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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 17/11/2016 at 11:08

Hard water is a real issue round here - don't know anybody who doesn't have a softener.

We had 3 weeks without one when the kitchen was being done - scummy tea, taps caked in limescale within days, dirty sinks and surrounds, had to descale the kettle twice in that period - drove me mad. Can recommend a good brand if you want one Dove 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 16:50

Afternoon  Another day when I didn't need to water the turf.... 

Log delivery due this morning so up bright and early to open the gates and trip to SM delayed - he's just left..

Belgian Monk looks good Dove - might have to give it a try next time I'm in town. Love mussels even if I have suffered with a gippy tummy at least 3 times after eating them in restaurants. Tend to just have them at home now.

Hope all poorly peeps and dogs are feeling better soon. Feels like an evening to snuggle in front of the fire and TV with hot chocolate - I might just do that

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 18:00

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

Last edited: 15 November 2016 14:46:26

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.

See original post

 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

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