Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:27

I thought Danny did exceptionally well with a complicated routine but I do so wish they'd had proper music.   It was far too fast with no lingering which is an essential part of Argentine Tango.

Loved Daisy's dance but hated the costume and sometimes I think the GBP is influenced by poor costumes so she may be in the dance off again.

I do wish we could have a salsa with some salsa figures.   Ed tries hard and works hard but that was just awful.     Still can't warm to Claudia.

Loved all the rest, pleased fro Louise doing so well now and isn't Judge Rinder a lovely chap as well as a surprisingly good dancer?

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 16:18

My under gardener still needs some serious training but has done well today - forked over half that bed under the albizzia which can't have been dug since it was planted and membraned.  Stopped cos his back was aching but even so went on to dig up the honeysuckle which was growing through another membrane round a blue hibiscus.   Couldn't save the honeysuckle cos of all its roots being so tangled up but we can get another and plant it somewhere more sensible as it had a lovely perfume.

All the shrubs and trees up at the house end of the garden have this green weed proof membrane on display in wee beds surrounded by stone.   Our mixed hedge has it too and so does the sloping bed planted with dead dwarf conifers and some rather lovely hibiscus, a fuchsia and a bay tree.   Going to take some sorting.

Haven't seen any lollipops in the immediate neighbourhood but on the home leg of walkies we spotted that someone has cut their magnificent liquidambar so it no longer has its lovely, graceful cone shape.   Not a lollipop but definitely not right either.   Shame.

I have done my painting and swear I can still see the ghost of a blue stripe.   Will have to wait till tomorrow to see if I still can or am just being paranoid.  I've also emptied and stashed an embarrassment of curtain fabrics from two wicker trunks - some left over from previous projects, some bought and never used and some donated by a friend who'd bought it for her house in Canada just before OH transferred to a job in Brussels.  By the time they'd rented for a year or two and then bought their very grand bourgeois Belgian dream home her tastes had changed but they're perfect for a country home.


Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:09

The tart turned out very well.  Thanks again Buttercup.  

Dove, I have never attempted hot thingy pastry in my life but I have told myself I will crack the whole pastry thing in the next year or so now I have so much free time previously devoted to running the dance club.   Today's tart was ready made and ready rolled so I have a way to go.

OH likes pickled anything and andouillettes so clearly a man of undiscerning taste buds.  He'll happily sit and prick green walnuts if he can have sport on TV.

I've found Vendée raised beef - excellent; wines - mediocre so far; veggies grown in sand - specialty of the coastal plain and very good; chuck from Challans - also very good.   Locally reared pork is very good so I'll keep an eye out for hams.   

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:02

How very British to turn political commentary into a debate about punctuation, grammar and manners.  Wonderful stuff.

There's a thing going round on Facebook about how the poster will miss the Obama family's tenure at the White House - no affairs, no mistresses, no scandals, no impeachment and unfailing courtesy and good manners.  

The next 4 years promise to be "colourful".

pet companions

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 13:55

I used to dog sit a collie/Alsatian cross when its owners went on hols.  It had been mistreated in its puppyhood so was nervous and barky but still exhibited double herding and guarding instincts and was soft as anything with people it knew and kids.

Your two look very content.

pet companions

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 11:23

Rasta doggy has been rolling in her own personal fox poo mine!  Stinks.  Not allowed indoors till we've both finished jobs and can bath her.


Posted: 13/11/2016 at 11:19

Bit of a technical hitch there Dove - no pork pies, gammon or Stilton round here.......


Posted: 13/11/2016 at 10:45

Thanks Butternut.  I was wondering what to do for lunch.   Sorted.

What do I do with a pickled walnut Dove?   Not really a fan of vinegary things but I expect OH will love them.    Need to get this gas oven malarchy sorted before I try cakes.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 09:42

No idea of the temperature as I haven't unearthed my thermometers yet but it feels very mild and we have increasing pale blue bits, no rain and a good breeze.   Good for walkies and pottering outdoors once indoor jobs are done.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 09:39

Pat is Oz, countryside outside of Canberra.  Busy, D Damsel and I are in France.  Other Forkers are UK based but scattered over a wide range of local climates and terrain.

Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.

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