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Posted: 28/08/2016 at 19:15

Well done Dew.  I get to ponder about and fix plumbing problems too.   

Clari too.   Sounds exhausting.

Hosta - good man for going back.

WW - congrats on the new job.  Sounds like fun.

DD - I hope you've been enjoying your time off.

I am shattered.  A chappy came round to look at all our stuff and estimate for packing up the fragiles and moving it all.   Worked like mad for the last couple of weeks to weed and sort and chuck and organise so we could get decent estimates.  Pressure off once he'd gone and I collapsed in a comatose, headachy heap.   Had a zizz and felt worse.    Need a good sleep tonight too. 

Bon appetit for anyone having dinner soon.   Cheers!


Posted: 28/08/2016 at 16:22

I have frequently overwintered fuchsias in the greenhouse which is unheated but does get lined with bubble wrap for winter.  I get them in before the first frosts and make sure they have a good drink and are then well drained.  Check for broken or damaged stems and remove them.

I don't bother with cutting them back or fleecing and most survive.   Leaving the tips on means they take any frost and the heart of the plant is safer and thus more likely to sprout new stems in spring.  Then you can cut off the dead stuff and feed and pot on in fresh compost for a happy fuchsia summer.

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 15:16

The simplest way to screen the big black block on the right - and maybe the extractor fan too - is to buy a panel or two of trellis and attach it to some posts supported on feet.  You can get metal "bolt downs" which would anchor them eg - http://www.grangefen.co.uk/traditional-fencing/fence-supports.html 

Then you can stand pots or a trough in front with smaller plants and make seasonal changes as desired.    In a windy site it is important to use the largest pots you can both for anchorage and so plants don't dry out too fast.   Top the compost with a mulch of chipped bark to retain moisture without adding too much weight.   Look for plants that move well in wind such as some of the grasses and airy plants that let the wind blow through rather than providing resistance.   

The RHS has this practical advice for roof gardens - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=674  It tells you what you need to consider for maintenance and suggests some plant groups.

The wall at the back is lovely with all those stones.   What colour you choose for the cement walls will depend on whether you want your terrace to be calm/cool/modern/bright/funky so muted pastels will offset the plants well and work in most light conditions; earthy stone, ochre and grey shades will also set off your plants but may be a bit dull on grey days; vibrant yellows, fuchsias or oranges will stand out all year but may make the space look smaller and so on.

Get a few tester pots and try some in shade and full sun to see which you prefer.

Well done for your transformation so far.

Big ideas for my small patio!

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 13:03

You need to use the camera icon on the right to load photos.

Things I don't get

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 08:54

Have to agree about quoting, especially when all you get at the end is a smiley or a LOL.  I don't get smileys either.  We have so many words available.

Have to agree about 99.9% of modern art and impressionism.  Monet was a master at churning out the same old haystacks and water lilies because he knew the US market in particular would lap them up.  Claimed to be studying the light in all its different qualities!   Good con.

Have to agree about bridge players being precious.   There are many women's clubs in Brussels for various nationalities and I have seen at the British and Commonwealth, as well as heard that disturbing the hush at the Americans', is only done by the very brave or the impervious on Bridge Day.

I don't get people exceeding speed limits on country lanes like ours where you can't see what's round the next bend.  Even the bus drivers do it here.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 16:16

A dim and distant boyfriend in my student days came to stay for a few days.  He found a bendy serrated knife in the kitchen draw and grumbled "I suppose you're the sort of people who have a posh set of cutlery for special occasions and guests" as he waved the knife at me.  It was a grapefruit knife.

I have a lethal, double serrated edged knife which is supposed to be for bread but is actually brilliant for dividing plants.

Busy chucking out lots of miscellaneous cutlery...........  Just keeping full sets.

I don't get zero hours contracts.  Who the hell let them in?

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What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:46

Getting silly here now.  34C in the shade to the north side of the house where the sun doesn't shine after 9am in summer.    First non sticky heatwave in the 25 years we've been here but clouds are creeping in to the north and west and it's starting to get humid.

Watered all my pots and treasures for moving at 8am and did a bit of weeding earlier while enjoying a coffee and getting my vitamin D quota.   Back to the attic now - very steamy.

That birdbath looks like great fun Herbaceous.  Our garden birds have never used mine as they have our pond and the stream in the paddock next door for their ablutions.


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:39

End of September and yes, lots of chucking and giving away going on.  

Lots of potted up plants to sort through too for taking with or giving away to gardening friends.

Attics nearly done.   Just my sewing attic to tackle.   I might be gone a while...............


Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:52

Windows 10 here and PC slower too despite parking all my photos and videos on external disks to release space.  Plus it stopped me sending mails using Windows Outlook.  What kind of company releases a product that doesn't work with their own software?   All sorts of bovvery bits since and little to no support form Microsoft or apologies.  All help has come from the user community.    Next PC will probably be a Mac.

Getting hot again here.   Garage sorting this morning and bringing sorted stuff down from the attic to go to the dump or Troc accordingly.   Attic again this pm then a good clean all round.    The end of sorting is in sight.  Just need to pack it all now........

Then plants to sort.

Last edited: 27 August 2016 12:52:57

Things I don't get

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 11:26

Golf in Belgium is not elitist like in the UK.  The dress code is no jeans.   Some of the posh clubs like Royal Waterloo, Royal anything are a bit "exclusivist".   Our local club is lovely - old farm with interesting buildings and a square 12th century keep - and welcomes men, women, kids and dogs tho not the latter on the course.   Does great meals at decent prices too.   Still takes at least 4 hours to get round and then there's the practice before on the driving range and/or putting green and the post mortem in the bar afterwards so before you know it 6 or 7 hours gone.

In 25 years here I have managed about 3 interesting conversations with golfers - one was starting a potager so we nattered about veggies, another's father is president of a neighbouring dance club and the other had been watching Strictly.

Love Strictly for the dancing, not the griping.

Love Bake Off because it's funny and gives me ideas for decent cakes to make and share but without all the fancy decorations.    Like a lot of cookery shows because I like to have new ideas and techniques and ingredients to try.

Tried and tried but don't get opera or rap.  

Not too bothered about grammar and spelling on here but I do expect professional reporters and editors on TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines to get it right!

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