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Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 11:14

That "stream" looks interesting for walkies RG.   It is mild again here and not windy or raining for the moment.  Masons have just been to discuss our storm damage and will come and fix it all on Friday.  Wonderful.

Trousers now finished except for hand hemming the legs and waistband.  Being good and not zapping it with the machine.  Doing a handbag now - big enough to take her small PC and pockets for mobile phone etc.

Need to raid the fabric shop for elastic, a zip and some more interfacing for the tailored jacket which I shall cut out this pm.   Busy - I find it all goes together quite well with Vogue or Butterick patterns but don't like Burda.  Lousy instructions and, over here, I have to draw in seam allowances before I cut.   I get my patterns half price thru a subscription to Sew Direct.

Pat - I too have a mountain of fabric but tend to schlepp about in the same old stuff.  However, I do need to make some new trousers for me now and some new cotton summer frocks and tops for this year.  

I woke up too late for early bird song Dove and they are quiet now but were very noisy yesterday when we had sunny spells.

Hosta - I know there are certain kinds of excitement you don't need but is it not a tad boring just lazing by the pool all day?   How's the tan coming along?  Turning regularly?

Pdoc - our pond has finally risen high enough to flood the shelf where I planted the twisted willow.  Hope it's happy.

I hope everyone is well, or at least recovering from lurgies, and that the weather is kinder today.. 

Driveway Material

Posted: 23/01/2018 at 00:12

Pebbles can be any size.  The essential difference between pebbles and gravel is that they are smooth and rounded so less dust but more movement.   Gravel can also be fine or medium or large but will always make dust which makes an excellent seed bed for weeds the minute it rains.

Hiw should I treat this?

Posted: 22/01/2018 at 23:34

I think the best thing here is patience.    If they've already righted themselves a bit, chances are they'l straighten up completely, especially when the sap starts flowing for the spring burst of new growth and cone production.

Meanwhile, brush off any further snowfalls using upward strokes to avoid damaging branches and make sure there is no more excess weight on them.

Keep an eye on them in case you do need to stake them later to help them straighten fully.

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.

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