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Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 13:49

Good.  Nice to have a new toy too I expect but frustrating with the Apple.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 12:52

I thought the RSPB had its dibs on various bits of coast land to encourage and shelter marshland birds and plants.   I also thought it is increasingly believed that allowing such low lying areas to flood is better for productive agricultural land nearby and also cheaper and more effective than endless groins, sea walls and so on.  However, I reckon the people concerned just need to cross the North Sea and learn what the Dutch have done to protect their low lying land and also hosing with "floating" foundations that rise with the water and thus don't suffer damage.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 11:25

How lovely Busy.  Lunch and seeds.  You can buy both of those from Chiltern seeds, si jamais.

Reminds me, I must check the other home saved seeds I brought as we've had a rat in the garden shed and I know it's eaten the echinops ritro, blast it.   Got my revenge tho.  Found a sleek corpse after I put poison down.

Set to be very wet but mild here tomorrow and Monday.  Good job I have indoor projects to get on with.

Lean to growing

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:57

Good advice from Frank.  Salad leaves won't like full sun in summer anyway so a PVC roof will be fine for them.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:44

If you don't fancy wax, try clear matt or satin acrylic varnish.2 to 3 coats will be needed but it dries fast and is easy to apply.  Water soluble so easy to clean up.   No more than 3 coats though or it goes milky.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 10:39

One of the first things I noticed when we moved to Belgium was that the supermarket meat counters had ostrich, kudu, kangaroo, emu and crocodile meat.  Game followed in season but was always the three kinds of venison - red, fallow and roe deer - or wild boar.   Never partridge nad only occasionally pheasant breasts in the freezer section.  Then the usual cuts of beef, pork, poultry and some lamb but not a lot.  

Here there was venison just before Xmas but I can buy half a pig's head, its throat, cheeks, tail, trotters and all the bits in between.   Same for beef with all the unspeakable bits except for the head but they do whole tongues...... probably Dove paradise.

Never seen partridge on sale but they ran around loose near the Belgian home.   We used to like pigeon but it's become very expensive and I haven't seen it here yet.

It's a brilliant sunny day again.  OH is off out with the dogs while I mind monsters and rest my bashed toes.  It's working so I hope to  be back on walkies in another week or so.    I have kitchens on my mind as we're seeing local chappy at 3 to get the first estimate.  I already have changes planned......

Hosta - what a numpty!  Good prezzie indeed.

Clari - stop trying to be superwoman and put OH to work.

Pat - you need a map with pins.  Stay cool.

Busy - enjoy your M&S dinner.  I have a home made one on slow cook for tonight.   We've been recording Unforgotten.

I'm glad the east coast didn't flood.  A palaver to move out but best to be safe.  There's a whole area here at La Faute-sur-mer that was wiped out in storm Xynthia combined with high tides in Feb 2010 with all lives and homes lost.  They're talking of making it into a golf links course now rather than risk new homes.  Seems to me there's enough of those about so maybe a wildlife reserve?

Stay warm and safe everyone.


Posted: 13/01/2017 at 18:43

Responsible cat owners provide litter areas either in their garden or in the house.

When we lived in Harrow all our neighbours had cats except the couple next door who had a dog which pooed all over their lawn (and peed on the spare bed because they left him alone all day).   No-one bothered by cat poo.  It was a fact of life.

Water scarecrows also work on foxes, herons and, I dare say, unwanted human visitors.   Make sure they can't get the postman though.

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:26

Well done DD.   You must be feeling relieved now and it will become easier with practice.   Chocs are great for wobbles and dementors of any sort.

That dog looks like a Malinois to me Pat.   Love that view.

Pleased he's home safely Fidget.

No snow here but a very interesting drive to and from dancing last night.  Lots of broken branches round here and wild winds then heavy rain and aquaplaning on the way home on the ring road round La Roche.  As we arrived nearer home the skies above cleared to show a huge, brilliant moon and ghostly, feathery edges to storm clouds left round the edges.  Beautiful.

Had to rescue some blown over shrubs in pots and shelter them in the garage.

Interesting night followed.  We separated the kittens so Minstrel could recover in peace from her anaesthetic.   OH slept in Possum's room to keep her company and I got the monster who I found purring, curled up on my hand at 4am, snuggling round my head at 6am and burrowing by my chin at 8am.   Lovely.  Normally these days they sleep curled up together and are peaceful till about 7am.

Bright and sunny out there now but Sunday and Monday are not looking too clever.

I hope everyone gets home safely and no-one is flooded or blown to bits.   Courage to the lurgy club.   Hope that passes soon too.  It seems long and nasty and exhausting.


Posted: 13/01/2017 at 14:01

I have always had cats for the last 40 years and yes, they do poo in their own gardens.  I always wore gloves when working the soil and never had any problems.  

Any cultivated soil or lovely gravel is an open invitation to cats.  The best strategy to avoid it - assuming you haven't a cat or dog of your own, is to install a water scarecrow.  You can google it for info.

Most unusual fruit/vegetable you've ever grown?

Posted: 12/01/2017 at 16:46

Decorative if you like that sort of thing.  Seen at a garden near Verteuil in the Charente.

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