Obelixx


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Driveway Material

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 23:23

The driveway in this house is fine gravel.   We find it shipped in thru the front door on the feet of our dogs and anyone who doesn't wipe their feet thoroughly.   It grows weeds with gay abandon and needs constant hoeing or spraying as the previous owners left it unmaintained for several years.


Pebbles look much nicer and won't ship in on feet and they will create less friction dust so harbour fewer weeds but they will move under the weight of cars.   I think you should consider some sort of grid system to hold them in place and make sure it has a weed suppressant layer beneath.

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 22:26

Joyce - we had 16 months of drought and it didn't start raining properly till mid December.    We've had 2 days with no rain this month.   Looks like it's going toe dry tomorrow and most of Wednesday but wet again on Thursday then fine for a few days.   Let's hope it's also fine in Paris as I'm off there on Saturday to play with Possum for a few days.


Fidget - enjoy your ice hotel.   Hope the boat's not too bumpy for the next leg.   


Busy - well done.  I have a heavy date with weeds in February.


I've been sewing - no surprise.  Log cabin glasses case finished.  Pyjamas finished.  Trousers just need the inside leg seam sewing and then hems and finishing of the waistband.  Jacket next.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 20:01

It's been a cracking month for me BF.  We're up to 62cm of rain now since mid December.   Shame about the wind damage but that can be fixed - if and when the men ever get to us that is.

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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 13:33

Busy's in Norfolk at the mo GW.  It appears that it' son in English in La Roche-sur-Yon this week so OH and I may go and see it.  Or maybe we'll wait for the DVD........ or do both.


Love dumplings but rarely make them.   Try to keep carbs down.


Still windy here but dry now.  We've had almost 62mm of rain now since mid December.  Excellent.

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.

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