Latest posts by Obelixx

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.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 19:06

Had to look up your cornus Annie Chicky.  It looks wonderful and so much more vibrant than Midwinter Fire.   I have a cornus controversa on my list for its horizontal layered branching.

Funnily enough I was pondering an OU degree a couple of days ago but OH and I are going to sign up for Spanish at the university for the 3rd age next September andIi expect that will be quite time consuming.  I'm also finding French wines quite boggling so maybe an oenology class is called for.

Still blowing wild outside so we're tucked up with kittens and dogs, just waiting for the chicken to finish roasting.   Only 10 more days and then we can take the kittens out to play which should be great fun.  Has Flatters got over his adventure?

Hosta - you are a glutton for punishment.  Can you say no to overtime or do you secretly like it?

Hope all lurgy sufferers are on the mend and that the SAD sufferers are doing OK.  Soon be spring and longer days and more light.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 16:45

Been blowing a hoolie here all afternoon but a lot less rain than I'd hoped for and now the sky is clearing again.    Hope you hang on to your furniture Busy.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 05/02/2017 at 13:43

8C today and started quiet and sunny but now the gales have arrived along with some very dark clouds but, as yet, no rain.    7mm fell yesterday and overnight.  None so far today but it's blowing a hoolie so maybe we'll get some later.

Definitely a hibernating and nesting and dreaming day.

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