Latest posts by Obelixx

HELP.. I've upset my Monstera

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 21:26

It has moved house.  That does take a bit of adjusting, even if you have warning.

Keep an eye on it.  Make sure it isn't drowning or too dry either and give it an encouraging pep talk.   Plants do want to live and it should pick up. 

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 21:23

I looked it up and the only info that comes up is in Spanish!   Not helpful for finding seeds, plants or cultivation info.  

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 21:21

Sleep well Hosta.  Boscastle is in the NT repertoire and Tintagel has been a tourist destination for decades.   Like our local coastline, the locals know to steer clear during the season.    Have you mentioned charging interest on the unpaid July 2nd?

The Virtual Café

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 20:37

Really!  We did a fair few Super Us and Hyper Us in May, hunting water butts.  Didn't think to look for syrup but then I still have stock from Belgium.   OH loves mince pies so I have been known to make my own rather than do the trip to the British supermarket 60kms away from our Belgian home.  Very easy and tasty.

There's a farmers' market in Moutiers ths Friday.  I'm hoping to lay my paws on some untreated cream or at least local cream so I can have a go at clotted cream.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 20:28

Clari - I have always found that birds take less from feeders in August.   Nothing to do with cats.  More a function of plentiful food in the wild - seeds, berries, insects...........   It'll pick up again in autumn but in the meantime, just put out small amounts to keep them interested and help any youngsters or old birds having difficulties.

Smelly lamb has been consumed and it was delish.   Recipe from a series Jane Grigson did for the Observer in the 80s on great women chefs of Britain.   She did a series on regional recipes too and one of my all time favourite desserts is Charter pudding from East Anglia.   I can post the recipes if you like.

My maternal grandparents were Glasgow Scots/Irish and Durham Irish/English.   Both used scunnered as meaning disappointed - expressed in less polite terms from the Scottish contingent - but I also know other, younger Scots who use it to mean cream crackered.   My partenal grandparents were Geordie Plymouth Brethren so a match made in heaven - NOT!

Still not watching athletics but pleased Team GB is doing well.   

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 17:57

Was it a  good lunch?   It's getting warmer feeling here and the clouds seem to be clearing at last.

Have spent my afternoon cutting out a frock for Possum - shapely like me so princess seas and dropped waits and lots of pieces.    She and I have decided to go to Bilbao for her half term break so I've also spent ages on internet sites looking at flights for her and B&B for us both with parking for Harry.  Not as easy as you might think.   Done now tho.

Very smelly roast shoulder of lamb for dinner.  I've adapted a Marion Jones (formerly of the Croquembouche, Malvern) recipe for leg of lamb which involves taking out the bone and smearing all sides with a heady mix or rosemary, spring onions, garlic, anchovies, soy sauce and Dijon mustard.   It's going to be yummy.

Joyce - scunnered.  Such a lovely word.  

Plant ID please

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 16:51

Sorry PJ - no idea but it is lovely so I hope someone can identify it for you.  Will you try and strike a cutting?

Apple tree

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 15:39

Use the camera icon to load a photo.  If it doesn't show, reduce the size as there is a limit.

Newbie..Help appreciated

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 15:36

Try making raised beds across the slope, terrace fashion.


Posted: 13/08/2017 at 15:15

They like dry places so watering copiously should help if the soil is very dry.  Failing that, the usual ant killers will work, especially the stuff in little shoe polish sized tins as they're waterproof.   The ants track the poison back to the nest.

However, lots of birds eat ants so, if you want to be wildlife friendly, try planting pennyroyal which is supposed to repel them or watering with a solution of an small bottle of essential oil of cloves (pharmacy or health shop) in 5 litres of water.  They don't like the smell and move on.

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