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Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/02/2017 at 12:16

It is dry and mild here wit occasional sunny bits.  OH has gone off to play golf leaving me holding the babies.   Dogs and kittens in fine playful form.

I have had a headache for 3 days and feel as bleugh as if I were coming round from a migraine but will gird loins to get some jobs done. around the house, ready for leccy man next week.   I hope all the lurgy sufferers are improving.

Need to go compost hunting tomorrow so I can start sowing seeds.  Getting twitchy and broad beans and sweet peas and chilies need starting and i have some red onion sets to plant in modules.   Love red onions.

I was good at maths at school but stopped at O level and have found little no use for algebra, logarithms, sinuses etc but geometry comes in handy for scaling cake recipes up and down for different tins and working out how much paint I may need............ but at the mo that last is a whole other headache pondering colour schemes.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 20:01

Not surprising really given events and it was a centuries old tradition to make losers pay for wars.   He supported Dreyfus and published Emile Zola's "J'accuse" so he got a few things right.


Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 19:34

I've been looking up a chap called Georges Clémenceau because there is a museum to his life and lots of streets named after him.  Turns out he was a perspicacious politician born in the mid 1800s and died in 1929.

One lovely quote from him - 

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

Well done Punkdoc.

Getting in a gardener!

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 16:58

Good for you.   

We are also planning to get in an expert to remove a tree or three and prune some more depending on whether they can be saved or not so it' s good to know it's worked for you.

How to get rid of moles?

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 14:21

Moles can be a real pain whether they're just ruining lawns or undermining treasures and leving their roots dangling in tunnels so they die of thirst or making it unsafe to walk because of turning one's ankle - or the feet of precious livestock - in sudden sinking holes and tunnels.

If you live in the UK and can't live with the moles, you need to employ the services of a professional mole catcher.  I have tried humane traps, noises, smells, etc and the only thing that works is a mole blaster which I can buy and use in Belgium and France but I think they're not sanctioned for sale in the UK.  

Our cats caught them occasionally and our terrier would try and dig them out - worse than the molehills really but more entertaining.   Whatever we did, the moles come back when it's time to find a mate and then more disruption when the babies head off to make their own territory.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 13:37

Funny isn't it?  I can't even watch the films of Lord of the Rings and co as I find nothing appealing about the characters.    Read the Labyrinth a few years ago and yes - it was long but we'd been on hols down there and visited Carcassonne so it was interesting for that.   Good way to keep you resting while the rib and cough heal.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 13:02

Yes, but wait for the flowers to go over so you stress them less.

Plenty of salad and courgettes and so on here too BF but not so many bags of prepared salad on the shelves on Friday.  However, I don't think of courgettes as  winter veg so haven't looked at prices or quality and I really dislike aubergines.

I hope Pushkin is OK now.  One of our kittens is clumsy and managed to topple a newly sealed jar of chilli jam on the floor whilst strolling past.  Goo and glass all over the floor and the Labrador diving in to slurp.  Fortunately I got to him before he found any shards but he spent the next 2 hours licking his chops and nose - chilli tingles.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 12:47

I made 3 attempts to read The Hobbit and never got past page 2.  Dreadful stuff.  Don't like Dickens or Brontes either but love Jane Austen whose use of English is a joy to read.

I started buying the HP books when Possum was about 9 so I could see what all the fuss was about in anticipation of her reading them.    Loved them all despite occasional issues with holes and repetition and the ridiculous idea that Hermione would love Ron.   We used to drive to Italy twice a year for skiing and beach hols and quickly discovered that the CD versions of HP read by Stephen Fry put an end to the endless "Are we nearly there" and turned into "can we wait till the end of the chapter?".   we also have all the DVDs but she has never read a book past chapter 1.

Storms over for now and we have a very light rain falling, so light I can probably count the drops!

Still on foot rest so quiet planning and pottering today and sorting out the box of dress patterns Cosmos dumped on the floor.   He's still a disaster but very funny, especially when teasing the dogs.   Minstrel is so much more subtle and utterly adorable.    

Forecast is wet so quietly pleased I can't do walkies with OH but don't tell him.

Take comfort from having enforced rest in Jan and Feb Dove.   Save yourself for March and April..

Last edited: 06 February 2017 12:49:09

Big Dreams Small Spaces

Posted: 06/02/2017 at 12:31

I think last week's programme was an object lessons in what you can achieve with a vision backed up with determination, inventiveness and team work as well as what happens when you don't have a real plan or financial discipline.

In the end, both pairs got what they wanted which is good, no matter what we think of the end results or the money spent.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 21:31

GWRS - enjoy your Belgian beer.  Theyv'e done agood job of marketing here so OH is not going short of choice and is also starting to explore the local brews. I hate the smell.

The problem with French wine is that you need to have an encyclopedic knowledge of térroir, what the weather was like for the harvest and what socks they wore when they trampled the grapes.  In Belgium we had easy access to reliable and tasty Oz and Kiwi wines plus a few favourite Spanish, Italian and Chilean wines so we knew what we liked and what went with what.  Here, it's a lottery and the SMs don't even have consistent stock so we find one we like and then can't find it again.

I may just give up when my supplies of NZ nobillo have gone.

Wonky - I'm looking forward to introducing kittens to the great oudoors.

Fairy - hope you get a decent walk next weekend.

Dunno about signs of spring but our mimosas are about to burst.

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