Latest posts by Obelixx

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:25

Try just the mirrors and pictures first.  You may not need to paint again, especially if you can organise the coats and clutter.

Plenty more tips and ideas if you google "decorating small hallways"

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 14:19

Good job you've all got it in winter when you can't easily be tempted outside to overdo things and make it worse.   Too frustrating.

As it is, I'm more or less confined to barracks with the pesky toe so am also grateful I can't be out there trying to dig,, clear and plant.   Have a man coming next Monday to talk fences.  I want some tall, welded wire mesh fences to make a sort of secluded courtyard garden for some scented plants and climbers.  Not sure the gauge will be right for clems and roses and winter honeysuckle but OH refuses to have more of my much loved builders mesh fencing - cheap, strong, flexible and visually discreet because of the rust colour and bigger holes.

growing rhubarb

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:46

They need a lot of water when growing so it would be better in the ground than in a bin if at all possible.  Other than that, if it must go in a pot, drill your holes a couple of inches above the base so there is a reservoir of water for when you forget to water it or when it's very hot and dry.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 17/01/2017 at 12:44

Paper can be torn or scratched as people pass by so I'd go for silk emulsion and a couple of mirrors - not directly opposite each other - to bounce light about.   Hang a few bright or strongly coloured pictures or photos on one wall.

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.

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