The Christmas Cactus (or “Lidcactus” as it is called in Dutch) is a very popular plant for indoors. They belong to the genus Schlumbergera (part of the Cactaceae family). Its origin are the coastal mountains of Brazil.

Cultivars of the this plant can have white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple flowers. It is an easy to keep plant with low demands.

If taken care of properly it will bloom around Christmas (hence the name) and/or Eastern.


So why an article on this plant?

Well, in 2014 we had a family reunion (from my father’s side). It was very nice to meet all these people. A very enjoyable day. There was a special gift, a cutting from a Christmas cactus that once belong to my grandmother. My grandmother passed away just before I was born (March 1963).
I have to say that I was very happy with this cutting.


Sorry for the low quality of the photo above, but it is the only one I have of the cuttings.

In the months after the reunion the Christmas Cactus started to grow, so it showed it was a healthy plant. And as said, I was happy to have it. Then, a few moths after the reunion, a nephew posted a photo of his Christmas Cactus with a beautiful flower. So I was hopeful that mine also would bloom soon. But no, nothing happened.

And since then, the plant was growing, but no flowers.

Lid cactus

Until a week ago, when I noticed that, the plant started to grow flower buds. Now, more as 3 years later, my Christmas Cactus starts to bloom. And such beautiful flowers!

Over the winter I will take some cuttings from the plant. You know, just in case!

Lidcactus Rob
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The difference of 50 years….

by Rob on

Photo’s that were made a long time ago suffer by the time that is passing by. The brightness and contrast fade. The picture most likely will show traces of damage.
Luckily nowadays with our strong computers and applications as Photoshop and The Gimp, we can correct (to some level) these traces that time left behind on photo’s like this one and make it look better again.

The woman on the picture is Dorothea Gertrud Berkers-Pimpertz, my grandmother when she was a younger woman herself. Looking at her complete name, I have to wonder if my Christian name “Dorotheus” is related to her (my complete name is Robertus Dorotheus Maria Berkers). I have a feeling this assumption is correct, but as my parents both have passed away, I will never know for sure.
Sadly I have never known my grandmother. She passed away within a month before I was born (22 March 1963 and I was born on 17 April that year).

So I am really happy that my nephew Ron shared this picture and I will do my best to make the best out of that picture. Of course I will share the end result here.

Anyway, when Marion and I looked at this picture we had a funny conversation. Imagine that my grandmother, who was used to the world of 50 years ago, could see my house and surrounding area as they are now. Things have changed a lot since then. So we wondered, what would be acceptable for her and what would be complete not understandable for her. We came to the conclusion that 90% of my house would look strange to her… 40 Inc LED TV, microwave, digital camera’s, washing machine (as we have them now), electric stoves, computers and so on and on.

It is fun to think about this kind of things and talk about it…

Okay, back to processing the picture!!!

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As grandmother would do it…

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I think we all know these kind of grandmothers wisdom and solutions to all kind of daily problems. Most of the time they sound weird and are very doubtful to work, but not always…

As people may know I use to write a fountain pen (or ink pen as some people can them). This pen has belonged to my father and it is very dear possession to me.
Last week I was wearing this pen in the pocket of my shirt. Somehow the top of the pen got loose and caused a big ink stain in my shirt. I was about to throw away the shirt, when I got the idea to google if there is a way to remove such an inkt stain.

And I found something… Just put the part of the shirt with the stain overnight in a disk of milk. I tried it and it really works. This morning the ink stain was completely gone…
Unbelievable, but it seems very clear that all these simple solution from the past are not always nonsense…..

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