Obelixx


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Christmas decorations

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:55

I do like simple coloured themed for Xmas.   Mine have been red and gold for years with simple soft white lights.   We like to go to Xmas markets and find something new each year and I do buy replacement baubles in the sales so I always have spares but this year the tree is half the usual size so we'll be fine.


Other than those I have special tree ornaments picked up in Brussels, Leuven, Liège, Bonn, Cologne and other smaller German markets.  I rather hope to have time to make more of my own decs for next year, including some patchwork table runners and maybe a wall hanging.   

Daffodil/Narcissus

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:40

I think it's Minnow too but you can compare it with teh info here if that helsp - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/90112/Narcissus-Minnow-(8)/Details


If you want to keep the bulbs healthy for more flowers next year you need to remove the flower stems once the flowers fade and feed the plants to build up  reserves for next year's flowers.   The bulbs will increase in size and make offsets which can be grown on till big enough to flower, thus increasing your stock.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 11:34

Hello.  A lovely start to the day but I haven't been out yet.  Stayed upstairs communing with kittens who are definitely better for being steamed and full of beans.   OH has taken the dogs out for walkies so they have the run of downstairs in peace at the mo.   Rasta doggy is "in love" and doesn't understand why lying on her belly with her ears pricked, eyes focused and tail wagging doesn't get her any new feline playmates.


I am waiting for our lawnmower to be delivered from servicing and repair and then will be outside planting bulbs and supervising OH.  he wants to cut the grass where the naturalised cyclamen are now in full leaf so hands and mowers off.


Have fun with the decs Busy.   Wonky - that sounds appalling but you seem to manage it all sensibly.  Have to wonder why you should have to though.


Everyone else - enjoy whatever you're doing.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 20:32

Never saw a nuthatch in our Belgian garden and none here either.  However, the feeders I've put out are being used by somebody and I look forward to identifying what we have when things have settled down enough and I have more plants and feeders positioned where I can gaze out of windows and identify the wildlife.


Kittens have been steamed.   He just lies back and gets comfy while she sits and starts to mew after a few minutes.  


OH's birthday lunch was very good and worth the trip.  Afterwards we went for stroll to the shore but the Atlantic is still looking like a mill pond whenever we go.  One of these days we'll get dramatic waves and clouds.

Putting up Christmas Decorations and Tree

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 17:04

Not if you do it outside and let it dry before you bring in the tree Logan.


We now have a Nordman tree sitting outside in a pot (says cultivated in pot but I'll believe that when I see it) and having a good drink.  It was the best shape in that size and only a few euros more than the ones with their feet stuck in logs.   With any luck it will grow but not a drama if it doesn't.


Getting lights out and testing them is OH's job but I do put them away so I know they're not bundled in knots for next year.  OH does candle lighting but I had to buy him a snuffer after I kept finding great gobs of wax on my furniture and walls where he was blowing them out with a bit too much puff.

programmes to watch

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 09:19

Bright spot for Monty and Nigel fans - GW back on March 10th.  93 sleeps to go.

Putting up Christmas Decorations and Tree

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 09:17

I like a real tree and Nordmans don't shed.  If you trim the base of the trunk and stand them in a bucket of water for a day or two they take up enough moisture to last and a dose of hairspray helps seal their pores too.   


We've tried rooted trees but they've usually just been hacked out of the ground and only one has ever survived and is now a 6m high specimen back in Belgium.  I might buy a properly potted specimen for this garden but we'll not bother again for the house.


Found this site this morning - https://www.facebook.com/pg/diycraftnproject/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1165071980246919


Hours of fun for crafting with kids or family - unless, like me, you save loo rolls for sowing peas and beans.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 07/12/2016 at 09:00

Morning all.  I've managed to catch up on some missed sleep but not quite enough.  Never mind, it's bright and sunny and 11C already.   OH's birthday today so after we've walked the dogs and steamed the kittens we're off to an award winning restaurant for lunch then shopping for an Xmas tree.


Bulbs will have to wait another day.


Good luck with all the baking DD and Busy.    Dove, we had to replace our machine recently and the new ones take huge loads so our whole laundry rhythm has changed.  Happy hunting.


Pat E - hope town wasn't too hot.  Clarice - lovely pic.


Hope you perk up Punkdoc and Hosta - extra pocket money!.  

Putting up Christmas Decorations and Tree

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 22:55

Division of labour here.  We choose a tree together and then he helps me secure it in the special Xmas tree pot so it gets water and doesn't fall over.   Then he gets to fetch down all the boxes of decs and check the lights are working OK.


I then string the lights round the tree, check they're balanced and evenly spread and then decorate it with the baubles etc while he puts up outside lights.   Then we put up extra garlands of lights inside and lots of candles.


This year it will be a small tree cos of the kittens and we may not have any outside lights as there are no outside sockets here so I'll have to find something else for him to do while I do the tree or he'll try to help...........

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/12/2016 at 22:47

Away at the weekend so have only just watched SCD and the results.   Loved the Willy Wonka choreography but not the surplus flowers getting in the way.  Unfortunately ore wasva bit messy with his feet first time round but I'm pleased he's survived the dance off.


Louise's dance was glorious - clever choreography from Kevin and very well danced by her and she was clearly enjoying herself and the character.


For the first time in the whole series I enjoyed Claudia's dance.  She's always been fit and precise but this time she had some feeling too and her costume didn't make her look dumpy.  Trust AJ to cock up a big lift at the end and did anyone else notice he let the door slam in her face when they came out after their scores?  Silly, selfish boy.


Loved Danny's tango.  Oti is so clever with her choreography and he pulls it off every time.  


Pleased the judge has gone.  He did very well and improved every week - till this one - but his samba lacked bounce and looked clumsy.


I did not enjoy the opening pro dance with Anton nor Elaine Page's performance (Julie Covington's version is the one for me)  but the other pro dances from West Side Story and Chicago were great.  Love musicals anyway but usually prefer them on film. 

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