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Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 07:47

Good morning all.   Not yet sunny - too early - but promises well.  Light, almost imperceptible frost.

Nates airport this morning to deposit Possum then sewing machine shop at Les Herbiers after lunch cos by the time we make the detour they'll be on their 2 hour lunch.  Suits me.  New town to explore.  I do hope the problem isn't terminal........

By the time we get back the dogs will be gasping for walkies and the day will be gone but I have now measured the east side of the house where I want to make a perfumed/winter garden.  It gets full sun till midday so will be perfect for morning coffees.

I hope everyone's day goes to plan.  Stay safe on icy roads.

Need to clear a patch of land

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 17:56

Hire a turf stripper and stack the removed turf in a corner to break down into good garden soil.

Or do it by hand.   You'll need to dig over the soil anyway to aerate it and add well rotted compost and manure to improve texture.  I suggest a fork rather than a spade for digging as it's kinder to worms and other beneficial soil organisms.

Help for busy garden

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 17:52

I think the simplest thing would be to try drawing a circle in the middle or an oval if you prefer.   Make that your lawn area with gravel or bark paths all round to achieve a curvy look.    

You can also shuffle the circle or oval up, down and to the side for asymmetry and a wider bed for your bamboo, aster and aquilegia bed so that you can add other plants to increase the seasonal interest.  If you don't already have grass, you can get the prep done over the next few moths and then sow a new lawn quite cheaply in April when soil temps and rain levels are conducive to good germination.

You can add arches to paths leading from one area to another to add height and another growing dimension.  It doesn't have to be done all at once and could evolve as time and budget allow.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 17:42

OH says they were out with a pack of dogs the other day.   Normally it's just men and guns and the odd dog for retrieving.

Have you tried steaming yourself with some Vick's or eucalyptus or Olbas oil Busy?

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 16:34

How lovely Lantana.   Were you expecting her?  What have you called her?

We have to keep our Wheaten terrier type rescue on a lead at the mo as there have been hunters in the woods a lot over the festive period and she now turns and runs for home at the first sound of a shot.   Nearly got herself run over the other day as she charged out of the lane and into the road back towards the house.   In France it seems they can hunt into February.  In Belgium it all ends on Dec 31st but that may change as they're not killing enough wild boar and they are becoming a pest and even swimming the Meuse to get to new forage.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 12:22

Lovely pics Hosta and Liri.   Heavy frost here too this am but it's soon gone in the sunshine.

I am on kitten duty as they explore the kitchen, pantry and extension and our Creole cake bakes.   They helped me line the tin and make the mix.............

We took Possum to La Rochelle yesterday pm.  It's a lovely town with gorgeous old buildings and a comfortable atmosphere and we found even more good shops and a whole area that is just restaurants leading along from the old port.   Mission accomplished re shopping - Possum needed a frock for NY Eve and a new coat and, apparently, a sliver neck chain for one of her new Pandora thingies......    

She's studying today and then off back to Namur tomorrow.   We'll drop off the sewing machine in Les Herbiers on a long detour home from Nantes airport.  The good news is that she wants to come again for her few days of post exam R&R at the end of January.

Lovely news for you Busy.   Look after that cold.  Bronchitis is nasty at any age and any time of year.

Too much other stuff to mention but it sounds like everyone is doing well and busy with plans for trips and hols and family visits.   Great to have good things to look forward to.   Have to admit I don't get the whole leftover turkey business.  

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 12:02

We have a key drawer but I still find keys in odd places.........

Clear skies and bright sun today.   Watched the dawn this morning in between reading and kitten wrangling.   Cosmos is a pillow hog.   Minstrel is a demon fly catcher and there was one buzzing around in my bedside lampshade...........

Got up eventually and went to sew a frock for Possum for NY Eve and it seems my fancy new Bernina sewing machine was dropped in the move.  Needs a doctor.  Bums!!!   Good job we'd already planned to take her to La Rochelle this pm for shopping and some festive hot chocolate and pancakes.

Much humphing and disappointment as I had planned to spend Jan and Feb sewing for me and the house till light levels improve enough to paint again and sow seeds.

Christmas ghosts

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 14:13

For next year in the kitchen?  Get a proper kitchen with my real ovens and dishwasher plumbed in!   This new house has a dishwasher that can't wash any dinner plate bigger than 23cms across.   Ours are 24 or more............   It has a lovely 5 burner gas hob with a large gas oven that is brilliant for roasting meats but cannot bake for toffee.  The electric combi/microwave oven is fine for heating up a quiche but not good for baking mince pies or cakes.  

For the garden?  Get measuring asap and plan a few ornamental and perfumed beds and get a man with a digger to sort out the fruit and veg plot so I can get a polytunnel in and grow babies that will be big enough to eat later on.   Label everything when sowing and pricking out.   Do not let OH go off and start jobs on his own.   He's very willing bu a bit clueless........

Find a local gardening group to join and share with.

Last edited: 26 December 2016 14:13:59

Clearing over grown garden

Posted: 26/12/2016 at 13:59

Good advice.  It's always a good idea to watch a garden grow for the first season you're the proud owners.  That gives you time to see what's there, what you like, what you hate, what needs helping along or removing and also time to watch how the sun and rain and light behave so you can plan what and where to place and plant features in your garden.

Get in there now and clear by hand any obvious rubble and rubbish.  Pull or dig up any obvious brambles of thistles.   As soon as possible, buy, hire or borrow a strimmer to cut down long grass and herbaceous stems but not shrubs or trees and rake away the trimmings to start a  compost heap.  

Then wait and see what grows come spring before you start sweeping everything up with a digger and risk losing treasures.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 24/12/2016 at 18:47

Lovely snow.  We've had lovely sun and 12C today.  A huge change from what we're used to and very welcome.    Rasta doggy no longer has an arthritic limp and runs around like a puppy.  

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