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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 17:26

We've been to bu a base unit, as planned.  Can't get on eon its own so got a simple one with two drawers then went to lookf or the plumbing bits we need.  Utterly baffling and all complete units whereas we want bits to bodge with in a leak proof sort of way;

Then we looked at paint.  crikey.  22€ for 1/2 litre of Dulux of 52€ for 2 litres but not in our colour so we had a pot mixed up for 62€.  Good job I still have about a gallon of white paint from Homebase for mixing the paler colour!

Can't find peanuts for the birds anywhere but I've bought another nifty "donut" ring for holding 10 fat balls.  Hope that does them.

Picked up a leg of lamb and a slab of belly pork for the freezer.  OH spotted some fartichokes he wants me to bake as gratin.  He can have them tomorrow and be propelled round the golf course on Wednesday.  Monday is normally a fish day but we have last night's chicken to roast....

Bon appetit everyone.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 20/02/2017 at 13:46

Hello everyone.  We have drizzle!  Not what was forecast at all but not complaining. 

Our garden day has thus become an indoor day, ripping out a unit in the pantry to make way for our dishwasher and a new sink that will be wide enough to soak oven shelves.   Lots of fun.  No we need to see if we can find a new base unit to fit the gap that's left.

Off to see a notaire tomorrow about wills because French inheritance law is very different from the UK - no question of leaving our "fortune" to the donkey home.  Possum's college fees are about 900€ per year plus books, accommodation, feeding, clothing and insurance.

LG - not a nice surprise.  I hope you manage to rescue your treasures.

Take care of yourselves, all your lurgy sufferers and recoverers.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:55

They are all looking very dry and beige whereas some even taller ones we saw today are looking very green.   No idea whether ours are dead or deciduous or will green up again when spring gets under way.    OH is clearing his way thru from left to right.    

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:30

Quiet today Papi Joe but still plenty of people walking arund and the restaurant sounded busy inside.  We had lunch on the terrace.   Some pics so you can see if it's changed much - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/170219%20Vouvant?sort=2&page=1

17 degrees in a couple of days

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:23

Went exploring today and had lunch on a terrace in the sunshine, jackets off.    Lovely.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:18

This new garden has 5 clumps of 4 to 5 metre tall bamboo and I really, really dislike it so the idea of paying those sort of prices strikes me as daylight robbery.

The clumps have been neglected for at least 3 years if not more so I have OH working his way through them cutting out every other stem at the base and removing foliage up to head height on the remainder in a bid to make it a tad less unattractive and solid.    The up side is that I will have a good supply of bean poles.................;;;

Good hygiene...

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 22:13

KT - AT advised that system on his How to be a Gardener series.   Kept his spade sharp and clean.


Posted: 19/02/2017 at 19:58

Have a look at this Aym and you'll see why it's called blue fountain - glaucous foliage and fountain form - http://www.bamboogarden.com/Fargesia%20nitida.htm 

Why does gardening always have to be so messy!!!!

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:08

It's mud pies for grown ups.  I don't mind getting messy if the end result is good and I get a good shower or bath afterwards.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 19/02/2017 at 16:05

Happy birthday Frank.

Beautiful snowdrops Chicky.   Might have to wait a while before my wee lot start to colonise like that - 

We've had a lovely day out.  Not much for us at the brocante cos OH wouldn't let me buy an old wooden sack barrow type thing with a big metal wheel nor a rusty metal wine rack for the cave but he did spend 4€ buying an old, very pointy, multi-tined fork head for turning his compost heaps.  Just need to find our spare handle now.

Lunch at Vouvant followed by a stroll around.  Ithas one of those lovely rounded Roman style churches and ots of old stone buildings and someone has been doing interesting living woven willow sculptures in the lake at the bottom. 

Wonky - what are you planning?

I put my pergola'd sitting and outdoor dining plans to OH after lunch and he's mostly OK with them but flatly refuses to let me use metal mesh trellis again.  he hates it but I think it's tough, discreet, does the job and is cheap and you won't see it for climbers anyway.  Work in progress then.

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