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Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 20:48

Hope she's OK Joyce and that you have a lovely time together.   

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 20:25

RG - with you on League of Gents.  Can't bear Wizzard either.   I do hope you get your plumbing sorted.

There was I thinking that spaghetti with a simple, garlicky tomato and clam sauce would be nice and light and OH has sneakily treated us to an organic choc tart to have with ice cream.  I shall be spherical before Xmas starts!

No bubble and squeak here Dove but I did buy extra potatoes to do a tartiflette for lunch one day next week as well as the Xmas gratin dauphinois.

Do not mention Xmas pud ice cream to OH.  I'll never hear the end of it!

Trees in memory

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 18:05

Good idea.  I have had to leave trees and shrubs and roses behind that were gifts or cuttings from friends.   I took cuttings where I could.   I understand that my beautiful garden has completely run away from the new owners so my treasures won't be getting their usual care and may well be cut down or grassed over to make life simpler.

Woodland Trust plantings would be safer as a memorial.


Posted: 20/12/2017 at 17:56

The Walloon Region of Belgium has new rules in vigour form the 1/11/17.  All cats born on or after this date must be identified with a micro chip fitted by a vet before they are 12 weeks old or before being sold or given away, whichever happens first.  Cost fixed at 50€ per kitten.   All kittens must be sterilised by 6 months old. 

Not sure where that leaves pedigree breeders but it's a bid to make owners behave responsibly and  to reduce the ever increasing numbers of stray and abandoned cats in French speaking Belgium because the refuges can't cope.  Time limits apply for microchipping and sterilising any cat accompanying its owners moving to Wallonia from anywhere in the world.

Both our kitties are rescues.  Both are micro-chipped, neutered and vaccinated.  They are welcome to use our garden as their loo and don't stray to the neighbours with the dog or the farmer neighbours with farm cats.  Neither neighbour does flower beds anyway.

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Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 17:38

We like a nice wine too but it's a lot more complicated now we're in France.  In Belgium there was lots of French wine about but also German, Italian, Spanish, Oz, Kiwi, Chile, Argentina.........   With those we knew what we were getting from one week, month, season to another.

Now we're having to "experiment" as the variety of wines in each region is wide and there are huge differences between the regions and you need to know about "terroir", soil, climate in a given year, grape variety, which socks they wore to trample the grapes..........    Big learning curve.

can anyone help me identify this plant

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 17:28

Common name is plumbago.  Botanical name is ceratostigma.

Comes in two main forms in the UK - as far as I know.  May be more now.



Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 16:43

Back from an excellent lunch after the fish market and a raid on the SM.  No razor clams!!!  Spaghetti vongole it is then.   Restaurant very quiet.  Supermarket heaving.   However, major supplies are in so just the fresh veg to buy on Friday.  I can go at lunch time to avoid the crush.

Busy - there's a Gifi in Luçon.  Only ever been in summer looking for picnic plates and parasols but will try it for crackers.  Thanks.   Oil based paints pong and it can take days of open windows to lose the smell but they do give a very durable finish for wood.  Water based paints for walls are almost odour free once dry.   Modern paints for interior wood can be oil or water based these days and need a few days to harden before you let "traffic" near them.

Hosta - I don't envy you your more stupid customers or all that Xmas musac.

Well done everyone.  You all sound very organised.

Joyce - toe still dodgy so reduced walking for me.  X-rays on Boxing Day to see what's going on but once I'm over the pre-Xmas sewing and crafting and cleaning and cooking phase I shall don my heavy soled old fell boots and some cushioning ski socks and walk every day we're not dancing.

Last edited: 20 December 2017 16:50:45

Plant abuse !!

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 09:01

If they didn't stock it in the first place people wouldn't think they wanted it cos they'd not see it.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 20/12/2017 at 08:59

Not me.  I don't do any fancy icing decoration on cakes.  Hope they like them.

Possum has a long list of essential foods for her week's stay.  If we get thru it we'll all be spherical.  She wants garlicky prawns, foie gras, roast belly pork, roast parsnips, a curry, roast lamb and mint jelly, a Thai soup, a Krean something and Xmas dinner of duck breast with red wine and juniper sauce with  gratin dauphinois and broccoli.  No sprouts.   Then there's sticky toffee pudding, bread and butter pudding, yule log, jam tarts (she doesn't like mince pies)..............

Hosta night for me last night so feeling bleary.   Off to the fish market at Sables d'Olonne this morning then a fishy lunch and then home to pyjamas which are laid out ready to cut and sew.

Busy - I hope you get your decorating done in time.  We have crackers left from last year.  No idea where I'd find any round here.

Away with all lurgies and bugs so everyone can enjoy their festivities.

Hope you're OK Pdoc.  You've gone quiet again.

Supposed to be foggy this morning but it's clear and frosty after a fabulous rosy sunset.   Stay safe on the roads if you're travelling. 

Rat or mole?

Posted: 19/12/2017 at 23:24

Peter Salanson - get yourself a détaupeur from your local garden centre.  Very effective but you do need to be careful when setting it as pet cats and dogs will want to sniff and inspect and can get a surprise.  I used it to great effect in my Belgian garden but, once we got a  dog, had to hide it under a bucket.   So far, in this new French garden, I haven't needed it as the mole is much more restrained.

As for rats, there were some when we moved here 15 months ago but I put down poison and we've had no problems since.   All bird food is kept in closed bins and so are my seeds.   We've also got a good ratter in our terrier and 2 young kitties, one of whom is turning into a demon mouser.

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