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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:11

Been telling all the lurgy sufferers to rest cos viruses come back and bite, especially when you're 27!

It's a gloriously sunny day here with clear blue skies and we woke to several degrees of frost.  More of the same for the next few days into next week.  We have spent our morning on parade at the bank to set up accounts for this and that.  Ludicrous interest rates for savers but better than nothing I suppose and better than Belgium at the mo.

This pm is walkies for OH - my pranged toe got twisted gain yesterday when a bouncing Bonzo tripped me up and is all swollen and limpy again.  I shall ponder my potager and then do some sewing while waiting for kitchen man to come and confirm I know one end of a measure from another and make sure we have enough leccy.  I'd like a bit more really.

Hosta - sounds great to me as long as it's not humid.  I ran out of reading material yesterday and my Kindle did not want t recharge.  Persuaded it eventually.

Fairy - hope you get some frosty bits for weekend hikes.

Pat - Keep cool any way you can.

Climbing Rose

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 23:20

You want to remove dead, broken or spindly growth and feed as H-C advises.  The object is to leave yourself with a framework of horizontal or diagonal stems from which new shoots will grow and flower.

The RHS offers this advice for regular annual pruning but also restorative pruning for neglected roses - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=189 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 11:58

Frustrated here.  Supposed to be raining but isn't.  We need some jolly good soaks before the weather warms up again.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 16/01/2017 at 11:57

Supposed to be wet but isn't.  Just grey.  OH has been emptying the annex so we can get plasterers and electricians in there to finish the work the previous owners started.   Either way, I will be able to camp kitchen in there while the real one is done.  It has no heating and I don't want any cos I have a cool, walk through between there and the real kitchen but it will be warmer in mid March anyway.

We'll walk the dogs together after lunch and then I too shall do some sewing - new jeans to shorten, frock for Possum, bag for Possum and then maybe a jacket for me.   It'll be fun if the kittens help.

Sounds like a lovely floppy holiday Hosta.   Are there places to visit or are you both just soaking up heat?   Gardener sounds lovely.

Hope all injured and lurgy sufferers are on the mend.  I sliced the end off my thumb once - never knew it had so many nerve endings!  Painful.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 22:08

Possum - 22 next week - talks about us expecting her to produce grandchildren but we have no such expectations.  It's her life, not ours.  She says she doesn't want to marry and will adopt kids.  I think she needs to have fun, travel, meet people, have a career etc.  

Cosmos is up at the TV, fascinated by Sherlock but we are not.  i'm finding it all very tedios and self-indulgent.  What's wrong with a proper mystery instead of the all the fantasy crap?   Now even Cosmos has given up now and come for a snuggle.

The best organs I ever saw are at Blackpool Tower ballroom.  We went for a tea dance a few years ago and the music is provided by two organists working in half hour shifts on separate organs.  One organ goes up and down thru the stage and the other goes back and forth horizontally.   During the change over they both play the same tune in sync.   It's amazing.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 17:09

We've just moved here from Belgium so my kitchen stuff has already been sorted and thinned.  Loads left but all wanted, for now.  Just have to pack it all up again for the duration.   Oh well.  As you say, it'll be worth it.

About to do roast spatchcocked chuck with spiced butter under the skin.  I shall have to crisp the skin under the grill at the end and cook the roast sweet potatoes in the combi oven if I want crispy bits.  

Our promised deluge hasn't happened.  Maybe tomorrow.  After that we're expecting heavy frosts for a few days - heavy for here that is at about -6C. - but it will be sunny so I can play out in the pms if I want to.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:28

Cos there are rules about what you can and can't do with houses, gardens and boundaries that are designed to promote safe and courteous living for all.  I suppose a lot depends on how well or badly behaved these kids are.  Chances are with parents that do something this insensitive the kids are not going to be too considerate.  I wouldn't want to be sunbathing or trying to have a quiet lunch or dinner outside with a bunch of kids peering in over the fence.

Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 14:11

That's mean Welsh.  It's one thing being friendly to neighbours and kids; quite another to feel invaded and with all privacy lost.

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Privacy from play house

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 13:23

If the council can't or won't help, I suggest you erect some 3m high fence posts and string rope swags between them at 18"/45cms intervals.  You can then plant rambling roses which will grow along the swags and provide colour and privacy.

You'll need to pre-drill the posts to take the rope and also bury the posts in concrete boots for stability so get them at least 50 to 60cms longer than the height you need above ground.  You can use quick setting post concrete that you pour in the hles dry and then add water and hold the posts still for half an hour while it goes off.  Google "rope swags for roses" for info.

I suggest repeat flowering roses.  Not common in ramblers but there are a few.  David Austin roses list quite a few - http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/popular-searches/repeat-flowering-rambling-roses  You'll find some in local garden centres but probably best to order direct if you want a few as they will come with planting and cultivation advice.

There are other climbers such as clematis and honeysuckle but in this situation I would advise roses if you have the patience to wait a season or two for them to grow. 

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 15/01/2017 at 12:06

Never heard of a gender reveal cake but that one is definitely good fun.  

Grey here as forecast but not yet wet so OH is out with the dogs before the deluge arrives later on.  Kittens are having hysterics and chasing each other all over the house.  Great fun.

Quiet day for me cogitating on kitchen logistics as we have to empty it all out and fix and paint the walls before they start and then it will take two weeks as chappy who does the worktop cutting doesn't start till the units are in and he can take perfect measurements.    Need to contemplate some sewing too - when the kittens are asleep.

Glad to hear Busy and Dove are on the mend.  Hope other lurgy sufferers are too.

Good luck to Chicklet.  Possum has already done half of her exams last week but the rest are spread over 10 days and then she'll fly down for a few days of cossetting.  

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