Obelixx


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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 22:23

That's a very pretty rose Busy.


I love crab but couldn't get it fresh in Belgium.  Here I've seen cooked crab sold just cut in half thru the middle but I've also seen live crabs to bring home and cook.   Need to learn how to shell and dress them tho.   When I was young we'd go and visit the grandparents in Seaham and Dad and I would catch a bus down to the harbour and come home with a couple of live ones which the grown ups then cooked and prepared so I've no idea how shelling is done but I will learn.   


Dancing was good tonight but hard work.   Private class as we were the only ones there.   One pair on hols, one heavily pregnant and another with two sick kids at home.


Bedtime soon.    Need to build up reserves for the final push ofpainting and then I can get into the garden again.


Sweet dreams all.

Don't be tempted......

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 21:48

I dislike all euphorbias including poinsettias and sincerely trust I will find none springing up here but there are arum italicum plants all over the place and some will have to go.


We've cleared and re-planted one main bed here and there are all sorts of very thin, spindly bulb leaves coming up.  Heaven knows what they'll turn out to be but some "weeds" OH was worried about are growing up to be lovely hardy cyclamen.  Today I discovered more "weeds" which are celandine so will need cleaning out before it becomes invasive.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 17:50

Just back from shopping marathon - Sm, DIY store to collect floor tiles for annex, LIDL for soft fruit canes and Gamme Vert to collect some peanuts I ordered for the birds.  5€ a kilo now!  They'd better like them.


Now to cook a quick pasta dinner and then head off to dance class.


We wanted some clams to do spag vongole but not a lot and way to expensive so prans and tomatoes it is.   Good deal on lamb shoulders tho.    Treat for Possum when she next visits

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 12:34

She hated it at first, then liked it and wanted it to stay dark but after 3 recent visits between Xmas and start of March she agrees it's too dark and need to go light grey.


I like the sound of your green and grey but this grey is too dark and dull for that green and I can't change the floor. 


I like the rads too but they're a nightmare to clean and paint - just done the one in the kitchen - so we'll be boxing in the two in the smaller bedrooms as that gives extra shelf space too but keeping the rest as they are for now.

Brambles and bindweed

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 12:28

When we first started work on our garden in Belgium - former cow pasture so very fertile but riddled with nasties - we had a chap in with a bulldozer to smooth it over and excavate a natural pond for drainage.  I then put black plastic down to clear weeds in a huge bed above the pond.  One year later, OH goes out all enthusiastic and unsupervised and before I know it he's taken off the plastic and started rotavating.


I came home 3 hours later to find there were bindweed, thistle, nettle, creeping buttercup and couch grass roots running all along the surface and stopped him.   Lovely bit of propagating on the rest though.  Nightmare.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 12:23

Yes PD.  Mine certainly has his uses and is generally a life enhancing person to have hanging about the place.   At the mo he's messing with recycling old kitchen units and sorting out his screws.  They always used to be my screws and DIY tools but he's appropriated them since he retired.  Just have to teach him about what spirit levels are used for and rawl plugs appropriate to purpose and surface...


It's turning sunny here too but with only a mild breeze.  We have discovered lovely pale daffs growing through the tussocky grass in the donkey paddock.  Fortunately they've shown themselves after I sprayed.


We've had to tie Rasta up so she can sunbathe and guard the garden.  She's been lifting up the metal mesh fence to next door's garden in order to get to a hedgehog and insists on gong back every time we drag her away.  Let Bonzo out too!   And she's roleld in something smelly.   Horrible dog.   Fence fixing to add to the list now.


Clari - changing wheels is a job for the Man who Can as they're bolted on far too tight for me to loosen the nuts.  I used to be able to do a full tune up and service of my old Vauxhall Chev estate engine but drew the line at brakes and beyond.  Nowadays it's all computerised and I haven't a clue except for checking oil and brake fluids and windscreen washer.

Plants to replace yellow day lilies?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:58

It looks like it's a named variety of hemerocallis that has been found toxic.  I found this on the American Hemerocallis Society webpage


"Owners of ill cats who were exhibiting signs of renal toxicity have identified [ingestion of] named daylilies, namely H. Stella D’ Oro.  A university in Michigan is currently working to actually identifying the toxin which is a water soluble complex sugar. It is closely related to toxin in grapes and raisins that affects dogs.  It will not cause renal toxicity in "all” dogs and at present they cannot explain why. However if the dog displays any signs of toxicity is not aggressively treated within 18 hours, it will die. The toxin affects the proximal renal tubules which in the process of shedding dead cells clogs the kidneys causing anurea. (the absence of urine production) and the animal dies. The same toxin from daylilies in cattle can cause blindness – but again, not in every instance. The selective nature of the toxicity in cats may be why our members the have had cats that munched on foliage or flowers and not become ill are raising questions. This toxin is specific for the feline and bovine species (at this time).  However, I must continue to warn those with cats that ingesting of daylilies could be fatal to their pets. It’s all in the timing, though. Vomiting will occur within 2-3 hours and if this is noted and the cat is taken to a veterinary clinic within 18 hours from ingestion and treated aggressively they may be fine. If they become toxic and are not aggressively treated with the time frame they will die.


 Given that we have recently adopted 2 kittens, now 6 months or so old, and have 2 dogs and we have cows as neighbours I think I will not be buying any more hemerocallis, much as I love them.

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Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:48

It runs from rear to front so north to south from the stairs.  I rather like the outrageous stripes too but some of it is peeling and the door surrounds all need finishing.   The paintwork at either end is grey and so is Possum's room which has a huge mural of NY.   We want to keep that but go pale grey on the walls as it is so dark in there and will look better with the strangely green floor.    





Those pics taken at height of summer.  It is very dark in winter.

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Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:42

Hello everyone.   Brighter here - all the better for seeing patchiness in pesky chalky paint so yet another coat of terracotta then lunch followed by a  raid on the supermarket.


Buys- I hope you get your shelters repaired OK.  Better go and check ours this pm.  Oddly, the donkey shed has a proper terracotta tiled roof but its walls are thin and draughty.   Baffles me but it will make a good potager shed.   


Wonky - good work with the pergola.   Are you planning to sit out there in cold weather?  Do you really need evergreen if you're mainly going to need the privacy in clement weather?  I'd go for colour and perfume myself and do repeat ramblers and clematis.


Dove - enjoy your sketching.   Will you do paintings from them later?


Chicky - glad the talk was good.  Once we have enough material I'd like to go no dig but that will take some time and I need to investigate other sources of composted material.   Neighbour's horses will help but not enough.    Enjoy your reunion.


LP and Joyce - take it easy.   Plenty of good weather on its way soon and you need to be fit.


Hosta - hope the bonus is good this year.  Every little helps.


Really must go and paint.   Have a good one everyone whatever you're doing.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 09/03/2017 at 10:25

I know what you mean.  I ended up drawing the floor plan to scale and then cutting bits of card to scale to represent the furniture and shuffling them around till I was happy.   It then took us a mere 30 minutes of discussion with kitchen man who said it was the easiest kitchen he'd ever designed!


For the annex I'm on version 5 or 6 as I recycle or abandon various bits of the old kitchen and fit in those 2 pine pieces.   Do I want a table or a comfy chair?   Then colours?  The kitchen is quite strong and fitted so maybe the annex can be completely neutral and not fitted which will allow me to play with different looks thru the seasons.   Decisions decisions.


And when they're done I have to mull over colours for the rest of the downstairs and that very stripey landing........   One of the estate agent's photos


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