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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 29/07/2017 at 12:43

We've bee to La Roche to collect more wood for raised beds and do a mini SM raid.  Traffic!   People leaving La Tranche-sur-Mer and environs to head home so queues for the first time ever and today's a red day on the motorways as Paris mepties out and heads for the sun.   Lots of traffic ciming th eother way already so very wary of exhausted overnight drivers.

It is grey and cloudy but warming up nicely.   I'm on sewing anyway as I have a hurty in my left hand - joints seized and swollen so no lifting or pulling.     Possum is tinkling withe her keyboard but will go surfing later..

Clari - your OH needs a serious talking to.  Birthday celebration involve wives and girlfriends - unless it's something stupid like golf (in our case) golf and an indulgence has been granted.   

Pdoc - good decision.   Surely there are local opportunities for volunteering that wills satisfy your urge to help and make it worthwhile keeping your license - mountain rescue, St John's, Red Cross, youth work, - plus some bungee jumping or a roller coaster with blind folds to give you thrills.

Yvie - hope things perk up for you.  Chicky and FG - I see people round here using walking poles on local walks involving village roads and country lanes.   All sorts and sizes and a surprise given that the terrain here is rolling so not exactly demanding but maybe good for long distances.

DD - so pleased it's going well.   Hope it carries on into autumn and winter too.   

Hello to everyone.   Hope your day is going well.


Posted: 28/07/2017 at 21:03

Rented a cottage in Donegal a couple of years ago and it was fine.   I suggest you give it a go this year Hosta to see how it goes but then maybe set up your own website to manage and screen lettings yourself.   That's what the people we rented a gite from in the Charente do and it means she has control.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 28/07/2017 at 20:50

The best hot chocolate is made with hot milk and minimum 54% chocolate squares or chips stirred in.  Sweeten to taste.

Been out most of the day in Nantes.  Found a keyboard for Possum then headed for a brasserie on the quayside for lunch - very good - and then an Asian supermarket for a good raid and finally the patchwork shop.   Home after that to sort out the pantry ready for a new freezer to be delivered to replace the one whose door seal has broken and is no longer replaceable.   Having done all that Oh then asked if we could possibly have dinner earlier tomorrow!

PDoc - agree.  You must discuss it at length with your missus and emphasis on the listening.   You know what you want but please let her explain what she wants, needs, fears........

Wonky - good to see if briefly.   Glad things are going well for you and hope you get the CT thing sorted soon.

Hi to everyone else.  Hope you have a good weekend in view.

Lyn & Hostafans day out

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 21:40

Thanks Lyn.  Lovely plant and colour combos.    

What to plant here

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 18:07

You could put a narrow strip of trellis along the top of the fence to give you extra privacy.  Pyracantha has the added advantage of thorns to keep unwanted people out.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 18:03

Happy birthday for yesterday Joyce.  Good to have a surprise to help you along.

Those gnome cakes look great fun - love the flowers - and your sponge looks yummy too Dove.  No cakes here tho as Possum and I are dieting.  She indulged in too many pancakes and microwaved chocolate mug cakes during exams so I'm trying to keep the calories down.  Hence all the sewing too.

I shall make that courgette cake when she's gone again.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 15:37

Turning out sunny here too now Joyce.   I hope your daughter is pleased with all her plants and that you are doing OK.   Hugs anyway.   

Dying New Turf

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 14:51

Do you just give it a sprinkle or a really good soaking?    You need to make sure it doesn't dry out and it can take up to 6 or 8 weeks for the roots to start to knit with the soil below so, assuming you've prepared the soil well, laid it well and tamped it down gently to give the roots contact it just needs some patience.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 14:47

Good afternoon.   We have had a drop more rain!  47.5cms since mid Jan.  Met farmer Luc out on walkies yesterday and he's already been having to take water to cows in fields that don't usually need it till mid August and previously reliable water holes in other fields have dried up too.   Since there's no grass left either all the cows due to drop a calf in August are being brought in to make feeding, watering and calving easier.

Meanwhile, OH is out in the potager weeding since he can now, just about, tell the difference between plants grown in rows and blocks at even spaces from random weeds.  Lovely carpet of mini bindweed in there now with fetching pink edged flowers.  Humph!   He's also building more raised beds.

It's a lovely day for gardening with a cooling breeze and plenty of grey stuff scudding about but I still have a blister on my palm from rhe other day and a very stiff pair of middle fingers where they meet the hand so am sewing quietly.  Nearly finished another pair of shorts and a top for Possum.

Probably too late but enjoy your weekend away Pat.   Sounds great if you can avoid the techy shop and get some arty crafty stuff.

We are off to Nantes tomorrow so I've been looking up addresses for the piano shop, a patchwork doings shop, a proper brasserie for lunch and other things to see.  Did not know Nantes was once the capital of Brittany!  Seems that boundaries and provincial capitals all changed in the second world war.  They've recently changed again so Busy and DD are now in New Aquitaine and we are in the Pays de la Loire.

I don't want to end up in a home in any language but we'll cross that bridge when the time approaches.  Meanwhile we have to stay fit so OH can achieve his ambition of playing golf when he's 100.

No runaway tomatoes here but they are still in their pots and just starting to crop well.  First ones we've had were very tasty.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 27/07/2017 at 13:28

That photo was early May.  All brown and crispy now except for a planting of sweetcorn and the pumpkins which have woken up a bit in recent rain and the brassicas.  OH has been weeding those patches and putting in more edging for raised beds.

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