Latest posts by Obelixx

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:14

I used to use a Minolta X700 camera with assorted lenses, filters, motor drive but it was a lot to cart around on hols so when we went to Oz in 2000 we bought a smaller one with the new fangled film that could do landscape, portrait etc.  OH bought himself some new-fangled digital thing.

Since then it has become increasingly hard to find film, get it developed and so on so we now share a Lumix DMC-FZ9.  It fits in most of my handbags so is easy to carry and is also easy to use.   It doesn't have fancy macro features to take the kinds of pics Papi-Jo and one or two other posters manage of insects and flowers in minute detail so if that's what you want you'd better ask them.

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:53

Verdun - I doubt very much if DK will ever come back but there are other camera aficionados on here with some proper kit so why not ask them?   

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:51

Glad you had a successful day Busy.   That must help a lot.

That's a kind offer Dove.   Not a pheasant in sight at the SM this pm but I have a guinea fowl.  Just need OH to come home now so I can try your recipe.

Cat - you need this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/seed-and-plant-swap-2016/895135.html or else start a thread with an appeal for something special you may be after if it's not on there.  The purple dressing gown thing is a state of mind.  Dove started it so she can explain best.

Chicky - baking cakes is really quick and easy and so delish.  Only a faff if you get cerative with teh presentation and decorating which I never do.  Stick to chocolate ganache, butter or cream icing or just sifted icing sugar and they'll be wolfed down.

FG - nothing wrong with a domestic gardening weekend now and then.   You are so right about people going out only with mobiles.  What happens when they can't get a signal?  And why should people risk their lives and limbs to rescue them when they've been so stupid as to go out unprepared?  They should get an invoice for time and materials at least.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:33

I have a scented geranium - but not rose - whose leaves I infuse in cream to make a lovely ice cream to serve with fresh redcurrants.   Had to hack it hard back for the move but it's recovering well.   There must be some nurseries that do them online, surely.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:30

If it's cloudy, it doesn't get light till after 8:30 at our new home in the Vendée.   I'd rather have lighter evenings than morning I think but as we're both now retired I don't suppose it will make much difference in the end but I do wish we could keep summer time as the default.

Pleased we have so many root days as I have bulbs and garlic to plant and some hardy cyclamen to spice up the colour range in the ones already here which are all white or pale pink and look as though they need a jolly good feed.

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:23

Thanks Joyce;  We love it and have gone off bricks completely.   There are two barns too with those lovely stones.

The one on the right has a flat floor and an old table tennis table that just needs a clean.  Possum has bagged it for entertaining her friends when they all come to visit.  There's also an oak marquetry dining table with 6 chairs that all just needs a clean and feed and some cushions for al fresco dining.   The one on the left is more lumpy and has loads of kindling to cut up and 3 old wooden bench tables.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:17

I have been on an expedition and have found a proper garden centre - VillaVerde at Olonnes-sur-mer and there are branches elsewhere if anyone's interested.

Proper plants, proper pots and loads of other goodies.  I may not have a purple dressing gown (2 lilac towelling robes for guests count?) but I do now have purple berries on the grounds that a callicarpa should cope here.  Mine in Belgium curled up in winter.   Also bought a pink and green variegated Japanese maple, some ericaceous compost for my azaleas and a camellia, some pansies for my new pots and some hardy cyclamen in deeper pinks and reds to add to the mix popping up in the grass between the gate and the house.  None of the bulbs I was hunting but I did get some saffron and spring crocuses.

They even had some clematis but I resisted on the grounds that there may be more choice in spring (only a dozen at the mo) and I may have a bed for them by then.

Thence to the huge Leclerc where I treated myself to one each of red and white Oz cos I don't know which of OH's French lot are specials or quaffers and they have corks!!!

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:06

I did post those cows before but on another thread I thought.  The ruin is indeed ours and has to stay in case we, or someone else want to develop it in the future.   If we knock it down it will no longer be possible as we are a "zone agricole".    We've told Possum it can be a project for her and we'll just make sure the window spaces are covered to stop water getting in when the rain comes.   Course, if we win the lottery...............

Today I went garden centre hunting and stopped on the way to take a photo of the coast at les Sables d'Olonne.  If the weather doesn't change they're going to have to push the  boats out of the harbour entrance which is at the end of the far point and it will be a very slow start.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 13:01

Watered all my pots with the sprinkler attachment and planted the second lot of pansies in pots.

Now the chimney sweep has been and the dogs have been walked I'm off on a hunt for ordinary pots for potting on, bigger pots for planting bulbs and more bulbs and pansies and compost and see what else is out there.  Not a lot to the immediate south or north so I'm heading west today.

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 12:57

Walkies with the dogs today - most is still green tho leaves are falling cos of a long drought.

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