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Gaura

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:32

They certainly don't do Belgian winters either.  Friends there treat them as annuals.  


Very happy when we arrived here to see them in gardens and village centre plantings but don't  yet know if they've survived the frosts although it has been quite dry this winter.  I bought 3 the other day - a white one, a pink one and a deeper pink one with silvery streaks on the leaves.  I'm hoping they'll do as cuttings and also plan to collect seed, just in case.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:27

Good morning.  Bright and sunny start here but a very red line on the horizon at dawn.  Forecast is for sun all day so who knows?


Ribs are easing up as long as I'm careful about bending - really bad timing for putting kitchen contents back.   Slowly slowly etc.


Need to pop out and buy more tonic and more paint later but another domestic day in store here.  Need to sow some more spring onions.


Daisy - I too was born over there because my parents were running a colony and hospital for LEPRA.   No memories of it tho as they came back when I was 3 and a half.   


Pat - hope you get some warming sun today.  Good for the toe.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 07:19

Same here.  Been up an hour already sorting out kitchen stuff.


Don't do lager.  Can't even cook with it.   Horrible stuff.  I once made a grapefruit and gin sorbet as a palate refresher for a smart dinner.   Just part of making a point when we first arrived in Belgium and some colleagues of OH were worried because the English can't cook!  We'd been to their house and she "taught" me to make chicken marengo...................

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 21:46

I like your kitchen Busy and love natural wood and would have gone with wood if ours wasn't so dark on dull days.   In fact the most important consideration was to have higher base units and pull out drawers plus carousels in the corners to make stuff easier to access.    Back troubles.


The previous owners recycled their predecessors' kitchen into the annex as a pantry so there will be 3 generations of kitchen here.  In my garden shed I have an old 50s unit we brought with us (cream paint and red formica top) for storing garden stuff so I suppose that makes 4 generations.   Had to leave behind the 3m long unit with drawers, cupboards, integral bread bin and pull out, fold out table.......  Great garage storage.


Went for a wander round our plot earlier with the dogs and kittens in tow (quite a procession) and found some unidentified fruit trees in flower and what I think are raspberries leafing up.   Very exciting.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 21:33

OH and I tend to be wine drinkers too but he likes an occasional artisanal beer.  I can't stand the stuff in any shape or form so was delighted to discover, via a friend in London, that a large gin and tonic is perfect with a curry.  Does serious damage to the credit card tho.   I usually just drink water with home-made curry or pink fizz in summer.


Pizza is definitely wine.   Where is the pizza and gin place?  


Thanks to advice on these boards I now drink Sch Tonic Zero with meals instead of water and no more night time cramps.  Who needs gin?


Love dried apricots - tagine, in Creole cake, almond and apricot slice, Charter pudding ...;. - but not fresh or tinned.


Fading now.  It's been a long and busy day and my ribs still hurt.  Hot chocolate and sleep.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:27

I had loads of excess blackcurrants to use up before we left Belgium.  Couldn't freeze them obviously and had enough jam to last 3 years or more so I made some liqueur - one bottle with gin and another with vodka.  Should have matured nicely by next Xmas and I had enough to make cordial too for winter vits and also Kir.

Clematis Montana 'Elizabeth'

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:20

Alba



Caerulean



Last July in my Belgian garden.

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 19:13

Sounds like you OH is a man after Clari's OH's heart TB - nicking her motor when he needs one that works and can carry stuff.   Where is Clari?  I expected her to have leccy by now.?


Our new kitchen is sort of creamy and glossy and no silly ridges or corners to collect muck so that when I'm 37 and 47 it'll still be easy to clean and look good.  We're recycling bits of the old one in the annex but all the doors will get a serious clean and then plain paint because the walls in there are either stone or very pale grey and dirty cream with terracotta just won't go.


Home alone so simple sausages and my sweet and sour red and cabbage salad cos I made a huge bowl of it on Monday.  


When we chose our new car to replace a very old Opel Omega estate I suggested we get an Astra estate but OH said it would be too low for Bonzo to sit up in the back when we went on hols!   We got another Zafira but only 5 seats this time - perfect for dogs and clems and can take at least 10 bags of 70l compost.  The other car is also a Zafira with 7 seats - useful for when rellies or friends descend as hordes and also perfect for dogs and clems and assorted bits of furniture I find in Trocs and brocantes and flea markets.


I hope your tooth holds Joyce.  I finally had one out after a serially perforating sinus - infected root and crown followed by 2 replacements which also got infected.   Gave up but they did last almost 40 years between them.


Hosta - Ouch too, but for your wallet.   Sell some hostas?  Do some overtime after all?  

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:34

I think a serious test of a good car is the ability to stand a new clematis upright, in its pot with canes.


Drum rolls and fanfares please.  The kitchen is finished - well almost.  They managed to supply one wall cupboard with the wrong finish on the side so he has to come back in 3 weeks to replace it and only then can he fill in the holes he made for its LED leccy supply.  Now I just have to put everything back - but not till I can bend without holding my ribs - and make the curtains which pull the colours together.


Before:



After:



and, with view thru to camping kitchen in the dining room



and 


Paint effect

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 15:25

I think you'd need to prime the concrete with a watered down outdoor masonry paint and then full strength masonry paint.    Then, maybe, a metallic effect paint would adhere but I don't know how well it would weather.   If you can find some masonry paint in a bronze shade and then maybe apply an outdoor grade varnish - satin rather than gloss - that may give the metallic effect you're after.

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