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Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 14:32

I agree PP.   In Belgium I needed 3 pairs of wellies - one for warm and wet and no socks, one for cool and wet with one pair of socks and one for cold and wet with ski socks and liners.   Normal winters involved weeks of -15C and worse, without protective snow.    Here the worst they expect is -6C so I just need one pair.  Instead of wellies I now have a range of flip flops.......

The cloud cover made it cool to 25C before lunch but it's back up to 31C now.  In Belgium and London that would be impossibly hot and humid and faint making.  Here, it's usually dry heat so bearable.  In Jan 2001 we were at Uluru and 40C in the shade but dry and OK since we were on hols and not working in it and had plenty of water to drink.

Having had a mucky morning sanding down the teak table and oiling it, followed by lunch out, I am going to go flopalot on a sun bed.

Have to say I don't like the smell or taste of beer in any shape or form except well reduced in boeuf carbonnade à la flamande and I'd much rather have pork in cider with sage or guinea fowl in sherry with tarragon.

An out of the Blue invite

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 14:18

It's all in the words Mike.  Eg - invitation, not invite which is a verb, not a noun.   Then there's the tone of pontification, rather than the friendly info or chat.

For people passing through, profiles are an unnecessary faff that most don't even know are there to do.  For the rest, we get to know who and where we are and what we've done though the aforementioned chat.

Salvia hot lips

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 10:33

Mine is currently more white than red.   Spotted an all red one at the golf course this morning and covered in bees, as is my Hot Lips, so I might liberate a cutting or three.

I also have a deep purple one which I like much more - a cutting grown gift and probably Amistad.  I also have pineapple sage which is yet to flower but is always late and, of course, the culinary ones but the ordinary green one is positively limp in this drought.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 29/08/2017 at 10:19

Good morning.  I've been out dong taxi duty taking t'other pair to play golf.  Possum is having driving lessons then a few short holes on the beginners' course and then we're all meeting up for lunch.   While the OH "cat" is away, I have the sprinkler on teh shade bed.  The buddleia at the sunnier end is wilting!!  They grow out of brick walls for heaven's sake.   How dry can it be?

I cut our grass in the second week of June.  No more cuts till I did it again last week just to stop weed flowers seeding but decided to leave the clumps of volunteer eryngium maritinum (sand dunes?) and some mallow and achillea for the insects.  Covered in them.

Now to sand down the teak table, oil it and then varnish it when dry.   Used a new product on it in May and it's gone black in the sun and spots of rain we've had.   Under a canopy now so should be OK.   35C here already but clouding over with odd gusts of wind.  Feels like it should get stormy but I bet we just get furniture moving at the most.

Love the cuddly cat Liri.   I would find photography much more satisfying than art.  No hand eye coordination except when painting walls and skirtings and furniture or catching balls.

I hope everyone has a good day and that all injuries or sickies make good progress, whether human or other.


Posted: 28/08/2017 at 23:30

The grandchildren will grow quickly enough and need to be taught about managing hasards.   Fence off the pond for now and then introduce them to the joys of wildlife when they're a bit bigger.

We had a large, 6m x 4m - 90cms deep unlined pond dug for drainage in our Belgian garden.   Possum, taught to swim from the age of 4 months, never showed any interest in going in because it wasn't blue like the swimming pool.   We also made sure she and her friends had a paddling pool for hot days.   I planted the margins with a mix of tall iris sibirica, miscnthus zebrinus, purple loosestrife and so on and no other child ever went in either.   

Cats and dogs a different matter entirely!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 15:12

Thanks.  It will be much appreciated if and when it finally arrives.

Fruit Preserving Books

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 15:04

We have several colanders so OH can have one for the different fruits as he goes round the garden.   The plastic kind don't rust or stain if he forgets them outside.........

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 14:45

ADE - no idea why it was truncated.

All you people with rain really aren't trying hard enough to send it my way.  Our forecast now reckons we'll get 0.4mm between now and September 7th!

Happy to share the sunshine........

Last edited: 28 August 2017 14:46:19

Fruit Preserving Books

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 14:20

I have a jelly bag and used it twice.  It now lives in its box with its contraption.  Found it to be too small and very fiddly to set up.

Much easier to buy muslin cloths and drape them over a colander or steamer set over a large bowl or pan and then just leave overnight, covered against flies.   

Have fun.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 28/08/2017 at 14:17

Hello all.  Baking hot here. 33C already.   I put on a top and shorts this morning but way too hot so changed into a cotton frock.  Much better.  Been to the dentist again - the real one, not the holiday replacement.  Several X-rays later, teeth sound, jaw bone sound so he's suggested he replace the very ancient small metal filling with a modern non metal jobbie.  Should stop the wee electric shocks.  Fine by me.

None of the promised rain last night and the 37mm they were threatening fro Friday has diminished to 1.7!!  Still no gardening then.   Might do a bit of sunbathing before going back to the sewing machine.

Dove - if I'm still awake at 1am on the 1st I'll start a new Forkers, being an hour ahead and all.

Enjoy your BH everyone, whether walking or gardening or flopping in the sun or sh

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