Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 18:51

Not round here that I can see.  One house in our hamlet has put a sticker of a pumpkin on its front door window but that's all.   Haven't seen any great fuss in shops except for a bit of witchy decoration in the customer service area of one DIY shop.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 16:58

OK.  Did they leave a teacher behind as well to keep an eye on the last class?   Is teaching not about the art of communication?

Amazing, in a bad way.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 16:13


Crab apple jelly time.

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 12:11

I had 2 John Downies in my garden in Belgium - one for me and one for the birds.  Good croppers.

None here but new neighbours gave me 4 kilos of quince so I've turned 3 into jelly and, doh!, have just realised we binned all my jam jars.  Pan off, lid on.  Shopping tomorrow.  Public holiday here.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 10:59

I see what you mean about the size Pat.  When our ex neighbours were here a couple of weeks ago Pol ate huge amounts for breakfast - croissant, pain au chocolat and several slices of multigrain bread but then he's a big chap and a farmer so probably needs the calories - but maybe not on hols?

Have a great time Liri.  A bit of sun should set you up for winter.

When OH moans about my cold feet in bed I remind him he promised to cherish me.


HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:31

OH has been at home since Jan 1st and it's OK except for having to do lunch as opposed to eating what and when I feel like it, or not.   He's pretty good at helping with chores but when he does need a prompt I usually suggest something along the lines of getting his bloody Dyson out or fetching in teh washing while I cook dinner.  Getting more observant now.

Another sunny day here so I'll be outside pottering again and not doing the many indoor jobs outstanding.  Sorting what's left can wait for a rainy day, as can painting.

Hope you enjoyed your breakfast Busy.  Probably won't need to eat till dinner time now.

Is raisin toast a sort of tea bread or a just a fruity loaf like cramique in Belgium which is a fruity brioche and actually very light but calorific.  Great for B&B pudding.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 22:37

Sorry Pat.  Tired so forgot about your being a day ahead.   I don't always eat breakfast so that can be a problem when we have guests as they usually either want the local kind which means an early expedition for croissants and brioche or else the full English which I'm happy to cook and eat but can't face before mid morning at the earliest and then after a good bit of gardening or h****work or a walk with the dogs. 

Definitely off to bed now I've let the dogs out and got them to settle.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 22:11

C; Foolhardy?

D; Trusting of a mate?

Hope it's a good 'un and lasts a long time.

Wonky - excellent answer.   Had they really not noticed?

Pat - was it the snake or something you said?  Thought they were going tomorrow at the earliest?

Off to bed now.  Tiring day here.   Sweet dreams all.

Last edited: 31 October 2016 22:11:39

Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 22:05

Have finally watched both shows this evening and have to agree that the whole Halloween thing is taking over a tad too much.   I've long complained about the modern rock music they insist on using for tango and paso and the Halloweening process doesn't help at all.

I still can't warm to Claudia but she did dance well.  Greg performed very well tho I agree with Craig about the lack of rumba steps.   Don't understand why people aren't voting for Daisy as she's very good.  Neither Ore nor Danny was on full form this weekend but I still think they'll be hard to beat.   Louise has improved but needs to keep that up if she's to beat the boys.  Laura's tango was very good and I loved her frock but I can't see her winning it either at the mo.   All in all a good show and I'm pleased with the result but really hope Ed goes next.

I suspect Anton would be a very good replacement for Len as long as je can curb his inclination to waffle but I think Karen would be good too.   Really don't want Brendan.


Posted: 31/10/2016 at 19:06

Prune in late winter/early spring but not when frosts are forecast in the next few days as these can damage the wounds.

If you're worried, try pruning just one third to a half of the stems back to low buds and then do the next third to half in subsequent years.   After a good prune of any flwoering shrub I like to give a generous handful of blood, fish and bone and a liquid tonic of tomato food in late spring to encourage them to flower..

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