Latest posts by Obelixx

Gaura plants - frost hardy?

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 13:12

I think they're supposed to be hardy to -5C.   You could take cuttings as insurance or else plant them in pots and shelter them.  I suspect it's wet as well as cold that gets them.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 13:07

Great cartoon Dove.

His main problem is that he hasn't yet realised his back legs are for propulsion so he will climb or pull using his front legs (lovely when it's my jeans to get to my shoulder) rather than push and jump with what horsey folk call impulsion.   He's on his hands rather than his hindquarters.  We can always tell when he's coming downstairs cos Minstrel is a silent pussy who knows what her muscle groups are for.

He has managed to limp outside to sunbathe, then came in for a re-assuring cuddle and has now jumped over Rasta to get outside again with no limp.  I think he's going to be fine.   Boys!

Bonzo is whimping now cos I've just applied the flea and tick treatment to his neck.  he seems to think it's a punishment.  Bozo.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:27

I love toasted almonds in chocolate and somebody has started selling them done in salted caramel and then copped and mixed into chocolate.   Very dangerous stuff for chocaholics like me.

If it's anything like the Walnut Whip I bought at the English shop a few years ago Busy I fear your Creme Egg will be a disappointment.    Have fun with your new car.  Does she have a name?

I had expected to be getting mucky in the garden by now but Cosmos has a hurty - he says - so I'm waiting for an hour to see if he's OK or needs vetting.  He is hopeless at jumping and missed when he jumped onto Possum's window sill and fell.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 12:17

LB - probably.  Sorry.  Post meant for the person who said they don't like cooking and need inspiring.

We don't celebrate Easter here except as an excuse to have chocolate.    

Rasta doggy is home and sporting glamorous glittery red nail varnish which we find hilarious as she's not a  girly dog at all.  I've just found her nicking the clam shells I've put o my baby azaleas pot as a decorative mulch.   Cleaned them so they don't smell fishy to a human nose but clearly she can pick up something.

Cosmos "clutz" kitten has a hurty.  He jumped up to Possum's window sill and missed.  Typical of him.  Now he says his back leg hurts and has a slight limp so we're keeping an eye in case he's not just being a boy and milking sympathy.

Another hour of staying clean then, just in case.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 10:24

Good to see you SGL.  happy Easter.

Lantana - we have dogs and cats and now have to make sure the cats are in the house before the dogs set off on walkies or we get little followers.....  

LB - I check BBC Good Food every day for their recipe of the day and if I don't fancy trying it I check the rest of the site if I need inspiration.   Tonight t'other pair are having fresh tuna steaks which I dislike so I need to find something tasty for me.

Resurrected Eleven

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 09:33

I'll have some of your rain Pansy but not tomorrow as we're off to our first proper plant fair of the season and meeting up with a man form A4A who's promised me some boysenberries for the potager.

Rasta doggy is at the hairdresser's today so I have to stay clean to go and fetch her at midday.  Going to make some hot cross buns and then get mucky in the garden this pm.

Have a great Good Friday everyone.

I want to kill my daffodils!

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 09:27

We had bunches of lovely pale, creamy daffs growing in what use dto be the donkey paddock and is now designated as potager.  We got chappy to dig them up with his digger before he turned over the rest of the grass and they are now parked on a slab of concrete being watered regularly to keep them alive while we find new homes.

I love daffs but not so much the huge bright yellow ones or the pink atrocities and definitely not in single rows so I think it's worth saving what you can and then just dig up the rest when you prepare you soil for the hedge.   

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 14/04/2017 at 09:22

Can't do creme eggs either Dove.  I suggest we swap for lamb's kidneys...........

Up and on parade - ie dressed presentably and mascara'd - to take Rasta to the hairdresser.  Do we want nail varnish again?  OK and please tell me the brand as it lasts so much longer than mine.  Special for dogs!! Not in shops.  Oh well, I shan't have any nails left to paint anyway now gardening is getting serious again.

Liri - yes please from me too for pics of your community project.  sounds lovely.

Wonky - no sorry but I need an adapter myself.  OH bought a lovely gizmo to rin 3 hoses off our outside tap.  Doesn't know they come in two sizes for the attachment and he he got the wrong one.  No signs of a suitable adapter anywhere so far.   We have no rain either so now i'm hesitating about the water butts on our shopping list.

Hope everyone gets good weather for the Easter gardening weekend and other projects.

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 13/04/2017 at 17:35

Hello.  Lovely news for DD, LP and WW.   Very happy for you all and hope it continues to go well.  DD if you PM me your email address I can let you have all my cake recipes as tested and adored by Belgians who didn't know what a  cake could be.  Use to flabby fatless sponge bases on patisserie confections.

We had an interesting day yesterday and are a lot poorer for it.   We arrived at the Japanese themed Foire at Nantes to discover it was really just an Ideal Home exhibition in disguise with a teeny corner of Japanese stuff with some Bonsai, a pretend garden and some kimonos and sushi on sale.  To get there we wandered through giant hall after giant hall of household and garden gizmos, jacuzzis, water beds, camping stuff (don't think so), kitchens, bedrooms and then I spotted an interesting shelf thingy for basins to go in our new shower room so got OH to stop and look.  He liked.   It came with an interior design architect attached.

We have now paid a deposit on a bespoke, designer shower room.  he may have to settle for a paddling pool rather than a swimming pool later on.

Possum did find 3 books on Japan - culture, language and recipes - and I found a nice wee fan for dancing and we had a delicious, but very late lunch.   Got home shattered.

Been busy with Possum all day while OH plays golf so no gardening.  It's sunny but just a bit breezy.   Some rain would be good but I'm not complaining.   The countryside is looking fabulous with all sorts of fresh green foliage birsting forth and blossom and cowslips and primroses and it smell fabulous.

Possum has just told me Jude Law is to be the new Dumbledore in the next Fabulous Beasts.  What with him and Johnny Depp as Grindlewald I may not be able to cope.  Can't stand either of them.

Dove - pretty pattern but I'd have thought fleeces with pockets would be more practical for WW, especially ones with removal sleeves or no sleeves for transitions.

Posting photos?

Posted: 11/04/2017 at 22:06

I often have to re-size photos to load them.   The system also seems only to accept landscape format and turns portrait photos on their side.

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