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Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 21:33

OH and I tend to be wine drinkers too but he likes an occasional artisanal beer.  I can't stand the stuff in any shape or form so was delighted to discover, via a friend in London, that a large gin and tonic is perfect with a curry.  Does serious damage to the credit card tho.   I usually just drink water with home-made curry or pink fizz in summer.

Pizza is definitely wine.   Where is the pizza and gin place?  

Thanks to advice on these boards I now drink Sch Tonic Zero with meals instead of water and no more night time cramps.  Who needs gin?

Love dried apricots - tagine, in Creole cake, almond and apricot slice, Charter pudding ...;. - but not fresh or tinned.

Fading now.  It's been a long and busy day and my ribs still hurt.  Hot chocolate and sleep.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:27

I had loads of excess blackcurrants to use up before we left Belgium.  Couldn't freeze them obviously and had enough jam to last 3 years or more so I made some liqueur - one bottle with gin and another with vodka.  Should have matured nicely by next Xmas and I had enough to make cordial too for winter vits and also Kir.

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:20



Last July in my Belgian garden.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:13

Sounds like you OH is a man after Clari's OH's heart TB - nicking her motor when he needs one that works and can carry stuff.   Where is Clari?  I expected her to have leccy by now.?

Our new kitchen is sort of creamy and glossy and no silly ridges or corners to collect muck so that when I'm 37 and 47 it'll still be easy to clean and look good.  We're recycling bits of the old one in the annex but all the doors will get a serious clean and then plain paint because the walls in there are either stone or very pale grey and dirty cream with terracotta just won't go.

Home alone so simple sausages and my sweet and sour red and cabbage salad cos I made a huge bowl of it on Monday.  

When we chose our new car to replace a very old Opel Omega estate I suggested we get an Astra estate but OH said it would be too low for Bonzo to sit up in the back when we went on hols!   We got another Zafira but only 5 seats this time - perfect for dogs and clems and can take at least 10 bags of 70l compost.  The other car is also a Zafira with 7 seats - useful for when rellies or friends descend as hordes and also perfect for dogs and clems and assorted bits of furniture I find in Trocs and brocantes and flea markets.

I hope your tooth holds Joyce.  I finally had one out after a serially perforating sinus - infected root and crown followed by 2 replacements which also got infected.   Gave up but they did last almost 40 years between them.

Hosta - Ouch too, but for your wallet.   Sell some hostas?  Do some overtime after all?  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:34

I think a serious test of a good car is the ability to stand a new clematis upright, in its pot with canes.

Drum rolls and fanfares please.  The kitchen is finished - well almost.  They managed to supply one wall cupboard with the wrong finish on the side so he has to come back in 3 weeks to replace it and only then can he fill in the holes he made for its LED leccy supply.  Now I just have to put everything back - but not till I can bend without holding my ribs - and make the curtains which pull the colours together.



and, with view thru to camping kitchen in the dining room


Paint effect

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:25

I think you'd need to prime the concrete with a watered down outdoor masonry paint and then full strength masonry paint.    Then, maybe, a metallic effect paint would adhere but I don't know how well it would weather.   If you can find some masonry paint in a bronze shade and then maybe apply an outdoor grade varnish - satin rather than gloss - that may give the metallic effect you're after.

Richard's Clematis

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:20

I have seeds of some of the koreanas.  Got them at Chelsea last year - Blue Eclipse, Propertius and Purple Rain.  No Broughton Bride on offer that I recall.

Can't wait to get the polytunnel up and get sowing.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:05

I too took out my ear-rings when Possum was small and stopped ingrain necklaces.  Nowadays I wear ears when I remember to put them in - not for gardening or painting - and hardly ever wear my watch.

In Belgium I used either wellies or flip flops for gardening.  3 pairs of wellies - one that fit barefoot or thin summer sock, one that had space for one pair of thick socks and one big enough for two pairs.   Now I have just the one pair that takes one pair of socks and they're apple green with a flowery band and I have old comfy lace-up shoes for dry days.

I tried Crocs but don't get on with them.   

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 13:36

Congrats Frit.  Lots of lovely cuddles ahead.

Hello Jamie and welcome.

I've been good and been round with the real vacuum cleaner upstairs - not the bloody Dyson - and moved furniture in Possum's room so I can start to paint two of her walls a paler shade.  The dark grey makes it all too funereal even on a sunny day like today.   She arrives for 3 weeks at around midnight on Friday so have to crack on regardless of ribs.

Took time out to re-plant my 3 new bare root roses in the flowery buckets with added microrhizal fungae this time.   Hope they like it.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 11:54

Thanks for that TB.  I think you're right.  There were loads when we arrived on the 1st of October but none when we were here in high summer.   No attic here but there is a hatch to the roof space which we have not yet explored so maybe I can put some fly killer up there.   Never had anything like this in the huge Belgian attic.  Just the odd bluebottle.

OH is good at labouring in the garden but has to be supervised.  I've taken to asking him to repeat some instructions/requests so he's really doing what I asked and not what he thinks I said.   

It is glorious out there now.  Must finish indoor jobs and go and have a gentle play in tthe garden.

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