Latest posts by Obelixx

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 10:39

It's been very wet and blowy for the last few days BF.  We had clear skies for the super moon so no good photos.  Little bit of light frost a week ago but soon gone when the sun came up.

Temps are getting to 14 or 15C in the pm at the mo.  The rain is welcome as we have started clearing dead stuff and weeds form a large bed under the alizzia julibrissin in the graveled area.  It hasn't been tended for at least 3 years and had a sheet of weedproof membrane (which wasn't).   The osil is really compacted and ry so we need the moisture to get it forked over before putting on loads of compost and planting the bulbs and some of the treasures I brought with me.

Veggie gardening will have to wait till a bulldozer has cleared the intended plot and we've built the raised beds and paths that will make it easy to manage as we get older.

Have fun at the plant fair.

Garden tree wash

Posted: 19/11/2016 at 09:11

In France and Belgium they use a lime solution to paint the trunks of trees, especially fruit.  It serves two purposes - killing over-wintering bugs and eggs hiding in the bark and, in sunnier regions, protects against sunburn.  Apparently, on clear winter days dark bark can absorb enough heat to get the cambial tissues growing prematurely before the roots are active and that can lead to dehydration.

We will be trying it in this new garden, just as soon as OH has strimmed all the grass and weeds from around the base of the trunks.

Friday nights

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:28

Carol's series is being repeated early on Sunday mornings on BBC2.  I have it recorded.   

Would love to see Geoff H's series again or even How to be a Gardener from AT.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 19:04

If they have no leccy at home, how do they recharge them?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 18/11/2016 at 10:43

Good morning.   Sunny spells here for the moment but showers and then proper rain later on.

I spent yesterday sorting out my new sewing room and just 3 cartons of books stash today and all the curtains we brought that should fit here.  There are non at the mo as there are shutters but I like curtains for colour, acoustics and cosiness.   They can wait though til we find some good curtain rails.

In Belgium we would often get snow during the last week of November and then it would get mild and soggy for December and then very cold for a few weeks in Jan/Feb.  One year it stayed below freezing right into the first week of April which is a shame as I had a friend from the old BBC GW boards staying with her daughter.   In 2010, the rellies came for OH's 60th at the beginning for December and we had 2' of snow which was a shock for them but very beautiful.

We have brought our winter tyres as a form of insurance on teh basis that if we'd left them behind, we'd have needed them.

Hope OH's mission is successful Chicky.

DD - your main problem with clothes may be the differences in UK and USA English - trousers/pants, jacket/vest, vest/undershirt (singlet in NZ) and so on.   Also why do we have so many words for a jumper/sweater/pullover...........   Good luck with house and café project.

Hosta - hope you're all packed up in the garden and ready to go and leave your treasures.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 22:51

It's true that dogs are a tie Busy.   We try not to go anywhere now that we can't take them too because kennel fees end up costing us a fortune and they really don't like it plus we miss them.  We took the cat too.  Horses must make things really complicated.

Anyway, have a good time with son and family.

It's very windy here now and noisy with it.   I hope everyone is tucked up safe and warm and dry.  Be careful out on the roads tomorrow everyone.

Fidget - excellent.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 14:07

We are supposed to be having dry sunny spells but for the last couple of hours we've had strong winds and heavy rain.   OH has an app on his mobile which forecasts by the hour and says it will be wet until 4pm.   The same app on the PC - accuweather - tells me it will be dry and sunny till sunset and then wet.   

It has been a month now since Pusscat died.   We've decided we don't like being a cat free household and need a kitten or preferably two so they can play and hang up on he dogs but the local rescue place wants to vet us first.  All well and good but they're taking their time about it.   No doubt he, she or they will have fun in our veggie patch when we get one built.   

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 11:57

Our water in Belgium was very fresh and pure - no chlorine - but so hard it even left scale on the pets' water dishes.   Always had a horror of water softeners though so had a magnetic dooberry fitted and always used an anti-calcium tablet for every washload.   Spirit vinegar for kettles, coffee pots, shower heads and individual tap filters, descaling gel for taps and spray for showers.   We always wipe down the shower walls with a rubber window cleaner thingy.   Complete palaver.

No scale build up so far here but I use the tablets in the washing machine just in case.

Windy out there now but OK as I'm on sewing room sort out today.   10 coats now and no more ghostly blue stripes.  Still need to paint the radiator and windowsill but they can wait a bit.

More importantly, I have got my sound systems in and working - one for radio and CDs and an old-fashioned radio cassette player that can get Radio 4.   Sorted!  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 10:11

One year I was in Bristol with my scientists - Cabot tower, Clifton bridge and panorama, SS Great Britain and Matthew (so tiny).  Whilst walking about exploring we heard evensong in a large church and went in.   Beautiful and so calming.

We visited Luçon cathedral last week - very naked and simple and, at midday, not another soul about.

Most of our grass has turned to hay so needs tackling with the strimmer before we have another go with the sit-on which is currently being fixed after getting a length of twine wrapped tightly round the blade shaft.  The grass also has tall nettle patches as well as apple mint that has escaped........  I think our compost bins may fill up rather quickly.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 09:14

Good morning.    Wild, wet and woolly sort of a night but we have sunshine and blue skies this morning with some big lumps of grey stuff scudding about here and there.  

Lovely horse story Busy.  Hope they're happier today.

Lovely cathedral Clari.   I like the lower, more human scale ones like that one and Manchester.   Took my scientists to Canterbury cathedral years ago but we all balked at the price.   Took them again a few years ago when our expenses allowance covered the price of entry and a guided tour but have to wonder what happens if you just want or need to go and pray.  Not exactly an open door welcome to all.

Good photo Pat.  Do you eat the yabbies?

Hope you get your march Chicky.

Pottering day today and walkies then dance class this evening.   Tango and Paso figures to learn and practise.

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