Latest posts by Obelixx

An about 10 litre watering can with a folding handle?

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 11:10

I use green plastic, cheap as chips 10l watering cans for the garden.  They live near a water butt each.  for everything else I use the hose pip.   

I also have 2 old fashioned metal ones and a smaller one but they are "projects".   One day they'll be cleaned up and painted and become "features" for my yet to be built seating and eating area.

Christmas baking 2018

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 10:54

I make Delia's Creole cake too as all the booze goes in at the start and there's no messy feeding.  It soaks for a week then gets baked a week before Xmas.  Usually eaten around Easter - once part of after ski and now after gardening all day in cold spring weather.  Should be warm spring weather now we've moved south.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 08/02/2018 at 10:50

Bright and sunny outside but perishing cold.  H****work this morning.  The bright sun makes the windows look a mess after all the rain but also means I can't clean them.  How sad.

Pat - Have you ever thought you may be in the wrong climate?   Fans and aircon to cool you or just lie back and soak it up and do more active things in the cooler hours?

Hosta - hope your girls got away safely and enjoy their trips. 

WW - sounds grim.  I hope you get signed off for more and maybe, tho I know it goes against the grain, resign and sign on?  At least you'd get your stamp paid and help to find a new position.  

Glenys - turmeric is an anti-inflammatory amongst other things.  Been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.  Google around for some decent supplies but make sure they contain bioprene which is comes from black pepper and helps with absorption of the active ingredient.   Leonidas for me but they have to be crunchy or praline, not soft centred.  I also love little Milka choc eggs.

Firelily - rant away.  It's allowed on this thread and you'll find sympathy here too.   I take it a pacemaker would be of no help but surely something could settle your rhythms a bit.

Lovely promise in those snowdrops Dove.

DL - why are you up so late/early.  Is it cos your BH is away?

Busy - is everyone working to the same colour theme for your patches?

Hello to all I've missed.  Hope it's a good day for you all.

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 22:57

We had the jab too this year.  So far so good.   It sounds like a bad one to have.

Great to see you popping in again Yvie and trust you are fully recovered.  LG - I hope your bug doesn't "develop" and goes away after a good sleep.

Pdoc - well done.

AR - I have never been able to eat a creme egg but I do have other chocolate vices - as long as it's proper chocolate with cocoa solids and butter.

Hosta - why hasn't that referral already happened?   I despair!

Bed time for me too.  G'night all.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 22:38

Those teddies look very intricate to do LP.   Clever you.  Have to admire people who are clever with knitting needles.   

Pat - easy to be neat when following a pattern and using a large quilting ruler and cutting wheel.  It's a very practical "trousse".

Rosa 'The Fairy'

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 18:53

The RHS offers info on caring for this rose here - https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/details?plantid=1709 and says it's a group 23 for pruning - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=178 

You should find plenty of info there.   Give it a good feed afterwards and don't prune when frost is forecast in the next few days;

Friends of mine grow this rose in their garden along with about 1000 other shrub, standard, climbing and rambling roses so he just goes in and takes out dead wood, spindly wood and very old wood and then a general tidy but doesn't have time for careful pruning back to an outward facing bud in all those shrubs.  He still gets a good display.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 17:22

Thanks Joyce.  It's a much brighter blue and busier pattern than I had picked out from my stock but it was that or gaudy yellows and oranges when I raided the group's stash.   I have just enough left over for the purse, which, since I've reinforced the fabric with backing, may end up so thick I need to make a new bag!

Last edited: 07 February 2018 17:22:37

Ivy in Hawthorn Hedge

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 15:32

No.  It'll kill anything green that it lands on.

Just cut the ivy stems at the base and leave the stems to dry out and die.   You may need to keep cutting till it gives in and stops re-growing but it will die if there are no leaves to feed the roots.  Pull up what you can when the trees go.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 15:30

Here is my "trousse", complete with detachable pin cushion and zipped pencil case and slots for A4 papers for patterns, instructions, notes......


Now for a purse.  Why not?

Hello Forkers - February 2018

Posted: 07/02/2018 at 15:25

New ones will rust in time.  The rusty ones are cheap and if you get 5mm thick are bendable round a post or trunk and you can choose your own lengths, tho you'll need some bolt cutters.

I don't suit short hair and layered cuts or bobs have to be twiddled each day and, on straight hair, every mistake with the scissors shows.

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