home after seeing the length of the queues at the French/Belgian border on the E42.  Hang Schengen - they're checking everyone and every vehicle for naughties! 

Dry journey but cool with a sudden leap from 11 to 15C as we crossed form the Loire region into the Vendée.   Sunny here too.  Let's hope it stays that way.

Beechgrove has started

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:29

It's a good job I set it up to record at home!  Was out at Hip Hop on Thursday so couldn't watch it and now we've arrive in our holiday gite in the Vendée to find they only have French TV channels!   

Glad those who saw it enjoyed it and learned stuff too.

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