Tuesday, 6 October 2015


The Mont St. Jean farm was built in 1719. In 1775 the farm consisted of a house, barns, a brewery, a piggery, and sheep and on the right and left of the porch were barns, an oven, a well and a chapel.

At the Battle of Waterloo, the farm of Mont-Saint-Jean served as a military hospital for British troops.
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Monday, 5 October 2015


This weekend I was very busy with the exhibition of our painting class. Our group was part of the "parcours des artistes" (path of Artists).

We were all invited to the vernissage on Friday evening. It took place in the Cultural Center of Waterloo.

After the usual speech we were offered sandwiches and Champagne and then walked around to see what other Waterloo artists had created !

Saturday morning at 11 am, our exhibition opened its doors. We all had worked hard to make it presentable and I think it was a success.

The very first visitors were the President of the Social Services and Mr. G ! We posed together with them.

I stayed there the whole day until 6 pm together with our teacher and of course others who watched over our master pieces. There were quite a lot of people in the afternoon, and one sold a painting and was very happy, she had never sold anything so far !

I met some women I hadn't seen for ages with whom I had been at Art School. They recognized me immediately and called me "Madame Chat" which means Mrs. Cat, as I mostly painted cats !

Of course we didn't forget ourselves and sat in a corner, chatting and drinking coffee and late afternoon Nicole appeared with wine ! 

On Sunday there were quite a lot of visitors.

We had installed  a little corner for ourselves, where we chatted or gave information to the visitors. Charlie of course was also allowed to join us in the afternoon. He was a real diplomat and didn't show any preferences for a painting. Of course we had a lot of fun and the whole exhibition was very cheerful

Discussing and looking at the paintings ...

and then suddenly it was 6 pm and we had to dismantle the whole exhibition. Surprisingly it was done in no time, we worked together as a well organized team.

Happy and tired I returned home. The exhibition had been a full success !

Friday, 2 October 2015


1. The week started with aqua gym, and we felt our muscles ! It made also hungry so Dominique and I returned to the restaurant where we had been last week for another plate of mussels ! It was delicious.

2. Probably for the last time this year I put Oscar the lawn mower robot on the grass and he turned around in circles ! The grass had grown rather high and was still a little wet so he had a lot to do ! And while he was working I prepared my posts for the next day.

3. We still have very sunny weather although it is very cold in the mornings around 7°C and then in the afternoon more than the double. I did some garden work, so I hope now its finished, except I have to take out the plants from the pots once they have all faded !

4. It was already a long time that I wanted to visit Pairi Daiza a privately owned 55-hectare (140-acre) zoo and botanical garden. 

Ilona and I walked from India to Africa to China and Europe and admired the beautiful buildings, tropical gardens, plants and semi precious stones. For animals it is a real paradise as the the enclosures are so huge that sometimes we couldn't even see the animal. The well being of these animals comes first and the visitors only in the second place. But different caf├ęs, restaurants, tea rooms and snacks could comfort them and goats and ducks were asking for food ! One duck pinched me in my leg because I didn't want to feed it with a chips ! I will write a separate post about this amazing place !

5. Next weekend is the "parcours des artistes" (the path of artists) in Waterloo. There are 128 participants. Our group is also part of this exhibition which leads to different houses, exposition rooms, and shops all over Waterloo.

It's quite a long way to visit them all !

To prepare our exhibition room we all brought our paintings which we wanted to expose and put them on the panels.

It was a lot of work but also a lot of fun ! By noon we had finished !  My panel shows the colorful cats of course !

Over the weekend we will be very busy and hope that we have a lot of visitors and of course also buyers !

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Thursday, 1 October 2015


As usual we were watching the news on TV, when suddenly I thought it was an April's fool joke, a little too early or a little too late !

What I saw was the benediction of tablets, smart and other phones in a church in a little town near Namur. The priest was blessing the devices which people hold up sitting on their benches in the church.

Then the priest walked through the rows and sprinkled the tablets etc with holy water ! Apparently the water didn't do any damage because nobody complained.

The priest was proud of his idea, that's what he told to the reporter, because he never had so many people in the church ! He said that the church should go with the time and be modernized. I agree, but they should start with more important things then tablets ! At least the normally empty church was full and it wouldn't surprise me if other priests would follow this idea ! Belgium is a catholic country, but there are less and less people going to church.

The journalist ended his reportage with the words : The holy virgin Maria will not appear anymore in a grotto but on tablets now ! So please pay attention !

Jenny Matlock
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015


Chocolate canon bullets and consumers !

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Each year at the same time a pumpkin festival is organized by a local farmer on his grounds and fields. It is always very cheerful and for all ages. The weather was also beautiful and warm.

The back of the farm house

A part of the garden

and very original decorations all around

There were baskets for sale, but also all kind of food made out of pumpkins ! Besides the classical pumpkin soup, there were jellies and jams, cakes, cheese and even pumpkin chips ! I never thought that you could do such a lot of sweet or salty plates with pumpkins !

a huge basket around a tree

and all varieties of pumpkins !

These presentations were created for the very huge animal park Pairi Daiza, which houses for the moment two pandas and white tigers. The pumpkins will decorate the park entrance and later they are fed to elephants. Apparently they love them.

People choose their pumpkins

Charlie was delighted about the smell of the straw

The farmer had loaded kids on his tractor and drove them around the fields.

We should have done that too !

Nicole digged out her childhood skills, Charlie wasn't very interested

He preferred to go through tunnels and sniff at the pumpkins.

Before we returned home we tried out some of the pumpkin specialities but didn't buy anything.

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