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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 11:03

Busy - hope your trip away helps settle you.   

PDoc - WI can be very interesting women.  Be prepared for an attentive audience and probing questions.

Hosta - I have a SAD friend who couldn't cope at all without her special lights.   Hope they work for you.

Lots of excitement this morning.   Dogs, especially Rasta, fascinated by noises in the dining room fireplace so I removed the dogs out the front and opened the grate and…….nothing.    Let the dogs back in through the kitchen this time and bingo – bird flapping in the dining room which adjoins the kitchen with an arch.   Sensibly it found the open back door but Rasta didn’t see it leave and is now doing her impression of a chimney sweep convinced there is something in there.     She’ll probably sit and watch it all day.

Locksmith later and then I need to do which I hope will be without yesterday’s bovine excitement.   I shall go the other way.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 22:23

Good result but a shame it's all over.   We really enjoy it.

This site may help people identify harlequin ladybirds and good guys - http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recognition_and_distinction.htm

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:08

I left behind a rhus typhina dissecta that I'd brought from my Harrow garden in 1991.   As Belgium is usually quite wet it never coloured up as brilliantly as the ones I've seen here which are a stunning strong, glowing red.  However, it did sucker madly which is why I left it.

Brought two acers in pots and have high hopes of them now.   Got to love autumn.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 19:04

My pleasure DD.  I'm glad Charlie is pleased.  Had to go back another day and get a pack for OH when he saw what yours contained and he now has the route map and poster of sailors and boats up on the office wall.

I was supposed to spend this pm sorting out the bathroom now we have a functioning basin and dry cupboard below but, after an early start and a busy morning and a long, slow shop and then exciting walkies with doggies (beef calf loose in the lane with dogs off lead but all OK) I ended up needing a snoozle on the sofa.    Very cosy with a large Labrador and a medium terrier snuggling up too.

Time for dinner then. Bake Off.

Lots of ladybirds starting to gather here too and yes, the harlequins do eat the smaller natives.

Well done Hosta.  No cheap bulbs found here yet.  Opticians' reading glasses are much more sturdily made than the cheap ones which I find fall apart or loose grip after a while but I keep mislaying mine so stick with the cheap ones and have several pairs all over the house and in the car.

What is composted bark?

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 17:14

The amount of nitrogen they consume in decomposing is really negligible and will not harm your plants and will certainly be more than compensated by all the moisture retentiveness and weed suppression the chips provide.    The chips are just that, chipped bark.   Composted bark is finer and stringier in texture and breaks down much more quickly. 

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 17:05

Nope, not a hint.   Odd, come to think of it.

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Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:37

No quinces here either but the neighbours gave me 3 kilos at the weekend which is plenty so I don't even need to plant one.  I'll be looking for some good apples to grow though and picked up a bag of "fertility bacteria" whilst exploring an otherwise disappointing new (to me) garden centre.  

No pots and no greenery apart form some neglected looking plugs of lettuce and broccoli.   Lots of outdoor wear and riding gear and pet food.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:34

Stay strong Yvie.  Lovely news.   I have just git in form a very brisk walk with the dogs - thighs tingling as the blood whizzes round.  Pity it doesn't take WD40 to my creaking hips and knees.

Before that, SM for a good browse without OH in tow;   Found some 25cl plastic goblets for sweet peas and broad beans and some pigs' cheeks to cook long and slow.  Been looking for some since I saw them cooked on Saturday Kitchen months and months ago.

On the way home I popped in to a Gamm'Vert to see what they had - nothing green apart from some neglected looking plugs of lettuce and broccoli  and no pots of any description.

Hope your OH gets on with the leccy Clari.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 10:35

Haven't had time to absorb news today.  That extra coffee worked a treat and I now have a repaired bathroom basin with a shiny new tap and drip free plug but he can't come and move the basin unit till early Jan cos he's busy busy.   He has tho got the radiators working.  Seems the system was drowning cos the expansion vessel was flooded.   New CH doctor booked for 10/11, locksmith tomorrow pm and chimney sweep for the two wood burners will call back when he's not up a roof.

I hope the fog is clearing for all those driving or trying to garden.

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:32

I expect OH will want his usual stay and play long golf weekend so maybe some room for negotiating.

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