Obelixx


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Iris for pond/marginal

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 14:07

I agree.  Don't plant the native pseudacorus as it is a thug.


I like sibiricas and found them reliably hardy at the edge of my unlined pond in my exposed Belgian garden which I've just left behind.  It would dry out to a bog in summer so their feet were just damp but fill up so they had wet feet in winter.  


I also tried some of the marginal laevigata irises but they all froze to death in bad winters so I gave up trying.  They'd have been alright for the last 3 or 4 years though as frosts haven't got below -8 or so..

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 13:59

Yes.  I think the site has been down.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 00:00

It was odd.   I had a Vogue patter for a full length evening dress with  a "cape" like that but it was for silk chiffon and floated down to the waist.  1980s and I never did make it,


Knew that costume wouldn't do Daisy any favours with the GBP and the lack of salsa steps in her dance didn't help either.    Greg did a very good dance second time round with great choreography and proper Paso steps.  Well done Nathalie.


I sincerely hope Ed's run will be over next week.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 23:52

Satnav is especially good in towns when you can't stop and consult a map.  Very good in unfamiliar countryside too or when diverted from beaten tracks.  I do still prefer to check a route on a map so I have  an idea of where I'm going but, after much resistance, find a Satnav is good backup and invaluable when I'm driving as the under gardener doesn't map read like what I do - Plan A, plus plan B scenic route at the ready if needed for trouble on long journeys, accidents, busy holiday weekends etc.. The one in our main car lists useful things like supermarkets and DIY stores as well as churches, tourist sites, restaurants and so on so is good fun but we do tend to switch off the Voice..


Lesley - when we decided to spruce up the Belgian house for sale we calculated a minimum spend of 800€ for Dulux paint in Belgium or about £450 in England so took ourselves off on a day trip to Canterbury for the same paint.   They had a special offer on in Homebase so it cost us £250 for paint, rollers, brushes and trays.  Had a good raid on M&S and bookstores too.  I was told, too late, that I should have done 2 coats of grey to neutralise arange and blue and did just one of white.   Lesson learned.


Pat - you're retired.  Get up when you're ready.   HRH too.

pet companions

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:36

Both ours are rescues.  Rasta has to be clipped every two months as her coat is like a fleece and gets tangly, hence the name.  Bonzo is very nervous with everyone except us but, if he decides he likes a visitor he goes and sits on their knee, all 30 odd kilos of Labrador.   Thinks he's a lap dog because he spent his first 3 years cooped up indoors with a Bichon and a Jack Russell cross.  Never went for walkies.   Training lessons go out the window the minute he feels spooked which is all too often.


 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:27

I thought Danny did exceptionally well with a complicated routine but I do so wish they'd had proper music.   It was far too fast with no lingering which is an essential part of Argentine Tango.


Loved Daisy's dance but hated the costume and sometimes I think the GBP is influenced by poor costumes so she may be in the dance off again.


I do wish we could have a salsa with some salsa figures.   Ed tries hard and works hard but that was just awful.     Still can't warm to Claudia.


Loved all the rest, pleased fro Louise doing so well now and isn't Judge Rinder a lovely chap as well as a surprisingly good dancer?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:18

My under gardener still needs some serious training but has done well today - forked over half that bed under the albizzia which can't have been dug since it was planted and membraned.  Stopped cos his back was aching but even so went on to dig up the honeysuckle which was growing through another membrane round a blue hibiscus.   Couldn't save the honeysuckle cos of all its roots being so tangled up but we can get another and plant it somewhere more sensible as it had a lovely perfume.


All the shrubs and trees up at the house end of the garden have this green weed proof membrane on display in wee beds surrounded by stone.   Our mixed hedge has it too and so does the sloping bed planted with dead dwarf conifers and some rather lovely hibiscus, a fuchsia and a bay tree.   Going to take some sorting.


Haven't seen any lollipops in the immediate neighbourhood but on the home leg of walkies we spotted that someone has cut their magnificent liquidambar so it no longer has its lovely, graceful cone shape.   Not a lollipop but definitely not right either.   Shame.


I have done my painting and swear I can still see the ghost of a blue stripe.   Will have to wait till tomorrow to see if I still can or am just being paranoid.  I've also emptied and stashed an embarrassment of curtain fabrics from two wicker trunks - some left over from previous projects, some bought and never used and some donated by a friend who'd bought it for her house in Canada just before OH transferred to a job in Brussels.  By the time they'd rented for a year or two and then bought their very grand bourgeois Belgian dream home her tastes had changed but they're perfect for a country home.

Walnuts

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:09

The tart turned out very well.  Thanks again Buttercup.  


Dove, I have never attempted hot thingy pastry in my life but I have told myself I will crack the whole pastry thing in the next year or so now I have so much free time previously devoted to running the dance club.   Today's tart was ready made and ready rolled so I have a way to go.


OH likes pickled anything and andouillettes so clearly a man of undiscerning taste buds.  He'll happily sit and prick green walnuts if he can have sport on TV.


I've found Vendée raised beef - excellent; wines - mediocre so far; veggies grown in sand - specialty of the coastal plain and very good; chuck from Challans - also very good.   Locally reared pork is very good so I'll keep an eye out for hams.   

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:02

How very British to turn political commentary into a debate about punctuation, grammar and manners.  Wonderful stuff.


There's a thing going round on Facebook about how the poster will miss the Obama family's tenure at the White House - no affairs, no mistresses, no scandals, no impeachment and unfailing courtesy and good manners.  


The next 4 years promise to be "colourful".

pet companions

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 13:55

I used to dog sit a collie/Alsatian cross when its owners went on hols.  It had been mistreated in its puppyhood so was nervous and barky but still exhibited double herding and guarding instincts and was soft as anything with people it knew and kids.


Your two look very content.

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