Latest posts by Obelixx

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:51

If it is, you shouldn't cover the concrete with anything but build your terrace beyond it.

How often is "frequently"

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 15:50

If yu've done them in trays it's better to stand the tray in a bigger tray of water and let it soak up what it needs and then remove and drain any excess.  If in the ground, you have to use your judgement so try feeling the soil next to your rows with your finger tips and if it's dry, water.

Gravel borders

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:29

I find gravel easy enough to hoe and then tidy with a rake if needs be.  In an ideal world the plants grow together to cover the ground and prevent weeds but while they're getting to that size the gravel retains moisture and keeps the rain spots off them.

This is what one should look like IMHO - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/160527%20Beth%20Chatto%20-%20Essex?sort=2&page=1

ID needed please

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:25

Looks like one of the sparaxias to me, or a close relative perhaps.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 12:22

Cement is the usual medium for fixing slabs.  

Before closing that 10cm gap, check where your damp proof course is and any air bricks.  Going up to that level or higher will knacker them and be hugely detrimental to the fabric of your house.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:03

NOt me Pat.  Clari.

Proud mum indeed Busy.  Congrats to son and you too.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:50

Lovely pictures Pat.   You're very talented and also must be very patient.

I have been awake since 5am and gave up and got up at 7am and have been on the go ever since - watering treasures, tidying up and tying up the rubber plant after taking it out for a good hose down; fixing a light in the funny wardrobe, cleaning mirrors, putting up hooks, cleaning floors and playing with kittens and dogs.  Fading now so a fresh pot of coffee is on to brew.

Slightly cloudy today and just the right temps for working.   OH is trimming long bits of bramble form our mixed hedge - secateurs in case of birdies so a long, quiet job.

Clari - hope the "carrots" method works on your OH.  If not, just hide you car keys till he's compliant.

Haven't read back so greetings to all and have fun, whatever you're doing.

New patio

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 10:42

Also, just laying slabs on sand is asking for trouble.  Rain will filter in, wash it away and leave your slabs very unstable and then dangerously uneven.   Better to set them in a thin layer of concrete and make sure they slope very slightly away from the house so you don't invite problems with damp.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 17:23

Liri - all packaging - plastic, polystyrene, metals, tetra pak etc - except paper and cardboard and glass bottles goes in the recycling bin here and we can take stuff to the recycling centre too but I'm not sure what actually happens afterwards.

No more rain this pm but OH is hanging out a whites wash so we'll see.  

Working on Sunday here too Hosta but unpaid except for the rewards of teh results.   Been re-erecting an old oak wardrobe we brought with us so I can free up some hanging space for Possum and occasional guests.  Just giving it a good but smelly clean with wire wool and wax polish remover and then it'll need a good airing and drying before I decide about lime wax, wood wash or white paint. 

Have you thought of taking up embroidery or jigsaws to while away the sleepless hours?

3 days before the BIL and SILs arrive and junior SIL hasn't even looked on a map to see where she's going or find out what there might be to see or do or even check the weather for maybe needing a raincoat!  Unless it's football, she is the most uninformed, incurious, passive person I know and then wonders why sh*t happens.  Asked her what she'd like to see when they joined us in the Charente a couple of years ago - a French football club and pitch!  Honestly.

Birds nesting

Posted: 25/06/2017 at 14:58

If two conifers can disturb a conservatory I would suggest it is lacking in foundations and shoddily built!

Tell your neighbours that removing the trees before October will cause more trouble than it saves because sap movement slows down then and there will be less of a shock to the water table and their conservatory.  No idea if that's true but seems logical and by August the blackbirds should have finished unless they're on a second brood.

Putting up an outside camera wouldn't cost much and can be taken with you to your new house.  Added insurance for those birds so maybe worth the bother.

Last edited: 25 June 2017 14:59:48

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