Latest posts by Obelixx

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 16:11

That's a cracking photo Dove but somehow I can't see our pair doing that.  Bonzo was spooked by wave movement and noise when we took him along the beach last year - clearly doesn't know what Labradors were bread for - so will need plenty pf practice before he even gets close enough to wet his toes.

Frock cut out now and ready to sew.   

Mind your head.

Rat infestation

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 14:48

Well done.  Unfortunately, rats are always closer than you'd like to think and they are opportunists so talk to the local council about getting that back alley cleared of rubbish where they may be nesting/feeding/breeding.   

Make sure your own garden space and any sheds are kept clear of food sources so no loose bird food, no cooked foods in compost heaps, bins well closed against unwanted visitors.

Don't assume you've got them all.  Keep some poison or traps going in quiet corners away for children or pets or birds and check regularly.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 14:33

OH is watching the Tour de France Dove.  Just a thought.

I'm pinning out a summer frock for Possum and have come in the living room to check her back waist measurement and she's comatose on a sofa.  Clearly this surfing lark is exhausting.   Both dogs flaked out in sympathy.

Plenty of breezes here so I've closed doors to stop tissue paper flying..........

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:47

Storms and bangs and flashes all night here but only 2MM of rain. That makes 5.6cms since mid January so my garden is very thirsty.  Established shrubs are starting to wilt and my new shade garden is very stressed despite occasional waterings.   13 months of drougt according to the locals and exceptionally hot weather too.

Yesterday I cleaned and weeded all my roses in pots and then top dressed, fed or re-potted into bigger pots because, clearly, I'm not going to get them in the ground now till autumn or they'll die.   Same with my clems and other shrubs and treasures I brought or have bought.

My red onions have fried to a crisp, the squashes I planted out with loads of compost are really struggling, the sweetcorn looks OK but is not growing apace.  Brassicas OK but also not filling out as they should.    I need to get my hands on lots of compost and horse poo.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 13:34

Pat - there's a "translation" charge every time a credit card is used abroad, even if it's kept in credit.

Pdoc - In Belgium we did both ours at least once before the autumn frosts set in so the chassis, axles and wheel arches got their protective coating to help against salt and grit and then again mid winter and mid spring to top up protection.    Worked a treat and we never had rust problems whereas one of my scientists who thought 17€ for the full works was excessive ended up having to buy a new car when his 4yr old Megane failed its first MOT for serious rust.    Here, the car washes are much simpler and offer no undercarriage protection and I have yet to see anyone offering a personalised service.  I hope she was getting tips at least.

Staying cool here which is lovely but very dry.   Had to go and water the herb patch as it was wilting, lavenders, sages, thymes and a rosemary all floppydoodah.  Not good.   All 150 red onions have frazzled and the squashes are struggling.   Sweetcorn and brassicas seem OK but the only things thriving are my toms, still in pots so watered almost daily.

OH has ordered the Beth Chatto book for me but I'm going to need serious loads of horse poo to sort things out in the potager.

That water lily looks lovely Hosta.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 19/07/2017 at 11:18

Cool and cloudy here.  After a very noisy night with lots of flashing and banging we've had a whole 2mm of rain.  I've just had to go and water the herb garden which had gone limp.  Fennel and dill I can understand but lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary not so much.   Winter savoury doing fine tho.   

Stayed up late to keep Bonzo company but not coddle him.  He doesn't like thunder but is getting better.

Sympathies for the stink Joyce.   I should think our farmers have had a lie in after rushing round like mad things getting the harvest in before the deluge which didn't happen.    Haven't seen the news yet but hope Cornwall is OK today and no more floods.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 23:30

Thunder, lightning, short shower.  Infuriating really.  13 months of drought now and I want a proper downpour or three.  Please.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 23:11

No sleep here for a while.   Lots of noises on high and we have raindrops.  Hope they turn into a thorough downpour as I have long established shrubs wilting here and stressed trees.

Hope your wife gets back in good order DL.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 21:24

Thanks for the moth ID Aunty Rach.  Found it on one of my kitchen cupboards so took a pic before ushering it outside.    Lots of moths and butterflies on my mint pots but they don't sit still long enough to ID or take pics.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 18/07/2017 at 20:28

Floods can be devastating.   I hope everyone gets out safely.  The same storms are passing thru Brittany and causing lots of bovver with fires from lightning as well as local floods and power cuts.   They're on orange alert.   We're on yellow for tonight and tomorrow morning.

Chicky - well done for changing banks.  Hope it works well.  No justification for charging that much for a simple piece of data for the overnight run.

Boat trip sounds lovely Busy.   Love messing about in boats.

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