Latest posts by Obelixx

pet companions

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 10:23

PP - I've only just seen this.  I'm so sorry but didn't she do well.  You too.

Not easy to keep Labs and Retrievers slim.  Ours is a proper gannet but we manage to keep him slim and, at roughly 8 or 9 yrs (rescue so guesstimate) he still leaps about like a puppy.   He has a special feeding plate to stop him hoovering his kibble.  Has to delve for it.

Cosmos kitten has an infected paw pad and has to have meds twice a day plus bathing and dressing of paw.  He spends a great deal of time trying lick off his "sock" but it takes him 12 hours which is good timing.  Hope it heals cos, if not, they'll remove the pad and it will likely mean he has FIV with low white blood cell counts.   Just have to keep him slim and healthy too so he can live a long life.

Biofreak - How clever of Pushkin to find a playmate and bring him home.   Fish is not that good for cats so wean him on to meat as soon as possible.   Check your regular food for fish content too.  Cats are carnivores, not naturally pescatarians.  A BBC  Trust me, I'm a Vet programme showed that cats which eat fish based foods get kidney problems as they get older.   I've had 3 die of kidney failure so this pair are now on meat only.

ID Please

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 10:08

Fox and cubs.  An interesting wildflower or a pesky invasive weed depending on your point of view.

Did the gardening help you to lose weight?

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 09:48

Paul B3 - all that exercise will, if you converted fat to muscle - just mean you take up less space.

Brisk walks and dancing do it for me.  Gardening makes me hungry and, after a good day and a long hot shower, I enjoy a glass of wine while I enjoy the results - vegetables, salads, fruit - so no, not good for weight loss tho it keeps one fitter and more flexible than sitting about.

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Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 09:43

Apricot and nectarine trees have arrived.  Interesting packing technique with tips of apricot poking above the box.  IAll 3 now warming up in the annex before I pot them up and put them out in the sun against a south wall then the polytunnel till their bed is ready.

Dove - Thanks.  We do get clouds, just none that drop any real rain.

I love those nigellas Pat.  Never grew for me in the Belgian garden but I'll be trying them here next spring.  Fingers crossed they like it better here.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 08:49

Chicky's excitement is tangible.  It'll be great to see elder chicklet and Oz too.   

Sunny start here and we're up to 7C with no frost.   Cosmos has been sorted with much less bovver today.  OH is finally getting it and so is puss whose paw is looking a lot better already.   Facecloth sockettes working a treat.  Both kitties now have the hang of going out thru the new cat flap but not that it's a two way street.  They'll learn fast tho as it's too cold to leave windows open all night for them now.

Oh is golfing and I have to stay home in case my new nectarine and apricot trees arrive as well as my new weather centre.  The last one's receiver stopped working.

Bracing hugs for Pdoc and his BH.   

How's your MIL Dacha and your BH?

"Courage" Busy.

I hope everyone is warmer today and not too wet.  Don't forget to send your excess rain this way please.

the favourite plant in your garden

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 08:37

Can't pick a favourite.  It can change from time of year and even time of day because of the way seasons and light affect how plants grow and look.  I can get really excited in spring when I see plants poking up their noses after a hard winter or a wet one which can also be fatal to some and I can get ridiculously excited when something produces flawless new leaves (bulbs, hostas, Japanese maples, loads of other shrubs and perennials) or delicious buds open into glorious or just dainty flowers.   And then there are the flowers fading to make intricate seed heads and foliage changes in autumn and the stark outlines of bare branches in winter or just the combinations of form and colour in the garden as a whole as the seasons evolve.

Endless enjoyment.

Gardening Crafters

Posted: 08/11/2017 at 08:30

They look like great fun Pat.  I'm an amateur/beginner knitter tho so will stick with my facecloth "socks" for Cosmos.  They're working well and his paw is already looking better.  He even took his meds without too much of a struggle this morning.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 19:28

That sounds very worrying and unsettling Busy.   Unreasonable too.  I hope you can get it all sorted out.

Rich people have phalanxes of lawyers and advisors who earn fat fees to keep their clients' money safe and where the tax man can't get it.   Just look at people like Philip Greene who have funds stashed in Monaco in their wife's name and then raid their ex employees' pension funds with impunity.  I'd far rather the press went after toe-rags like him who do real harm instead of witch hunts against easier targets.

I expect decent, if not great, investigative journalism of the British press and the Beeb but this tax haven stuff has been handed them on a plate with no work involved except reading it.  They should be concentrating on exposing serious tax evasion and campaigning to change laws so they work fairly.

Looking forward to pics Liri.      


Hebe Hulkeana

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 17:49

Well done and good luck.

Cultivation and benefits of sweet potatoes

Posted: 07/11/2017 at 17:48

Sweet potatoes are very nutritious as well as tasty and count as a vegetable in your 5-a-day whereas ordinary potatoes don't.   However, sweet potatoes are rather difficult to grow in northern climes as they need reliable warm and moisture to ripen and grow to a decent size. 

I, for one, will carry on buying them as they're cheap enough and keep well so when I see some very good ones I can stock up.  We like them roasted, mashed, in curries, baked as dauphinoise and so on.  Very rarely eat ordinary potatoes.

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