Obelixx


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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.

DISCUSS

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?

Last edited: 27 August 2016 16:16:55

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.

HELLO FORKERS AUGUST EDITION

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...............

HELLO FORKERS AUGUST EDITION

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!

Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 23:41

I don't get golf.   Complete waste of time - except when I need OH gone for a few hours so I can get on with something with no interference..


British motorways - congested, poor services, people hogging lanes, undertaking, M20 a lorry park often as not.


News readers using the present tense to report what has happened and the plural form of verbs with single nouns like government, union, team.........

Wisteria vine thickness

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 17:09

Over the years, wisteria stems can get very thick at the base end.   If you're really worried, just cut those vines at the base and leave the ones that are not likely to cause damage.   After a few weeks, the cut branches will have wilted and be easier to pull and cut out without damaging the rest of the plant.


Train the remaining branches as horizontally as possible and away from gutters and pipes.  There's some really good info on the RHS website about how and when to prune wisteria to maximise flowering.


https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=242 

Things I don't get

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 16:10

Tea in winter warms your innards and in hot weather it makes you sweat which is a cooling mechanism.


Love coffee as long as it's simple, honest coffee and not all this latte/americano/whatever with an extra shot rubbish.   


Smoking just makes you smell dreadful, dulls your taste buds and encourages cellular mutation leading to nasty illnesses.   Exhaling does the same for people nearby.   The evidence is overwhelming.  Why keep on doing it to yourself and others?


I like gazpacho, occasionally, but not vichyssoise type cold soups.  Cold cream is for puds.


XXXL sports clothes?  You have to wear something when/if you decide to try and get fit and lose the blubber.


My bafflement is attics.   Why is ours so big and why did we let it get so full of stuff?   No more hoarding for me after this move.

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