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Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 01/01/2017 at 11:29

Morning and a Happy New Year

I wish you all a 2017 with plenty of sunshine - warm - not hot (except in Hosta's garden where it will be el-scorchio), lots of gentle rain most nights between 10pm and 6am, no hail stones, no strong winds - just gentle breezes - and a near absence of slugs and snails....

Hope Mr and Mrs Panda had a great day yesterday.

Glad DD had a busy time catching up with old friends - it gets easier each time you do it - onwards and upwards now.

Hope - Hosta has a great hols, Dove has an enjoyable break, Fairy has a good walk and Wonky doesn't have too bad a head when she wakes!

Whatever the rest of you are doing today - enjoy. We will planning our little camper van tour for the end of the month. 

Last edited: 01 January 2017 11:30:17

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 15:53

Just back from town - 1C and thick fog - still frosty on some pavements. Not very nice - although skeletal silver birches en route - back lit by a barely visible watery sun - were very pretty in a wintery sort of way Nice pics Chicky

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 12:34

Hi Fairy

Watched both episodes of "Roads Less Travelled" last night - very different scenery but stunning none the less. Some of those beaches - pure white sand and turquoise seas - very, very beautiful.

Hope you get out on the hills over the weekend. Have you got Fairylet gargling / swilling with diluted TCP? My Dad's cure-all for everything except dandruff - filthy stuff...

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 09:42


Sorry to hear Mr Dove & BL are poorly. I was struggling all night with a burning throat so I think OH has shared his heavy cold around. I'm still blaming the queen - she should have left her germs in London - we didn't need them up here thanks very much ma'am

Still in bed & OH has made me a second bucket of tea. 

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 30/12/2016 at 08:54


Hope Joyce is ok & we see her on here later

Horrible cold and foggy out there today - not sure what we'll be doing but some of it may involve holiday planning

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 22:46

Edd - that first picture is wholly inappropriate for publication on this forum. 

You owe Joyce an apology.

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 29/12/2016 at 08:59

Morning  - and what a cold, crisp, sunny one it is too. A lovely winter's day.

30C too hot for me - but hope you enjoy your hols Hosta.

Think I will get outside this morning and sort out the log stores. Two of the three are now just about empty so I can move them & clear out all the leaves trapped under & behind. And then I might have a coffee made using a Christmas present. Haven't had a coffee for days (tea girl) - so first chance to try it.

At some stage I need to do my tax return ....

Last edited: 29 December 2016 09:04:08

Dog - ruined garden

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 17:45

Hi Dan - welcome

Any lawn which has been laid over uneven building rubble is never going to perform well. Any lawn which doesn't get sun for nearly half the year isn't going to perform well and will become very muddy in a wet winter.

I think you have 2 options: If you're determined to have grass you need to think about lifting the old turf, getting rid of bricks and other large bits of rubble and then putting down a level surface of topsoil before returfing.

Option 2 (my favoured option - especially if it's a small garden) is to do without grass altogether. A courtyard-style, hard landscaping and borders garden can be most attractive and does away with the need to cut & edge grass every week, own a lawnmower, store a lawnmower and feed and weed the grass. It doesn't need to be particularly expensive if you use sleepers, shingle and pebbles.

Whatever you decide to do - a dedicated dog latrine sounds like a good plan. I would opt for something which can be regularly hosed down (pebbles? / bark) for hygiene reasons.

Edited to add: I think that's nearly a "Snap" Tetley!

Last edited: 28 December 2016 17:48:21

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 17:19

Turkey stripped, large curry made, big pot of stock simmering and meat for turkey and ham pie diced and in the freezer all ready to go in a few days time when we can face turkey again. Might just have some fruit tonight - maybe a sliver of cheese if I need something savoury. Have made the curry quite a bit hotter than normal because my palate is tired. Hope we don't live to regret that decision in a few weeks time

Have also done several loads of washing which will need ironing and a bit of hswk.

Not bad for the "Day Off - doing absolutely nothing" which I promised myself .

Still - now it's time to light the fire, have a cuppa and finish watching Series 1 of Happy Valley. Brilliant writing. Seen it before but you pick up on some of the nuances you missed first time round and it's good enough to watch several times over

Palate might not be too tired for chocolate....

Hello Forkers December

Posted: 28/12/2016 at 10:28

Lovely pic Hosta

Glad your friend's hub is ok. Thumbs up for the NHS again.

Last edited: 28 December 2016 10:32:08

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