Latest posts by Obelixx

Is there a type of grass tolerant for wet areas?

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 12:37

Why not just make that spot a bed for plants that like poor drainage?   Plenty of them to choose form to provide year round interest if well chosen and no mowing.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 22/11/2017 at 12:35

Misty start today but the sun has broken thru and we should get to 15C.  OH has gone out to do a bit of golf practice.  Perfick for me to go out to sow seeds in pots and trays for over-wintering.    Watching PMs questions while I eat my lunchtime sandwich but I suspect it's bad for my digestion.  They should all be forced to sit and watch themselves for a whole day and then 2 days if they re-offend with their stupid braying and baying.

Great you're warm and have a good sleep Hosta.  Don't forget to get some exercise to make you tired again.

Pdoc - well done.  Gently does it.

Busy - hope chappy turned up in time for you to get your lunch and be cosy this evening.

Dove - hope your ears are straight now.

Joyce - sorry it's mis up your way.   Have you seed catalogues to peruse?

Hi to everyone else.  Hope it's a good day for you.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 21:24

I used to make a proper, but sugar free Xmas cake packed with fruit but neither of us likes marzipan or royal icing so one year I did Delia's glazed fruits and nut topping which was lovely but made it difficult to transport and, for a while, Xmas cake always got put aside till Feb and would end up coming skiing as after ski energy pack.  Then I tried her Creole Xmas cake which is just so easy and delicious and I don't have to bother with that whole feeding and maturing malarky.  Just bake it a few days before after soaking the fruit in almost indecent amounts of booze for a few days.

Working on my Xmas mojo by making the felt thingies and might attempt a patchwork table runner if I have time.

LP - your Xmas sounds hectic but fun.

I don't do Archers either LG.   Not a crime.   When do you have exams?  I'm sure you're absorbing more than you realise.

Wonky - glad the new wellies are good.  Careful - you may end up feeding all the neighbourhood strays.

Busy - hope you've arrived safely.

Hope Pdoc is doing OK and FG too.   When does Liri get back form her island escapade?

Just watching Rick Stein arrive in Mexico.  looking forward to mole recipes but sincerely hope we get no re-fried beans.  Yuk!


Yew hedge too slow!!

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 17:10

Good advice.  Once you've taken up all the competing plants you'll have bare soil, even with the mulch and that's an open invitation to weed seeds.  You may want to consider covering it all with a  2 or 3" thick layer of chipped bark to help suppress weeds.   It'll look better too.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 17:08

Nordman needles are soft so no sharp pointy bits to stick in fingers or rugs.   100% recyclable too.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 16:33

I met a felt cutter on Monday.  It seems you fit a template and then your felt and it cuts perfectly every time.

Dentist this morning and now my upper jaw is throbbing.  Not good and set to last a day or two till it all calms down.   Humph.

If you buy a Nordman, it keeps its needles longer.  Whatever you choose, the trick is to buy it as soon as they appear in the shops and then stick it in a bucket of water to keep it hydrated till you're ready to bring it in to decorate.   That way it won't go as limp as it would if you let it dry out.  Think of it as a giant cut flower.    

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 15:46

Not here.  OH is the only one who likes Xmas pud - I can manage a spoonful but not more - so I buy him an organic one.   There is a good Xmas market on this Sunday in th enearest wee town so we'll go that and it's also St Catherine and the French and Walloons have a saying " à la St Catherine, tout prend racine" so it's an auspicious day for planting trees and shrubs and lots of local councils give away whips and 2 yr old bare-rooted native trees and shrubs for people to plant for biodiversity.

Don't know if ours does yet but I'm going plant shopping on Thursday so we'll see what I can get, even if it's just ordinary stuff for our new wildlife bank made form pond clearance stuff.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 21/11/2017 at 14:34

I like to see effort rewarded by progress too and recognise that,a s with many things in life, some people catch on faster to dance structure and musical rhythms.   I don't think it matters whether or not people have done a bit of dancing in drama class before.  Those who complain it's hard or moan about going back to square one every Monday with a  new dance should just go quietly.  It's part of the show and the same for everyone.

I've been very impressed with how fit and agile Debbie is and how well she has mastered and performed all but two of her dances.  However, I don't care for her or Giovanni and hope they don't win.   Susan is a revelation and an inspiration to anyone who thinks you have to fit and nubile to dance.  She's great but unlikely to win.   Mollie is such a wuss she's irritating.

I am warming to Alexandra who is clearly doing her best to master every dance and loving it and Gorka is a very good choreographer and likable.   Joe and Daewood are also working hard and Gemma has clearly overcome her problems with lifts and is a joy to watch.    Happy for any of these to win.       

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 20:55

Ah ha!  I discovered today they have a felt cutting machine at Patchwork but they won't bring it out to play till next week and it only has hearts and stars and circles.   No good for my Xmas trees and dove and Xmas pud.

Hello Forkers . November 2017

Posted: 20/11/2017 at 20:20

No curtain poles here yet Fidget.   The windows have shutters so none needed tho I will make some when we get around to decorating each room downstairs.   They'll add colour and make it feel cosier.  I'm assuming the kitties are now too big to try and climb them.

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