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HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 01/09/2016 at 10:34

My coffee is black with two sweeteners in a bone china mug.  Can't be doing with thick mugs.

OH does our ironing and has a pile building up waiting for a marathon session whilst watching golf on TV.

Supposed to be at patchwork class today but no answer at the door so I've come back and will carry on packing and sorting - after checking all is well with Carine but she's not answering her phone either.   Odd.   Wouldn't mind but it's back to school today and the traffic was so much heavier than it's been all summer.  I forgot.

It's cool and grey so far so may go out and do some plant sorting.  Garden group next week so I can offload spare hostas and stuff.

Enjoy the dahlias Busy and the rest DD.   Have a good day everyone..

Quirky Nursery

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 21:37

What?  Bought cake!!!

So many luscious recipes to try on guinea pigs at work.


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:32

Been busy - more moving Possum and sorting and packing and people still need feeding in between!

Oh took the dogs out while I cooked and had a fine time - warm evenings bring out the hot air balloons.  7 at once this evening and Bonzo doggy hates them with a vengeance so either buries his nose up the back of OH's knees - extreme walking to heel action - or else leaps about in front squealing and barking.   Now he's curled up on the sofa being as small as a Labrador can get and having his ears rubbed.   Bonzo heaven - apart from food.

I have trouble driving an ordinary mobile phone.  Can't imagine ever needing or conquering an i-phone.

It is not officially autumn here till the 21st.

Clematis Wilt

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:16

I suspect you've been too kind Fishy.   Clematis need a deep hole and well prepared soil but maybe a bit OTT on the garden compost?   Try using a specialist, slow release clematis food next spring with occasional drinks of liquid tomato feed.  Both will encourage flowering.

In my garden I find clems take a couple of years to get their roots settled in before they take off above ground but then they romp away.  Sometimes they disappear for a year or two before doing a Lazarus and resurrecting themselves so I've taken to putting new clems in big pots for their first year so they can develop a good root system before having to compete in the borders.

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:09

P'raps LS's hubby was a cowboy in a former life.    Can't imagine a baked bean sandwich but then we hardly eat any bread here.  Love a bacon butty tho.

No marzipan here but we do like frangipane which I suppose is odd.

Possum told me she'd seen a celebrity in Namur this week - a famous Belgian blogger apparently.

I don't get celebrity.

Infamous I can understand but not "celebrity" for people who are just actors or singers or famous for being on TV.  

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 12:36

It's a dunking in the language B3.  I had to fine them for breaking into French but forgave them for lapses during the guided walk round Dublin - very informative chappy but heavy on the blarney so hard to understand sometimes.   They understood everything about the whiskey tho.   Funny that.

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 12:03

Sorry LS.   Don't like whisky or whiskey or bourbon.  The only saving grace of Irish whiskey is that it doesn't smell like your dirty shirt after a good garden bonfire.

I love all sorts of beans (except runners)in lots of dishes but only do baked beans about twice a year cos OH likes them.   


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 11:21

Me too Fidget.   Don't like the fungi version at all.

Things I don't get

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 11:20

Can only get Heinz here so don't do it often as they are very sweet.   The Belgian version of beans in tomato sauce come in jars and is not good.  If I plan ahead, I make my own which are much better.

I once took a group of Belgian scientists to Dublin for an immersion trip.  15 of the 17 had sore heads from the night before doing an Irish pub crawl after a visit to Jameson's distillery with full tastings of Bourbon and 5 different kinds of whiskey.   Those who took my advice and had the full Irish - bacon, sausage, black and white pudding, mushrooms, tomatoes, egg and beans with soda bread - were soon cured and did not need any more food before our evening flight home.

Those who stuck with continental croissants and toasted, sliced bread stayed queasy all day and by midday were hungry but unable to face food or practise their English properly.

What's your favorit climbing plant?

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 10:14

Clematis - lots of forms, colours, flowering periods so a long season of interest and some are scented.

Repeat flowering roses with perfume.   Don't see the point of a rose with no nose.


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