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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.

Leaf mould

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 15:54

This new garden has mature trees so we have leaves to collect and compost.  Our old garden was all new and any falling leaves tended to be blown into the neighbouring pasture by strong autumnal winds so it's all a bit experimental for us.  We'll build a cage for the larger leaves like fig and walnut and also bung some of the smaller leaves in bin bags and then see what happens.

low growing plants for drive

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:59

For south facing, I would go with creeping thymes.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:52

I agree.  Lots of Belgians and French I have chatted with recognise the peace and consequent prosperity that the EU has brought but resent the hell out of career politicians who seem increasingly out f touch with what ordinary folk want and how they live, often seem to be corrupt and/or "we know best" and who are moving too fast to political unity.   

I still think the EU is a great thing but it needs to re-examine its roots and stick with economic unity and policies to get economies, markets and jobs moving again.

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 14:36

Those unelected officials in Brussels had a fair number of Brits in the mix as each country sends civil servants to fill the various roles of admin and policy making in all the various departments from agriculture thru foreign policy, health and safety and trade deals.   Now the UK is having to spend millions hiring and training negotiators for its "independent" trade deals etc to come.

The Remain vote was largely concentrated in "metro" areas so, for example, Newcastle city voted remain whilst the surrounding countryside and smaller towns voted out.  Norwich stay, Norfolk out.  London in, provinces out.    For many Brexiteers, the vote had more to do with a short term nose thumb (to be polite) to government policies since the economic crash.   Many of those are the ones now complaining about the pound nose-diving and prices going up because "they didn't know".  It doesn't matter what paper you read or what party you support, decisions so momentous should be based on lots of research.   There was plenty of info out there.

It's done now and the UK needs to make the best of it - negotiate well, work hard, deal with the consequences positively and, just maybe, it will turn out OK but it will be a long, slow haul with lots of uncertainty ahead.   

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 10:46

Fidget - Why the bulldozer?  Has it had babies?  My Kiftsgate did and I dug one up for me and one for Marie-Christine.  I just hope the new owners don't hack the big one back before it flowers next June as it was finally starting to cover the brick façade after being frozen back to one short stem in January 2009.

Must keep an eye out for a glauca.

Have found lots of treasures in my seed collection so I'm a happy bunny.   It remains to be seen how many are viable.  Was about to order from two seed companies when I remembered my old box and reckon I've saved a pretty penny to spend on live plants.  Just need to persuade OH about my financial reasoning.......

Yvie - no tea or crooked fingers but we dod use bone china mugs for our coffee - manly handled Union Jack jobbies for OH (sold in a Belgian supermarket for London Olympics year) and RHS fruit mugs for me.  Mabel sounds lovely.

Pdoc - maybe forget to take the cheque book and credit cards?   

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