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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 15:39

Ignoring surveys on this fred.

Dull and grey but warm at 14C.  Have been out to enquire about hedge cutting and compost at the local council but no go.   Now to chat up the neighbours and see if they know anyone before we go thru the internet.

Himself went and had a practice on his new course this morning.  Said he came across a fairly damp part and saw 3 beaver-like critters. Asked me if the region was known for having kumquats!!  Didn't understand why I was so amused.   Cloth head as well as cloth ears.   They're probably descendants of coypu released some decades ago.

Presents are easy here in theory as there's just the 3 of us.  Long since declared a present truce with the rest of the family however Possum really dislikes my continual requests for practical cooking or gardening stuff.   Why don't I want perfume or jewelry or clothes?  Cos I have enough to last me a lifetime and wear neither perfume nor jewelry in the garden or for schlepping at home which doesn't leave a lot of time left for being spruced.!

Clari - hope you can round up the extras needed.  Good luck with the job hunt and your updated resumé.

Monday's Supermoon

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 10:49

Very bright, as predicted, and no clouds, just a few vapour trails here in the Vendée

What was more interesting was the way it lit up the surrounding fields and our garden but my camera's not good enough to register those - or maybe it is if I read the manual.......

Last edited: 15 November 2016 10:51:23

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 10:44

Good morning.  Grey here now but we had an exceptionally clear night between 9pm and bedtime.  Unfortunately, having no streaky clouds meant no interesting pictures but it was certainly very bright out there.   All the dead stalks of the long, dry grass were so silvery in the strong moonlight they looked frosted and when a low ground mist came up it was eerily beautiful.

OH is off for his first golf practice since we arrived so I have had a lie in, reading , cos he brought me coffee and juice.    Cooked breakfast are an occasional weekend treat.   Alcove painting for me and then more sorting and tidying as I finally get to grips with how best to use my kitchen space.

DD - got is a lazy word, mostly used by all those immigrants to America learning a common low denominator of English.  Not their fault but it's stuck through usage.   Possum gtes a metaphorical rap on the knuckles when she says gotten.    Too much Disney in her youf.  Tell your adults it's "argot" and teach them have and must instead so they can relate it to French.  Then they'll "get" it.

Iris for pond/marginal

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 20:40

Angie - my bad winters were below -20C for a week or 3 at a stretch which you are unlikely to experience in the UK.    My pond was unlined as I needed it for drainage and wildlife rather than ornament.  I did have marsh marigolds, and they were very successful but not invasive.   

You should look at plants like water hawthorn, sagittaria sagittifolia, pontederia and water mint to extend your season of interest for flowers and foliage..


Posted: 14/11/2016 at 18:49

Yuk yuk yuk yuk yuk!

Can't stand the smell of them so he knows he can only eat them when out and not with me.   

Last edited: 14 November 2016 18:50:27

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 18:17

Record it!  You never know, they might want to watch it too.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 18:04

The moon is looming nice and bright over to the east but is playing peekaboo with clouds.   Lovely silver linings and some stars but not a lot of moon.

Iris for pond/marginal

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 14:07

I agree.  Don't plant the native pseudacorus as it is a thug.

I like sibiricas and found them reliably hardy at the edge of my unlined pond in my exposed Belgian garden which I've just left behind.  It would dry out to a bog in summer so their feet were just damp but fill up so they had wet feet in winter.  

I also tried some of the marginal laevigata irises but they all froze to death in bad winters so I gave up trying.  They'd have been alright for the last 3 or 4 years though as frosts haven't got below -8 or so..

So...Resurrected and Rebooted

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 13:59

Yes.  I think the site has been down.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 00:00

It was odd.   I had a Vogue patter for a full length evening dress with  a "cape" like that but it was for silk chiffon and floated down to the waist.  1980s and I never did make it,

Knew that costume wouldn't do Daisy any favours with the GBP and the lack of salsa steps in her dance didn't help either.    Greg did a very good dance second time round with great choreography and proper Paso steps.  Well done Nathalie.

I sincerely hope Ed's run will be over next week.

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