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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 16:10

My dad joined the RE in 1939, aged 17 when war broke out.  Cos he volunteered rather than being called up, he didn't get demobbed till 47 after ending up in Palestine.   Never ever talked about his war.  His dad was gassed in the trenches in WW1 and he never talked about it either.

Even if I could afford it I wouldn't buy modern art cos I just don't get it.  I used to think that if I ever won the lottery I'd build a decent sized dance hall with classroom facilities, teachers and dance styles to suit all tastes and ages and be a ball free sports and community centre for all.  The local politicians think it isn't sport or beneficial if there isn't a big round ball involved so every village has a football club.......  Boys only.

I have found my stick blender machine but too late for painting today.   Had great fun sorting out the annex but now I need to dust and vac before the dogs get back from walkies.  Rasta has been rolling in her secret stash of fox poo again and is filthy and stinky.  OH has finished messing with the hedge and started clearing the big oval bed under the silk tree so we need to go and buy cheap multi purpose compost to improve its texture.  Bit compacted under all that weed membrane but it will be great for my bulbs..

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 14:14

Haven't seen any memorials here yet Busy.   Couldn't find info on services online.   We'll be better clued in next year but I did watch and observe the UK ceremonies.  Two years ago we went to Ypres and Tyne Kot and that was incredibly moving - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1411%20Ypres%20and%20Tyne%20Cot?sort=9&page=1

Dove - thanks.  That's a very helpful link and the second comment explains the smells during and after use.  Bit alarming - OH was convinced we had a leak - but we are well ventilated and I do use the extractor..

Still haven't found my paint mixing dooberry but the annex is starting to look organised so I suppose it' snot a wasted day.  OH is sweeping up hedge trimmings, some very long and some quite fat, but he'll have to wait till tomorrow to use his new chipping toy.  Priority tho (he forgets these things) is pulling up dead plants form the beds round trees and shrubs and removing the ugly weed membrane so I can plant the bulbs I brought from pots I had in the old garden.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 13:08

In Belgium, every village has a memorial with the names of those killed as soldiers or resistance or deported for slave labour in both wars.   Very poignant reading.   Their families are still there to remember them and wreaths get laid on them all.    

Those look good Dove.   I like to bake too but have a new, 90cm bottled gas powered oven to contend with so haven't dared yet as I'm used to a normal sized electric fan oven.   It's been great for crisping crackling on roast belly pork but I did a tomato tarte tatin for lunch and it needed an extra 10 mins so I might need to locate my oven thermometer to check it before I try cakes or scones.   We've invited the neighbours for lunch next weekend so I need to get it sorted.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 11:07

That's reassuring as it sounds like the boy needs help but Pdoc surely doesn't need any more grief from NDN.

It has turned nice and warm now but I can't make the most of it with the dogs as my recently re-attached toes are seriously stiff and painful after Paso and Tango and Cha-cha last night.   OK for quiet pottering though.  First annex sorting to see if I can unearth the paint whizzer.

It is remarkably quiet here.  No ceremonies that I can find locally.  In Belgium we had wreath laying at all the memorials and military ceremonies as well as fly pasts.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 10:13

Pdoc - do you know how good your local social services' child section is?  Will they help him get a grip on life and take charge rather than taking dope?   Can you cope with NDN coming down like a ton of bricks if he finds you've referred his son?   Tricky one.  At least the child had the sense to ask you for help when he needed it.   Good for him to know you're there.

Planning to paint but held up cos I can't find my paint blender - a stick blender with a whisk attachment.   Got the whisk but not the power end.   Back to searching then.  Plan B is pottering with bulbs for me too.

Told OH last night that having catalogued my seeds for climbers, annuals, biennials and perennials up to H I had saved us over £200 so far on seed orders so we could buy plants for my winter bed.  He isn't falling for it.   Working on it.

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HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 09:09

Hang in then DD.  Like I said, gives you time to do other things to prepare your tea-room venture.

Bright and sunny here but nippy.  OH is out hedge trimming which always worries me as he doesn't understand horizontal lines and what we end up with doesn't qualify for an arty Jacques Wirtz cloud hedge either.   I am going to do a coat of yellow paint and then potter outside when it gets a bit warmer.

Haven't been anywhere as an adult that needed malaria pills but had it as a baby so can't give blood, not that the Belgians wanted it anyway cos of mad cows.   Expect the French will be the same.

Has anyone seen the thing on Facebook with Trump in a bubble saying all illegal migrants will be shipped home and a Red Indian (sorry, PC native American) below him saying "Seriously?  When are you going home?"

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 23:02

Even before I got my new feet I couldn't cope with anything higher than 2" and then not for long.  Now I have to buy dance shoes from HK so I can get them with just 1" heels.  Very nice shoes and so comfortable.   Other than that, bare feet, flip flops, flat walking shoes or ankle boots and wellies in different sizes for bare feet, thin socks and thick socks to take me through all the gardening and dog walking seasons.

DD - trouble is that the sellers are Brits (I believe) and 100,000€ doesn't buy as many pounds as before Brexit so they're likely to hold out a long time.    Gives you time to collect crockery sets and try out recipes but you may have to look for somewhere else or offer more if it's what you really want.   Good luck either way.

Pdoc - not surprised the lad smokes dope given his Pa but what a waste of a life.

Been out to dance class so have recorded most of Close to the Enemy.   Missed the beginning thanks to a golf clash!

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 17:13

Nobody, especially not men, should have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body.  It is inhuman to let unwanted pregnancies go beyond a week or two given we now have the morning after pill and safe ways to avoid pregnancy in the first place.  Unfortunately these don't work for women who are forced or who discover their baby is likely to have problems they cannot deal with so a plan B is needed..

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:28

Sounds lovely.  My Kiftsgate never got mildew though.   Where will you run?

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 16:26

Actually, Pansyface, the coal agreement came after Belgium and Italy did a post war deal on coal for workers and France and Germany then joined in and made it a wider entity.   That's why so many Italians found themselves working in Walloon coal mines and still have strong communities there today.

The USA went through the whole Union thing in the 19th century because they were all emigrants making a new life and wanted security and stability.

In Europe, there are communities, cultures, nations going back for millennia.  The move to freedom of movement and trade has been good for most who were already within it but now it's become too attractive to outsiders feeling political or economic difficulties or war at home.   If they could get a boat from Libya to the US I'm sure they would but the EU is so much closer and has all that lovely social security the US lacks.

I don't see how you reverse increasing globalisation by trying to close very pervious borders and I don't see the UK or the USA filling seasonal jobs like fruit picking from its own peoples or, indeed, some of the high end jobs requiring certain skill sets for which the education system does not provide sufficient candidates.

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