Latest posts by Obelixx

Signs that Autumn is upon us

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 15:13

I'm still enjoying summer.  Don't want autumnal for a few more weeks yet please.   


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 15:11

Google "water scarecrow".  Most effective deterrent which is legal and does no harm to the cats or your garden and will keep other unwanted intruders away too.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 12:52

Oh yum!  Although I do also like chocolate carrot cake and chocolate beetroot cake and chocolate raspberry brownies.   Very moist and chocolatey, all of them.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 12:05

Me too, but I like home-made cup cakes and muffins with no icing but maybe a ganache for some and my chocolate chip biscuits, not shop bought.

When I go to the UK now I have to look for a café Nero to get a decent coffee.  Starbucks has arrived in Namur.  Quel horreur!  and there's a cup cake shop too!   Fabulous Belgian patisserie available and they're selling cup cakes. 

I've only worn jeans in the last 10 years or so.   Practical and hard wearing for dog walking and housework and DIY but not gardening or going out.

Things I don't get

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:43

I am not shop shaped - girly curves bits and a small waist (till I became a mum at 42) and still too curvy - so learned to sew decades ago.   I do buy jeans now but always have to put elastic in the back waist and often shorten legs.   Easy enough.

Only ever use paper tissues now.  Haven't seen men's size in years.

PP - have you tried a fishing tackle shop for waders?  They may have boys' sizes?

I am becoming a champion thrower outer (comparatively speaking) but still have a lot of stuff - sewing/patchwork/gardening/crafty bits/DIY tools/books/photos............   

Why, after 2 weeks of wall to wall sun does it start to rain when I decide to take out the dogs?

Tomato hornbeam worm have you seen one?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:33

Had to look these up - http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/tomato-hornworms-control.htm

Handsome chaps but not what you want on your toms.

Plant ID, again :)

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:30

They do spread when happy and some people find them invasive.  Mine are in very fertile alkaline loam and the pink ones are spreading slowly.  The white ones are much less vigorous and took me 3 attempts to get going.

Excellent plants with a long season of flowers, good colour and good foliage too.


Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:24

Forgot to mention HP and Stephen Fry.  When Possum was small we did beach holidays in Tuscany - 1100kms, 12 hours on the road with overnight stay and endless "Are we nearly there?" until we put discovered HP on CDs and it became "Can we stay in the car till the end of the chapter?

Brilliant reading by Mr Fry and excellent value.  Highly recommended.   

Ideas for a primary school gardening club

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:15

Have you contacted the RHS for help and advice?  They have a huge project going on to introduce gardening to schools and make it part of the curriculum.

For gardening clubs they have this info and advice on their site https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/Resources/Info-Sheet/Simple-Gardening-Club-Ideas  No harm in asking for more specific help.

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Posted: 29/08/2016 at 11:01

Crows mob buzzards here too but I've seen a heron mobbing crows that got too near its nest.  Very noisy.

Glad you all had a good time LP.   

Unfortunately, all too many little wayside memorials for pedestrians and cyclists.  At the risk of making sweeping generalisations, Belgians don't like being "governed" - all those centuries of being invaded and occupied and ruled by the Burgundians, French, Spanish, Dutch and Germans in turn - and tend to obey rules that suit them so paying taxes, speeding, seat belts, drink driving and mobile phone behaviour improves slowly and the Walloons adapt slower than the the Flemish.   That said, the Flemish are now quite strict on road behaviour and the Walloons have managed to reduce road accident deaths by 25% in recent years so just a few die hards left to convert to socially responsible behaviour.

Hosta - recorded it too but not seen it yet.

DD - Enjoy your day.   Making yourself at home will be so good for both of you.

We are downsizing to a smaller house - 2 fewer beds and bath, no attic - and a bigger garden but half of that is pasture and the rest is blank canvas.   Possum is going to an apartment in Namur to finish her studies so 2 moves and lots of sorting.   Like you, the new house has shutters so no need for curtains but I will be taking nearly all ours as they are good for the acoustics and colour factor.    Have had to adapt some old ones for Possum which took time and some new tape and thread but otherwise free.

Now to do a sort of plants for which to keep and take and which can be given away.  As ever I have spares and backups from the divisions I took earlier.......   Seeds to colect too and maybe one or two special clems to dig up and take.   The new people are not gardeners and will have poultry.  Heaven forfend!

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