Posted: 17/09/2012 at 13:23
Hi Jean, I always use fresh cutting compost from a trusted brand. Otherwise there's no knowing what's in the compost; I have come across bits of iron and glass already whenever I used brands from the supermarket. Please remember that you will need to pot them on once it's getting warmer again.
re fuel prices: € 1.88 is not the price you would have paid in this region, that's for sure. We live opposite a petrol station and it's current price for unleaded petrol is € 1.82, and they are known for being expensive. We just hop over to the other side of the border and pay € 1.69 in Germany. More than half of the fuel price is just taxes anyway.
re speaking English: we are obliged to learn at least Dutch and English at secondary school. Lots of people also learn French and/or German and nowadays Chinese seems to become more and more popular.
Personally I don't like Amsterdam very much but once every ten years it is fun to explore the canals. I can recommend our region, Maasduinen.