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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 13:51

Love soda bread and also make it for winter soups.  I've made tomato, orange and ginger soup for lunch tomorrow and braised some red cabbage with apples for tomorrow's dinner and made red salad with the other half for our lunch.

I like lemons for lemon cheesecake - uncooked so light and fresh on a ginger biscuit base.  Yum!  Or a proper lemon tart with optional meringue.

OH has restored PC to beginning of Jan state but Chrome is still being shy so that needs looking at.   

Wet and windy continues.  I'm off upstairs no having done all other jobs except prepare a whole celeriac for baking to have with our boeuf bourgignon which I cooked on Thursday.   Sauce and veggies taste great but, my goodness, well cooked beef is very boring.  I shall freeze the leftovers for OH to have when he feels the need but my plan is never to cook it again.

LG - a lot of scouse is Irish so maybe it's from there.  Horrid, whatever it's origins.

Italian Walnut Trees nuts going black

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 11:23

Sounds like you have some kind of codling moth whose maggots are eating your nuts.   You need an insecticide or some sort of pheromone treatment.   Talk to your neighbours about what treatments you can get near you and when to apply them.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 11:15

Good morning.  I'm camping on OH'sPC as mine won't play.  Very wet and windy out there so a good day to carry on sewing.  I've delegated cleaning to OH.

LG I spent my teen years not far from Liverpool and never heard anyone use that exoression.  First time was a US programme.   Enjoy the light show.

Good sleep Hosta.  How long before you get home to your hostas?

Time for a quick look round then back to that machine.


Posted: 19/01/2018 at 21:12

I haven't grown any yet in this new garden but I like Bulgarian carrot - orange and carrot shaped - as well as Hungarian Hot Wax and Pot Black is a good one if you want a change of colour.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 20:51

Not here.  I just like it spelt correctly and spoken properly and not full of dreadful brainless US expressions eg gob-smacked.  How ugly is that and what's wrong with amazed, surprised, shocked, flabbergasted?

Do you do upcycing of furniture ?

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 20:48

If you use a chalk paint you have to let it set for a few days and then protect it with either wax or acrylic varnish.   Oil based matt or satin finish paints are better for wood that will see some use and not just be decorative.   High street brands will do fine.

Annie Sloan chalk based paints are best on flat surfaces that will be stenciled and/or have some kind of aging effect and protective finish done on them.   It shows wear easily in my experience so not suitable for a sideboard or dresser.

You can use wire wool or a fine metal brush to remove varnish on twiddly bits after applying a varnish remover.   

Have a look at this site for some tips on general prep - https://www.erinspain.com/how-to-paint-furniture-a-beginners-guide/ 

Do you do upcycing of furniture ?

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 17:46

If you want a long lasting finish I would take the trouble to do a proper sanding down as you don't know what composition is in the old varnish and it may react badly to the subsequent paint and you'll get bubbling.  It's worth making the initial effort to save time as paint will go on more easily to a well prepared surface and you'll get a better finish that you'll enjoy looking at every day.

I agree with Buttercup - upcycling, or even just cleaning, older furniture gives you something much more sturdy and original and loads cheaper than modern stuff.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 16:44


Been to docs and had the jab.  Discussed the lovely toes.   I can have infiltrations to ease the affected joints but first I'd need surgery to remove the screws - 2 short, one medium and one long in each foot.   No thanks.  Keep taking the curcuma.   Keep dancing.  Keep walking.

No time for walkies till sewing all done.  Trousers next I think before I tackle another lined jacket..

Do you do upcycing of furniture ?

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 16:39

Sanding is essential if you want to paint or varnish again or have bits of damage to repair with wood filler but my recent adventures with furniture indicate that products have improved greatly since I first tried years ago.

Something I was taught to do on a furniture renovating course about 20 years ago was to wash old furniture down with a mix of equal parts white spirit, methanol and turpentine.  It softens old surface finishes and also feeds the wood.   You need plenty of ventilation tho.

Confused about clematis pruning groups

Posted: 19/01/2018 at 16:24

This excellent site says it's a group 2 so light prune after first flush of flowers and a generous feed to encourage a second flush later on. http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=3788 

In my last garden - central Belgium - I treated all my group 2s as group 3s because winters were usually cold enough to kill of all the top growth that would normally produce the new buds and shoots and flowers.  As long as they were pruned hard in March and given a handful each of proper clematis food and protected from slugs, they all produced lots of new growth and one longer flush of flowers in summer so you takes your pick and makes your choice.

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