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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:47

Ask friends and colleagues or even local Facebook page for recommendations.  There must be one for Sheffield.   It'll be safer and quicker and you'll get the conformity certificate you need.

Reality check for OH.

No more lending him your truck till he's got his domestic bliss brain in gear.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:38

Clear blue skies, bright sun, gentle breeze.  Frosty start but set to get to 9C this pm.  More tomorrow but maybe less frost.   

We'll be driving to Belgium where it will be wet but clearing up for the weekend so some sunny bits there too.

Last edited: 01 December 2016 13:38:25

cutting back

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:33

Leave the roses.  The ends of the stems will take the frost and protect the crowns and centres.  You then prune back to healthy, outward facing buds in March and then feed them.

Salvias are not all reliably frost hardy, especially the shrubby, woody ones so, depending on variety, leave them as they are or take into shelter from frosts.  Prune back to healthy buds in March or April.   

Marigolds are annuals and on a mission to flower and set seed in just one growing season.  If your weather is mild, dead-heading may prolong flowering but they will die.   Nemesias are perennials more usually grown as annuals so leave them too and just pull them all up when done.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:23

Bypass the manual and the idiot and ask for an electrician..

Christmas decorations

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 13:16

Everybody used candles before the electric strings came along.  Candles clipped to the branches with special holders to hold them steady and positioned so as not have a branch directly above.

I know Germans who still do it, for authenticity.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 12:00

Clari - your OH needs a rocket in his nether region.  Ludicrous to have all this still waiting after so long and with winter already so much colder than last year.

Our two dogs sleep downstairs but are no longer confined to their cages at night.  They get a sofa each or their basket of they like.  Upstairs is off limits but we have the kittens to entertain at the mo. 

Then And Now

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 11:49

OH is from Worcester, born in Bewdley, and his sister still lives nearby so we visit from time to time.

I was born in Mbeya which was the nearest town to a remote village where my parents ran the leprosarium for 5 years.   Never been back and have no photos of it then or now.

Whilst living in Belgium for 25 years I collected old postcards of our local town and the surrounding villages.   Interesting to see what was, how it has changed or disappeared and compare to present day.

pet companions

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 10:24

I'm so sorry Logan.   Big hugs for you and bracken and hope the new dosage helps.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 10:19

Morning all.  It's so long since we had kittens I'd forgotten how manic they can be at 3am!  OH, of course, just sleeps through.   He did that when Possum was a baby too.

Bright and sunny here but nippy.   We had frost, apparently, but all gone now.  I still have bulbs to plant this pm and some of the smaller perennials we brought with us. The rest are gathered on the sunny side of the house and sheltered from winds so I hope will be OK. 

Have to do a shop today cos we're off to Namur for a long weekend to sort out some stuff.  Possum has asked for an assortment of spices and cooking stuff plus arylics and brushes.   Seems she's gone crafty.

Chicky - you do learn to hide the worry and it is lovely not be a taxi.

Clari - have you drawn it all out on paper?   Make cut out scale g'houses and hen runs and trees and then shuffle them till happy.

OH missed the first 4 episodes of Missing and the 5th didn't record so I've been waiting for him to catch up before watching the rest which we can now do together.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 01/12/2016 at 09:59

Funnily enough I planted my nectaroscordum, Purple Sensation and Christophii in the smaller of the two cleared beds yesterday.   Lovely soil under the piles of compost so I hope they grow well.   Crocuses and perennials today. 

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