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Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 10/07/2017 at 14:33

Well done DD.  So pleased it went well.   

Go easy Dove - no relapses needed.

Hosta - yes, take 'em for every penny you can.  They don't seem reasonable to me and need to learn but, more importantly, not leave you out of pocket.

Pat - Hope that bug goes thru quickly.

Joyce, if you're there, huge hugs.   Cosmos has been "helping" me with my boxes of patterns - messy.

After a late start, Possum and I have done the SM run.   Making her some new shorts this pm cos, like me, she is not shop shaped.   We've had rain overnight but it's now bright and sunny and breezy so maybe a bit of pottering later on.

Enjoy the afternoon everyone - especially the Kew brigade.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 09/07/2017 at 22:52

Well done Busy.  I used to man the gate for the friends in Belgium who open their garden - no cakes - and it was a long day even without doing all the prepping of the garden beforehand.

NannyB -good luck if you do go ahead.  Rewarding but tiring.

Clari - if your OH is a ditherer he only has himself to blame when you present him with chickens requiring a  run.  Keep your hen house!   Do not allow axels on the lawn.  He has a man shed for those!  Your MIL should have learned how to manage her own ditherer by now and not brought up another.  Oh yes - I was 42 when Possum arrived...........

Herbaceous - a  friend of mine lost a couple of stone after putting a big poster on her fridge - "Nothing tastes as good as feeling thin!"

Dove - keep that boot handy for tired days.

Greetings to all I've missed.  Hope you've had a good weekend.

Been to a concert in the old Halles at Moutier-les-Mauxfaits.  Anyway, 150 choristers, 6 percussionists, 2 pianos, 3 soloists and 1 conductor doing Carmina Burana.   Absolutely wonderful surroundings and acoustics and an excellent performance.   Home now enjoying a glass of wine.

Sweet dreams everyone.


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 21:10

Well, down in the sunny Vendée they're still in flower or just starting to form fruits so I'm not expecting any fruit for weeks.

Help needed please to identify a plant and it's illness :(

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 20:02

These plants thrive in poor, dry soil.  Mildew, perversely, comes either when a plant is too dry or too wet.

I would remove the worst affected leaves and bin them and check if the soil is dry or wet below.   If bone dry, try watering it well.  If wet, leave well alone after removing the worst affected leaves and let it dry out naturally.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:58

Been to Maastricht.  Very hot but we do like it.  Great market for fabrics and fresh fruit and veg and fish and a lovely town too.   Only an hour from Namur and full of Belgians as it's even closer to Liège.

Very sticky in Namur despite the storms yesterday - pic of one looming over the citadel from Possum's window

We've done our sorting and packing and will head off to amuse ourselves in Leuven tomorrow - fabulous medieval Gothic university town - hoping the new PC gets delivered by midday at Louvan-la-Neuve - nasty modern wind tunnel of a university town built since the 70s - so we can fetch it, get our bags and head south.

Hope you get your cakes baked BL.   Congrats to Liri's family.   Good luck DD for tomorrow.   Hugs for Joyce.  

Hope you all get the weather you need for a great weekend.

They're edible: who knew?

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:46

No.  Hugh F-W cooked them several ways in one of his shows on the grounds that they are just snails without shells and the entire team concluded they are inedible.


Posted: 07/07/2017 at 19:38

Blackberries usually ripen late summer or early autumn onwards in time to be mixed with apples in blackberry and apple pies and crumbles.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 07/07/2017 at 08:50

Me too Hosta.   Too hot here for chocolate.  Our treat from yesterday is in the fridge.  Côte d'Or white chocolate elephants fllled with milk choc praline for Poss and milk choc with salted, honeyed almonds for me.

Off to play now as I have to leave the meter by 10am.   Free from 6pm to 10am so very civilised really.  

Those kittens are gorgeous and will be lots of fun.

I hope you all get the rain/sun you need for today.

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 22:26

Fingers crossed for you BL.    OH says he's had a good storm today but not enough rain for my needs.   Had to remind him that ran is not enough for pots and he has to water them anyway.  Doh!

Gong to be very hot and humd in Luxembourg tomorrow so we may go to Maastricht instead as Friday is market day - fresh food, fruit, veg, meat, fish but also fabrics, clothes and household stuff and some of the most entertainng fruit and veg stall holders  have ever seen.   Should be good.   André Rieu is in concert there tomorrow night but we won't stay for that.  Not Possum's thing.

Bedtime for me.  Sweet dreams all.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 06/07/2017 at 20:49

I always mulched the crowns of rhubarb in Belgium to protect them from prolonged heavy frosts.  They liked it.   My gardening friend who passes the old garden every Tuesday is apparently in despair at the state of my lovely old garden.  I brought a lot of treasures but wish I'd brought more, poor things.   Definitely not going back.

Currently in Namur so no gardening or even a garden as Possum lives in a 4th floor apartment.   We're due home sometime this weekend.   We grow our own bean sticks now - 5 huge clumps of miscanthus something that grows 4 to 5 metres high.   It's deciduous so loads of new bamboo like canes every year.

Cracking storms at 1pm.  I do hope the garden at home has had a good soaking too.

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