Latest posts by Obelixx

Rhetorical questions

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 10:22

Don't put you eggs in the fridge!  Better somewhere cool but not the fridge.

I have often wondered why architects, presumably male, design motorway service stations which can cater for hundreds in the shops and cafés and restaurant, with only 3 ladies' loos and one for the disabled.  What do they think happens when a coach load arrives?

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 01/01/2018 at 10:16

Yes LP.  There's a new thread started already.  We have winds gusting up to 90mph so I shall stay tucked up indoors and assume any flower brave enough to show its face will have been blasted to smithers - or still be there tomorrow.

Good morning everyone.   Hope the year has started well.   It's very noisy here - gales outside and occasional lashings of rain against windows and shutter and OH has Lord of the Rings on very loud.  I'm off to sew then.

Hosta - get some sleep!  Or can you catch up on the plane?  At least you won't have jet lag when you land.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 23:51

New thread for Jan 2018 open.    Pleas post on there from midnight.

Only a few minutes to go.

Happy 2018 to you all and thank you for your company and community and humour over the last year. 

Special hugs to all those missing loved ones or struggling with lurgies.   May 2018 bring you peace and healing.    

Hello Forkers - January 2018

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 23:47

Pinch, punch but most of all, 

Have a great 2018 everyone.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 15:26

Just me and him too Chicky.  We used to go to NY balls but decided about 3 years ago we'd rather stay home and have a quiet dinner and a few glasses of fizz and good wine and snuggle with the critters than traipse about all over Belgium and then be the only ones sober on the roads at 2 or 3 am for the 70 to 100km return trip.   No taxi duty either as Possum's NY is a sleepover in Floreffe in Belgium.

I'm just having my usual NY Eve whizz round with the proper vacuum cleaner and steam cleaner.  I like it clean for NY and insist anyone here wears some auspicious red or gold and not black!   OH has gone out with the dogs during a brief respite in the wind and rain.   Pussies are sitting looking affronted at the weather.

Fireworks are pretty but dangerous.   A friend from our old home has posted a radar map of central Belgium before NY and at midnight.  It shows the flocks of birds all over the cities and countryside rising up in fright as the fireworks go off.  Bad enough for pets indoors but a nightmare for all the wildlife and animals in the fields - 


Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 14:18

I don't see the point if it's a ll a sham tho I did enjoy Darcy shouting at Craig but then I agreed with his 2.  I think the other judges should be forced to substract at least 3 from most of their points throughout this show and Strictly proper.  Far too high till they get to quarter or semi finals week.

Moving a Camellia

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 13:45

Or else pot it up in large pot - 60cm diameter minimum - with ericaceous compost and keep it safe till all the building work is done.  That will give you time to prepare the soil well before you replant.

Give it a generous drink of a couple of gallons of rain water and let it soak in for an hour or two then start working to release as much root ball as possible.   If it seems dry, water again and then try again.   Protect the roots with compost below, round and above to the same level as before then move it to somewhere sheltered from wind and easterly sunshine.  Water after moving (or it will be too heavy) and keep it moist until you're ready to plant again.

You may lose this year's flowers but you should keep your shrub.   When you do re-plant, feed it with some fertiliser for rhodos and azaleas as this will help keep it healthy and encourage flower buds to form again in late summer.  Keep it moist for its first year in its new home while it settles down again. 

What is this plant?

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 11:08

As Nut says, you just have to keep removing any new growth as you see it or else let it grow and use chemicals - not guaranteed and indiscriminate if mis-applied - or dig out the retire border and wash the roots of all the plants it's entangled in before re-planting the ones you want to keep.

It's very pretty in flower and has attractive leaves too so I'd be inclined to let it grow in one or two clumps and just pull up or hoe the rest till it gives in.   I'm having a similar battle with arum italicum which is very slow to realise it is unwanted yet is proving reluctant in th eone bit I'd like it to grow.   Perverse.

Last edited: 31 December 2017 11:08:48

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 11:03

Yes - but ours love the cold shower and vigorous rub down afterwards tho we went so long with no rain here that they'd forgotten about almost daily showers and foot baths after Belgian walkies.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 31/12/2017 at 10:54

We watched the Xmas show last night.  Can't believe 10s for that wench's jive.  Don't know what the judges were watching.   She hardy lifted her knees or did a decent flick!    Robie was still stiff as a board but Judy did much better.   I hope we don't have to see Jeremy Vine again tho I did like his shoes.

Colin's rumba was very good and that Viennese waltz was just dreamy.

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