Guus Bosman

software engineering manager


Plants

Working in the backyard

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We worked in the backyard yesterday. The weather was excellent and we bought several flowers and planters for our deck. It was a lot of fun and it looks nice. Now we’ll have to keep everything alive.

There is an empty patch of land in the middle of our yard. Last year the previous owners put a few small pansies, but the space is too big and deserve a nice bush. So we’re looking into what to put there. Maybe roses, or hydrangeas.

This was also the first weekend we use our umbrella — it’s getting very sunny already.

Christmas tree 2011

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We decorated our Christmas tree tonight.

Picking up the plants from North Carolina

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On Wednesday I made a round-trip to North Carolina to pick up our house plants.

I left DC at 8.30 am and just after lunch I dropped off my laptop at my old work. It was nice to say hello there, and we had coffee together. Then I drove to Esteban’s house in Durham; it was great to catch up. Our plants had stayed there for a week (thank you guys!).

Around 4.00 pm I left again, with the car full of our plants. There were eight plants in total, three small ones and five large. They filled the entire car and I couldn’t use the rear view mirror on the way home.

The plants survived the four hour journey pretty well, except for a few branches that were exposed to the sun at the rear window and got too hot and burned. The last two hours I put the air conditioning very cold, and I think that helped.

The plants are now in our home again, and they cheer up the apartment.

Christmas tree 2010 (3)

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Yesterday evening I took down our Christmas tree.

We decorated the tree six weeks ago and it is still in amazingly good shape; hardly any needles came off when I took it outside.

In the afternoon I visited Petra and Ron for a nice cup of coffee.

Christmas tree 2010 (2)

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Our Christmas tree this year.

We still have no top yet… next year!

Christmas tree 2010 (1)

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Today we decorated our Christmas tree. We’re not completely done yet because we don’t have the small hangers for the balls, but we’ve put the lights and the garlands.

I’m very happy that we have a tree; it’s the first time since 2006. It’s been a long time since we celebrated Christmas at home (last year we were in Somerset) and I really enjoyed going out and buying a tree.

Friday night we went to Macy’s and we bought two new ornaments, including a kabouter!

More pictures when we have the balls and other ornaments in the tree.

Budding

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Budding plant.The plant that I had at work for a while but then brought home, was sick 18 months years ago, but it doing much better now. The other day we noticed it is budding a completely new branch.

Yesterday afternoon I helped someone move house.

New starfish

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When we lived in Haarlem, the Netherlands we had a beautiful cactus; a present from my grandmother. The full name is Stapelia Grandiflora, or Starfish for short.

Several years ago I found a starfish at a local store but it was sick. I bought it for $1 and tried to revive it for several weeks, but all the cuttings were infected.

I’m going to the Netherlands in a few weeks and when making my list of things I’d like to bring back to the States I regretted once again that I couldn’t bring the starfish. I searched for starfish on-line and found it at the Tucson Gardener, a store in Arizona.

The plants arrived yesterday, with a very nice letter from Dave, the owner, and the plants are healthy and strong. I’ve put them in water for the roots to develop.

Failed experiment

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Chervil plants.Almost all my chervil plants died this week when I forgot to water them.

It is safe to say that growing herbs has been unsuccessful for me, and for the herbs.

Perhaps I’ll find chervil soup when I’m in the Netherlands for a week at the end of November.

Let's try this again

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Plants.We’re both under the weather — colds and that sort of thing. It’s tiring since we don’t sleep very well; hopefully it will be over soon.

Anyway, it gives me time to do some homey things. Two years ago I tried growing some herbs. That went well until most of them died when I forgot to water them. I’m trying it again. I’m growing only 1 herb this time, to minimize confusion. It’s chervil, or kervel in Dutch, which is a popular cooking herb in the Netherlands. A few weeks ago I actually dreamt of chervil soup.

Today I spent quite some time on my French. I’m reading my first real French book in years, Salut et Liberté, which is a nice challenge. It’s a detective story, 45 pages long, and it’s good way of getting (re)started with a language. There is a lot of dialogue, and a story that makes you want to turn the page to see what’s going on.

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I’m a software engineering manager in Arlington, Virginia. I love technology and working with people to build great software.

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I was quoted in The Economist and my site was posted on Slashdot. I speak English and Dutch fluently, and pretty decent German, French and Bulgarian. I founded Dutch in America.com which has more than 3,300 Facebook fans.

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