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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 20:06

No Strictly here.  We'll catch up when we get back.

Feeling stuffed.  Now I know why I only do treacle tart once every 5 or 6 years.

No inherited silver here.  I'd bought it in brocantes and then got fed up cleaning so it was kept hidden away in black velvet so a waste.  Someone else's problem now though I have kept the intricately decorated fish knives and forks we bought in a fair in Grasmere in 1989.

Glenys.  I thought SA kept Greenwich time.

Is my Wisteria diseased?

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 16:11

Plants usually work on signals from day length or temperatures.

Your leaves may be mottled from sunburn if you've been watering the whole plant and not just the roots.   Water droplets will magnify the sun and burn the leaves.   Can't suggest anything else.   

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 16:07

I polished all our silver too Dove - just before moving so I could offload it to a guy who takes unwanted stuff and sells it for charity.

We have been round the Xmas market here and snacked for brunch.  Possum and I shared a portion of tartiflette - except it wasn't.  Far too much black pepper and dried herbs and a lack of Reblochon but tasty.   OH had 2 mlled wine and Possum had hot chocolate with whipped cream.    Both too rich for me.    Wandered about some more and found a couple selling DIY light garlands.  Pick a length and then choose you colours of decorative ball to fit over each wee bulb on the string.   Bought enough to do a double rainbow for Possum and some for our new kitchen.   Then found the cabin doing apple fritters for us and churros for her.

Now home and getting warm again.   Chilly nip in the air but it has been a lovely clear day.

Gorgeous photos Chicky.  Love days like this with clear skies and light.

Is my Wisteria diseased?

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 12:57

Wisteria are deciduous which means they lose their leaves for winter and go dormant then put on flowers in spring followed by fresh foliage.   Some varieties do both at once.  They are very hardy and come from places where they get a proper winter dormancy.

I suggest, before you buy any more plants for growing in Dubai, that you have a good look around at what grows well for other people in their gardens and also check the cultivation needs either online or in a reference book or by talking to a good nurseryman or woman before buying.

This is what the RHS site has to say about wisteria - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=173 Make sure you read down as far as the info on pruning as this will affect flowering performance.

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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 04/12/2016 at 12:20

Bright and sunny start this morning but a heavy frost on the roof tops and the trees and citadel to teh south.   Looks beautiful.   Sleepy start today.  Bed late as we didn't get home form teh cinema and shopping day till just after midnight and then some flipping alarm went off in a shop - till 3am!   I don't think I'm cut out for town life any more.   The good news is that we have found a camera for Possum so she's happy.

Lunch snacking round the Christmas market today and then long, slow cooked lamb shoulder for dinner with a treacle tart for pud.

Fidget - sorry about you car troubles.  Probably worth waiting 3 months for a new one if you have to if no other dealerships have one they can ship down to you.

Hosta - have a good trip home.   Glad it's been a good holiday.

Everyone - have a lovely Sunday.


Fern, Ferns and more Ferns

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 23:58

If their roots are packed and they're thirsty every day it seems to me they're asking to be potted o into at least the next size up.   I have no idea what kind of planting medium they would need nor what is available in NY (this is a British based forum with just a few ex-pat contributors in Europe and Oz) but your local garden/plant store should be able to help.

I would then pot them on again in spring.

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 10:26

If we all turned vegetarian there would be no farm animals and even more rare breeds because no-one would keep them as pets.

I have ethics about stuff I buy - well brought up meat and poultry, sustainable fish, organic eggs and veggies, nothing from China if  I can source it from Europe, nothing from Primark or Benetton and the like because they use indentured female and child labour in Asia and so on and so forth.

Putting animal products in bank notes when there are vegetable alternatives is crass - offensive to vegetarians and Hindus and there are rather a lot of both in the UK.   

Crikey! I thought "I" was crazy😵

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:06

I had no idea about the tallow and agree it is utterly stupid and insensitive.   What an amazing blunder.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 03/12/2016 at 09:02

Grey and misty start here in Namur but the sun is doing its best and I can now see the citadel.

Lots of shopping today.   Possum needs a camera for her course work and paper and paints and we'll stock up on bulky basics for her while we're here.   Dinner out then cinema this evening - Fantastic Creatures in 3D.

Kittens are perched on the window sill watching the pigeons who roost in the rooftops opposite.

Sorry it's too hot for you Pat but good that you can keep busy.

Have a good day everyone and stay warm.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 02/12/2016 at 23:24

Evening all.  Easy journey apart from bits of fog here and; of course, rain when we hit Belgium.

Kittens mostly good on the journey apart from a bot of "helping" in a queue at some lights.

Took the pic and then got them back on my lap to help with CDs instead.   They are now exploring Possum's apartment with absolutely no shyness.

Hosta - gorgeous turtles.  Happy birthday.

Liri - lovely photo.  No wonder you were reluctant to leave.

Wonky - sounds like a great week.  So pleased you're enjoying it.

Fidget - hope OH really is OK.  Happy car hunting.

Sweet dreams all.

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