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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:29

DD - two weeks at Carnaval seems a bit odd to us after Belgium's one week but since they all do it I'm sure the administrative wheels will grind on in the usual way.  Patience and, as you say, enjoy the calm before the storm.  Fingers crossed it all gets moving soon.

Liri - how very worrying for you.   Fingers crossed for you and the baby too.

Busy - Where did you get your albums?  I have photos going back decades that need organising but I get irritated by the usual albums and am definitely not into scrap-booking. 


Posted: 18/02/2017 at 09:01

GD - that container sounds cramped to me.    Think couch grass on steroids.   That's what the roots will be like so a bit more depth and certainly more width if it's to screen bins.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 18/02/2017 at 08:58

Woken at 5:30 by a playful kitten wanting to go outside - no - and then again at 6:30 by the other wanting cuddles.   Dozed off again till 9:30.   Now the babies have been fed and Rasta has had her meds and I'm on my second coffee so all is well apart form OH having golf on TV instead of the news.

Frosty this morning after a clear night with a very bright Venus.    Sunny tho and should get warm so I have a sleeveless t-shirt on under my big fleece lined gardening shirt, just in case.   Spraying next and then more hacking and some freesia bulbs to pot up.   Plenty of vitamin D making.

Haven't seen last week's BDSS yet or last night's.  I do know I really dislike contrived jungle gardens that need coddling over winter but I quite fancy your ginger lilies Hosta.   Might get some if I decide to have a "hot" bed with cannas.

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Posted: 17/02/2017 at 21:18

Minstrel kitten now has a T in her ear, done by the vet when he sterilised her to show she has an owner if ever she strays and no-one reads her chip.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:55

Sorry FG.

I got quite excited yesterday when I found some bulbs coming through under the unidentified tree I hacked.  Not so happy today as they look to be the same as some other bulbs coming up round the well where I know there are Spanish bluebells in amongst the daffs, autumn daffs, cyclamen and campsis.  Gonna be a nightmare to eradicate.

Never forget about lunch here.  It's my breakfast.

Off to knit now whilst the felines and canines are all zonked and not "helping".

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 19:27

You do know your Denis has probably flown south  for winter and this Denis is probably Scandinavian or even Belgian.

OH is having a grump.  The One Show is on with Giles Brandreth going on about Otis Redding and I said w e have to get a juke box.   We've just bought a deck for vinyls!!!   He doesn't understand.   Too busy plating cricket and rugby to listen to pop music so hasn't a clue.  Even now when we dance he only hears the rhythm, not the music.

Busy - we love Belgian and French sausages.  They have real meat and no rusk.   Yum.    I don't miss bacon as long as I can get lardons for salads and bol.   I do miss Irish black pudding but I can certainly live without.

Critters have had a busy day.  2 dogs and 2 kittens flopalot on the sofas and Bonzo is cool. about sharing my sofa with two pussies.   Amazing and lovely.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:11

I've recorded the James Martin progs but only discovered he was doing it after 10 of them had been on.   Boo!

I've been hacking - dangerous when I get a pair of loppers in my mitts.  Decided it was too late to spray so went and watered all my treasures in pots and then got out my trusty pruning saw to remove 3 thicker branches I couldn't get with the loppers the other day and then went to see what OH was doing with the overgrown bamboo and said new loppers.

He trotted off out with the dogs so I have now done radical surgery on a hibiscus and an as yet unidentified tree that needed its crown lifting and the overgrown fig.  OH now has a lovely pile of stuff to gather up and feed to his chipper.   I hope the fig is shocked into producing some fruit.   

Kittens have been up half the trees in the garden and are now fast asleep.  No doubt they'll wake up at bedtime.

Shame about Peter Skellern.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 17:00

When we started house hunting down here loads of  them had a summer kitchen - basically a place more open to the outdoors and garden than the house kitchen which is cosier for winter.

Our kitchen faces north onto a terrace and then a gravel garden which is visible to walkers, riders and cyclists in the road so I decided to use the annex for a summer kitchen as it opens to the west where I'm planning a seating/dining area surrounded by pergolas of roses and clematis and honeysuckle and views of the rest of the garden.  

It's also a ruse to house my Rangemaster because there isn't enough leccy in the real kitchen to power it and no way to provide it without breaking walls and ceilings.   As the annex is incomplete we've been able to run the extra cables through what will be the roof space when we get a ceiling in.   Cunning.

Snowdrop Walk - Anglesey Abbey

Posted: 17/02/2017 at 16:52

Whoever goes, lots of pics please.   My 20 wee pots of snowdrops do not a walk make but I'd like some inspiration for my intended winter border in the hope they will go forth and multiply.


Posted: 17/02/2017 at 14:59

Judicious trellis panels and a clematis or rose GD!  Much better behaved.

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