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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.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 11:00

Oooh Busy.  Care to share your plug plant supplier?  

Steaming worked very well for the kittens and their flu so I shall be doing it for me next time I get a cold as I always have dreadful sinus infections and they're worse than the original cold.

I hope everyone's lurgies clear off soon and that those that need it get the rest they need to recover.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:57

No.  The good ones are made with minimum 5mm steel.   I had some in Belgium - very wet - for 20 years and they never snapped.  I've brought some with me to this new garden.

Cheaper, lighter, plastic coated tubular metal bends and snaps with terrible ease and is a false economy.

Obelisk prices

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:15

Natural rust obelisks will probably outlive you - as long as they are of solid metal and not too thin and wiry.

Google around for suppliers and prices.

rats in our garden

Posted: 05/01/2017 at 10:12

When we took our car for a service last month we were told that rats had eaten a crater out of the bonnet insulation.   We lived in Belgian countryside in an old farmhouse surrounded by fields and fed the birds for 25 years but, while we had rats in the garden and sometimes in teh garage they never did this.

I have put down poison in the garage and sheds and so far we have found 3 corpses.   We buy it in the supermarket but you can also get it in garden centres.   However, there will always be more so careful storage of bird food and seeds, careful disposal of food waste and careful feeding of birds are a must.

As for your neighbours, do as we've suggested.  Call in teh pest control people and they will talk to them for you and explain about how rats feed and live and multiply so they clean up their act too..

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