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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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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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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.

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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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Posted: 30/06/2017 at 09:08

One of my first dates was to Woburn Abbey Safari Park.

He rolled up in a bronze Ford Capri.

My dad said he didn't trust him on sight because a) he didn't like the colour or model of car and b) he was wearing suede slip-on Hush Puppies

As it happens - dad's instincts were probably right. His octopus impersonation on the way home made it pretty clear how he expected me to pay for my admission ticket and car fare. Needless to say it was a one date only job.

Morning all - nice and sunny at the moment. Off to that big orange DIY store soon to buy fungicide to treat the green algae starting to regrow on the cream coloured house render and fence stain. Happy days!

Hope those who have been low or poorly have a better day today

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Posted: 27/06/2017 at 22:57

Harry is feeling very deprived - he doesn't have ANY toys except mummy's toes. 

Sorry to hear about your OH Joyce.

Must be difficult to come to terms with after you've spent so long caring for him at home. Thoughts are with you both.

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Posted: 27/06/2017 at 09:18


A few hours in the garden today hacking back aquelegias, geraniums and the like & planting some nicotiana - if the sluggies haven't been at them. Then fingers crossed for some decent rain tonight. There are inch wide cracks in the soil where I haven't watered - never a good sign.

Also need to change the bed - stuck my foot through the sheet last night - caught the hole every time I moved so It's now a rather large tear. It will join my collection of dust sheets in the garage.

Could do to visit the village library as well as I don't have anything good to read - open till 7 tonight so can leave it till later.

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