Obelixx


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Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:12

BIt too easy Hosta!


No favourites yet so no preferences for the dance off - waiting to see how they all cope now the film bells and whistles have gone.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:38

I hope we'll get some glorious dancing and choreographies too and that the judges will continue with their largely constructive comments.   We tried a new dance school here on Thursday after 15 years of classes in Belgium, the last 6 with Christophe Dradin who was Belgian champ 30 times from when he started competing at about 12 years old.  


The new teacher observed our jive and tango and then said that we clearly have a good base of steps and technique!  OK to join her class then.  Christophe will be pleased.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 15:39:18

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 15:34

Certainly not!  He's the labourer and good at heavy jobs that I can no longer do.  Skilled stuff is for me - or at least anything that requires common sense and a bit of nouse.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:15

Exactly.  He's even organised my tools for his use.  Delusional or what?  I shall have to hide the jigsaw, mitre saw and router when I find them again.

Lily bulbs

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:13

If they're tiny they'll be fine in 3" pots till you see roots starting to poke out of the bottom.  Then you pot them into 4" pots and repeat as needed going up in pot size every time.   They'll want good compost and regular watering but also good drainage to grow well and not rot.


I have kept lily bulbs for years once they are the size to go in big display pots.  They get rested in a cool, dry place over winter and then top dressed and watered come spring.   Works for me.   When they look a bit congested I tip them out in spring and pot in fresh compost and cleaned pots, giving away spares or potting them up to grow on.   5 Firebolt bought at Chelsea 5 or 5 years ago have thus become about 40.

Bare root roses

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 14:00

They need to be soaked in a bucket of water for 24 hours to re-hydrate the roots and then you can either heel them in as Dave suggests or plant them in large pots in a sheltered corner.  Try and find some microrhyzal fungae mix to sprinkle on the roots as you plant them.   They'll grow a fine set of roots over winter and should then make a good display next summer.

Last edited: 15 October 2016 14:01:03

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 13:57

Didn't see brisket in Belgium and haven't looked here yet.  Do love a good, crunchy slaw.


Lentil soup for lunch, made with some of the Jewish penicillin chicken.   Delish, but I do need to find a source of proper wholemeal bread.  Have tried 4 different "multi-céréales" here and all are far too light in texture.  Good excuse to try more bakers and their other delights.


There have been metaphorical tears.  Emboldened by his success with the shoe organiser which, I point out, rests its weight on its own feet so only attached to wall for security, OH went on to put up a pine shelf jobby complete with hooks below and a rail for hangers.  This plasterboard had stone wall behind it......  Change bits.  All fine till he put stuff on it.  2 mins later all on the floor.  Now he understands about plasterboard and correct rawl plugs.  DIY store on Monday then


Just as well really as he also put it at a height that meant it blocked the control panel to the central heating boiler...............At least he used a spirit level this time..

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 12:05

Decaf for me as it's after midday.   Really need my sleep at the mo.


Haven't had brisket since before we left the UK so more than 25 years.   Prefer my beef rare but wouldn't mind a go at salted beef for pastrami butties.    Roast chuck for us tomorrow and sausages today.  S'pose I ought to think of something for lunch but I'm busy with boxes and wardrobes.......


Last night's Atul mullet was delish!   Recommended

Last edited: 15 October 2016 12:08:44

Strictly is back!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:53

Fine.

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 11:00

I left all mine behind Yvie and gave my layerings of cornus alba sibirica to Marie-Christine because there's a nursery here that stocks them.  I shall be buying some for my new winter bed - much stronger in growth and fabulous bright red stems and they can take being cut back low every year to maintain size and colour.


I do like the flame effect of the Midwinter Fire but find it's a pest - either weak or too happy and suckery.

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