Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:50

OH suggested that too but it would gather dust and cost a lot in fabric and the perishing stripes should disappear in the next 2 to 3 coats and I already have the paint for both stripey rooms.

Pretty amazing dance off this evening.  I think the result was right given the pairs involved and maybe Ore will now work harder on his hip and foot mobility.   Not his best dance but, like I said before, STrictly Salsa is not what you see at salsa classes or bars.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:44

Busy - glad the pheasant and sea bass and lamb were all good.   Have to say that Tom Kerridge's brine is far too salty so I would halve the amount another time.

DD - Good.  I hope the class can follow progress through the next 2 to 3 months.   We watched the start from a distance from Port de Bourgenay - couldn't get any closer - and then came home and watched it on the website with the PC connected to the TV.  Really interesting commentary but shame about the chap having to turn back.  He's got 10 days to sort the problem though so I hope he does and tries again.  Good luck with your training.

Dove - Hope you're feeling better.

Have a cosy evening all.   Cold out there!

Last edited: 06 November 2016 20:45:20

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:39

I've decided the rad will be spray painted once the wall paint cures and I can put masking tape and sheets of paper around.   Should have done it first but didn't realise what a battle it would be.

Actually, they're all good now but I do hope the rest go in the right order and we don't get to keep Ed the novelty act or Claudia, the one I haven't warmed to, for much longer.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 16:59

GWRS - i-Player?

SGL and RB - haven't time to run up anything at the mo.   Intended sewing room needs another two or three coats of paint to cover painted stripes - 6 coats to cover the orange, 7 and counting on the stripes.  I was told, too late, I should have put grey on first to neutralise it as white doesn't work.   Too right!

And then when that's done I have the opposite room to finish - same except solid blue walls with the same stripes - and then I can organise my stuff and make something gorgeous, starting with fleeces for winter.

It is nigh on impossible for amateurs like me to find dance frock patterns anyway.

I do hope they don't send any of the really good ones home tonight.   

Garden related name for kitten

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:15

Ficus?  Burmese rubber connection.   Benjamin?  From ficus benjamina which is a bit more decorative.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:01

Unfortunately, salsa on Strictly is all show and very little proper salsa which is all about armography and tying and untying knots.   If it's fast, it's hard to do hip gyrations even tho the basic foot rhythm hardly varies, unlike the ballroom and Latin dances.   I like Ore tho and hope he does better next week.

Danny's jive was very good and Louise's TA exceptionally good.   I loved the Viennese waltzes, especially Daisy's.  Clever choreography.   Can't warm to Claudia either SGL, or her partner.  

Loved Nathalie's dress but I'll be happy with Laura's from last week so no need to share.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 09:52

The Vendée Globe racers leave today and are already processing out of the yacht basin with much pzazz and hooting of horns.   OH is watching it on TV thru a website on his PC.  Great pictures and good reporting so far with all sorts of info on techniques and winds.   We planned to go and find a bit of coast nearer this end of the start line and take a picnic but it's raining.  5 weeks of dry and now we get rain.   Now that I am 27 I am not a wet picnic girl.   We'll see.

Have fun with the new friends Busy.  The lamb sounds gorgeous.   We have invited our neighbours on either side for lunch in 2 weeks' time but have to wait for the gendarme to confirm his shifts.  He works 4 nights on and 2 off so that he can be there and awake in the pms to help his wife with their handicapped daughter.   The other neighbours are beef farmers and free any day they don't have their grandkids.   Now to decide whether to do British or Belgian cuisine.

I have a slab of belly pork soaking in brine - Tom Kerridge recipe - for tonight's dinner and expect lots of lovely crackling but it's an experiment and not the sort of thing I can feed to the French first time out.

Cat - hope you perk up.    Chicky - frost already?   You'll soon warm up once you get going.

Brightening up to the west so better see about that picnic, just in case.

Reliable weather implement.......

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 19:10

What make and model and has it been reliable?

It isn't cold here but we're lighting a fire anyway as we've had a sparrow down both chimneys since they've been swept and it drives the terrier mad and that gets the Labrador going.  We're hoping the smell of fresh soot will put them off.


Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:32

Me neither.  When we spent a week here in summer to start painting bedrooms ahead of the move we had a mattress on the floor and i had to roll over onto my knees and prise myself vertical.  I have used old wine crates for storage in the past.  No doubt very chic now.

Reliable weather implement.......

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 18:29

On a more technical note, I once had a mini weather station which talked to my computer and measured rain levels, winds and temps.  Unfortunately it was killed by a -20C frost in 2008 so I didn't bother replacing it as I knew we could get worse - and did.

Wouldn't mind another to tell me what has happened but now rely on local forecasts for what will.  Love the idea of a stone though and will keep an eye out for local pine cones as backup.

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