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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 15:07

Dull and grey today so no urge to go outside.

I am sat here with a Cosmos lying bum on the table, tum on my chest and head and paws attacking the zip fastening of my jumper.    Minstrel is sat watching birdies at the window.   She is finally over her singing phase so a peaceful night was had by all.   OH is now walking the dogs while I rest my bashed toe and make chilli jam with lots of ginger and garlic - good immune system boosting stuff.

Last night it was cold enough for OH to want to light the fire but we clearly need to master wood burner techniques as the house is now filled with the smell of smoke so windows open and scented candles on in all rooms.   For some reason, this one doesn't like paper screwed up under the kindling.

Sorry you're having to sell Fidget and hope you find what you need and can love.

Clari - yes mad.   Should be getting your house habitable before giving time to other things - unless the scout hut is warmer!

Keep safe and well everyone.

Iris problem

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:52

Divide as advised above.   I wouldn't wait till end of March either.  It'll be clear by end of Feb if it's going to flower or not and you'll just be giving it an extra month of being cramped and starved.  In the meantime, try giving it a liquid feed of rose or tomato feed to see if that helps.

Drive Screening

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 14:31

Posts, tensioned wires at 30cms intervals and climbers of your choice - sweet peas, green beans, roses, clematis, honeysuckle.    

A narrow hedge?  I've seen beech and hornbeam hedges just 9" thick.  Very attractive if kept clipped.

House plant leaves dropping off

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:15

Mine's on a wheely thing too and it's great but doesn't help when I want to lift it into the shower or - as I plan to soon - move it downstairs.   We have 2 new kittens who think it's a climbing frame so it needs to be put in a room with a door I can close instead of its current position on the landing.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 18:11

Should have said, repeat massage 2 or 3 times a day as needed.   If your sinuses are bunged too, you can "hammer" your forehead and temples and then sides of nose and cheek bones with the tips of your fingers (not if you have long nails!) and then do circular massage of the same areas followed by the ear thing.  It all helps loosen stuff up and change pressures.

Love a walk with interest but also do walks just with doggies.  Back in 1989 when we both worked long hours and had no dogs I took OH up to the Lakes cos he'd never been.  He bought a book of walks to follow and before I knew what was going on I was up Great Gable.  All very well but not dressed for fell climbing!    Glorious summer day so Hush Puppy lace ups, not fell boots.   He'd only liked at the "half day" estimate but not at difficulty or heights.   Very scenic.   We were both fit but shattered by the end.   Last time I let him select a walk with no supervision. 

After we got Rasta we persuaded Possum, then about 13, to come to Durbuy for a morning walk followed by lunch at a brasserie.  She hates walking and it's hilly so we promised her a 4km walk but accidentally on purpose took a wrong turn.   15km later and a good lunch and both slept soundly all the way home.

Been messing with the bathroom unit most of the afternoon and then Rasta needed a bath after a good smelly roll so too late to cook planned dinner of pork and apple casserole with herby dumplings so quick spicy prawns and pasta it is.  

Then we need to find a good film or other recording to watch cos I can't stand being shouted at by people "singing" on talent shows.   Only 9 months to the next Strictly.

House plant leaves dropping off

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 15:20

How long has it been in that pot?  It might be pot bound or just plain hungry as that's a lot of plant for not a lot of pot.

I have a variegated form somewhat larger than yours which was also shedding and it has been much better since I potted it on last spring.  However, it is now also in as big a pot as I can manoeuvre so, in future, will stay in that pot but have its roots trimmed and then a bit of fresh compost top and bottom and some liquid feeds in spring.  

The other thing I do is to stand it in the shower and give it a good rinse every 3 months or so to remove dust from leaves and give the pot a good soaking but also good drainage.   They don't like wet feet.


Posted: 07/01/2017 at 15:15

I have Felco bypass secateurs and Wolf anvil loppers but would like to get a shorter handled pair of bypass loppers when I see a good pair.   Lots of trees to sort out in this new garden and, as said above, they are kinder and, I think, easier to use.

Good Pruning Saw

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 14:04

I have a Wolf pruning saw which I can fit to one of the different length handles so short when the branch is low, medium for when it's deeper in a tree or thick enough to need two hands and long for above head.  I also have Wolf loppers for branches up to 1"/2.5cms.

The Wolf handles also fit my various hoe and cultivator heads plus a rake, broom, lawn edger and so on.  Excellent system.  Sturdy and good value and can be added to according to needs and budget.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 13:58

Dove - there's a massage you can do for bunged ears.   First grit your teeth and clamp your jaw and then take an ear lobe in each hand and use them to move your ears in firm circular motions.   Then relax your jaw and use your forefinger and middle finger tips quite firmly at first and then more gently to stroke down from behind your ear lobes to the base of your neck for a couple of minutes.  Then put your fist under your chin and try and open you mouth while pressing firmly against it with your fist.  Then do the opposite - mouth open and chin held while you try and close your mouth.

I was given these as part of a massage routine by a chap who specialised in massages for people with constantly bunged up sinuses and/or glue ear.   It all helps change pressures so stuff releases.  Steaming with eucalyptus or Olbas oil under a towel helps too.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 07/01/2017 at 13:50

Shepherds' delight here - lovely bright sun but a frosty start and still cold.

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