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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:08

Lot of it about Joyce and a complete waste of time.   Leaves here are still green with some turning yellow and one or two gorgeous red trees which look like liquidambar.  However, many trees are just dropping green leaves as it is so very dry.

OH is watching a recording of the Apprentice - more willy waving from people with over-inflated egos - so I'm off to the kitchen to soak my feet and spruce them up for another new dance class this evening.   We think this one will be much more serious than Monday's.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 13:30

Yes Dove - sounds like lots of energetic posturing and willy waving to me.  Prices are going to go up regardless.

Now there are silly B's at York Minster too.  Whatever next?

Pat E hope you have a good sleep.  Lots on your mind.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 13:05

Our Belgian house sold in 10 days and to the 11th visitors.  Was expecting it to take the more usual year so very pleased.   Notaire's fees here in France are lower than in Belgium where we also had to pay for an electrical survey - any mods needed are for new owners within 18 months and they then have to have them certified.   We also had to provide certificates of conformity for septic tank, CH oil tank etc.

Just been out for an hour's route march with the dogs.   No hunters today so lots of fossicking about off lead down an unpaved country lane between paddocks and arable fields and one small field of grapevines.

Don't understand Tesco.  The pound has dropped dramatically so anything relying on imported content is going to be more expensive.   Reality check.  

Busy and Papi - any suggestions as tow here I can get pots deep enough for sowing borad beans and sweet peas or am I back to collecting loo rolls?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 10:39

We were expecting rain but it's gone away so cool, but bright and only a bit cloudy.   They now seem to think it may rain on Monday.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 10:35

Morning all - just.   Didn't sleep too well last night so up late and still in kaftan despite pottering for an hour or so.  it seemed to stay dark very late too this morning and, like Busy, we'll need our spring/autumn duvet soon and had better find a chap to check our heating system before we fire it up.

DD - our new house had been on the market for nearly 3 years so they accepted an offer.  I hope yours do too.   I have noticed that the new disabled access regs mean cafés and restaurants here now often have just the one loo but it is clean, spacious and easy of access for all.   Maybe you too can get away with just one and maybe a small, separate "pissoir" for men.

It is cool today but the rain they were forecasting has now gone away so we'll be off out with the dogs soon for a good walk and then more unpacking and organising.

Clematis ' Doctor Mary '

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 10:10

It's beautiful.   I hope Sue Reade likes it.

Clematis ' Doctor Mary '

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 18:31

I can do that but can't find a clematis supplier in this region but there is one elsewhere who'll do mail order.

I really like the look of your Lord Herschell too.   Clematis envy!

Wall defender

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 16:49

Not if you prepare the hole well and are scrupulous about watering.  The problem with proximity to walls is first of all teh rain shadow means the roots will be too dry and secondly the bricks in the foundations will absorb moisture too but it should be fine if you can keep it watered regularly for at least the first couple of years while it gets its roots established.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 16:23

Thank you all.

We were advised we have to use quicklime to keep marauding foxes and stoats and martens off so have been on a tour..........so, a bit late in the day, OH is finally out there digging a regulation 1m deep hole.   25 kilo bags but the surplus can be diluted and used to paint fruit tree trunks to deter pests.

We also came home with some bulbs to plant on her grave and10 each of 3 types of strawberry plants to crop from May to October.  Need something else though for this period as she came to us late one September.   Maybe transfer some of those autumn daffs which are popping up all over now and one of my shrubs from Belgium.

Wall defender

Posted: 12/10/2016 at 15:54

Pyracantha.  Evergreen, spring blossom, autumn fruit, great for wildlife form insects to birds for food and shelter and, above all, thorny.  Can be trained along a wall on wires and will not damage foundations or mortar or bricks.

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