Latest posts by Obelixx

Who's visiting your bird feeders?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:34

For some reason I can now only get fat balls here.  No peanuts or fat blocks with insects of fruit.   That means that at the mo all we're getting are sparrows and great and blue tits.  No chaffinches despite loose seed and shelled superfluous seed for them on the ground. 

I've seen blackbirds and robins but not at the feeders in the last week or so.  There are owls about and starlings.  I hope things improve soon as we used to have so many more in our Belgian garden. 

pet companions

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 17:28

I keep pens and paper in my box like that but it was bought for necklaces.

I'm very sorry you've lost Bracken Logan.   He'll be a huge hole in your life but you'll be able to remember him fondly.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 13:33

I have Wonky.   Don't like cooked spinach in any form except a very occasional sag bhaji but love baby spinach raw in salads.

Just having a coffee then going out to sand the worktop which is lurking in the garage.   Getting quite wet out there now but not seriously windy yet.  I have been very good while waiting for paint to dry and cleaned 2 pairs of secateurs, my trusty handfork and OH's new pitchfork and given them a dose of WD40. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 12:21

Haven't found a French garden centre with any sort of café and none in Wallonia when we were there but some of the Flemish ones had seriously good cafés and even brasseries.   

Currently making a butternut squash curry for tonight's dinner and debating whether or not to add chick peas.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 11:31

Our polytunnel has arrived ahead of schedule and so has a bit of weather - bit of wind, bit of rain but now seems to be clearing to the south and the sun is trying to come out.   Painting done for the day.  

I see the advice now is for 10 fruit and veggie portions a day....... and a video I saw on FB says doggies should eat pears and green beans and bananas.   Imagine the effect of all that on Bonzo's derrière!

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 09:44

Good morning.   Woken up at 7:30 by hungry, playful kittens and then dozed off to be woken again at 10am by hungry, playful kittens.  All this outdoor exercise is certainly giving them an appetite!

It's mild with a gentle breeze and no rain.    Painting this morning then sanding and taking delivery - all being well - of the polytunnel.   Sending OH on a sandpaper hunt.

Second coffee first.

Stay safe everyone.  

Think hydrangea is dead

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:38

I think it's had it.  Dig out the stump and roots, bung in loads of well rotted garden compost of a bag of multi-purpose compost to revitalise the soil and treat yourself to a new plant.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:36

We have both tried the beignets and they are not our cup of tea.  Pity.    Sausages baked with red onions, red pepper and red cherry tomatoes for dinner - an easy dish that cooks while we shower after a busy, mucky day but we'll have to have fish tomorrow and Friday as Possum is arriving for a 4 day visit and doesn't do fish if she can avoid it.

Must investigate the price of local lobster and crab.    I do love crab.

I duly painted my scullery and then went looking for sandpaper for the worktop.  It used to live in an old 50s cupboard in the garage and which is now in the garden outhouse but it's not in there any more.   In order to discover this I had to empty out most of said shed so ended up emptying it completely, sweeping the floor and walls for muck and cobwebs and then organising all my Wolf tool heads and trowels so they hang neatly on the wall.    

Shattered now.

The other outhouse is huge so it'll be quicker to send OH out to buy some sandpaper tomorrow.

Think hydrangea is dead

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 20:23

When did he prune it?    If it was in the autumn you may well find it starts making new shoots in spring when temperatures warm up enough. 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 22/02/2017 at 15:49

I do quietly fancy a cruise with proper dancing but can't resolve the dress problem.   It's quite an aerobic sport and one does get very warm so I wouldn't want to wear a frock or top and skirt or top and trousers more than once in the same week.   Like hosta, I think those really big cruise ships look utterly unappealing.

Painting finished for the day.   Now to see if I can find the sandpaper for the machine so I can prepare the worktop for oiling.   OH has disappeared off to golf.   Both dogs have had a busy barking morning and are flopalot on a sofa each.  Kittens also sleeping off a busy morning

Our farmer's wife neighbour popped round this morning bringing a gift of home made local "beignets" which seem to be a cross between churros and madeleines.   Can she please cut some of our mimosa for the house?   Of course.   We have two large trees in full golden bloom and in need of a serious trim when the flowers have gone over.

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