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Posted: 03/03/2017 at 21:10

I can't understand anyone buying Cadbury's creme eggs, let alone eating them.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 18:05

Fingers crossed for you then Busy.

We have a system here.  I prune and he clears - my theory goes that it's a skilled and unskilled division of labour....    He's asleep on the sofa now after a week of early starts, hard labour today and walkies too.   

Loads of heavy pruning to do here too in order to get things under control and there's fencing to take down so men with bulldozers can play.   Cleaning and painting first though then I can play outside while paint dries.

herbal hair rinses

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:39

Found this - http://www.naturallivingideas.com/home-remedies-for-gray-hair/

My hair is still mostly dark blonde/light brown and I'm expecting lots of natural streaks this summer but in the past I have used lemon juice and chamomile to brighten it up in dull winter months.

Rosemary is supposed to be good for darker hair and also black, as opposed to green, tea.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 15:34

OH enjoyed his pissaladière despite initial doubts.   You'd think he'd know better by now.

We've been wrestling with the cooker hood since and it is finally off the wall and clean ready to be hung in the annex.   He's taken the dogs out now after much muttering about bloody Windows 10.  

He has had to upgrade to it against his better wishes and has been having all sorts of problems. Found fixes on the 'net but after 3 days of uninstalling and re-installing and downloading this that and t'other it worked fine for just 2 hours and then started hanging again.  He says he's giving up and buying an Apple.

Plumber is upstairs having a long conversation with a radiator.   He talks while he works.   Very entertaining.   

Had hoped to set up my new cold frames this pm but am too shattered so they can wait.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 03/03/2017 at 12:19

Cloudy with sunny spells and a breeze but mild.   Kitchen dismantling day today.  Loads of fun!

Camping in the dining room for the duration but at least we have decent sink and dishwasher in the pantry and we have kept 2 wine glasses to hand.......

Rasta doggy has taken advantage of the lack of supervision to go and roll in deep, smelly coypu poo.   Pooh stinkers.  Bath after walkies then.

We are having pissaladière for lunch after OH said we had to eat his drippy apéro anchovies, found in the fridge before we moved it.   Your shopping list sounds  a lot like mine Dove.  Bon appetit!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 22:30

It hasn't all gone smoothly Liri.   First people I asked about a shower room never called back.   First chappy I asked about finishing our annex asked for an email with details of the job then phoned just as we were leaving to go to dance class and never called again.  Two tree surgeons have failed to reply to requests for a quote.

I went in person to see another chap about the shower room we want built and it turns out he has a team who can finish our annex and please can they come this week cos it's too wet to work outside?

The plumber is a gem I found by chance when we needed a leaky bathroom basin fixed.  He's also an electrician so gets those jobs too.   He's happy, we're happy but he's also busy so we have to book him ahead.

Well done for all that pruning.  You must have sore wrists and shoulders now.

Love your plans Wonky.  I've seen a "single stemmed" pergola on sale here.   Yours should do the job nicely.

Neighbour has cut back conifer near house

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:31

You'll need to beef up the soil first as conifers exhaust all the nutrients and loads of moisture.   

Neighbour has cut back conifer near house

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:13

Conifers do not regrow from brown wood so if all the green has gone I'm afraid it's done for.  If there is some green left, trimming some of it will encourage it to thicken but do not cut back into brown leaf or wood.

I wouldn't worry too much about heave if there are other conifers there growing at hedge height.  They may grow and fill the gap - eventually - unless someone prunes them too.

You may want to consider planting something to disguise it and then sit back and enjoy the extra light your garden will get.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 16:28

Spag bol here too Dove but with a ragu from the freezer.   I do big batches and then freeze portions.   Easy dinner before dance class or after along day outside.

I have been to LIDL!  Gave up going in Belgium cos if you didn't get there the minute the shop opened all the specials went.  Was looking for sets of 4 seed trays with cells and lids for 3.99€ and came out with two tunnel cloches and 2 cold frames too.   Thence to the usual supermarket for fish and meat for the weekend and freezer and veggies for the weekend and 10 raspberry plants........

Tried Gamme Vert on the way home but they have no more peanuts now till next winter but can order me some......

Home to find the plumber has finished in the pantry and I now have a fully plumbed sink large enough to soak oven shelves plus a fully plumbed dishwasher and washing machine.   A proper towel radiator has been installed in the bathroom but not yet connected.  He's had to rush off to an emergency but will be back tomorrow pm.

Meanwhile, chappies have almost finished doing the insulation and wallboard in the annex so just the leccy man and tiler to go now and we'll be clean and civilised and organised out there.  

Sorry, no cake or biccies Dove but I did treat myself to a naughty wee bar of chocolate while shopping.


Portuguese Laurel Trees – To pleach or not to pleach?

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 13:26

They will quickly sprout new growth up the bare stems and long stems in all directions from the top part.   Potentially high maintenance.

Yours looks good so far so let's hope it behaves.

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