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Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 23:02

The French have something called Andouillettes which are disgustingly smelly sausages made from tripe and other unspeakable bits of the beast.   I've had to ban him from ordering them in restaurants because I can't bear the sickening pong.

When we first moved here I got involved with twinning in order to meet people and contribute to community life.  One event was where Loughborough firemen did a charity sponsored "who can get there fastest for free?" run from there to here.   They were given breakfast of croissants - not the full English they were used to - so by lunchtime they were ravenous but not hungry enough to eat the lambs' tongue stew on offer.   Me either.  I had to accompany them all day as interpreter and got very hungry.

Poor donkeys.  I like malt loaf too.

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Things I don't get

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 20:55

Scon here too, whether sweet or savoury.   I usually make savoury but occasionally do the jam and cream thing for Belgians and I tell them jam first and then cream on both halves or it just gets too messy.   

Savoury scones are great as a cobbler topping for stews.

Decades since I've eaten a Cornish pasty.  Haven't missed them.

Good thread.

Need a solution please

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 20:28

You need to do some renovation pruning to make fresh stems that will produce flowers lower down where you can get at them.

The RHS has good advice on pruning climbers - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=189 scroll down for renovation advice.

Maybe invest in a good step ladder?

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 30/08/2016 at 19:05

We had a bat in the living room last night!   Flew in, did a few circuits, showed no signs of leaving so off went the lights and TV till he/she'd gone.

Sedum spectabile pinking up nicely.  Physostegia just starting to flower.   Roses still going strong cos I'm dead heading regularly.   Lots of new flowers on clematis Red Ballon which is unusual but welcome. Plenty more flowers about and no leaves turning yet.

24C in the shade at 6pm.

Definitely late summer and not autumn.


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 18:21

Me too, which is one reason I need to take so many with me.  

Another reason is that the new garden is a blank canvas and it looks like roses, clematis and perennials are thin on the ground in local nurseries.   I have lots of seeds but some have to be divisions and cuttings.

Lastly, the new owners are not gardeners and have chickens!   Have to save some treasures that I've nurtured all these years!


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 17:55

I have just done 5 hours with Marie-Christine pulling the dreaded horsetail but also tidying up roses - dead heading and dead stemming so I can see what's what in September for any cutting I decide to try.  I've done them in spring before now but only had 2 succeed and, of course, the wind blew away the labels so they're rose "Surprise".

Collected seeds for clematis Red Ballon but Red Robin isn't ready yet.  Collected seeds from my cream aconitums for both of us.  Gave her my pod watering system and wee greenhouse heater.   Two more sessions with her before we go and the last will be a divisions day to make sure we both get treasures we love without leaving holes in this one.

OH and I have loaded both cars with stuff for Possum's apartment - desk, shelves, chest of drawers.  Slowly getting her installed.   This morning it was wardrobes and a dining table.......

Dove and Pdoc, I trust you are both none the worse for wear now.

DD - hope you've enjoyed your baking day and that Charlie has a great birthday.

Dentastix - two dogs aged 7 and 9 and teeth perfect so happy vets and owners.

LP - good that you have managed to keep your studio going.   I shall be looking for yoga classes in the new place.


Posted: 30/08/2016 at 14:24

Jolly hot here and Marie-Christine has come so we're gardening - pulling up masses of horsetail from the front beds which are a different soil from the rest of the garden and full of it.   Sorting out roses while I'm on and collecting seeds of things like my cream aconitum and Red Ballon clem and pruning the wisteria which has gone mad again since its July prune.

OH is dismantling IKEA Ivar shelving to go to Possum's apartment.  Sounds like he's wrecking the place.    Still a bit limpy after yesterday's golf at Durbuy - very up and down hills - and says it's a touch of gout.  He's been drinking the odd beer cos of the heat and we know beer sets off his gout so why?

Glad your meter is sorted now Clari.    Both our dogs start their day with a bouncy greetings session and then a Dentastix.   Their teeth are in very good nick but the green minty ones I sometimes buy do strange things at the other end.   Not good for IBS doggies then.

Your picnic sounds wonderful Dove.  Enjoy.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 22:01

I like savoury muffins best Frank but raspberry ones are pretty good too.

James martin famously had a Victoria sponge cake rejected by the WI judges because he put cream in it.

I can remember rose hip syrup and home made bilberry pies with fruit picked up on the Lancashire moors.  So much more flavour than blueberries.    Bought some plants in Cumbria a few years ago to try growing them here but they didn't like it.

Tried beer traps too but there are so many slugs here it was just too disgusting.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 21:08

I have just given my 3 volumes of Delia's How to Cook to Possum for her culinary adventures so have spent this evening going through them so I can bookmark recipes for luscious food including cakes on her website.   Possum wants me to make lemon soufflées now...........

Frank - the WI wouldn't pass your mum's version of Victoria sponge - two layers only and no cream!  Your mum's version sounds rather good.

OH has come home limping after a day of golf on a hilly course at Durbuy.   Says it's gout and blames the blackcurrants he's been scoffing lately.   I reckon it's the beer.

I don't get beer except for a long, slow beef casserole about once every other winter.

removing grass to create planting area

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 18:26

Weedkiller works on live foliage on growing plants.  That looks pretty dead and dry to me so you'll have to dig it out and make sure you shake the clumps to get all the roots and leave soil behind.   It's often made easier by giving the area a good soak the night before you plan to dig so the soil isn't rock hard.

Use a fork, rather than a spade, near any plants you wish to keep as it will be less damaging to their roots.   If they get loosened, firm them back and water well.

Once cleared, rake it level and then spread on plenty of well rotted garden compost or manure to improve soil texture and nutrients.   Autumn is the best time for planting shrubs and bulbs and hardy, early flowering perennials as the soil is still warm and they have plenty of time and good conditions for developing a strong root system.

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