Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 11:48

I think Claudia's problem is definitely her "look at me" partner.  I feel she also needed someone shorter to suit her height and more generous about showing off his partner and fitting the choreographies and music to her stature.

Agree also about Giovanni being too egotistical with his steps and attitude.   Nathalie is popular but Greg is really trying and improving.  Better in ballroom than the Latin tho so maybe the next Latin will see him out.

I have never rated Ed Balls as a politician or an economist but he is at least improving, unlike Sergeant.  His quickset was watchable rather than cringe worthy but I do hope he doesn't last much longer.  There are more attractive dancers still left in.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 11:40

I have had what the French call a grasse matinée - stayed in bed snuggled under the duvet reading October and November issues of The Garden.   We stayed in a garden cottage of that Arts and Crafts garden in Malvern.   Stunning setting and a pleasing mix of managed, formal gardens and wild meadows and woods and streams.  Those buttressed hedges are very impressive.

It has been cold overnight but is bright and sunny now with some light clouds to the east.   Pottering sort of day with a trip to Luçon to stock up on basics and cooking gas then planting up the last of my pots, finding a place to plant a golden rain tree and one or two other bits to liberate more pots for bulbs I brought from the old garden.

I trust everyone is having a good day.   

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 23:47

Some were Fidget - 3 D effects, hand painted fabrics with textural stitching to highlight shapes and shades.  Lots of inventive techniques and ideas.   Definitely art and not just stitching.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 23:25

OH thought Laura went wrong near the beginning but recovered.  Ore didn't make any mistakes but still had not a lot of hip but that comes from the natural salsa footwork and he didn't have a lot of that in his choreography.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:50

OH suggested that too but it would gather dust and cost a lot in fabric and the perishing stripes should disappear in the next 2 to 3 coats and I already have the paint for both stripey rooms.

Pretty amazing dance off this evening.  I think the result was right given the pairs involved and maybe Ore will now work harder on his hip and foot mobility.   Not his best dance but, like I said before, STrictly Salsa is not what you see at salsa classes or bars.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:44

Busy - glad the pheasant and sea bass and lamb were all good.   Have to say that Tom Kerridge's brine is far too salty so I would halve the amount another time.

DD - Good.  I hope the class can follow progress through the next 2 to 3 months.   We watched the start from a distance from Port de Bourgenay - couldn't get any closer - and then came home and watched it on the website with the PC connected to the TV.  Really interesting commentary but shame about the chap having to turn back.  He's got 10 days to sort the problem though so I hope he does and tries again.  Good luck with your training.

Dove - Hope you're feeling better.

Have a cosy evening all.   Cold out there!

Last edited: 06 November 2016 20:45:20

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:39

I've decided the rad will be spray painted once the wall paint cures and I can put masking tape and sheets of paper around.   Should have done it first but didn't realise what a battle it would be.

Actually, they're all good now but I do hope the rest go in the right order and we don't get to keep Ed the novelty act or Claudia, the one I haven't warmed to, for much longer.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 16:59

GWRS - i-Player?

SGL and RB - haven't time to run up anything at the mo.   Intended sewing room needs another two or three coats of paint to cover painted stripes - 6 coats to cover the orange, 7 and counting on the stripes.  I was told, too late, I should have put grey on first to neutralise it as white doesn't work.   Too right!

And then when that's done I have the opposite room to finish - same except solid blue walls with the same stripes - and then I can organise my stuff and make something gorgeous, starting with fleeces for winter.

It is nigh on impossible for amateurs like me to find dance frock patterns anyway.

I do hope they don't send any of the really good ones home tonight.   

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:15

Ficus?  Burmese rubber connection.   Benjamin?  From ficus benjamina which is a bit more decorative.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:01

Unfortunately, salsa on Strictly is all show and very little proper salsa which is all about armography and tying and untying knots.   If it's fast, it's hard to do hip gyrations even tho the basic foot rhythm hardly varies, unlike the ballroom and Latin dances.   I like Ore tho and hope he does better next week.

Danny's jive was very good and Louise's TA exceptionally good.   I loved the Viennese waltzes, especially Daisy's.  Clever choreography.   Can't warm to Claudia either SGL, or her partner.  

Loved Nathalie's dress but I'll be happy with Laura's from last week so no need to share.

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