Latest posts by Obelixx

A mouse in the house

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 09:37

Mice and rats in the garden are one thing; indoors, quite another and not acceptable for all the reasons stated above.  Use a good quality rat poison left well out of sight and reach of children and household pets.   Dogs and cats are good but not 100% effective.

We have recently moved from one old farmhouse and garden to another.  Both have rodents of various sizes in the garden but this one has rats that have eaten a crater in the insulation under the car bonnet and left droppings near essential cables so I have used sachets of poison.   They've also eaten some collected seeds stored in the outhouse.   Not part of the deal.

Clean affected areas thoroughly and make sure no food scraps are left out.   Be careful where you store bird food and make sure none is left on the ground at feeding stations overnight.

Last edited: 09 January 2017 09:38:55

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 09:29

Morning all.   Sunny bits and cloudy bits and 7C here so I can safely put the Xmas tree outside.  It's rooted so I hope will grow.

Minstrel may have stopped singing but she's gone grumpy.  Sits on their sheepskin growling for no reason and then rolls around on the rug pulling herself along by her claws.  Very odd.  It passes tho and then we get to hephalumps stampeding upstairs which reminds me, I loved that colourful knitted one.  Didn't get any knitting done last night as Cosmos was helping.

Made a double ration of chilli jam yesterday only to find I haven't enough jars - perils of moving - so I need to go out and buy some and then have a serious talk with OH about our kitchen.  He avoided it all weekend by being "busy".

When do you leave Pd?

Stay safe and warm everyone, especially the sickies and the healing and anyone trying to get around London today.


Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:27

Peter Sarstedt - and so it goes on..........

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:08

Good luck to you Fidget.  We have moved because we knew we didn't want to be managing the Belgian house when we were 80.   Surrounded by agricultural land so no chance of being built around but the house and garden were just too much for our later years and I was fed up of killer winters.  

The process of selling, packing up and moving on is hard work, stressful, exciting and sometimes hilarious but we are now much more relaxed and have the time to do things our way and at our own pace.   I hope it goes well for you and you have time to take cuttings and gather seeds of your treasures.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:26

I expect you could make green chilli jam if you used unripe toms and green chillies.   Here's my recipe i case you want to adapt it:-

Sweet chili jam with garlic and ginger

 225g               chilli peppers or less or more depending on taste
400g               red/bell pepper - cleaned, deseeded and roughly chopped
600g               onion - chopped
400g tin         chopped tomatoes
1.5kg              sugar
750ml             cider vinegar
1 head            garlic - cloves peeled
1 tbs               sea salt

Add the cleaned and prepared chillies, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger to a large pan with the vinegar and salt and blend with a hand blender (or in an electric blender before putting in the pan if you don't have one) until well mixed together - keep your eyes out of the way as any splashes would be very painful!

Add the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a rolling boil for about 45-60 minutes until thickened and the wooden spoon leaves a trail when stirred in the bottom on the pan.   Skim off any 'scum' that rises to the surface.

Pot and seal.  

Creating a corner bed under a cedar

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:18

The hedges and the tree will be sucking out most of the nutrients and water so I would abandon all ideas of shrubs and go for ground cover plants such as geranium macrorhizum which have scented leaves which turn red in winter and white or pink flowers in late spring.   Add a good clump of hellebores for late winter flowers then concentrate on planting bigger specimens where they will have more light and less competition for nutrients and can grow well.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:07

Dull and grey today so no urge to go outside.

I am sat here with a Cosmos lying bum on the table, tum on my chest and head and paws attacking the zip fastening of my jumper.    Minstrel is sat watching birdies at the window.   She is finally over her singing phase so a peaceful night was had by all.   OH is now walking the dogs while I rest my bashed toe and make chilli jam with lots of ginger and garlic - good immune system boosting stuff.

Last night it was cold enough for OH to want to light the fire but we clearly need to master wood burner techniques as the house is now filled with the smell of smoke so windows open and scented candles on in all rooms.   For some reason, this one doesn't like paper screwed up under the kindling.

Sorry you're having to sell Fidget and hope you find what you need and can love.

Clari - yes mad.   Should be getting your house habitable before giving time to other things - unless the scout hut is warmer!

Keep safe and well everyone.

Iris problem

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:52

Divide as advised above.   I wouldn't wait till end of March either.  It'll be clear by end of Feb if it's going to flower or not and you'll just be giving it an extra month of being cramped and starved.  In the meantime, try giving it a liquid feed of rose or tomato feed to see if that helps.

Drive Screening

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:31

Posts, tensioned wires at 30cms intervals and climbers of your choice - sweet peas, green beans, roses, clematis, honeysuckle.    

A narrow hedge?  I've seen beech and hornbeam hedges just 9" thick.  Very attractive if kept clipped.

House plant leaves dropping off

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:15

Mine's on a wheely thing too and it's great but doesn't help when I want to lift it into the shower or - as I plan to soon - move it downstairs.   We have 2 new kittens who think it's a climbing frame so it needs to be put in a room with a door I can close instead of its current position on the landing.

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