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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 05/07/2017 at 08:14

Good morning.  Been up ages after workmen started with their literally bleeping machines at 6am.   Woken up a couple of times by other noises and bangs.  I'm not cut out for life in a town centre any more, no matter how good the views across the roof tops to the citadel.

Hot day coming up.  Brussels is going to be such fun.

Clari - it's what handbags are for, and jackets and fleeces!   I get infuriated with jeans whose pockets are too shallow t be of any use.   Dungarees were great in my 20s and I see they're back in the shops now.   Possum bought a pair yesterday.

DD - it all sounds very dynamic and exciting.   Great stuff.

Pdoc - Doh!  To be a might blunt, when you leave your OH you're going off to dangerous places whence you may not return at all so it's good you're finally beginning to understand what it's like for her to be home alone.

Have a great day everyone.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 20:47

Glad it'll be quick Joyce.   It's bad enough without having to hang about.    I hope it all goes smoothly for you and your family.

Hosta - can I suggest a separate meter for your tenants, even if only for the next ones?   Some people clearly just take advantage with no thought for others or the environment.  Has your new smart meter shown up any nefarious consumption from other "users" or is it too soon.   Definitely no to a puppy or a kitten.   They need company and attention and entertainment or they become a bit scary mad.

Heading for bed soon.  It's been a long day and I was woken early by some pesky vehicle reversing below my window with full beeping alarm........    

Clari - never go anywhere without a poo bag.  You're bound to need one.

Storing Oriental Lily bulbs

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 19:06

Plant them now, in pots if your garden is not very sheltered.  They may well grow and produce flowers before autumn is over and they will be safe from dehydration and deterioration.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 18:50

OH is home alone with our two dogs and the kittens.   We've always taken both of them on hols but are now looking into getting house-sitters to look after them and the kittens because kennels cost a fortune and they don't like it.

Funeral was good as it concentrated on celebrating his life.   Good to see all the family and old friends despite trying circumstances.   Possum and I have a few errands to run before we leave on Friday morning and they include a raid on a proper Chinese supermarket but no garden centres.

I hope you are OK Joyce and having some help with all the arrangements.   Not easy.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 07:06

Good morning from a dull grey Namur.   Woken early by bin trucks beeping.

I'm so sorry Joyce.    I'm sure your family and friends are there to help you through a difficult time but am sending huge virtual hugs too.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 22:30

Rhubarb prefers a border as it needs plenty of water and nutrients to do well.  Give them a generous mulch every autumn.   We have agreed to let our new horsey neighbours use our paddock as spare pasture.  When asked about rent I said Poo.   What?  I want the manure please.  Oh!

OH asked if we'd be growing globe artichokes.  I said we'll certainly have room but they're likely to end up being ornamental given the faff of cooking and eating them.   They like good soil and good drainage but also some moisture - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/globe-artichokes 

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 21:27

Long but good drive up here to Namur where it is 24C and a bit muggy.   Slight detour to go home again and fetch my frock and jacket for the funeral - got ushered out so fast this am I left them hanging on the bedroom door!  Doh!   Nasty accident the other way just north of Alençon.  Car on roof in outside lane.  Not a good way to start a working week or holiday.

Got to Namur to find myself deviated (French thinks a diversion is an entertainment or amusement) up and round and back down the citadel to get past some roadworks.  Lovely drive up through a wooded hillside with slanting evening sun on still fresh green foliage and then switchbacking down the other side with views up or down the Meuse valley and over the city depending on which way I was switching.  It's a comfortable, pleasant town with some lovely views and quirky bits but dreadful winters.

Well done Malta.  Shame about NI.   Not surprised by th enucleat thing except that it got the go ahead in the first place.  Much cheaper to give everyone a reliable, EU made solar panel for their roof!

Don't see the point of cars like that. I've brought a single mattress up in ours today plus my bags and a car fridge and still lad space.   Plenty of speed for the limits too.

Hugs to Joyce and family.

Have a good evening all.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 03/07/2017 at 21:04

Currently in Namur where its is 24C and a bit heavy feeling but that's cos it's naturally humid in heat..   Left home this morning at 19C and cool and dry and fresh.    Weather set to get warmer towards the end of the week in both places so I hope OH has understood the watering instructions for my treasures.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 15:20

NO, let Pushkin have the mole.  They're a menace!

I'm busy weeding a flower bed today before I have to head back to Belgium for the week and will be planting out some gladiolus byzantinus I've had in pots waiting for a home.  Hope that counts as roots as they'll have to fend for themselves for the rest of the week.

If you can get pics of the biodynamic garden, please do share.

There's a bio potager garden about 50 mins form here that's open to the public in July and August.  Don't know if it's lunar too but plan to go next week or the week after and will take pics if there are any good ideas to share.

Ribes cake slice problem!

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 15:13

No idea about the cause unless they're all on one stem which has been damaged somehow but I would trim off all the dead bits, give it a good soaking at the roots and a handful of pelleted chicken manure or blood, fish and bone, worked in around the roots to help it recover.

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