Latest posts by Obelixx

Strictly is back!

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 22:48

I'm pleased with the result too altho my favourite show dance was Gemma's and she and Joe have made the most overall progress thru the series.   I know Alexandra has technique and energy and a drive for perfection but some of those moves in the show dance were just ungainly to me and Debbie's show dance was too much ballet and off the floor.  

Loved Gemma's Paso and Debbie's Arg. tango tonight and so wish Joe and Katya had done the Money Money routine which I still think is genius.

Only 9 months to go to the next series.  Plenty of time to get the camera work and lighting sorted out so we can see their feet and their heads and see how good or bad the competitors are and not how fancy the technology is! 

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 22:36

Mine's just come out of the oven Chicky.  Smells divine.  Will wrap it in triple foil tomorrow morning.

Not religious but love Xmas carols.  Always watch the Kings college carols on TV but always end up frustrated - why can't they just sing proper carols instead of showing how clever they are with new stuff nobody knows?   There are already differences between what's sung in the main Churches so best to keep it beautiful and uplifting and traditional - for atheist me anyway.

Had a chat with Possum earlier this evening.  She'll be here for just one week before going back to cram for exams in January - wants roast belly pork, traditional (for us) duck Xmas dinner, sticky toffee pudding, roast lamb, curry, foie gras, bread and butter pudding, yule log........going to get spherical!

OH and I watched Strictly this evening.   Good result but not my favourite dances on the night..

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 20:32

Clari - get the pain meds then you have a choice between those and alcohol as applicable.

I wear fine tights under a dance frock so maybe 3 or 4 times a year.   Can't do a twirl in pop socks if you have a twirly skirt!   Bare legs don't work in winter, even here.    Maybe fake tan would be cheaper and more comfy.  I do have lovely thicker tights for wearing under trousers but don't need them here.  Maybe I should make some winter frocks tho I don't know where I'd wear them.   

Plant abuse !!

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 16:43

Aunty Rachel - an Indian gardening friend of mine in Brussels bough a shed load of those colour sprayed succulents to decorate her garden for a huge family celebration with rellies from all over the world.  Then she wondered why they died afterwards.  That was a few years ago when she was new i the group.  She knows better now.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 15:29

I've saved that recipe too as we hope to have nectarines and apricots this year and there are Mirabelles already - if we get any before the birds.  Bit sweet for me anyway.  Like more tartness for cooking.

Multi-tasking like mad here.   One bowl full of butter and sugar softening for the Creole cake, a pan full of fruit slurping in tea and butter and spiced sugar for a Borrowdale tea bread to take to patchwork tomorrow and Xmas decs all over the place.  Considering how carefully we cleaned beforehand, the place looks like a bomb site.

There's also a curtain pole waiting to be put up in the kitchen and a curtain waiting for holes for eyelets and somewhere in all that dinner to cook.   Easy lamb chops as the oven will be busy with cake.

Glad your finger's improving Liri.   I managed to prang a brand new pair of posh tights on the fake buckle velcro fastening of my shoes last night.  Not impressed.   Why put velcro on dress shoes anyway?  Outdoors yes.   Easy.  Hope your OH likes his.

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 15:17

That looks really good Wonky.   Original too.  Forgot to say how much I like Chicky's tree too.

Still messing with our tree here.  I need to look at it for a day or so to check it has enough on it and no gaps.  Now to work out what to do in the hall and the dining room and maybe even the kitchen.   I have left OH in charge of hanging lights, strings of beads and shatter proof brass angels and fruits on the a trio of obelisks at the front of the house.  

SOS Allotments appeal

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 12:52

Please sign if you can.  It seems the council wants to build another school on the playing fields and then use the allotments for an all weather playing field.  There is an appropriate sight for the new playing field nearby that doesn't involve turfing allotmenteers off their plots.  Many of them have already been moved just 10 years ago and are retired and won't or don't want to start again on fresh ground.

It seems the local Beeb news and the MP have now got behind this story but extra signatures will help too.

Cutting back conifers

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 12:41

Any climber you wish to perform with god foliage and/or flowers will need a lot of improvement to soil near conifers.  Worth taking the time to get it right before you plant or you'll end up growing wimpy straggly things and having to start again.  South facing is excellent and the conifers will, at least, provide shelter by filtering strong northerly winds to less damaging forces.

Hello Forkers in December

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 10:42

Thanks for not doing Strictly spoilers as we were out dancing and haven't seen it yet.  Our friends at dancing were commenting about missing the Miss France final.  Most seemed to think it was a perfectly normal thing to do but one has told her daughters not to go anywhere near such stuff.  Must admit my flabber was ghasted that it's still a big thing here.

We had roast butternut squash on Friday night.  Very watery so maybe one that grew from the compost heap.  I shall probably end up throwing all the rest on the compost heap.   Love ravioli filled with squash but don't often see it and we get a good one here with gorgonzola and walnuts too.

Mild and calm outside but not inside.  Cosmos is scatting cos he's having his first morning with no sock since the beginning of November.  Nearly healed now so I've left it for him to lick off the accumulated sticky plaster goo for an hour or two.  Poor chap has a bald patch all round his leg where it's pulled out his fur.    The dogs are scragging each other on one of the sofas and one of the pussies has "hunted" the dream catcher I put on Possum's bed ready to hang when I find a hook.  OH is ferrying boxes of Xmas decs down so I suppose I'd best get on with that tree.

Show us ya Baubles!

Posted: 17/12/2017 at 10:29

Love you knitted Xmas pud AR and your window sill figures.  Where did you get those chaps?

WW - thanks.  To make a fabric Xmas tree draw an 8"/20cm circle on the wrong side of the fabric and then cut it out with an extra sewing margin of about 1/4"/5mm.   Fold over to make a semi-circle using the drawn circle as a pinning and sewing guide.   Stitch it all the way round leaving just over an inch/3cm open so you can turn it.   Press it out to make the completed semi circle right side out and top stitch along the edge.  This helps keep the shape and also gives you somewhere to hide stitches for beads and sequins.

Fold it over back and forth until you have several folds.  4 or 5 as you see fit.  Press with an iron when happy with the shape and folds.  Add chosen decs and then just catch the folds at their edges to hold in place.  Add a loop at the top hiding the ends under the folds.  Done.

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