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Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:13

Australians have lounge rooms.   Ours is a living room although with both dogs flaked out asleep on a sofa each it feels more like a lounging room.

My English conversation scientists have great trouble understanding Americans but did use Americanisms so I always pointed out the difference between those and proper English.   Thinks like boot and trunk, tramp and bum and other words that could lead to confusion or embarrassment.

Fil-um is a legitimate regional pronunciation of a word. It's the same in Dutch and Flemish and the north east of England has long ties and common antecedents with them and the Danish and Norwegians.

One of my big dislikes at the moment is "concerning" when the speaker really means worrying, or of concern.   Concerning means about or relative to or with reference to.........

And someone should smack the gob of the person or persons who perpetrate the use of gobsmacked when they mean amazed or astonished or overwhelmed which are all perfectly good words.

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:36

Dull and grey and feeling cold today.   I have shopping and baking to do for our rum night - last salsa class of the dance season with rum and snacks and fun.

Otherwise, a bit of cleaning, a bit of gardening and a bit of technical HRT.  I've been told where I can get a flame thrower to do the weeds in the old cobbled road that is part of our front garden.   Watch this space!

I hope all goes well for Dove and Wonky and everyone else having a difficult time.

Last edited: 18 May 2016 08:37:11

What is this for?

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:14

Give it a good scrub and use it as a candle holder on your garden or kitchen table.

Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 23:04

You should always leave a good inch or two between the rim of the pot and the level of compost to allow for watering generously as it's better to give one good, long drink every few days than a  wee dribble every day.    Wee dribbles encourage shallow, surface rooting which then gets baked to death in hot weather or frozen to death in winter so I would settle for just a mulch now and pot it deeper next time.    

Last edited: 16 May 2016 23:04:51

Rose in pot

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 22:39

I think the rose looks healthy but planting advice is generally that the graft union where your rose is joined to the root stock should be buried 1 or 2 inches below soil level as this increases vigour and reduces suckering from the root stock.

You may want to bear this in mind when the time comes to pot it on.

In the meantime, keep it well watered but not drowning.   Feed it generously up until late June - no later as this encourages sappy growth that won't have time to harden off before winter frosts damage it.   Consider a mulch of expanded clay pellets, slate chippings, chipped bark or some such to help retain moisture and prevent weeds.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 20:21

Hello Nora - Unwanted email notifications now gone, thanks, but Followed Threads not working any more.   I now get taken back to early April instead of the more recent threads.

Can you fix it?  Or know a  man who can?

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 17:03

Not so much gardening as maintenance.  Yesterday I got out the new Karcher and blasted the terrace to clean up all the slabs and granite pavers then left it to dry out.   OH swept away all the crud this morning and we brought out our teak table which I have also now spent ages Blasting with the Karcher. 

I've sprayed the table, terrace and front access path and old cobbled road with anti algae - an experiment - and now need to oil the table while dinner's cooking.  Bank holiday here so a roast chuck with baked beetroot and other goodies.  Possum is threatening to make chocolate fondants.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:56

Thanks Nora.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:49

I looked Nora but it won't let me change things.  Gives me a 503 service error.

Forum notifications - update

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 16:43

I am now getting email notifications I haven't asked for and don't want.  Too disruptive.   

Can I switch them off centrally in my profile or do I have to click a box every time I post something.  If it's the latter I'm going to find it all too tedious..............

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