Latest posts by Obelixx

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:28

Chaps are in today - sheltering from outside work and weather - doing the insulation for the ceilings in the annex.  Then will come the remaining wall boards and the ceiling and finally floor tiles.  I shall take photos as work progresses and post a link when it's done.

Problems using the website

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 15:20

No probs here apart from the wind affecting phone lines so connections a bit iffy at times today and yesterday.  Council chappy came past trimming hedgerows and has left some cut branches hanging on phone and power lines so we're a bit blinky at the mo.

Have you got an ad block running?  That might help.  

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 28/02/2017 at 09:15

It's windy and wet again here today.  We've now chalked up 8cm of rain since the 20th of Jan when we started recording.    Chappy came round early this morning to ask if his men could start on insulating the annex ready for a ceiling to go in because it isn't nice working outside.  We have thus spent the morning emptying things out of the way - to the outside sheds and ruin so a bit wet for OH or the dining room for me which is noisy because Rasta barks at the wind whistling in the chimney.

I would love some bee hives here when we get our veg garden growing but we don't consume very much honey so I'll have to rely on solitary bees and wild honey bees for whom I will provide shelter.  

Possum goes back to Namur this afternoon so we'll have an early lunch and take the dogs to explore Angers before we put her on her train.   Turns out she's only brought the teeny case so no room for her sweet potatoes and the new jeans.   Dilemma.

Have recorded the Mary Berry programme.  Not sure why they make people cook outside for these progs.    All Keith Floyd's fault.

Have a safe and cosy day everyone.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 18:29

When we moved to Belgium it took me ages to get used to shops closing for lunch.  I'd get up, do a couple of hours unpacking and sorting, get showered and dressed and arrive in time for midday closing.   Fewer and fewer shops do it there now so we've had a period of adjustment here too.  One DIY shuts for 2 and a half hours but does stay open till 7:30.

It was a wild and woolly drive up to Nantes today but teh sun came out as we arrived so Possum got some good filming done around the chateau of the dukes of Brittany which is a lovely, cuddly castle with a defensive moat and all - not a big, imposing, threatening sort of castle like Edward built to tame the Welsh.

Turned a bit wet and windy while we were exploring the cathedral so we adjourned for lunch and then explored the Place Royale and the theatre via a lovely cast iron and glass covered gallery.   Somehow, Possum acquired 4 new pairs of jeans and a tailored jacket. for when sje needs to look professional.

Home now and thinking of something light for dinner.

Sussex Trugs in France

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 18:12

If you google "magazine+jardin+France" you will get quite a list of magazines.

I don't buy any regularly but I picked up a copy of Jardiner Facile last month because it had a lunar calendar I can pin on my garden shed wall.   You could also try Living Magazine which is in English and targeted at the Englsih speaking community in the Dordogne, Charente and Vendée regions.

Wire fencing + post and rail fencing

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 09:18

I don't think chicken wire is sturdy enough for a bouncy dog and nothing will deter cats other than the presence of a dog and maybe a water scarecrow which is a weapon you can google.

I'd go for rolls of the proper green mesh, plastic covered wire mesh at whatever weight you can afford.  You'll then need the vertical supports and tensioners and you'll need wire cutters to cut it to size for stepping down your slope.   

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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:59

I remember being in Texas in '88 and supermarkets were open 24/7, even in a bible belt.  At the same time there were people driving round in pickups with shotguns and rifles attached to the cab.   I am a devout atheist too but am happy for people to observe their own religious or other beliefs as long as they don't ram them down my throat or disrespect other people's beliefs or lack of them.

Good fun at the Oscars but coverage definitely OTT.   

TB - when I got a big thorn in my thumb and it got badly infected, the doc removed what he saw (a teeny speck) and then told me to soak it 3 times a day in a solution of iodine/bétamine antiseptic and squeeze out any remaining infection.  3 days later, out popped a 13mm splinter.........   Felt a lot better after that.   Good luck with yours.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:28

There's a campaign against Sunday shopping in Belgium on the grounds that it mostly affects women working at the tills and who would be better off at home with their family.    However, on the few occasions I nipped out for something the place was heaving with other others doing their big family shop for the week.     Bigger stores have got as far as "Collect and Go" but not yet delivering tho that will surely come.    I enjoy doing my own shopping and hope it will be many a year before I need deliveries.

Wild and woolly out there this morning but supposed to be better up at Nantes.    

Hope everyone has a good day, whatever you're doing.

lunar gardening

Posted: 27/02/2017 at 08:18

It is supported by those who use it successfully.  No-one has funded a thorough scientific evaluation because it is not in big commercial interest to do so.   However you will find that French gardening magazines publish lunar calendars and Italian seed companies advise which days are best to sow seeds.

It's a system that's been used since Egyptian times but, like any other, you can take it or leave it.

I find I organise my time better in the garden if I discipline myself to stick to root jobs on roots days and not get distracted by leaf or flower jobs and so on.   Their are even jobs when gardening with any plant is discouraged in favour of maintenance of boundaries, tools, sheds etc   What's not to like?

Ultimate Alphabet 'P'

Posted: 26/02/2017 at 21:00

Pug, Pommeranian, paint box, paint brush, pawn, plum, plantain, pestle, padlock, pliers, proboscis monkey, pitcher, pagoda.

Is anyone counting?

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