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Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 11:02

I think you're absolutely right Posy.   Not gloomy - unless of course the leavers win in which case, good luck to the poor, the less able, the less the less mobile, the less articulate.......

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:53

BLT - if you have the appropriate forms you should be treated in the EU.

As ever, repatriation is an administrative/government policy thing.  Belgium runs its NHS differently and that includes repatriation within the EU but you are expected to take out medical insurance for holidays - common sense - because they found that providing repatriation by medical plane or helicopter for things like skiing accidents was getting too expensive.  

Waiting lists are kept down by a) clearing beds of people whose post-op care can be done at home with dressing changes, injections etc from specialist nurses and b) more doctors per head of population than in the UK.  15 years ago my OH had to have a cataract operation (not age related but the result of an earlier accident to his eye) and the surgeon apologised because he's have to wait 10 days! 

Posy - you're absolutely right.   We have to ask what we can give as well as receive.   There is much we can learn from how others in the EU do things and much the UK can offer but, hitherto, I get the distinct feeling that British functionaries at the EU haven't grasped this and don't do as much as they could to make EU systems better.

As for immigration - there are far greater numbers from outside the EU which the UK has the right to control without reference to EU freedom of movement.   Leaving the EU won't make border controls any more efficient or stop the human traffickers or make local councils cleverer at providing school places or housing for those already here whether British or not.



Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:28

Train strike today so no people watching.  OH drove Possum to Namur for her Dutch exam and is parked on the citadel with views of the Meuse valley - very fuzzy in heavy rain - reading his book.  He'll fetch me some expectorant on the way home as my chest is still very tight too.  

Discovered on the tube when in London that people watching on trains is no fun anymore.  They all have their heads down in mobile devices.  Lots of gardens and a few allotments between west Ealing and the first tunnels though.

Paperwork and patchwork homework today.  Much too wet for gardening.

I hope you get your flights OK Busy.   Pat E - I shall go and investigate your new crafty thread.

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How can I stop slugs and snails eating my Hosta?

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:18

My garden is far too big to mess with beer traps and there are too many hostas and other susceptible plants anyway.    I don't do slug patrols any more as, in spring, I'm out most evenings at dancing and I don't use scissors.

I do use the wildlife friendly slug pellets to great effect although 10 straight days of rain means I now have a few holes in my otherwise pristine hostas.  I also have lots of birds, frogs and toads and no harm comes to them.

Start scattering the pellets very thinly from St Valentine's Day (easy to remember) and continue weekly around susceptible plants only - do not turn the borders blue.    This system gets them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they start to munch and breed.

You need some slugs to recuycle dead matter and feed your frogs and toads so do be careful just to use protective measures around the plants that need it and not as a general blitz.

David Austin roses

Posted: 13/06/2016 at 09:09

Most roses begin flowering in late May depending on how warm and sunny it's been.   This year, most of mine are late.

If yours doesn't have buds showing give it an instant tonic of liquid tomato food and some slow release specialist rose food.   A weekly drink of tomato food will also help but stop in mid July.   Next autumn, give it a mulch of god garden compost or well rotted manure and next spring give it the slow release rose food in March or early April depending on how cold and wet it is.

Nothing to do with gardening

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 22:36

I hope you get your flights OK Busy.

Railways on strike again here this week which will affect my daughter's last week of exams and her parents' activities as we have to be taxis.   She can't take a car as there'll be nowhere to park.

I learned to drive with the IMPACT driving school in west London.  Had to love the name.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:39

Leave them.   They'll fade eventually when they've fed the roots and seeds.   I grow mine in a bed where they are eventually covered by hostas, astilbes and Japanese anemones so I leave them alone unless I want to collect seeds from the japonicas to sow fresh or split the ordinary ones to make more.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 19:31

I know Steve.   It's so obvious.

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Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:14

Crikey Busy.  You do live up to your name!

I need pics of the white bed DD.  Want one myself and am busy turning over ideas in the back of my mind.

Referendum, Doesn't it make you spit!!

Posted: 12/06/2016 at 16:09

The amount of aid the British government gives is not decided at EU level.   

Housing is a national issue that has been underfunded for decades - again, not decided at EU level.

It is naive to think leaving the EU will reduce illegal immigration as it's too easy to disappear once in.

Continental EU countries have ID cards that have to be produced when you move house, claim housing support, receive health or unemployment benefits, schools, GPs, open a bank account, electricity, water and gas supplies, even collecting a parcel from the PO.  Even so, there are so many political and economic refugees in the world at the mo - often as a result of western action or inaction - that all of Europe is a a promised land by comparison.  

Did you see the story about Brits being arrested for helping Afghans cross the Channel a week or so ago?   Leaving the EU isn't going to fix that either.   It needs a joined up solution.

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