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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 17:03

We always like to see garden photos Hosta 

I have a couple of nursery beds - they are incredibly useful when you're 'making' a garden. Now that I've stopped digging out new borders (for a season or two at least) it will be good to use them for cut flowers and herbs instead.

Congratulations on the sofas Clari!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 16:46

For those that asked - yes we do have a back door - but it's a bit hidden & no one uses it except me to get to the bins and the cat to use the cat flap. Our front door is very much at the front of the property.

At the moment the wasps are at the side of the porch & not actually hanging around the front door itself. I'd prefer it if they weren't there but, for now, they don't look as though they will sting anybody. They didn't even attack me when I was busy brushing cobwebs from around the area where they seem to be getting in. Yesterday I didn't know they were there - now I do.

I'll leave them be for now. If they become a nuisance I'll deal with the problem. I was unsure whether an occupied or a deserted nest might eventually start to smell which would drive me nuts if I couldn't get in to remove the source. Does anybody know if that might happen?

Wotcha gonna grow in your allotments Hosta?

Last edited: 01 July 2017 16:47:25

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 14:58
Dovefromabove says:

...Hello Topbird ... go you steady on that ladder! 

Last edited: 01 July 2017 09:30:25

See original post

 I don't 'do' ladders more than 4 steps high Dove. Fortunately I have an OH who seems not to mind scaling the heights. I did the bottom half

Solution applied - need to leave it 24hrs before brushing off.

We've also done lots of de-cobwebbing and washed the gutters, drainpipes and outside lights. The cobwebs seem to catch all the beech and birch seeds so they are very obvious at certain times of the year. House looks a bit better already

From all the wasps that were buzzing round my head, I deduce there may be some nest building going on in the small roof space / eaves of the porch. It's a space with no access unless you remove the tiles and expose the rafters. Unless they start becoming a pest around the front door I'm minded to leave the wasps to do their own thing.

Would be grateful if anyone can suggest a reason why this is not a good idea.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 15:00:22

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 09:23


Nice sunny day here. Boring job to do.

Our house has a cream render but the proximity of many large trees means green algae grows in certain spots on the render - makes it look very grubby. Was last treated with special fungicidal cleaner about 4 years ago - and now it's time to do it again. Horrible job. Hopefully decorator will do it next time when the house gets painted again in 2019.

After that I might finally get around to planting some nicotiana which have well outgrown their seed trays. Was waiting for damp soil to plant them in - finally had some decent rain on Thursday.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone - hope all poorly peeps feel better soon

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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 22:30

Some nice stories about lovely thoughtful people on here tonight - and what a lovely surprise from Tinker Boy M-U

Dinner was scrummy and drinking good wine & watching recordings of Cardinal at the mo. Sadistic murders & 'damaged' cops - ashamed to admit I'm enjoying every minute

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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 17:54

Gorgeous pic Pansy! Sorry to hear about your rotten day. Can you spoil yourself this evening with a nice bar of choccy or something similar?

Nice puss cat Ruby - beautiful coat.

I've cut the grass, done another load of dead heading and turned a couple of compost bins. Back told me to stop and come in for a cuppa.

We're officially on holiday this week (supposed to be in St Ives at the moment - but we're not because of Harry) so I decided we should have some nicer dinners this week. Chish and fips last night and sea bass with new pots and veg tonight followed by chocolate and salted caramel tarts with double cream

Have just been to pick mint & chives for the potatoes, coriander to make a lime,chilli and coriander butter for the fish and a few raspberries to decorate the tart. Yum - can't wait to eat

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Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 13:24

Now I've just done some Googling - I could frighten myself about lilies and cats...

My advice was based on what I was told by my vet but maybe better safe than sorry...

Apologies again if I've said something which is incorrect.

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Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 13:20

Ooops - my post crossed with yours LB. 

Are callas different to other lilies regarding cats? I didn't know that if they are. Sorry if I've given any wrong advice. My advice is for lilies in general.

Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 13:18

Back from shopping. No plants purchased thank goodness - they'd only need planting & I've not really been in the mood for gardening for the last few days (sorry!). I do, however, need to get out and cut the grass while it's manageable.

Kitty - re cats and lilies. I think I'm correct in saying that most cats are NOT allergic to lily pollen - but for those that are it can cause serious problems as outlined by LB.

I know that Harry isn't allergic because (many years ago) he stuck his face in a vase of lilies and was absolutely covered in the stuff. I phoned the vet who advised washing as much off as possible and then encouraging him to drink as much as possible for a couple of days to flush any toxins through his system and an emergency visit to the vets if he started to appear unwell.

Washed and flushed he had no ill effects whatsoever. If you're not sure about your puss cats it might be advisable to either keep them away from the lilies or remove the stamen and pollen from the lilies or (my personal option) just be prepared to take immediate action as above if necessary.

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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 09:30

Joyce - my house only gets properly cleaned between November and the end of February.

I have learned which are the strategic pieces of furniture to dust and which areas can be left for weeks at a time Quick flick over the strategic bits, windowsills wiped and vac pushed round and it's done.

So long as the bathroom, cloakroom and kitchen are reasonably clean I don't really worry about the rest.

Having said that - the windows in the kitchen and sitting room could do with a clean. Had all the windows and french doors open when it was hot last week - lovely  - but the downside is all the flies and bluebottles come in and bash their heads out on the glass.

Fly spotted windows just look so - well - so dirty

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