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Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 21:27

I've never welded yet Liri but if I start making things with the thicker rods I may well give it a go.  I also have some peony supports made from the thinner grade wire and they have knobs at the end to protect eyes.  I buy them at Chelsea Flower Show for about £15 each but won't be going this year so if I need new ones I'll have to make them.

I'm sure your son would love some Eton Mess............

OH played in a golf competition at his new club today.  Won a prize - he gets to play in another comp at St Tropez, hotel paid for.  I asked if it allowed dogs.  Possum thinks she'd like to go in my place as she enjoyed her initiation today and thought the professional was "cute" as was OH's partner today - clean cut Irish chap training to be a Ryanair pilot.  I can see we're going to have to discuss ground rules for conversation at dinner and play times.  Can't bear golf post mortems.

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Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:36

Maybe google will find something else then.  I only have a simple mobile phone as I tolerate having one for emergency messages only.   If I'm not answering the fixed line it's cos I'm busy in the house, garden or out and don't want to be hanging on a phone.

Ideas to weigh down weed blackout

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:34

Most garden cenres and DIY stores that sell this should have U shaped metal pins or flat topped, 4 to 6 inch plastic pegs to hammer in and hold it down - or you could make your own from old wire clothes hangers.

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 18:00


Found this version which says it works on iPhones and iPads - 


Last edited: 17 April 2017 18:02:24

Hello Forkers - April edition

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:58

I might just have to take up welding Chicky.  I love that rusty stuff - mesh and rods - but OH dislikes the mesh.  However, now that he's indulged himself with a fancy shower room he may well just have to accept my cheap trellis fix for my pergola and seating area to be.

Have set up the Scottish landscape prog to record.  Pity it's the last one.  Do tell if it's repeated in the future, or there are more like it.

Skirt cut out - had to banish the kittens who have discovered tissue paper patterns make lovely noises - so I'm off to check my treasures are OK.   Possum is cooking dinner - Japanese beef something so I have no kitchen duties this evening.

Aldi pop up Easter advert

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:11

Try this one - free and simple to install - https://adblockplus.org/

You need to restart your PC when it's installed.

Inherited this pond - help!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 17:09

Do you get copies of Living magazine - English, every 2 months, life and events and so on in south west France - Vendée, Charente, Dordogne.  It's free and can be picked up at some stores, tourist offices and also online.   There's always a feature in there on wildlife and ads for groups to join for many activities.   

Joining a local association will depend on how good is your French.

Inherited this pond - help!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 16:55

I'm newly arrived from Belgium so can't help with wildlife groups yet but there was a local Vendée one with a stand at a recent local plant fair so I'll be looking them up sooner or later.   We also have a pond dug to provide water for cattle rather than as a wildlife refuge.  It is now full of bull rushes and brambles and dries out in summer so a man with a bulldozer will be coming to empty all of that and some sludge out later this year and then it can become a proper pond.

We had a natural pond in Belgium and would use an old plastic sieve attached to a long handle to scoop out duckweed.   If you go to a specialist supplier of pond kits and plants you may well find they have organic barley straw which can be bundled into an old pair of tights, tied to a stone and lobbed into the middle of the pond.   It helps control blanket weed.

The previous owners ran a creche here so had a simple wire mesh fence round the pond and held up with simple round fence stakes.   Something similar but using green metal stakes would be easy enough to erect and sturdy enough to keep dogs and small people out of the water while still giving access to any amphibians and small birds.

Later on, as you get other things sorted out, you may have the time to clean up the edges and plant marginal plants to shelter and feed a variety of other aquatic life including insects.

Ride on mower help!!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 16:36

Well, if your wife sews, maybe she has a flexible tape measure you could run round the belt's circuit?

Ride on mower help!!

Posted: 17/04/2017 at 15:58

Maybe it's a standard size and you can find one on the net if you know its length.

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