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Latest posts by obelixx

It's the weekend people lighten up!!!!

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:37

No, but you can do what you like all week.

Strictly 2014

Posted: 22/11/2014 at 15:33

We shall be out dancing so will have to catch up tomorrow night, before the results show.

I cannot wait for the first frost

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:50

Alan - it's insulation against the cold.   We had our first frost last night.  Very beautiful but a signal to get a wellie on sorting out the last of my babies and divisions for winter and lifting the last of the dahlias which have been fine till now in pots in full sun.

Lyme Disease (Tick) infections & Electropollution

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 13:47

I haven't read all you post as it is so badly structured.  try breaking your thoughts into paragraphs for easier reading.

However, Lyme's disease is recognised here in Belgium and people are warned about having their pets regularly treated for ticks and fleas which carry it and other diseases.   A friend of mine got it from a tick bite some years ago whilst walking her dog in a problem area but was treated.

Perhaps you should consider starting a support group for fellow sufferers.  Then you would have numbers to back you up and make people start to take notice.   The NHS isn't joined up in its thinking so won't look beyond individal cases and I doubt if it's top of the list when training GPs.


Posted: 20/11/2014 at 17:20

OH and I have birthdays between now and December 7th and, since we live in Belgium, we also have St Nicolas to contend with on Dec 6th which meant Possum had to have presents then too so as not to be even more different than the other kids.    Possum's birthday is in January so Xmas is something we get around to eventually and we keep it low key.

Nowadays we have dance classes too and I am president of the club so can have some fun.   The last Wednesday before Xmas is a rum and nibbles Salsa class and the last Friday is ballroom with Santa bonnets, mulled wine and nibbles (they're getting mince pies this year). 

Belgians have their main feast with family on Xmas Eve.   We still do ours on Xmas day but there are just the 3 of us and none of us likes turkey so I cook duck breasts with a spiced wine sauce and naughty gratin dauphinois.   OH does his own sprouts and gets a small Xmas pud.  Possum and I have something chocolatey.

We like a proper tree with decorations picked up here and there at various Christmas markets and lots of lights plus candles and garlands but no tinsel or streamers.

We exchange gifts after breakfast and take the dogs for a long walk and then I play Christmas carol CDs while I cook.    Always listen to the carol service from Kings too.

Boxing Day is a working day here but OH always takes it as holiday and we do more dog walking.    Nice and quiet and restful.

New Years is a huge feast here and for the last few years we've gone out dinner dancing but this year we're hibernating and staying at home



Talkback: Cooking green tomatoes

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 12:43

I like the sound of a green tomato cake but for me I'd have to save some for fried green tomates as served at the Whistle Stop Café.

I didn't get any tomatoes this year.  All the plants were clobbered by a freak hail storm in late May so too late to buy or sow replacements.   Three chilli plants survived though so all is not lost.

Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 23:48

Sparrowhawks are beautiful and only catch the weak or stupid birds so are also part of natural selection.   Our visitor doesn't get much at my feeding station but when he/she does, often as not it's a collared dove rather than a tit or sparrow.

I have friends who have 4 ponds, one of which is visited by a kingfisher.  They actually buy small goldfish to stock it for him.     They have bigger specimens in the upper ponds and are philosophical about herons. 

Overgrown climbing rose

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 21:59

As long as you've tied in as many branches as you can, it's safe to prune off any excess growth now to prevent if being damaged by winter gales.   The main pruning to encourage flowers is best done in spring.   The RHS offers this advice:- 

Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 11:42

Never mind the trees.  It's the way he writes that is so entertaining and informative and he mentions interesting plants which can be researched if not known.

I shall miss the blog but wish him well.

I trust his own blog will continue once his house move is completed.

storing chili's

Posted: 18/11/2014 at 11:40

Freeze them whole or make chilli jams for adding to sauces.  Flavour oils and vinegar with them.   Blitz with butter and some garlic if you like then roll up like a sausage in cling film and freeze. 

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