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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:27

Click on the camera icon top right of the typing box then select your photo.  There is a size limit so if it fails to load, resize your image and try again.   There are apps for resizing.  Just google and try one.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 14:20

LP - sorry.   I usually do counted cross stitch apart from one venture into a thingummy to mark Possum's birth which involved satin and chain and stem stitching so 22+years ago.  This project is a rectangular cloth to go on a chest of drawers and has daisies round the edge and some swirly bits of foliage indicated in blue lines.  No instructions.


Not a natural or experienced embroiderer so I've had to search the net to find suitable stitches and have ended up with satin for the cones, split stitch for the leaves and stems and whipped split stitch for the petals.   Very therapeutic so I may do more projects unless, like Clari, I get the patchwork out again.


Very proud of this block done on my patchwork course last year for a cushion pad 


Last edited: 24 July 2017 14:21:55

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 13:35

Good afternoon all.  5mm of rain yesterday evening so I've started weeding the shade bed and tidied up the wisterias which are going mad again with lots of flowers and tendrils.  Did a bit of dusting too and set the robot off to do the floors.   He started bleeping half way thru and came up with a new message after diving under a glass cabinet that clearly had had some busy spiders.  "Please wipe me down so I can see".


We have a chappy coming to talk about tiling this evening.  Fingers crossed please as they seem to be a rare commodity.


I hope you get your Cromer crab Busy.   Lovely grub.  


How long before you see the hormone person Hosta?


Cheyngel - surely you can negotiate to share the stairs and have a couple of pots or troughs for your use?


Clari - our pair would get hosed down with cold water after most walkies in Belgium and their legs and often their tums would come home mucky and muddy.  Then a good rub down in the garage before being allowed indoors.   These days they hardly need showers at all but Rasta needs a regular shampooing in the bath after she's rolled in unspeakably smelly fox or coypu poo.


DL - we left behind a BBQ like that when we moved here from Belgium.  Now we have one of those Weber thingies but, if the tiler turns out OK, I should have a summer kitchen ready for next year.   Love your lake view.


Greetings all.

Identify clematis please

Posted: 24/07/2017 at 12:59

Alba luxurians but if it's not white and there's lilac present in the tepals it's caerulea elegans.  I grew both in my last garden.

IT problem

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 23:17

Technical hitch I think.  I've been getting that message this evening.  Or esle our internet service is just fiendishly slow tonight.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 21:05

Still not watching Poldark here.   Harry Potter's on ITV though.  I know the script by now so can do my embroidery in peace.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 20:03

Clari -  I did Nigella Lawsons meatballs using sausage meat yesterday.  Very good and served with pasta.


Nigel Slater's belly pork with 5 piece for dinner today.   Very tasty but I'll omit the salt from the marinade next time.  


Having come in out of the rain - yes to mixing golf with sprinkler Joyce - I sewed Possum's new top while the belly roasted slowly, not as per recipe.   Now for another glass of wine and a quiet evening.


Busy - what a shame about the rose garden.  Never did see the point of a garden full of the kind that only flower once.  I'd have thought feeding, cleaning and mulching was basic care too.


Possum is a Capricorn and has our week's activities mapped out for us.  I like to be organised but also like spontaneity.  Dare say I'll cope.

Last edited: 23 July 2017 20:03:40

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 15:13

Thanks Dove.  All made by people in hospital or hospices to brighten up the hardens which are accessible from the local hospital.   Socks for trees too tho why they'd need them there I can't imagine!  Sideways again.  Sorry.



Probably too late for Pat but doesn't eucalyptus wood spit a lot?  probably OK in a closed wood burner tho.


I went out to weed the wee lilac bed and plant my two new shrubs.  left the sprinkler on the shade bed to prepare for weeding then found the ground so dry and hard I couldn't get the spade in to dig a hole for the salvia but then it started raining anyway.  I shall have to use the sprinkler more often - but only when OH isn't looking!

Last edited: 23 July 2017 15:13:35

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 14:12

Lots of pompoms in the garden with the trees in socks in La Rochelle.  Sorry they're sideways.



We have a man coming in September to fell 2 sickly ash trees.  He will cut it all into 50cm lengths for OH to chop up but, given the excessive heat that just one log generates in our log burner the logs will probably end up as a large insect hotel.


Our air has turned wet.   Not enough to be a drizzle but at least it's trying.   Off to weed.

Constricting sleeper walls with the long side up

Posted: 23/07/2017 at 11:54

I would add posts for stability.  Once in place you want them to stay.  Heavy blighters to manoeuvre.

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