Latest posts by Obelixx

Glass poppy bird bath

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 13:34

Maybe keep it in the conservatory and use it for floating candles instead.  Failing that, maybe some strong glue such as araldite to fix it.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 13:21

OH has been pottering outside doing odd jobs and says there are lots of buds about and the garlic and onions I planted are now shooting..  Feels spring-like here today so I hope nothing gets a nasty surprise later on.

Meanwhile I am still on what feels like spring cleaning.........

Did my late morning lying in in December but feel the need to be up and at 'em this week for some reason.   Even my toes are feeling perky after yesterday's workout.

Should go and sew but I'm off outside after I've had my coffee.

Never been to Spalding.   

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 11:44

Hmmm.  Sunrise here 8:48 and sunset 5:34 (GMT+1) so a teeny bit more daylight.    Supposed to be cloudy with sunny bits but we have sunny with cloudy bits so far.  Very nice - and mild too and dry.

Dismantling Xmas today so on cleaning parade but maybe I'll get a bit of gardening done later.   

Fruit at last?

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 11:38

You need at least one more tree as Bramleys and Coxes are not suitable pollination partners.  Bramley is also a triploid which means it needs 2 other pollinators.  Have a look at this info - https://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/how-to-pollinate-bramley-apple-trees The same site should tell you what you need for Cox trees too or check the RHS website.

Sheep dip chemicals can harm fish and bees if they get into the water supply but if the sheep dip has been there along time I doubt if that's the prime cause of your loss of bees.   There could be drift form framers spraying arable crops further away.   You'll have to try growing bee friendly plants to keep them fed and healthy all year round.  Bees are not the only pollinating insects so have a look a the RHS website for a list of pollinator friendly plants.

Another rant in the Potting Shed

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 11:28

The Belgian and French health systems work because they are well managed.  Also, you have to pay an initial fee for a consultation, prescriptions etc.   It's mostly refundable thru an automated system but it does concentrate people's minds on not going to A&E, for example, because they have a cold.   My recent toe x-rays cost me a princely 6€  for 3 pics.   

I think many governments tax the lower paid more disproportionately because they're easy to target thru PAYE and don't usually work in positions of influence that affect government policy.   

As for grills on windows - in sunnier climes people like to leave windows open which is clearly asking for opportunist theft as well as potential danger for small people falling out so houses have grills or shutters built in.  

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 11:05

No hibernating today.  We have sunshine!  Up at 9am, one coffee and then cracked on with dismantling Xmas with just a bit of help form kitties.  Now on cleaning but I don't mind as I have my living room back.

OH has been tidying up all the rubble that fell from the barn wall and is now fixing a mesh to the well top so he can attach the trumpet vine which was blown all over this show by Carmen.  We cut it back to ground level last winter and then had loads of growth but no flowers last summer so we're assuming it flowers on old growth.  If not, it's a goner.  Looks more like long straw at the mo.

I'm sure you can dose on the beach if needs be Hosta.  DL - no chance of a fire here.  It's so warm I've just turned down the living room radiator.    Used to know a woman witha Great Dane who'd bring it to horse riding meets so it could play with a resident Jack Russell.  Great fun when it dived under tables in the bar.  Too young and stupid to realise he was too big........taller than the tables!  Oops!

Pat - I can do 33C as long as it's not humid.  Good news about the wrist improving.

Pdoc - good luck with the exams.  Hope you are feeling better generally.

LG - I had to prop up my Billy shelves to stop them falling under the weight of my books.  I now have them on a proper solid pine bookshelf, also from IKEA, and bought, assembled and painted 20+ years ago.  Found it in the bargains corner for about 10 quid.   Hope you feel better soon.

Poo in my Compost Heap

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 22:15

If you haven't the time or the energy to turn it or the weather is a bit inclement, just leave the lid off for a while so it gets cold and also a good soaking from any rain.

Resurrected Thirty-Five

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 22:13

I didn't bring up slavery.  I responded to another comment.

I wasn't patronising you or anyone else M-U.  Just pointing out that we can and should make informed decisions about things that affect the lives of others.  Unfortunately, many people don't and then wonder why we're in such a pickle.

It is a luxury to be able to indulge in dollop from time to time but 24/7 it can become as dull as all work and no play LB.  I'll leave you to it.

Resurrected Thirty-Five

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 21:45

M-U - Tesco do cheap clothes from factories with fair working conditions.  It's a bit like gardening - you can choose to be ethical and environmentally aware without incurring unmanageable extra costs to one's purse or wildlife.

I'm watching Rome Unpacked.  Very entertaining and not a lot of clothing.

Resurrected Thirty-Five

Posted: 05/01/2018 at 21:22

C&A still going strong over here.

Slavery is a terrible thing but you have to view it in context.  Barbary corsairs used to raid the Cornish coast for slaves they'd take back to sell in North Africa and this went on till 1830.  British slave traders in Africa didn't actually go ashore and capture slaves, they bought them from established slave traders who had been selling, very profitably, to the Arabs for centuries.  Many Africans became Muslims because the Arabs didn't take Muslims as slaves.  David Livingstone's main work in what became Southern Rhodesia was against the people capturing and selling slaves to the the Arabs thru Dar-es-Salaam on the east coast.

Modern day slavery exists in the UK today with people traffickers selling girls into prostitution and men into forced labour.  Factory conditions in places like Bangladesh and China are akin to indentured labour and the appalling factory worker exploitation we saw here during the Industrial Revolution.  Think of that next time you decide to buy cheap clothes from PriMark or cheap goods from China.  

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