This, That And The Other

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  1. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    A person other than our Netty can have a long day. Well, ok then maybe not nearly as busy as hers, but still…busy for us.

    Off we went to the lottie, with a plan—there was this, that and the other to do. Upon arriving we fed the birdies, then made a round to check on everything. We went over our plans and began.
    First, some more Clematis was stripped off their arches and spread over the already thick mulch layers on the veggie beds.

    Next it was time to finish of cleaning another flower bed. This took a lot of time as there were weed roots that had to be sorted.

    Then there was the veggie quadrant appointed to be next years’ spud bed. We rolled-back the mulch, schoffeled the hand full of weeds then spread the well-rotted stall manure.
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    We simply rolled the mulch layer back over the bed, on top of the manure. Bob’s yer uncle.

    The next was to check out the canal. The Railroad had finally mowed the reeds off their side and the canal was full of suspicious bits floating about. Also, they did not remove the reeds growing out of the mud, so we had to do that. Lookat this water monster:
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    Well then mates, a quick cuppa was in order by then.

    It was time to leave the garden as the darkness falls earlier these days of fading fall. We did stop by the garden centre across the road from our complex. We were going for dwarf Azelia's; however, they were out and so we went for these small Poinsettias.
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    Once home, we had another cuppa tea…along with a coupla appelbeignets picked-up outside the garden centre.
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    Once rejuvenated, we quickly potted-up the spun honey I made. By then though, it was well dark and 19.00 hours.
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    so, who’s hungry then?
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    The sous chef got whacking and the Bride began the alchemy, and we were away—
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    It was approaching eight o’clock but the world-famous chilli was
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    We went into the jammies early and settled down for some simple entertainment.
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Gosh what a day you've both had. I'm yawning just thinking about all that work. :setc_090:
     
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    A busy day Sjoerd :D Phew :)
     
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    Sjeord you did a lot in one day.:like:
     
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  5. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Thanks folks. Well, my days are not like that every day. We felt so rushed the whole time because we knew that rain was on the way. It did come today, as forecast, so the rushing was worth it.
     
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    Sounds like a great day! Lots accomplished, and a delicious meal.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Ta Daniel, it is so basic, but it is a real favourite of mine.
    The bonus for working intensely is …a good nights’ sleep.
     
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    The chili and jammies sounds like the perfect end to a long fulfilling day. Wading in the water must be a chilly job. Great that you beat the rain. :)

    Your poinsettias look beautiful. I don't think I've seen verigated before. They are really lovely.
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Thanks so much, Mel.
    Yes, those spotty ones are not common here, but seem to go well with with the red ones and white ones.
    Nice seeing you again.
     
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    @Sjoerd, OK, it's time to share your world famous chili recipe!

    That is, if it's not top secret ;)
     
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    Chortle, Daniel. It is not a secret, but it just comes out of my Bride’s head and it is slightly different each time. We are getting ready to shower now, but said that she will try to give you an idea in a bit.
    Your enthusiasm makes us smile.
     
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    My chilli con carne.

    Fry:
    -1 kg ground beef
    -3 onions (medium to large)
    -3 bell peppers
    -some garlic

    Add:
    -canned tomatoes, we use our own potted up ones, about 1.5 liters
    -tomato purée, 2 cans of 70 grams
    -2 beef bouillon cubes
    -chilli flakes, or cayenne to desired heat.
    -2 tablespoons basil
    -1 tablespoon oregano
    -pepper/salt to taste
    - sugar to taste, maybe a tablespoon
    - chocolate, very, very dark. I use 2 squares of 4 cm. Do not forget the chocolate!

    Simmer, taste. Maybe more sugar? Salt?

    Last 15 minutes add
    -kidney beans, 1 kg drained, that is 4 cans here.
    -corn, 1 can

    Disclaimer
    I have written this recipe to the best of my very limited knowledge and cooking ability and will not be responsible for any disappointments or kitchen fights.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    Nothing as satisfying as a productive day!
    Those appelbeignets could be a close second place though! ;)
     
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    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

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    Ho, ho, ho— too right, Netty.
    Of course, I maintained that we had earned them. ;)
    Pity we had to make our own.
     
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    @Sjoerd, that sounds like a great recipe! I havent used chocolate in chili. Sounds interesting:).
     

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