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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 14:44

More leaves raked & swept, cosmos uprooted, a few things cut back - very frustrating not to be able to get out there and get really stuck in - especially as there are 2 very large piles of compost ready for mulching the beds and a huge pile for shredding. Patience, patience - if it has to wait for the new year it won't be the end of the world - really it won't.

GWRS - I have about 15 logs that need a chain saw on them. Neighbour has offered to do them at the weekend - but if you're passing tomorrow....  Cup of tea and a jaffa cake in it for you

No presents in the Dove household - I wish I thought I could get away with that here

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 09:50
Busy-Lizzie says:

Strictly speaking "got" is not good grammar and is usually unnecessary. I have blue eyes - no need for "got". I became old.  Not sure about I got out of bed! It's "have got" that shouldn't really be used, but in the last 50 years has become part of the English language.

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 I agree BL - we can probably blame the Americans for this one  (easy targets at the moment anyway!!)

In their defence, however, an American would never say "I have got old" - (s)he would say "I've gotten old.."

Trying to explain the vagaries of the English language - I wish you well DD

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 07:54


Grey and damp but mild. Might see if I can do an hour in the garden today. The cosmos and nasturtiums  are looking tatty so I might see what I can tidy up without stepping on the grass.

Hosta - it is sooo annoying when you lose work like that. I thought most computers defaulted to regular saves these days so I would try a computer search before you start reinputting stuff. On a mac you can use Spotlight and enter a name or sequence of words from the doc and it will search the whole computer for you. I've found 'lost' work which somehow was saved to an unexpected location.

I'm sure there is a similar function on PCs. Good luck.

hello everyone else - have a good one!

Leaf mould

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 17:18

I leave the fallen leaves on my woodland border PageZ but on more ornamental flower borders, I find deep piles of leaves can make nice hidey homes for slugs and snails.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 15:37


Made a start on clearing the leaves which has made a big difference but still lots of stuff in the wrong place. OH has promised to help tomorrow - I don't mind raking leaves and moving plant supports but I think a stack of paving slabs and a small pile of bricks needs a bit more muscle power. 

Interesting article on using gas ovens Dove. We have a small gas cooker in the caravan and I've nearly given up doing roast veg because they just steam and don't crisp up. 

Clari - I'd love to run a cookery club like that as well. Mine would be aimed more at adults who need a helping hand and never had the benefit of cookery lessons.

Doc - I'll keep fingers crossed that events with NDN's son might result in them coming round to say thank you for taking such good care of him and preventing possibly serious illness or worse. I'll keep them crossed but I would have expected them round first thing.... Still it might yet prove to be the first small step towards better relations.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 19:24

Lovely rose Fidget. 

You're a nice hubby Doc - unfortunately (fortunately?) my fat little feet don't really fit into red (or any other 'special' colour) soled shoes..

Hosta - I know very little about these things but have you had to take meds for most of your winter sun holidays? Do you think they could have had anything to do with disturbed sleep? One friend had a terrible psychotic reaction to anti-malarials and (although she stopped taking them straightaway) it took some time to sort her out. Just thinking about cumulative effects etc.

Silver linings Clari - with those temps you nearly don't need a fridge...

Last edited: 10 November 2016 19:26:56

Leaf mould

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:26

I 'shred' leaves through the lawnmower (see Fairy's response) and pile them up in those nice tough cubic metre builders' dumpy bags. I add some grass clippings per Bright Star's suggestion and keep the whole lot nice and damp. When I think on I give things a bit of a stir round over the winter. 

All gets left until next spring by which time the leaves have started to break down. Then I start adding it in 4" layers to the compost bins. It is an ideal 'brown' layer to mix into the vast quantities of 'green' material (mostly grass cuttings) produced in spring and summer. 

By autumn I usually have good quality compost ready for soil conditioning / mulching.

It's not leaf mould as such - but I don't have the space to wait for 6 cubic metres of leaves to rot down over 2 years. I also found that black bags didn't work in my garden -  'small creatures' had a habit of burrowing into them so they just fell to bits when time came to move them.

Last edited: 10 November 2016 16:27:31

Cuprinol Ducksback paint

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 13:40

Stan - Before you rush to do anything I would try to find either a good builders' merchant with a large trade paint section or a smaller trade decorators' supplier.  I mean the sort that professional builders, decorators and other tradesmen use - not the large DIY warehouse chains.

A couple of the guys at our local merchant specialise in paints and associated products. They receive regular training from several different companies in the technological improvements and changes to different paint / stain products and are kept up to date with changes in legislation for using different products. They are very knowledgeable and qualified to give sound advice to builders, decorators and amateurs alike. Many of the products they deal with are often just not available at places such B&Q, Homebase etc.

They will probably be able to advise whether the product you've applied will be ok for now, whether you need to remove it, the best method of removal or whether there is another product you can just apply over the top.

Good luck.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 11:10

Morning all - cold, and wet here But on a positive note - no turf watering required - every cloud etc

Sorry you are feeling a bit low DD. It sounds as though you realise that weathering the lows after such a momentous year is all a part of navigating through to the highs. Hopefully, by this time next year the upset will be behind you & you will have a much clearer idea of how things will pan out long term. Meantime you just need to keep muttering "This too will pass..." 

Good luck at the hearing centre Yvie. Little Mabel sounds delightful - my niece was much the same at that age. At the age of 3 she told me she would stop pestering me (her words) for sweeties if I bought her a comic instead... Maybe we should put 3 year olds in charge of international negotiations 

Dove - Chapelfields is much nicer than Meadowhell - much smaller for one thing. 

Right - I need to put on some warm clothes and think about raking up leaves. Secretly quite enjoy that job 

Love from Topbird       - another member who has been attacked in the past (by a certain contributor) for perceived 'elitist comments'. Didn't rise to the bait then - but just wanted to let others know they are not alone and it's far from being the first time...

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 14:53

Wonder if the Internal Revenue will start looking more thoroughly into his financial affairs after all his bragging that he didn't pay taxes because he was "too smart"....? 

The more I think about it the more I cannot believe somebody with his moral standards (or lack of them) is about to become one of the most influential people in the world. But I guess there have been more than a few of them before. 

His missus is no Michelle Obama either.

Feeling really quite 

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