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Do you do upcycing of furniture ?

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 12:22

Here its is.  Formerly very dull, dark, dingy oak but cleaned then sanded and primed and finished in white satin paint.  We removed all the metal fixings which were rusty and I gave them a soak in WD40 and a scrub with very fine wire wool.   It's  a perfect wardrobe for guests now.

Cost 39€ + paint and elbow grease.

Last edited: 22 January 2018 12:23:35

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 10:53

Hosta - "gated" holiday communities are safer for tourists who no longer have any interaction with dodgy locals - see Jamaica news - and also make more income and profits for the resort owners.

Joyce - I've often wondered what the clootie was.  Obvious really.  

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 09:58

I love a good gloaming.   Remember sitting on our back terrace in Belgium watching the sun slowly set one summer - 10:30 in late June but light lasted much longer - and our Oz friends both wondering at it.  Sunrise and sunset happen much faster nearer the equator and they weren't used to it.

Do you do upcycing of furniture ?

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 09:55

This is an old dresser, bought for £é( years ago.  It's a mix of oak and oak veneer.  I stripped, repaired and then sanded it before "feeding" it and then painted it in a buttermilk satin oil based paint.   

This is an Ikea pine IVAR unit to which I added wheels and a lid then painted in white chalky paint then applied découpage bits from some wrapping paper and finally varnished to make a toy cupboard for Possum when she was little.  It ended up being a  shoe cupboard in the cloakroom and now stored paper and all the doings for the printer in the study.

I'll have to go an take pic of the latest white wardrobe jobby, also satin paint.

Fence posts in windy area

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 09:43

Exactly.  Porous fence is the answer.   Something like hurdles if you want natural or a metal mesh if you just want enclosing.   

I had a similar windy situation in my last garden and used mesh fencing then attached windbreak fabric fabric to filter the wind so the shrubs inside could grow and make a natural windbreak.  Unfortunately  that wasn't porous enough and I ended up with 2m high wooden fence posts with another 50cms buried in concrete boots all leaning over at 45° and needing buttressing.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 09:36

Good morning.  Wet and blustery here and the kitties are very fed up.  They snuck out of the back door keeping low cos of the wind, got about 6' to the first corner of the annex and scurried back in after meeting the full blast of wind.  No doubt I shall have "help" with my sewing today.

FB - hot chocolate is wonderfully comforting in extreme cold.  Glad you're getting lots of northern lights.  They don't always perform to order.

Dove - I have always thought that the Guardian has a very blinkered views of supposed Socialist revolutions and happily skim over the human element of the cost on small traders and producers and workers.   Same with anyone who viewed Stalin and Lenin with a less than critical eye.  Between them they wiped out more Russians and people from occupied territories than the Nazis did in their camps and they were a disaster for the economy.  Same with dictators like Mugabe, other African leaders and their like.   The right wing press is no better at being honest and analytical.

Pat - most of the skin crackled as it should but I tried your trick with the bits that didn't.  Not as successful as I'd hoped but the dogs thought it was yummy. 

Haven't seen UK weather reports today but I hope everyone is safe and warm and dry.

Which Rosa rugosa hybrids don’t sucker

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 18:10

I have never met a rosa rugosa that doesn't sucker, whether in my garden, friends' gardens or municipal plantings.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 13:24

Love char too.   It was stranded in some of the Lakes after the Ice Age.    You sound very well wrapped up FB.   You too Busy but doesn't it interfere and make you hot walking home?  

Thanks for that tip Pat.  I usually turn on the  grill if it needs a bit of encouragement but that can lead to it being a bit too "caramelised".

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 21/01/2018 at 12:47

Drismal here and still windy.  I have been reading in bed with play and cuddles for Cosmos who has managed to injure his other front paw.  Little spots of blood all over the bathroom floor so back o twice daily cleaning and bathing.  Might have to make more socks if we haven't caught it in time.  Such a clumsy, accident prone pussy.

Meanwhile Minstrel came in wet looking for cuddles and food.  She reall does not approve of rain stopping play.

We're off to a show this pm - Argentine tango - then back in time for proper roast belly pork with crackling!

LG - Hope you do get out and see the rest.  Looks good on TV.

Fidget - had no idea you were off adventuring.  Enjoy.

Pat - I hope you and yours are well away form any fires.  Horrendous things and all teh worse when started deliberately.

Stay safe and warm everyone who's cold.  Enjoy the scheming Hosta.

Watched Monty.  I do find his naivety about other garden styles very irritating and can't imagine why he's managed to spend so little time in Persia/Ira but it does look as tho this time we'll get the Taj Mahal with water, as intended, unlike his poorly research and mis-timed trip in 80 gardens.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 20/01/2018 at 20:34

I think that's how most people think of it and use it.  Desperately unattractive.

I bought a celeriac to have with our beef stew and was going to mash it till I saw it baked whole on Saturday Kitchen this morning.   Gave it longer than indicated as I thought it was a wee bit bigger than the one shown this morning but after over and hour it still wasn't baked!  Tomorrow night then, after some more baking.

It's very blowy here.  I love all the rain we're having but I can see why the Mistral drives people mad.  Howling winds in the eaves and whistling in the chimneys is getting a bit too much now.

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