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HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 23:14

Verdun and DK of course.    Who would be the wicked stepmother and where, oh where would you find a Prince Charming and not a frog?

Punkdoc in a pink meringue for fairy godmother.

4P - RHS gardens get dressed up for Xmas with lighting and displays and cake in the cafés.   I expect others do too, especially those with winter walks.

Quite warm here for the brief spells where the sun came out but otherwise pretty parky for mid May.   Still have courgettes waiting to be planted out.   Keeping them tucked up at night in the garage and opening the door to the light by day.

Have a good sleep everyone.  Sweet dreams.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:26

18C on the thermometer on the north wall of the house but it doesn't feel hat warm as it's cloudy.   Sunny and blue bits appearing tho so fingers crossed it stays warmish over the weekend.   Lots to do before we head across the Channel to Chelsea and Hyde Hall and Beth Chatto and a paint shop.

Need to decide what colour to paint the new wooden seats we've had cut for our black cast iron chairs.  

Patio v's ant hill

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:14

Stick a spade in the mound and remove some earth.  If it's crawling with ants then you have an ant colony.   You can deal with it by using poison to kill them or by soaking it in lots of water scented with essential oil of cloves so they move on - don't like the smell.

Ants like dry conditions so keep the area moist so they don't come back and then lay your terrace and path with decent foundations.


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 14:06

Hazel - it's a rule in Belgium that you may not park in front of someone's drive or garage access.   If you do, you can be towed away and incur loads of costs.

Maybe your unwanted parkers are just observing the same logic.   The answer is to park your own car there first.

Repotting hostas

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:43

The best time to divide hostas and re-pot or re-plan this as they push their new shoots up in spring.   If, like Verdun, you garden in the south west and barely know what frost is, then autumn is OK if you know what you're doing and can look after them.  Otherwise they can sulk and even die.

I suggest you do yours now using the best John Innes compost you can find, mixed with some leaf mould if you have it, and make sure you keep them regularly watered through the rest of spring and summer.   If not, best to do it next spring unless you live in balmy Devon or Cornwall.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:31

Pleased for you FITR.

Punkdoc - I think men should be MADE to wear pink chiffon meringues and pink high heels for at least a whole day as part of their training for life.

Dove and WW - hop eit's been a good day on the whole.

Just got in from our last salsa class of the season so a bit of a party with rum and mixers on tap and I made nibbles - Parmesan biscuits with a hint of chilli, cheese and ham muffins, spiced rhubarb cake and chocolate, rum, ginger and pecan brownies.    The last was an experiment and very luscious.

No gardening today other than moving a few big hosta pots form south side to north side.  None tomorrow as it's patchwork day - my first since March cos of splintered thumb and then limpy dog.  Better go and sort out some fabrics.

Sweet dreams all.

ID Please

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 12:42



Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:13

Australians have lounge rooms.   Ours is a living room although with both dogs flaked out asleep on a sofa each it feels more like a lounging room.

My English conversation scientists have great trouble understanding Americans but did use Americanisms so I always pointed out the difference between those and proper English.   Thinks like boot and trunk, tramp and bum and other words that could lead to confusion or embarrassment.

Fil-um is a legitimate regional pronunciation of a word. It's the same in Dutch and Flemish and the north east of England has long ties and common antecedents with them and the Danish and Norwegians.

One of my big dislikes at the moment is "concerning" when the speaker really means worrying, or of concern.   Concerning means about or relative to or with reference to.........

And someone should smack the gob of the person or persons who perpetrate the use of gobsmacked when they mean amazed or astonished or overwhelmed which are all perfectly good words.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:36

Dull and grey and feeling cold today.   I have shopping and baking to do for our rum night - last salsa class of the dance season with rum and snacks and fun.

Otherwise, a bit of cleaning, a bit of gardening and a bit of technical HRT.  I've been told where I can get a flame thrower to do the weeds in the old cobbled road that is part of our front garden.   Watch this space!

I hope all goes well for Dove and Wonky and everyone else having a difficult time.

Last edited: 18 May 2016 08:37:11

What is this for?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:14

Give it a good scrub and use it as a candle holder on your garden or kitchen table.

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