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Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 20/10/2017 at 08:02

Good morning.  Cool and grey here but not wet tho there's been a sprinkle in the night.   

I think the mean have put the window too central and there won't be room for the shower which will run along the back wall with the cupboard for the hot water tank forming part of one of its walls.  Need to get that checked and maybe fixed before they go any further.

As for planting plans, we are supposed, in a normal year, to get decent amounts of rain and less of the scorchio we had in May and June - http://www.holiday-weather.com/vendee/averages/  75 cms or so of rain a year.   We've had about 25 since mid Jan.   The area behind the shower room has been graveled and is solid clay underneath so we always thought it would end up as a dry garden with Beth Chatto style planting after working the soil up. 

AR - I had a whole collection of bone china tea cups and saucers, some with plates,   Some of our older UK guests liked them for their cuppas and breakfasts and I did occasional tea parties for gardening friends.   I kept a few specials but prefer a bone china mug myself for my coffees.  Don't do tea.

Spot of cleaning this morning, then baking a chocolate beetroot cake for new gardening friends this pm and then lifting hostas till it's time to scrub up and get presentable.

I hope the storms forecast don't do you a damage this weekend.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 22:24

Getting a bit blowy out there but still warm and dry so far tho the radar pic of rain over France shows heavy rain going across here between 9 and 11 pm.  Odd.

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 22:14

Had a Malvern Hils in Belgium witha  Beauty of Worcetser clem - Oh is from Worcester and played cricket for Malvern Hills club in his youf.  Unfortunately both struggled with the easterlies in winter but I've bought a new MH for here.

I talk to critters all the time - in the garden, on walkies, 4 pets in the house and even OH sometimes.  Same crops round here Busy but grapevines over towards Mareuil and orchards beyond there.   .  

Busy day today.  Big SM shop this am and then gardening this pm.  I have lifted 3 Japanese maples from that too dry shade bed.  They will spend the foreseeable in pots on the terrace where they will be hidden from direct sun by the house and now from easterly winds by the shower room.   There are 4 so I'll need to get a 5th and then I shall rescue the hostas back into pots and make a wee glade on the terrace.

What a difference a day makes.  We have the bones of a shower room.


Clari - I put William on to A4A after he asked about having my photo with the flame thrower I used just once and abandoned.

WW - I do a lot for my cats but not that!  Might just about squeeze thru a dog flap........

Dancing was good tonight and certainly got the heart rate going.   Must be nearly time for bed. 

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 13:57

Haven't watched since part way thru the first series.  Dreadful people - AS and contestants - and stupid challenges.  I do, however, like AS's ex sidekick who has since retired but gone on to other things.   

Much banging and clattering and sawing going on today.  They are constructing the timber shell which will be insulated and then clad with timber boards.   Dogs confined to barracks with a pig's ear to keep them busy.

OH fossicking in the potager laying weed membrane and I'm on watering pots and clearing stuff out of the dry shade bed to make space for stuff that will, I hope, like the dry shade better.   Japanese maples and some hostas to rescue.  Hebes and bulbs to go in.

Busy - hope the new stuff does the job OK.   I wonder how I'm supposed to guess when our 4 years are up and when the fosse septique needs emptying........

Dacha - be careful.  Once you get to 27 toes take flipping ages to mend.  Bashed my second left last October and the new nail has only just got to the proper length.

Lovely to get your Kindle back Liri and yes, definitely deserves a reward of some sort.  Like the chutney idea and the charity donation or maybe a book token for him? 


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 12:25

All paper is good as long as it isn't gloss magazine or plastified.  I put thin cardboard, egg boxes, paper bags, kitchen roll, tissues, cheapo advertising leaflets and papers but I do tear up the bigger pieces to help with rotting down.  It adds valuable carbon to the pile and is good for layering between grass cuttings to provide air and help them break down well.

Carboard mulch question

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 12:22

Cardboard is more usually used in vegetable plots where you weed after harvest and then put on a layer of cardboard covered with plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost to hold it down.  This then all rots down over winter and is worked in by worms and other organisms to make the soil ready for cropping again in spring and thru the growing year.

For ornamental beds it is more usual to apply the mulch without the layer of cardboard and after all the planting is done.  If your soil is in good fettle, you can then use a thick layer of chipped bark to stop light getting to the soil and allowing weed seeds to germinate and grow.   If your soil still needs improving, then the cardboard and mulch route is the way to go because the chipped bark will take a long time to rot down and will be a pain to remove for further soil conditioning and planting..

Hello Forkers.....It's October!

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 09:09

Just wait until we get some rain Hosta!!    Good luck LP.  Hope it goes well.

Carpenter chappies are her constructing the shell.  They're going to put in a cat flap for me.  Kitties currently using the bathroom window accessed via the annex roof but I don't want to leave it open all winter as it faces west and the prevailing winds.

Off to SM for a serious shop now and then gardening.    Have a good morning everyone with hugs as needed.


Posted: 19/10/2017 at 09:03

Been watching the ornamental Kitchen Garden DVD while sewing and a lovely old chap uses his ash to sprinkle on potatoes after planting and before covering +up with earth.   Says it keeps the slugs off the tubers.

Red Sun

Posted: 19/10/2017 at 09:01

We had it here in the Vendée on Monday and it was certainly very strange.  Clear skies and sun with odd bits of cloud since.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 18/10/2017 at 22:43

It was a good show this week.   Didn't see it till Sunday night cos we were out dancing ourselves on Saturday night.   Some really good choreography by the pros with a proper tango from Anton and a proper q'step from Kevin.  Didn't Susan do well?!!   

Agree with Craig about floor swipes in Viennese waltz.   Not the right dance.   Still can't stand AJ.   Gorka and Oti are very clever with their choreographies.   The right ones went home.

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