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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 15:03

Started off very grey here but the sun was out by noon.  Unfortunately, it's gone grey again now.   We have been to the PO with the last of the Sag birthday cards and all the UK and some Belgian Xmas cards only to find they have run out of stamps for Europe.  Each card had to have an individually printed vignette...........

Good job we only needed stamps for 14 of them.

Then we raided the SM at Luçon for kitten food and cat milk and dog chews and found some luscious marrow bones for the canines.   Rather fancied some lamb's liver but they didn't have any so it'll be Thai prawns and noodles for dinner instead.   They had some of the biggest capons I've ever seen and some poulardes which, apparently, are fattened chickens.  Big 'uns.  Anyone recommend them?

OH is now walking the canines while I go and steam the kittens again.  Just once a day now as Cosmos still sneezes occasionally.  Other than that, they are looking bonny now and firing on all cylinders.

Joyce - what a lovely neighbour to have.  Not so sure about the "friend" though.

Clari - I don't like tea except for an occasional Assam or Darjeeling about twice a year so yes, you can overdose!

DD - congrats for your Xmas fair.  Good luck with the bank man.

Busy - well done to you too.   I hope all your greenery lasts well.

PDoc - drag yourself out for a walk and then sit with your daylights on.  Hope you perk up.

Early flowering bulbs sat around for months - still good?

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 13:08

It may help to soak them in a bucket of cold water for an hour or two to rehydrate them so they can get their roots going faster in the soil.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 12/12/2016 at 12:57

I don't mind who wins at the mo.  Definitely the right 3 in the finals.   They're all extremely good and have excellent pros doing fab choreographies which means I'm waiting to see who does best on Saturday.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 23:50

I'm pleased Claudia has gone.   She is the only one who didn't manage to put in "performance" in her routines except for last week's Lion King which is the only time she's danced with all her being and not just achieved technical proficiency.  Ballroom dancing is recognised as a sport but does need to be danced with some artistry.

None of the other 3 deserved to be in the dance off but someone had to be.   Should be a great final.  All 3 celebrities work really hard and have achieved an amazing standard and any of them could win.   Their pros are all very inventive and creative with their choreographies.     Lots of lovely dance content this week too.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 15:47

Hope the snooze does OH some good Liri.

LP - you must be in a state of nervous anticipation.  I hope all goes well.

Since I'm babysitting exploratory felines instead of gardening I suppose I could do some cards too.   They're in the extension where we have the cold larder, freezers, boiler and boots cupboard plus the unfinished room that is full of garden furniture.  Lots of nooks and crannies.

Rose Bush Not Going Dormant

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 15:31

Are you growing it in a very sheltered spot?  If so the temperatures won't be cool enough yet to trigger dormancy and, in any case, some roses keep their leaves better than others.

Either way, just leave it be.   Protect the pot if heavy frosts are forecast so the roots don't freeze.   leave the plant alone until it's time to do the spring pruning in March.  The RHS gives some good tips here:-


Soggy stems. Is this normal??

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:43

The crown will rot if the soil or compost is too wet.  Put you pots outside in a sheltered spot and make sure they have good drainage and ventilation.  Bring them back indoors only if heavy frost is forecast and then take them out again when it's past.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:39

Drismal.   Damp and grey but not actually raining properly and not too cold either.

Sambucus black lace

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:37

It's deciduous, not evergreen, so the leaves are expected to fall off.  New ones will grow in spring.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:34

I'd add a kick up the behind!  Don't coddle him Clari.  Focus his attention on the need for heat and comfort at home, now, for all of you.

Joyce - We had two or three families of woodpeckers in Belgium but none here so far tho I have heard the odd one about.   On the other hand, birds are now visiting the feeders I put out so I'll gradually move them closer to windows so I can see the action.

Our kittens are clearly feeling better - hyperactive and eating like it's going out of fashion!   Lester is going to walk the dogs while I finish cooking and potting the mango chutney and let the monsters explore downstairs in peace.   They are both very inquisitive.

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