Jibber Jabber

Clover Patches

About two weeks ago, I removed the small clover patch on the front lawn. I do not want it to grow unsightly and out of control. It was not a big loss for I still have two huge patches of clovers in the back yard. One in front of the shed and another next to the wild flowers and fruits trees.

Clover flowers are loved by honey bees, butterflies and many other beneficial insects. Clover roots turn nitrogen into fertilizer. That is why the grass which grow amongst or near a clover patch are often healthier and more robust than those elsewhere. Being drought resistant, clover patches stay green even when the rest of your lawn turn brown!

Thus, I am keeping the two clover patches. It is a joy feeding the honey bees, and seeing little critters hopping from one white flower to the next. I do not need my lawn to look like a golf terrain… how boring is that?!

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Recovery Branches?

This morning, I noticed some small branches growing out from the damaged side of the plum tree. All this time, I was made to think that the fruit tree is going to die off in due course. Is it making an unbelievable recovery because it is a strong and well rooted plant? Or it is branching out franticly as its final death cry?!

Meanwhile, the fruits are ripening and I have already eaten a few. I really wonder what is happening to it…

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Wild Flowers Patch

In the afternoon, I reduced the wild flower patch for the second time this year. I cleared off the poppies and Love-in-Mist plants which were at the end stages of flowering. They were drying up and turning brown around the pear tree, making it quite unsightly. Tidying up the area now will enable the grass time to slowly grow back during the summer months. At this time of the year, the borage herb and the clover patches shall be the main nectar sources for the local honeybees.

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Mini Sphinx

I woke up when the street light came on and shone through our opened bedroom window at 4.30am this morning. I got up to let the blinds down, and then went downstairs to get some reprieve from the bedroom’s heat build-up.

While downstairs, I decided to open the back door for a bit to let in some cool morning air, creating a chimney effect. Before turning the key, I glanced out to the backyard hoping to see an early bird or two. Instead, I saw Marley, our neighbour’s cat, perched on top of our garden shed. What the heck, I thought to myself and had to laugh quietly at the strange and silly sight. It did not even care to look surprised when I opened the door, but stared at me for a bit, did a lazy stretch and hung one of its paws over the corner of the shed. One had to realise that the poor thing have a fur coat it cannot remove in this unforgiving heat.

After cooling down, I closed the back door and went back to bed. I fell back to sleep with a smile on my face. And won’t anyone? It is not every day one gets to have an early morning chance encounter with the Mini Sphinx of Goudberg!

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Jibber Jabber, Numbers

45.8°C

That is the record breaking temperature in a French city today! Boy, I hope to God that I shall never have to endure anything near that here in my own home. I do not think this house is capable of dealing with that kind of heat. Everything is rather exposed here. There is no basement to hide in, no air-conditioning to cool things down, no bath, no pond, no big shady tree. At this moment, my only backup plan is De Gavers.

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Sea Breeze

I woke up at around 7am this morning. Not from the warmth, mind you, but from the chilly morning air that seeped through our opened bedroom window.

Thank goodness for living not too far from the sea. A Northern sea breeze had brought West Flanders some reprieve and stopped this recent oppressive summer heat at its track! As of today, it is one day short of being an official heat wave because you need three days of above 30°C temperatures for that.

After dealing with yesterday’s heat, today’s 26°C actually felt comfortable. D and I even had the energy and courage to brave the outside to run some errands. We went grocery shopping (acquiring five free reusable bags for fruits and vegetables) and then to a new place to buy potatoes.

How did I ever survive and was able to function in the Malaysian heat?!

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Belgium, Flashbacks, Health, Jibber Jabber

Warm Bedroom

D got up earlier than I this morning! We were unsure of the exact reason, but the most probable culprit was the increasing warmth in the bedroom. Welcome to the first day of this year’s first heat wave.

I have to admit that I slept relatively well last night. The comforter was taken out, leaving behind the cover as a light blanket. Our bedroom window was kept opened till 5am, I wore loose fitting cotton outfit to bed, I prepared an ice baby, and have followed some logic pre-bedtime procedures.

The temperature will be rising these next few days, making the bedroom uncomfortably warm. A good night sleep will be sort of a blessing for people without air conditioning. My backup plan and final option will be sleeping in a tent, like I did last year.

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Opened Bedroom Window

For two nights in a row, I have been leaving the bedroom window wide open during the night. The insect screen kept the bugs out and let in the cool night air, allowing me to sleep. The downside to this wide open window is that I hear everything that goes on outside the house! At around 4am when the street lights start turning on, I will have to crawl out of bed to close the blinds in order to darken the bedroom. Normally, I will be able to go back to sleep again without any problem.

I am not looking forward to next week’s heat wave…

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Gentle Persistent Rain

It started raining early this morning. Thankfully it is not the stormy heavy rainfall we have experienced not long ago, but the sweet gentle persistent rain that brings with it many benefits. This is the sort of rain we need to fill up the cistern, to sprinkle the thirsty lawn, to clean the windows, to wash the dust off the ivy leaves and rooftops, and to water the vegetables, flowers and trees so that we do not need to.

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