Latest posts by Obelixx

How to Pronounce 'Gean' as in Wild Cherry?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:37

In standard English pronunciation, "e" and "i" soften consonants like "g" so it would be like jean or gene.     

Ant colonies in my planters.

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 21:21

Same advice re changing both compost and plants and keeping well watered but you can also use a deterrent.

Mix one small bottle of essential oil of cloves (pharmacy or health shop) into 5 litres of water and use that to water your planters.  The ants hate the smell and move on or stay away.   Do it once a month as part of your normal watering routine and that should solve the ant problem.

It works in the garden too should you find ants nesting there.   Unfortunately their tunnel systems leave plant roots hanging in thin air which means they can't provide water and nutrients as they should and the plants weaken and either struggle or die.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 20:54

Wonky - you're a practical, hands-on woman.  Build one yourself.  It'll be quicker.

I'm shattered again.  Painting and sanding and oiling and cleaning and moving stuff about is cumulatively knackering.    And this is just the tip of the iceberg.

I hope Doris has now worn herself out too and everyone is safe.

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 18:55

Why did the spellchecker change sunflower to superfluous?   That would reduce the menu even more!

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:34

For some reason I can now only get fat balls here.  No peanuts or fat blocks with insects of fruit.   That means that at the mo all we're getting are sparrows and great and blue tits.  No chaffinches despite loose seed and shelled superfluous seed for them on the ground. 

I've seen blackbirds and robins but not at the feeders in the last week or so.  There are owls about and starlings.  I hope things improve soon as we used to have so many more in our Belgian garden. 

pet companions

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:28

I keep pens and paper in my box like that but it was bought for necklaces.

I'm very sorry you've lost Bracken Logan.   He'll be a huge hole in your life but you'll be able to remember him fondly.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 13:33

I have Wonky.   Don't like cooked spinach in any form except a very occasional sag bhaji but love baby spinach raw in salads.

Just having a coffee then going out to sand the worktop which is lurking in the garage.   Getting quite wet out there now but not seriously windy yet.  I have been very good while waiting for paint to dry and cleaned 2 pairs of secateurs, my trusty handfork and OH's new pitchfork and given them a dose of WD40. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:21

Haven't found a French garden centre with any sort of café and none in Wallonia when we were there but some of the Flemish ones had seriously good cafés and even brasseries.   

Currently making a butternut squash curry for tonight's dinner and debating whether or not to add chick peas.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 11:31

Our polytunnel has arrived ahead of schedule and so has a bit of weather - bit of wind, bit of rain but now seems to be clearing to the south and the sun is trying to come out.   Painting done for the day.  

I see the advice now is for 10 fruit and veggie portions a day....... and a video I saw on FB says doggies should eat pears and green beans and bananas.   Imagine the effect of all that on Bonzo's derrière!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 09:44

Good morning.   Woken up at 7:30 by hungry, playful kittens and then dozed off to be woken again at 10am by hungry, playful kittens.  All this outdoor exercise is certainly giving them an appetite!

It's mild with a gentle breeze and no rain.    Painting this morning then sanding and taking delivery - all being well - of the polytunnel.   Sending OH on a sandpaper hunt.

Second coffee first.

Stay safe everyone.  

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