Latest posts by Obelixx

I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 11:13

The Roman era is all part of British history and culture, surely, along with the Vikings, the Angles, Saxons and so on.  I very much doubt there's a pure bred Pict or Celt left anywhere in Scotland or Wales and they came form Europe anyway.

I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 10:06

I used to have great fun with my scientists teaching them Americanisms as distinct form the English so they didn't get in trouble.    They all tried to tell me the metric system is logical until I explained that the Imperial system is human - based on either body part lengths or what a man could reasonably lift or plough or step out.   Then they got it - but didn't want to use it.   12 times tables, 14 times tables?  No.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 10:00

You don't say!

Good list Dacha but I see he avoids the dreaded spoonsful/spoonful debate.

I Need Help.... QUICK!!!!!

Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:57

I have my own confusions to deal with on a daily basis but am finding people here very kind about the fact that I use "belgicisms" when speaking French but then I left the UK in 1991 and have been learning and speaking French in Belgium until last October.    Words for basic things like curtains and gates are different and the French still count the old fashioned way - four score and fifteen for 95 whereas the Belgians say 95.  Generally, the locals are impressed and delighted that we don't expect to get away with English.

Watery - Americans have very little sense of irony in my experience.   British humour is riddled with it and they take the mickey out of everyone.   I get Belgian and French humour but not their comedy.   .

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Posted: 21/07/2017 at 09:32

Sorry about the hirple Joyce.   You can keep your spurtle.  Never did like porridge but I do love oats in biscuits and crumbles and muesli and flapjacks.

Glad you enjoyed that link PP.   Hosta - Possum starts a lot of sentences or questions with "So....".  I am being pedantic about that even tho I realise she probably got it from all the years we watched Buffy together when she was a wee lass - girl empowerment and all that and good fun too.

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Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:59

Liri - you're going to Ireland aren't you?  Bound to rain but feel free to send it here instead.   Have a great time.

Insects of the day

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:42

Lovely photos.  Never seen a cinnabar moth so had to look it up.

Most of the butterflies and insects around here move far too fast for me to see what they are.  I shall try my camera instead.

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Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:19

Yes - and the one being sniffy about the Greek origins of octopus before the bloody Romans adopted it.

Can you tell me?

Posted: 20/07/2017 at 23:18

Looks like hypericum to me.  St John's Wort.   There are several forms.  Here's what the RHS has to say - RHS+hypericum+cultivation

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Posted: 20/07/2017 at 22:56

DL - I find chicken thigh meat stays moist in curries much better than breast meat but also that marinading in plain, Greek style yoghurt helps tenderise.   Much like your poaching method.   My experiment with orange and rosemary turned out very well.

Dove - stress sends me either way - chocolate and comfort food or inability to eat.  Now I'm 27 it tends to be the comfort route.    Have a look at this - very entertaining:-


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Garden visits - Asphodèle group, Vendée

Photos of two very different gardens visited on 17/10 
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Loire chateaux

Pics of a few chateaux and grounds 
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Hello Forkers ... September edition

A friendly place of frolics and conversation where everyone is welcome to join in to chat and procrastinate to their heart's content... 
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Who's nicked my figs?

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Snake ID please

Found canoodling in the sun but what are they? 
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Clematis ID

Can you name this clematis? 
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Feeble hyacinths or Spanish bluebells?

Opinions please 
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Erection and siting 
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Tips please 
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Weather station

Recommendations please 
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Clematis varieties

New varieties (to me). Anyone grow them? 
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Non fruiting fig

How to prod it into fruiting mode? 
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Another ID please

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Shrub ID please

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