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Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:48

NO.  They had a very wet spring and then a very dry summer and autumn.   We arrived on 1st October and have seen no appreciable rainfall.   We've been measuring it since mid January and there have been 56mm - just over 2" - since then.   Dry as parts of Essex then!


Posted: 20/02/2017 at 18:37

Yes, they are but maybe those stems are all dead from drought as there was no rain at all from late July thru September and just one or two showers in October and November.

There are new shoots at the base.  With any luck, they'll die too.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:26

We've been to bu a base unit, as planned.  Can't get on eon its own so got a simple one with two drawers then went to lookf or the plumbing bits we need.  Utterly baffling and all complete units whereas we want bits to bodge with in a leak proof sort of way;

Then we looked at paint.  crikey.  22€ for 1/2 litre of Dulux of 52€ for 2 litres but not in our colour so we had a pot mixed up for 62€.  Good job I still have about a gallon of white paint from Homebase for mixing the paler colour!

Can't find peanuts for the birds anywhere but I've bought another nifty "donut" ring for holding 10 fat balls.  Hope that does them.

Picked up a leg of lamb and a slab of belly pork for the freezer.  OH spotted some fartichokes he wants me to bake as gratin.  He can have them tomorrow and be propelled round the golf course on Wednesday.  Monday is normally a fish day but we have last night's chicken to roast....

Bon appetit everyone.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 13:46

Hello everyone.  We have drizzle!  Not what was forecast at all but not complaining. 

Our garden day has thus become an indoor day, ripping out a unit in the pantry to make way for our dishwasher and a new sink that will be wide enough to soak oven shelves.   Lots of fun.  No we need to see if we can find a new base unit to fit the gap that's left.

Off to see a notaire tomorrow about wills because French inheritance law is very different from the UK - no question of leaving our "fortune" to the donkey home.  Possum's college fees are about 900€ per year plus books, accommodation, feeding, clothing and insurance.

LG - not a nice surprise.  I hope you manage to rescue your treasures.

Take care of yourselves, all your lurgy sufferers and recoverers.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:55

They are all looking very dry and beige whereas some even taller ones we saw today are looking very green.   No idea whether ours are dead or deciduous or will green up again when spring gets under way.    OH is clearing his way thru from left to right.    

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:30

Quiet today Papi Joe but still plenty of people walking arund and the restaurant sounded busy inside.  We had lunch on the terrace.   Some pics so you can see if it's changed much - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/170219%20Vouvant?sort=2&page=1

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:23

Went exploring today and had lunch on a terrace in the sunshine, jackets off.    Lovely.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:18

This new garden has 5 clumps of 4 to 5 metre tall bamboo and I really, really dislike it so the idea of paying those sort of prices strikes me as daylight robbery.

The clumps have been neglected for at least 3 years if not more so I have OH working his way through them cutting out every other stem at the base and removing foliage up to head height on the remainder in a bid to make it a tad less unattractive and solid.    The up side is that I will have a good supply of bean poles.................;;;

Good hygiene...

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:13

KT - AT advised that system on his How to be a Gardener series.   Kept his spade sharp and clean.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 19:58

Have a look at this Aym and you'll see why it's called blue fountain - glaucous foliage and fountain form - http://www.bamboogarden.com/Fargesia%20nitida.htm 

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