Latest posts by Obelixx

Badly overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:28

Difficult to say when so much depend on how much energy and time you have and whether or not you have any garden knowledge or experience.

Break it down into manageable tasks - clear obvious rubbish like the mattress and lumps of wood and old fence; buy, hire or borrow a strimmer to cut the overgrown grass to a mowable length; cut back any brambles or nettles that might scratch or sting your child and teach her not to touch plants till she knows they're safe.

Then assess what you have and what you want to keep or introduce to make a haven for you and your family and your friends to play and socialise.    Come back here with updates and more to get specific advice when we can all see what you have.

Last edited: 04 September 2016 19:29:24

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:21

We will have two log burners in the new house.  OH wants a dooberry for splitting wood.  I have no idea what make/model/size to look at.

Any suggestions?

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:18

They all have access to a world class dance professional for 20 to 30 hours or more a week of one to one teaching to learn a 90 second routine for the early shows.   An ordinary dance club will have about 30 hours of group class in a season and I've seen people start with two left feet and end up being very good.  It all depends on how hard they are prepared to work and practice, practice, practice until it clicks.

There is far too much repetition but we can, as you say, FF and it's basically a very good format which provides some great entertainment.    As long as the Beeb thinks we all have a two minute attention span most of their entertainment will include repetition, prequels, advance notice of what's to come and repeats of what's just been.

Just look at what they do with Chelsea coverage with all that material and potential for comprehensive, interesting and informative reporting on plants, plantsmen and women, designers and products and we get repeated interviews and views of the same gardens all week.

SCD should and could be more about the dances, the dancers and the dance steps.    Still better than not having SCD at all though.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:11

No need.  Some people really like them.   Let everyone exercise their preference but be prepared for the usual range of misunderstandings we get on here from time to time - with and without smileys.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 18:08

OH has had his shorts removed for treatment too.  Came home form golf after managing to stay clean a and dry in his best beige shorts and then went to pick autumn raspberries and blackberries.   Stains all over the front so they're soaking in Biotex now.   He's put some dark ones on to walk teh dogs while I carry on getting mucky upstairs.

Need to think about putting the oven on for dinner - roast chuck for Possum who likes a roast dinner on Sunday.   Conventional child.  Don't know where I got her from.

We weren't dead set on leaving Belgium just yet but have been looking for a suitable spot to retire to when we did and found something we really like at Easter and then put ours on the market to see what happened.  Houses in the village and other old farmhouses round here have sat there for 2 years with no sale.  Ours took 10 days so a bit of a shock!   The buyers are French with Belgian antecedents on her side and were looking for a "longère" with some land for their chucks.   perfect fit.   They spend their hols in her parents' holiday home on the Vendée coast just 30 mins from our new house.  Spooky.


Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:19

But there's no tone of voice so I never use them.  English has a wealth of words to express our feelings and opinions or share news but even then can be misinterpreted on a forum with no sound.

Keep it simple I say.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 17:16

Thanks Hosta.  I have my eye on another half dozen hostas and am thinking about more clems and at least one rose and have 2 hamamelis on order as I can't find them listed on local nursery sites even though the soil is acid to neutral.    Trying not to be excessive........

The climate will certainly be kinder for plants in winter and dryer too for my arthritic bits and Rasta doggy's too.   I don't know anyone who's heard of bits of the Vendée except maybe one or two of the coastal resorts.   It's an 8 hour drive plus doggy pit stops as long as we go via Rouen and avoid the Paris orbital which is a nightmare.

FG looks like a lovely day out.   Well done SGL.   I need to do a bit more sorting and then put the dinner on before I get my shower.   

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:55

HF - End of September. The Vendée, near Moutiers-les-Maufaits.

So far - half a dozen big hostas, half a dozen clems, half a dozen roses, several hydrangea paniculata, a golden rain tree, pots of lilies, two Japanese maples, a gunnera I've been nurturing for 3 years, a selection of hardy geraniums, hemerocallis, geums.   Sundry smaller pots with divisions of other treasures and probably one or two more clems and some of my special Wisley bought strawberries with pink flowers and some bits and pieces picked up at Beth Chatto's last May.

Still have about 50 other small pots of this and that to sort for giving away, replanting or taking with and lots of seeds.

Last edited: 04 September 2016 16:56:07

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:49

Like I said, Pinocchio to me.  Smilies are so imprecise and open to misinterpretation or, as in my case, just being over-looked and ignored.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 16:32

Still cool and windy here but not wet.  OH did not have any thunder at Mons so golf not interrupted.   

The garden looks a lot less dusty after the rain and the grass already seems a bit greener and has a mere 6 new mole hills for decoration.

I have progressed from cleaning brass and copper in the kitchen to sorting sewing stuff in the attic. I need a coffee too and then I may be gone a while........

Dove - Hope you get dry fish and chips.    

Hope it's been a good day for everyone else's projects to day.   How was the cinema DD?   Possum went to see the new Star Trek in French last week.  Couldn't wait for us (Dad) to drive her to a cinema showing it in English.

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