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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 14:07

We are supposed to be having dry sunny spells but for the last couple of hours we've had strong winds and heavy rain.   OH has an app on his mobile which forecasts by the hour and says it will be wet until 4pm.   The same app on the PC - accuweather - tells me it will be dry and sunny till sunset and then wet.   

It has been a month now since Pusscat died.   We've decided we don't like being a cat free household and need a kitten or preferably two so they can play and hang up on he dogs but the local rescue place wants to vet us first.  All well and good but they're taking their time about it.   No doubt he, she or they will have fun in our veggie patch when we get one built.   

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 11:57

Our water in Belgium was very fresh and pure - no chlorine - but so hard it even left scale on the pets' water dishes.   Always had a horror of water softeners though so had a magnetic dooberry fitted and always used an anti-calcium tablet for every washload.   Spirit vinegar for kettles, coffee pots, shower heads and individual tap filters, descaling gel for taps and spray for showers.   We always wipe down the shower walls with a rubber window cleaner thingy.   Complete palaver.

No scale build up so far here but I use the tablets in the washing machine just in case.

Windy out there now but OK as I'm on sewing room sort out today.   10 coats now and no more ghostly blue stripes.  Still need to paint the radiator and windowsill but they can wait a bit.

More importantly, I have got my sound systems in and working - one for radio and CDs and an old-fashioned radio cassette player that can get Radio 4.   Sorted!  

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 10:11

One year I was in Bristol with my scientists - Cabot tower, Clifton bridge and panorama, SS Great Britain and Matthew (so tiny).  Whilst walking about exploring we heard evensong in a large church and went in.   Beautiful and so calming.

We visited Luçon cathedral last week - very naked and simple and, at midday, not another soul about.

Most of our grass has turned to hay so needs tackling with the strimmer before we have another go with the sit-on which is currently being fixed after getting a length of twine wrapped tightly round the blade shaft.  The grass also has tall nettle patches as well as apple mint that has escaped........  I think our compost bins may fill up rather quickly.

Last edited: 17 November 2016 10:11:59

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 09:14

Good morning.    Wild, wet and woolly sort of a night but we have sunshine and blue skies this morning with some big lumps of grey stuff scudding about here and there.  

Lovely horse story Busy.  Hope they're happier today.

Lovely cathedral Clari.   I like the lower, more human scale ones like that one and Manchester.   Took my scientists to Canterbury cathedral years ago but we all balked at the price.   Took them again a few years ago when our expenses allowance covered the price of entry and a guided tour but have to wonder what happens if you just want or need to go and pray.  Not exactly an open door welcome to all.

Good photo Pat.  Do you eat the yabbies?

Hope you get your march Chicky.

Pottering day today and walkies then dance class this evening.   Tango and Paso figures to learn and practise.

Will rain do harm to plants in pots?

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 20:06

It depends on what they are, how big is their pot and how cold it gets.

Freezing is likely to be worse than being rained on as long as the pots aren't sitting in puddles of water which can literally drown or rot the roots.

Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 15:01

Me too.

Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 14:50

That is pretty but the flowers are wrong for the OP's plant which look more like they belong on a bottle brush plant.  This is our albizzia in August and its flowers are definitely pink.

Last edited: 16 November 2016 14:51:05

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 13:20

I can't cope with Jeremy Vine's voice - too creepy and smarmy - so never listen.   What is happening in Syria is awful but, sadly, not unique.  The Yemen is no better at the mo and sadly, I have no idea how they can be fixed or helped given that no western politician is about to upset the Saudis who also mess in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere they can foment trouble between Muslim factions.

In Belgium, mussels are usually the big flabby Zeeland kind which I can only cope with once a year at most.  Now it turns out we are half an hour away from two mussel growing centres that provide 20% of France's production and they are the lovely small, juicy and tasty "moules de bouchot" which are the best - http://www.pleinemer.com/mussel-work.htm and we've already eaten them out twice.   Maybe again next week as we're planning a lunch out.   Yum.

Between those and the sardines and mackerel and other fish landed along this coast we are happy bunnies.

Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 13:07

I think both flowers and foliage are wrong for an albizia.   There are lots round here in gardens in the Vendée, including mine.

The foliage looks more like acacia dealbata which we also have in teh gharden but the flowers are wrong tho yours may be a variety.   Have a look here and see what you think - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24107/Acacia-dealbata/Details  I wouldn't have thought it suitable for a houseplant.

Whatever yours is it looks to me like it needs a prune to remove dead wood and a good feed.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 11:39

Duvet day sounds lovely but not for me today.  We've both been for haircuts  I just had 20cms lopped off - can't do basins in hairdressers cos of my neck and have long since decided that for gardening and dancing I need to be able to put my hair out of the way easily and life is too short for blow drying a style.   OH pleased with his but he really goes for the scalp massage.

Popped in to a builders' trades cooperative to ask for someone to come and talk small extensions to us and now home to do more pottering and sorting before lunch and walkies.  It's grey and cool but dry.

I hope all aches, pains and lurgies clear up quickly for all concerned.  Olbas oil is my standby for winter bugs too Yvie.    Poor Mabel and Reggie.   Bonzo dog is very nervy at the mo, just because i did them both a flea and tick treatment last night.  He doesn't like the squirty sound.   Stoopid dog.

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