Latest posts by Obelixx

Climate Change?

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:56

It has been measured.  There's an article about it by the Hawaiin Volcanic Observatory mob - http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/volcanowatch/archive/2007/07_02_15.html and no doubt others.  I'm so glad I'm not downwind of a volcano emitting SO2!

Earth's weather patterns have always been cyclical with mini ice ages and so on but those have been largely a result of the elliptical nature or our orbit round the sun and thus greater or lesser distance from the heat.   However, the past few decades have seen a relentless rise in average temperatures that is, amongst other things, having a devastating effect on ice flows in mountain glaciers and the ice cap at the North Pole.  This is leading to increased sea levels and more turbulent and frequent catastrophic storms.

Having deliberately moved south to a new garden in order to experience a beneficial climate change for both my garden ambitions and my arthritis, I can't speak about the effects on plants here as I don't know them yet but I do know there was a very long and unusual drought here from mid July to the end of October after a cold wet spring and that, according to our farmer neighbours, has made life difficult for both his beef cattle and the crops he grows to feed them through winter.   He's had to carry food and water to the fields 6 weeks ahead of normal.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:41

OH wants a pool Busy.  I'm not convinced - expensive if it's in ground and ugly if it's not - and we'd have to sneak it in cos of being a "zone agricole" so it has to be connected to the house.   Your son's cat looks very comfy and so glossy.

Our pair do that Clari, so relaxed whether on a sofa or in their baskets.   

Warm and sunny this morning.  OH is off to fetch gas for the cooker and then we're both off to get another kitten for Cosmos to play with.  Black and white so we're calling her Minstrel after a dianthus velvet and lace.

Sorry about your neck Dove.  Hope it loosens up soon.

Lesley - OH doesn't really watch snooker anymore since he has golf on Sky.  I've had previous cats climbing round TVs looking for the bird/cat/other on programmes like Planet Earth and one long ago who loved snooker and tennis and followed every ball.

I'm saving Planet Earth series for a rainy day.   Missing too.   

No Pat today?  Hope she's OK.

Have a great start to the week everyone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 28/11/2016 at 09:27

Anyone who watches SCD 2 knows that Danny is putting in incredible hours - 11 or more a day sometimes - of practice to get his dances right and it shows.  He's applied himself thoroughly to the whole thing and has made huge improvements.   Last night's samba was glorious.  Clever girl that Oti.

I loved the modern re-work of paso from Joanna and thought Ore did it really well but he needs to stop making little mistakes.  Craig doesn't miss them.

Louise's waltz was also very modern and pleased me less but she danced it extremely well.   Dreadful frock tho.

Claudia's Argentine tango was very impressive but I really dislike lifts where the female has to pedal a bike in mid air - looks ungainly - and I thought it all looked over controlled.  For once, however, that egotistical J was showing off his partner like he should.  Still can't warm to her though.

Judge Rinder just looked self conscious throughout with strange hands, fluid arms and a stiff upper body.

To give him his due, Ed Balls certainly gave himself up to the whole Strictly experience, tried hard and entertained but his dancing was definitely not up to scratch and why, oh why, does he still have his paunch?  In a normal Strictly world that should have gone weeks ago.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:55

Sympathy Chicky.  Been there with Possum.  Lovely atmospheric seas Dove.  Love sea with mountains too but we have the Atlantic 25kms away and that will do, with no mountain or cliffs.  Lots of sandy dunes and a few rocky bits here.

Cosmos' hearing is fine.  First thing I checked.   He's a bundle of playful energy despite having the snuffles.   Bad habits already.  Caught him watching golf on TV!

We were going to be having Nadia's Cod with Clementines for dinner but the gas bottle ran out and the new, bigger one has the wrong fitting so it's pizza done in the combi oven.   Very gourmet!

Plants you don't like...are there any?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 19:47

I like fancy fuchsias as long as they have good colour Nut, but in small quantities in hanging baskets. Love the more dainty flowered ones except when they're a very pale wishy washy pink.

Have to agree about leylandii and tree ferns.

I loathe euphorbia - unattractive plants with nasty sap.

Hypericum - Rose of Sharon - had to clear a 3 metre bed of it once.  Absolute nightmare of tangled, congested roots.

African marigolds.


Bamboos and other "jungle" plants in non-jungle climes.

Palm trees that are not on a tropical beach.

Impatiens, most tropical orchids and all begonias.   Nasty, plasticky looking things.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 16:14

Clari - OH always said he could cope if Possum got pregnant but wouldn't know what to do if she got into drugs.  Fortunately she has done neither.   Uni fees in Belgium are about 900€ a year depending on subject.  

As I understand you only have to pay English uni fees once you have a job with a certain level of income which seems reasonable enough to me if it's the same for all but also rather unfair given that I am of the era when fees were paid by the education authority and we got maintenance grants too, depending on income.

Pdoc, that market hall is wonderful and gets used for lots of community events as well as the weekly market.   There are quite a few around here but this is the nicest IMO.

If you were to buy yourself 3 plants for Christmas...

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 15:58

Starting almost from scratch in this new garden so top of the list for the near future are liquidambar, cornus controversa variegata and a prunus serrula but I may swap in some red stemmed cornus alba sibirica for my winter bed or cheat and get all 4.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 15:49

No Clari.  It's just as bad except that you can eventually explain to kids that you can't cuddle them all day because you need to get things done like feeding them or going to work.  Both have their attractions and plus points.

We have a new kitten.  He's all white so we've called him Cosmos.   

He's very confident and is, in theory, used to dogs so we hope they'll get on fine when we've done the introductions.   Needs to settle in first but he's a confident wee chap who likes exploring and cuddles.

We went to the Xmas market in Mothiers-les-Mauxfaits today.  Better than we expected - local foods - cured sausage, smoked fish, oysters, cheeses, honey, confit fruits and beers plus some of the usual tat and quite a few stalls of handcrafted decs and prezzies.   Bit twee for my taste but some good stuff too.   The best bit is, of course, the old market building itself.

I now have a smoked cod's roe in the freezer for making taramasalata for Xmas.  We saw it done on professional masterchef so OH thinks I can do it too...........

Sorry you're feeling down Pdoc and Pat and hope it passes.   

Hosta - glad you're relaxing and getting some sleep.

Liri - hope you get all the painting done in time.  Shame there's no-one to help but sometimes time on your own can be precious for recharging and reflecting.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 26/11/2016 at 10:38

Started bright and sunny but greying over a bit now.  Staying dry though.  

We were set for a crackerless Xmas here but now have to go back to Belgium for a few days for some bureaucratic stuff so may fit in a raid on the British supermarket and get OH a mini Xmas pud while we're on and mint jelly for Possum.    

DD - have a good time at the dance.   Can you not record Strictly?  If not, the dances will probably pop up on Youtube fast enough.

Is it just me or does the dictionary on here really not learn when I add British English spellings?

Fidget - hope OH is doing well and that the celebrations go well today.

Clari - I hope you're tucked up warm under the duvet.  When we moved in to our house in Belgium in 1993 it was still a building site - no hot water, no heating, plaster in only one room, ladder to get upstairs to it, no windows on the back wall (north facing), just chipboard, and it was February and -15C in the daytime!   Brrrrrr!   We had a gaz canister with  a heating element to take off the chill and 5 cats to keep us warm as well as the duvet and ski socks and thermals.   Wouldn't do it now I'm 27.

New Bare Rooted Rose Bush Question?

Posted: 25/11/2016 at 18:25

Patience and good care are needed.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water for at least an hour and preferably overnight.   Plant in well prepared holes with plenty of good quality compost worked into teh soil and, if you can, scatter some microrhizal fungae on the roots as you plant them.  It has to be in direct contact.

Plant them with the graft union an inch or two below the soil surface and water well.   If heavy frosts are forecast, protect them with some horticultural fleece so the tips of those shoots don't freeze.   Come spring, they should start shooting from buds on those stems and that will give you your bushy plant.

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