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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 10:29

I just wonder about what's going on in all the other sports involving children - gymnastics, athletics, tennis, rugby and so on - and whether their organising bodies have controls and systems in place to protect children or naively suppose that all is well. 

Devastating for parents and the kids involved.   Can't be pleasant either for all the good coaches and volunteers who must now be under clouds of suspicion as more abuse is revealed.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 09/12/2016 at 09:27

Good morning.   The sun has just heaved itself high enough to burn off the mist and it looks like another lovely day.  OH is out playing golf and I am giving Bonzo lots of cuddles so he doesn't feel left out while Rasta plays with the kitties.   So much for the dog barrier.

Have to do a few errands and then planting for me and dog walking when OH gets home.   

Pat - glad it's cooler for you.   Dove - have fun with your new toy. LP - hope the light works for OH.   Chicky - have a great time in Nottngham.

Have a good day all and Clari, watch your diet rules so you don't feel worse.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 23:02

Busy and Joyce - the kittens are doing well thanks.  Still have weepy eyes and snuffles but don't seem worried by them and are eating well.   Cosmos has had another play with Rasta while Minstrel looked on, unfazed but not quite ready to join in.   She's a cautious kitten.   The fun will start when they meet Bonzo who is not as predictable as Rasta and finds new stuff worrying.

I suspect those frogs are invaders from Eastern Europe.   They arrived in our part of Belgium about 4 or 5 years ago and make the most incredible noise which carries a long way.   Between them and the mallards, sleep can be hard to come by in the mating season.   I sincerely hope they haven't made it this far west!

Love the idea of multi-functional church to house to fire decorations.   OH found a wonderful picture on Facebook - two very plump cats in baskets either side of the trunk of an Xmas tree whose owners had removed all the lower branches leaving just the top third decorated with baubles.   One radical solution to the cats and tree problem.

No horses in our paddock yet.  Haven't seen the neighbours since they came for lunch nearly 3 weeks ago and they didn't turn up on the agreed day to chat about the paddock and access and security.  Bit dippy though.   Good that you can have yours nearby to keep an eye on Busy.

Veggies that are good for senior citizen

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 21:59

And their only post.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:30

Went out to plant bulbs but found the smaller ones a bit dry looking so they're all now soaking overnight and will be planted tomorrow.  Sorted out some herbaceous perennials that will be better planted than left in pots and watered those too then watered all the pots outside and inside.

Got called away to practise our dance steps before class tonight!


Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:25

Depends on where they live and how exposed they are.  In my experience, David Austin roses can be fussy.  I had to rescue several from the borders in my Belgian garden and grow them on in pots with winter protection for a few years before they thrived.   Worth it though for the perfume and flowers.

Last edited: 08 December 2016 17:27:53

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 17:15

I shall be making mango chutney tomorrow.  It takes 8 weeks to mature and we'll probably be running low on the commercial stuff by then.

Best check i've got all the fruits I need to make the Creole cake as it needs a week to soak in all the booze.

Just had an amusing interlude with Rasta and Cosmos.  Rasta loves kittens and crept upstairs quietly to see.  Cosmos had a dog in his first home and gradually crept closer and closer and ended up purring and sniffing and running between her legs.  Minstrel watched, agog, from the safety of the bed.  More play tomorrow and then it'll be Bonzo's turn to make friends.

Spag with bol from the freezer for dinner.  Easy peasy for dance nights.   Must get some proper liver as OH and I love it with sage and onions, Italian style.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 16:12


Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 16:04

You will have to decide which option you prefer but the quality of soil next to a house wall will not be good enough to feed a rose that is expected to grow strongly and repeat flower.   Nor will the amount of water it receives in the rain shadow of the house be enough.  In my experience, (25 yrs living over here) older French and Belgian country house and farm building didn't go in for deep foundations so the soil at the base is better.

Feeding after mid July leads to soft, sappy growth which doesn't have time to harden before the frosts come and damage it in autumn and winter in the UK climate  Chedigny is generally warmer and not frosty.

Last edited: 08 December 2016 16:09:07

Planting a rose in the patio

Posted: 08/12/2016 at 14:25

I agree.  Buy the biggest container you can or make one form timber lined with polythene to protect the wood.   Roses are hungry, thirsty plants which like a deep root run so give them 75 cms of depth if possible and use best John Innes 3 compost.   Mulch the soil with slate chippings or pebbles to help retain moisture.

Make sure you feed the plant generously every spring with slow release rose or tomato fertiliser and water regularly.  Occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato fertiliser between March and end June will boost flowering capacity.

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