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Strictly 2016

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 10:05

There was some very good dancing on both Friday and Saturday and no complete plonkers tho I would have expected a better jive from the long jumper - he has the leg strength so how hard can it be to remember to lift his knees and point his toes for 90 seconds?   Even Ed Balls managed some heel leads in his waltz so it is possible to learn some technique in 3 weeks!

Thought the judging was uneven and have to wonder where they're going to go with the dancers likely to make the most improvement and who've already had an 8.   Agree with Len about the gymnastics - show dance territory at the end maybe but not this early.   

Good musicians and singers.   Good presenting from Tess and Claudia whose quirkiness is lovely.

Good start.   Let's hope they all keep it up.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 08:59

Lovely sunny start again and the garden looks fab from my perch on the sofa.  Doesn't do to get too close tho as I haven't weeded or dead headed for ages and the bloody bindweed is spreading alarmingly in new places well away from the original infestation.  How does that work?   Not fair.

Carrying on with packing today - clothes and the last bits of attic.   Have the new owners coming round at 2ish for a central heating driving lesson and another chappy coming to take away stuff we don't want but which can probably be sold for charity.

Clari - enjoy your walk.  I hope you're wearing a  mask when you bash plaster.

Chicky - enjoy Picton.   We did.

We have Egyptian geese thriving here and Canada geese that do seasonal fly pasts.  There's a large flock of them parked in the paddock across the road and they've been doing a morning and evening fly past for a few days now.    We had 3 large white egrets in the back field the other day - very early so maybe hiding from those storms that went north and south but passed us by and left us dry?

Just had a robin in the living room.   Much panicking as I went round opening windows he couldn't see he could escape through.   Talk about bird brain!   Droppings on the window sills and a very large, top heavy ficus benjamina tumbly tumbly in the breeze.  Wonderful.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 00:04

Feeling shattered but slowly getting there.  

DD - Friday is when we sign the act of sale, hand over the keys and head south but the furniture and contents will have been all loaded up by Thursday.   The attic is now more full of cardboard boxes to load in the trucks than stuff to put in boxes.   Boxes everywhere in fact and we're running out of them.

Pleased you've had some time to nap and watch SCD.   We've watched both this pm ad enjoyed it but I do hope the Eastenders woman goes soon.   Can't understand the judges' scoring - Naga was better than many others who scored more.  I don't see where a beginner gets and 8 given how much they have to do to improve to a 10.   Loved the judge.  He's going to be fun.   Some very good performances so a good 3 months to come.

Clari - fingers crossed for your builder search.  Our dogs have had their baskets confiscated too - cleaned and beds washed ready to pack.   They have old sofa cushions and a quilt for travelling so are not hard done by.   The cat has a sheepskin I had for lining Possum's buggy when she was a bairn.   Loves it to bits and suckles it.

Bed now.   Sweet dreams all.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 24/09/2016 at 13:55

Well done Yvie.   You must be feeling very chuffed.   Keep up the good work.

No insect hunting here FB but I've had Possum on curtain duty - taking them down and removing hooks and she's had heebie-jeebies cos of the spiders.  Doesn't like spiders in any shape or form.   Much eeking.

Easy does it WW.

Warm and sunny and dry here.   I need just one night of decent downpour please.   Need to lift treasures on Monday so they can be planted up and packed.

Hope you're all enjoying the weekend.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 23:20

I have just the one.  Told OH I wasn't getting married again whatever happened!   Not good at weddings.

We've owned the new house since mid July so have already been down with beds, fridge, combi microwave, coffee machine and loo rolls and our bedroom is already painted so will be a haven of tranquility while we settle in.

Went to dance clas shere for the last time to say goodbye.  Flipping nippy.  Gorgeous deep blue sky and lots of stars so very fresh and chilly.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:03

No cakes or malt whisky for me.

There I was, packing the contents of an attic wardrobe which included my wedding dress - simple affair of silk from Liberties. Just for a laugh I decided to measure the waist - 67cms!  Crikey!!  These days it is considerably more.    Have told OH that once we get past the first week of the move there are to be no more cakes, chocs, treats, croissants and lots of walks till I shed some blubber and get fit again. 

The end is in sight.  Nearly done all we can before they arrive with larger cartons and their specias stuff for breakables.   Still no gardening but 'll do some on Monday.  

Enjoy SCD - those who love it like me.



Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:03

How often do you need to do that?  I don't believe in digging once a bed has been cleared of perennial weeds and stones.   After that it gets a light forking for veggie planting or hoeing for the ornamental borders and only dug when I need a planting hole.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 17:00

Don't tell OH but I have been known to put all my Wolf tool heads and trwels through teh dishwasher at the end of the gardening season before sharpening, if needed, and oiling them before he got home from work.  

GW is usually repeated on Sat pm on BBC2 and again on Sunday morning, after Beechgrove.

Still sunny and dry here and 22C.   No rain in sight.   I really need some for plant rescues but attic first and bedrooms.  OH is on garage duty............   Possum is sorting her riding gear.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 15:30

The trick with clay soil is to pile on layers and layers of compost every autumn once the garden is hibernating and there's been enough rain to soften the lay then leave it for the worms to work in.   Over the years you'll end up with lovely, workable soil and amazing fertility.


Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:43

Creative - but much easier with a stainless steal hand fork I'd have thought.  SS is good in clay and the ones with round tines are especially good.

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