Obelixx


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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?   

Well, he won but.....

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 10:33

That's the whole point isn't it?  Not a politician with all the lazy/money grubbing and grabbing and corrupt swamp associations.  Unfortunately he is jstill a creature of the swamp, just a different kind. 

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 09:12

Hugs for DD from me too.  I think we all need a good hug really after the last few months of Brexit lies and upheaval and now the US plus all the personal tragedies from accidents that shoudn't happen.


DD - be sure to wear light colours to increase your visibility and stay safe.


As for comments and upset on teh boards, there is definitely some disingenuous flaming going on from the usual suspect.  Best to ignore those threads in the first place as no reasoned argument on either side is going to sway opinions.   Interesting tho to read the demographics of the US voters mirrored those in the Brexit and that 46.9 % didn't bother to vote. 


Back to the seed sorting for me.  I seem to have rather a lot......

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 08:54

Dove - I like emeralds too!  Got one in my engagement ring which I can no longer squeeze over an arthritic knuckle so I might have to get it altered to fit but that will mean it spends its time spinning round my finger all day.   Might wait a while.  See if drier winters help at all.   Fiery opals are another favourite.   Glad you can do tennis again.


Had to google the ad Chicky.  Excellent.   We have a foxy visitor which is fine as we have no chucks but the perisher leaves mess which Rasta doggy then rolls in, very thoroughly.  Two baths already this week.   Hugs for littlest Chicklet and those families.


Chaps are here to do a service on the CH.  Like the chimney sweep they're complaining it's very dirty and badly maintained which is odd as house insurance requires an annual certificate or you get no cover.   And one of the expansion thingies is flooded.........  Going to be expensive.


Pat - Winter river walks sound like a good plan.  Hope you get your tomatoes in.


Clari - auditors sound like a plan too and H&S to see the state of your office conditions.


Everyone - have a good day whatever you're doing.  Hope the weather is behaving.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 09/11/2016 at 18:22

Wet and windy night with gusts so loud they woke me up at 5am.  Finally dozed off again then turned on Radio 4 after OH announced the result and got bloody cricket!


Went to the weekly covered market in Luçon and found some curly kale - not in SMs here - and hake for dinner then went and had a light lunch out.   No sign anywhere of the French muttering about USA elections which was odd.


Distracting myself from gloom (tho I don't think HC would have been any good either) by sorting and listing my seeds so I know what I have before I buy any more.   Might need a couple of glasses of good wine tonight.


Still windy but not really cold, just draughty and occasionally wet.   I hope everyone is tucked up warm and dry and safe.

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