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Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:17

I just peel it and grate it and serve either "remoulade" with a mustardy mayonnaise dressing or else mix it with grated apples and carrots and serve it like a cole slaw.   Very refreshing. 

What's this then?

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:14

I can't tell from the pics but, if the stem is square, it looks a lot like a weed I've found here for the last few years.  Produces small yellow flowers and self sows like mad.  Easy to pull up though.


Posted: 17/11/2015 at 12:57

Haven't been there since I was a nipper.   Love the photos RB, especally those leaves.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:58

Blackpool isn't impressive by day - looks very run down and unloved - or did when I was last there a few years ago.   I expect it looks fine at night when the illuminations are on - if you like that sort of thing.

The ballroom though is glorious - sprung floor, organs that pop u and down or back and forth depending on the model when one organ player takes a rest and the other takes over, intricate decoration and good acoustics.  We took the opportunity to spend a few hours at a Sunday tea dance and loved it but blimey, some of the couples are aggressive about the floor space in dances like the cha-cha and rumba.   Nearly had my chin clocked a couple of times.

Loved the sequence dancing.  We don't get that in Belgium but we do have line dancing instead and not just country.  There's Irish, Greek, twist, samba, cha-cha, tango, waltz, polka, merengue, cumbia, reggae, rock and more.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 14:32

Seriously wet and soggy here today and windy with it so no gardening.   I have housework to do and dance admin and a major committee problem to sort out but am really not in the mood.

Still have weeds to sort, treasures to transplant to the nursery bed while I clear more bindweed and there are still bulbs to plant.

I know a scientist here who studies wild boar activities in the Ardennes - says they should never be approached, especially when they have young so make sure you do make a noise if you go back to make casts.   

Autumn in Luxembourg

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 13:45

You can do online jig saws with your pics.   TeeGee on the A4A forum is doing it with his gardening based photos and there's a whole website of pics divided by various categoires - addictive on wet, windy, snuggle indoors days like today - http://www.jigidi.com/ 

I shall be seeing the station in Liège for the first time in December.  OH are taking a Thalys to Cologne and staying overnight so we can do the Xmas market and cathedral and a museum or two.   One of them has a fine collection of Flemish landscapes apparently.

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 13:40

Thanks Frank.  It was a damp, grey day so they've turned out reasonably well despite the flat light.

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 12:53

Glad you like the pics.   I'd wanted to go to Levens Hall for years so dragged OH and SIL there when up visiting BIL that year.   It was empty apart from a Dutch couple.

I have two conifers in borders and which I have recently trimmed to tidy up the shape and keep to size but I don't have any topiary ambitions myself as it would become a bind to maintain when I'm old and doddery.

Quite like to see it done well though and I am learning the value of well placed, low box hedges in my own garden but that's my limit. 

Montys secret history of the English garden

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 11:56

Missed the start so came in at the Hampton Court part.   Pleasant enough programme but no new insights.   Agree with Busy about Monty being soporific.  

Good to see Levens Halls garden again.  Here are some pics I took there in July 2011 - http://s211.photobucket.com/user/Obelixx_be/library/1107%20Levens%20Hall?sort=2&page=1 

What kind of climber support?

Posted: 15/11/2015 at 15:26

We have a Kiftsgate rose trained on wires across the front of our house.  It's sturdy, can be placed where you have available space and is discreet in winter.

We have wooden trellis panels elsewhere and, after being battered by storms and gales and some seriously cold winters, find that most of the panels need replacing - 12 in total.   Expensive.

A few years ago when we got our first dog, we enclosed our veggie patch with a system of posts to which we attached 5m x 2m builders' wire mesh for reinforcing concrete.  We have found it to be cheap, indestructible and unobtrusive and well spaced for clematis, roses, squashes and blackberries to be trained along so our plan is to replace 3 of the trellis panels in the front garden with the 3 newest from the back garden and then buy a few lengths of the metal mesh and use that to replace all our broken trellis at the back and side.

Maybe this would be a good alternative for your fence panels as long as you remember to attach battens to your posts and then attach the wire mesh to those so that air can circulate around the plants and you can get your hands in to train stems.



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