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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 12:22

Lovely pics Hosta and Liri.   Heavy frost here too this am but it's soon gone in the sunshine.

I am on kitten duty as they explore the kitchen, pantry and extension and our Creole cake bakes.   They helped me line the tin and make the mix.............

We took Possum to La Rochelle yesterday pm.  It's a lovely town with gorgeous old buildings and a comfortable atmosphere and we found even more good shops and a whole area that is just restaurants leading along from the old port.   Mission accomplished re shopping - Possum needed a frock for NY Eve and a new coat and, apparently, a sliver neck chain for one of her new Pandora thingies......    

She's studying today and then off back to Namur tomorrow.   We'll drop off the sewing machine in Les Herbiers on a long detour home from Nantes airport.  The good news is that she wants to come again for her few days of post exam R&R at the end of January.

Lovely news for you Busy.   Look after that cold.  Bronchitis is nasty at any age and any time of year.

Too much other stuff to mention but it sounds like everyone is doing well and busy with plans for trips and hols and family visits.   Great to have good things to look forward to.   Have to admit I don't get the whole leftover turkey business.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 12:02

We have a key drawer but I still find keys in odd places.........

Clear skies and bright sun today.   Watched the dawn this morning in between reading and kitten wrangling.   Cosmos is a pillow hog.   Minstrel is a demon fly catcher and there was one buzzing around in my bedside lampshade...........

Got up eventually and went to sew a frock for Possum for NY Eve and it seems my fancy new Bernina sewing machine was dropped in the move.  Needs a doctor.  Bums!!!   Good job we'd already planned to take her to La Rochelle this pm for shopping and some festive hot chocolate and pancakes.

Much humphing and disappointment as I had planned to spend Jan and Feb sewing for me and the house till light levels improve enough to paint again and sow seeds.

Christmas ghosts

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:13

For next year in the kitchen?  Get a proper kitchen with my real ovens and dishwasher plumbed in!   This new house has a dishwasher that can't wash any dinner plate bigger than 23cms across.   Ours are 24 or more............   It has a lovely 5 burner gas hob with a large gas oven that is brilliant for roasting meats but cannot bake for toffee.  The electric combi/microwave oven is fine for heating up a quiche but not good for baking mince pies or cakes.  

For the garden?  Get measuring asap and plan a few ornamental and perfumed beds and get a man with a digger to sort out the fruit and veg plot so I can get a polytunnel in and grow babies that will be big enough to eat later on.   Label everything when sowing and pricking out.   Do not let OH go off and start jobs on his own.   He's very willing bu a bit clueless........

Find a local gardening group to join and share with.

Last edited: 26 December 2016 14:13:59

Clearing over grown garden

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 13:59

Good advice.  It's always a good idea to watch a garden grow for the first season you're the proud owners.  That gives you time to see what's there, what you like, what you hate, what needs helping along or removing and also time to watch how the sun and rain and light behave so you can plan what and where to place and plant features in your garden.

Get in there now and clear by hand any obvious rubble and rubbish.  Pull or dig up any obvious brambles of thistles.   As soon as possible, buy, hire or borrow a strimmer to cut down long grass and herbaceous stems but not shrubs or trees and rake away the trimmings to start a  compost heap.  

Then wait and see what grows come spring before you start sweeping everything up with a digger and risk losing treasures.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 18:47

Lovely snow.  We've had lovely sun and 12C today.  A huge change from what we're used to and very welcome.    Rasta doggy no longer has an arthritic limp and runs around like a puppy.  

Last edited: 24 December 2016 18:48:06

Bulb question

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 08:30

No hope I'm afraid.  Keep it well away from the others.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 08:26

Good morning all.  I have a few errands to run but nothing major.  OH has just left to pick up Possum at Nantes airport and I just have the bathroom to clean and then can nip out and get the last bits and pieces.

We made up Possum's bed yesterday and put fairy lights in her room and dug out a couple of her old teddies and then found the kittens snuggling up to them.  Sweet.

Congrats Wonky.  I hope it works out well and you'll be able to potter in your own garden and enjoy it.  Do you get to keep the hobnailed trainers?

News reports of horrendous winds oop north so I hope all are safe and in one piece and everyone gets themselves and their family where they should be.   It's very calm here and set to stay that way.

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 15:56

Most gardeners over this way now try to avoid chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides now as it's better for the environment and the plants.  In the long run, looking after the soil looks after the plants and the planet.   Many products are now banned and unavailable for use by amateur gardeners.

We use plants like nettles to make a "tea" which adds nitrogen and comfrey to make a tea that helps flowering and fruiting.    Just adding these plants to our compost heaps improves fertility whereas chemical salts can kill off natural bacteria and microbes that would otherwise improve soil fertility.

Onion/allium ID

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 15:30

Garden compost is made up of old leaves, weeds, green kitchen waste and maybe crushed eggshells and bits of paper and other, uncooked vegetative matter Vishu.   It helps aerate your planting medium and manages to improve water retention but also drainage.   It's also usually full of helpful microbes which help plants take up nutrients.    

Last edited: 23 December 2016 15:30:30

pet companions

Posted: 23/12/2016 at 13:44

Cosmos kitten likes to check out my Kindle - and swing from it and chew its corners and grab the light.........

Will carry on with cage thing then.  We have the two dog cages and had put the kits in the smaller but have swapped it out for Bonzo's big one.  They always used to sleep in them at night but we moved them to the garage when we put our house on the market last April and let them sleep in the living room.   He always used to dive into his cage when feeling insecure so it'll seem normal for him if he needs it again to hide from kittens.

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