Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 23:50

I'm pleased Claudia has gone.   She is the only one who didn't manage to put in "performance" in her routines except for last week's Lion King which is the only time she's danced with all her being and not just achieved technical proficiency.  Ballroom dancing is recognised as a sport but does need to be danced with some artistry.

None of the other 3 deserved to be in the dance off but someone had to be.   Should be a great final.  All 3 celebrities work really hard and have achieved an amazing standard and any of them could win.   Their pros are all very inventive and creative with their choreographies.     Lots of lovely dance content this week too.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 15:47

Hope the snooze does OH some good Liri.

LP - you must be in a state of nervous anticipation.  I hope all goes well.

Since I'm babysitting exploratory felines instead of gardening I suppose I could do some cards too.   They're in the extension where we have the cold larder, freezers, boiler and boots cupboard plus the unfinished room that is full of garden furniture.  Lots of nooks and crannies.

Rose Bush Not Going Dormant

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 15:31

Are you growing it in a very sheltered spot?  If so the temperatures won't be cool enough yet to trigger dormancy and, in any case, some roses keep their leaves better than others.

Either way, just leave it be.   Protect the pot if heavy frosts are forecast so the roots don't freeze.   leave the plant alone until it's time to do the spring pruning in March.  The RHS gives some good tips here:-


Soggy stems. Is this normal??

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:43

The crown will rot if the soil or compost is too wet.  Put you pots outside in a sheltered spot and make sure they have good drainage and ventilation.  Bring them back indoors only if heavy frost is forecast and then take them out again when it's past.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:39

Drismal.   Damp and grey but not actually raining properly and not too cold either.

Sambucus black lace

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:37

It's deciduous, not evergreen, so the leaves are expected to fall off.  New ones will grow in spring.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 13:34

I'd add a kick up the behind!  Don't coddle him Clari.  Focus his attention on the need for heat and comfort at home, now, for all of you.

Joyce - We had two or three families of woodpeckers in Belgium but none here so far tho I have heard the odd one about.   On the other hand, birds are now visiting the feeders I put out so I'll gradually move them closer to windows so I can see the action.

Our kittens are clearly feeling better - hyperactive and eating like it's going out of fashion!   Lester is going to walk the dogs while I finish cooking and potting the mango chutney and let the monsters explore downstairs in peace.   They are both very inquisitive.

programmes to watch

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 12:08

Logan - never saw the Enterprise series as by then we were in Belgium with only BBC1 and 2 on cable so 2 decades of ITV and other channels passed us by.   Now we have satellite so can catch up on stuff on the many channels that just seem to do repeats.

Will have to keep an eye out for the new Star Trek but May will mean longer days and warmer weather and more time outside and less in front of the box - in theory.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 11/12/2016 at 11:58

I think Craig was spot on with his comments but also mean with his scoring.  I didn't see any 8s last night.   Fabulous routines and performances from Danny, Louis and Ore.  

Ore has let himself down in the past with being inconsistent and making small mistakes but he performed brilliantly last night, as did Louise and Danny.  I did not like Claudia's rumba which was danced with technique but absolutely no feeling so I'd like her to go next.

I thought Louis's frock in the tango was an absolute fright and don't understand Joanna using a disco rock track for Argentine Tango but the dance itself was glorious..

programmes to watch

Posted: 10/12/2016 at 15:29

Red Dwarf was meant to be funny.  I remember loving the first series of Star Trek back in the 60s but when I see it now it is unintentionally funny and cheesy.   OH and I also enjoyed the later spin-offs but Voyager was our favourite, especially after 7 of 9 joined the cast.

Loved that dog on SCD2 last night.   Our two only react to wildlife or acts, dogs and doorbells on TV.  

The best bit about Xmas TV is the old musicals.  They said that last week's Musicals SCD had them all but they missed out all the Fred Astaire and Gen Kelly decades and many more.

Looking forward to Xmas Bake Off and Last Tango but don't know about any other goodies yet.

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