24 Jun 2016

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE

1. Officially summer has arrived, but not in Belgium, maybe the sun is afraid of our terrorist level n° 3 on 4 ! So what to do than pottering around in the house, blog and watch TV ? It's too dark outside to take pictures.

2. Nicole popped in one afternoon together with Charlie, who of course as soon as Mr. G. had opened the door, ran in the kitchen to empty the food bowls of the cats ! We chatted a bit and complained about this awful weather. On top it was rather cold.

3. I had some doctor appointments for the yearly check ups, and got the results, everything is normal, which was very good news. 

4. Finally it cleared up and the sun came out from time to time, enough to dry our grass, so that  Oscar could mow the lawn which had become dangerously high !



Arthur supervised. The temperatures had raised and I even could sit a bit on the terrace and also watch Oscar. What a nice invention !

5. It was very hot already in the morning which is quite unusual. I went to my Doctor and when I came out, the sky was black and it started raining and it cooled down so that I had to put on a jacket ! .
But not for long.

I met Nicole at Carrefour to have lunch together. The first mussels were in the restaurants and of course I wanted to try them out. They were delicious !



I was a little early so I made a tour around the shop and saw "red" a whole shop for Belgian football team accessoires.

During lunch time there had been a thunderstorm somewhere and buckets of water had fallen down, the whole parking was wet. Then the sun came out again full speed and we sat on Nicole's terrace.



When I returned around 6 pm it was still 30°C (86F) ! And then the whole night there were thunderstorms and heavy rain.

This morning I then heard that the UK will leave the European Union. That's very sad and also bad for the next generation. Now young British people could study and work in other European countries with the same rights, now they would need a work permit. And returning all the British EU employees to Britain will cost a lot and find them a new job ? And what happens to all the British companies abroad in Europe ? I think it will cost a lot of money to the UK ! Nobody here had thought that the majority was for the exit. My English friend married to a Belgian will probably loose her job because she works for an European institution unless she gets a work permit or becomes Belgian.

When I think think that when the UK joined the Common Market in 1973, I worked in an American company and we all feared that the English secretaries would take our job, because they had English as mothertongue and we had only learned it ! And now .... What a mess !





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23 Jun 2016

IF YOU ARE NOT A FOOTBALL FAN

Yesterday I had to go into the Waterloo center. Once Donald (Duck) Trump had said that Brussels is a hell hole! He can add Waterloo too, because I really had the impression to walk in the hell. Shops, windows, doors etc were all decorated in the national colors black, yellow, red, and with devils ! Lots of devils were also walking around. The Belgian Football (soccer) team is called "Diables Rouges" which means "Red Devils" would play for the Euro 2016 against Sweden.



A car with horns, usually there is also a trident around the window cleaners and the rear mirrors are also in black, yellow and red.



I saw a few people already dressed for the evening, the kids are the nephews of our king, I didn't see them, but took the picture from internet.

On Facebook's Waterloo page a list of bars and cafés etc was published who had a huge screen.

I returned home and decided to stay there and watch a film with Mr. G. Later on I read that Belgium had won against Sweden 0-1 ! I learned it because around midnight I woke up because of the noise of firecrackers ! Yes, I have to suffer because I am not a football fan ! I should have gone after the match and celebrate as a devil in the city !

The only good thing what football achieves, where all politician fail, is that for once the nation is all together, there are no Flemish and Walloons anymore, they are all Belgians ! On National day you only see very few flags !

22 Jun 2016

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY





rather strangely shaped little chocolate cakes served in our hotel in Turkey.They tasted delicious !


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20 Jun 2016

WATERLOO BATTLE FESTIVITIES 2016

This weekend was the 200 and 1 anniversary of the Waterloo battle on June 18, 1815. If last year there were people coming from all over the world and poor Waterloo was completely lost to receive about 300.000 visitors, this weekend was exactly the opposite.

It started on Saturday. According to the program there should be shows and music with the soldiers at the Lion Hill. I went there at exactly 3 pm and was a little surprised !



The site looked rather empty



The bivouacs were behind a fence, so you had no access, they were all closed and I only saw one soldier who lit a fire.



One returned to his car



There was at least one visitor sitting on the terrace



The French soldiers (musicians) were all standing there and chatted. I asked them when they would play, but nobody knew. Apparently the responsible was not there.



Their accessories were laying on the tables



I met one English tourist who asked me to take a picture with him and the soldiers, what I did, and then he took one of me, and that was the whole events I saw !

I left and thought maybe there is more to see at the last head quarter of Napoleon. But it wasn't better !



No people but three soldiers sitting at a table



They were all gathered in this tent to watch the football (soccer) Euro 2016 game, Belgium against Italy, which is a very important event in whole Europe and further on ! So I could understand that as there were so few people they preferred to watch the match. Some tourists joined too.



Then the shuttle arrived which carried the tourists from one site to the other, but there were not many people in there either.



The "playground" for children ! Nobody there.

I gave up and returned home where I saw lots of people screaming and celebrating on the streets,



dressed as devils because the Belgian football team is called "Les diables rouges" (The red devils) and they had won ! This turned the whole country crazy !

Nicole and I returned to the battle field on Sunday. Again according to the program for the whole day there was something to see and we wanted to see the horse show at the Hougoumont farm. At the Lion site there were people sitting on the terrace and not a single soldier in view. In short there was nothing unusual besides the few bivouacs I had seen the day before.

I took the shuttle to the Hougoumont farm with mostly English tourists.



The British bivouacs could be visited only the soldiers had disappeared or were packing their stuff, and it was only 3.30 pm. So I supposed that the day had been very successful !



The horse show too was disappointing, instead of seeing a show with the English or French or whatever cavalry there was a Spanish horse show ! I was disappointed and returned to my shuttle. I was not the only one.

We decided to try our luck at the Mont St. Jean farm, where folk dances should take place and also a guided tour through the new museum.



What we saw was an empty court yard, the entrance fee for the museum was 10 € (11 $) !!! and the folk dances was a Rock band !

Fortunately the restaurant is nice and we sat on the terrace and had a drink and looked at the beautiful views.



We thought that it would have been far better not to make programs if they are unable to respect the schedules.

17 Jun 2016

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE

1.  The week started wet, not only it rained but I also had my aqua gym class. For some it was the last time before September, the school holidays start in July and end in August, so for two months Belgium is sleeping, some companies closed, no classes at all and the the city center rather empty, except tourists. It was a little sad to say good bye for two months.

2. I went to Ilona for a little visit and we chatted about everything, she is worried about her son, after 7 years of marriage he is talking about divorce. Sad.



My son had sent me the last pictures of Grandson Toby, very important event, he lost his first tooth at five and a half ! I thought that this is quite early. But it is a start ! We suffer when the teeth grow, we suffer (less) when they fall out, then they grow again and at the end you suffer more and more and they have to be pulled out ! Why don't we get the right forever teeth ??
 
3.  Not only it was cold and rainy, but the face I saw in the mirror looked awful, my hair had grown and I looked like a witch. I decided to go to the hairdresser where I don't need an appointment and she cut my hair. Now I find it a little too short, but it will grow again and it is supposed to be summer and warm. Nicole came too, but changed her mind in the last minute, she will go on Friday to be "beautiful" over the weekend. After that we went for a drink to the Mont St. Jean farm and Charlie could inspect the cows again.

4. Coming back through the center of Waterloo, I saw firemen, police and lots of people ! I just made it through without problem. Mr. G. was less lucky he got completely stuck half an our later, as the whole area had been closed.



Inside the Shopping gallery in the parking a car suddenly was on fire and the whole Gallery had to be evacuated. The shop owners were transferred to the Waterloo Tennis to wait until they could get into the gallery again. Fortunately nobody was injured, there was only a lot of smoke and a lot of excitement in our calm little town !

5. It had been the last day of our painting class before the summer holidays. So we were all a little sad, but promised to see each other during the holidays too.



For the coffee break some had brought cakes to "celebrate" the last day, and I was not in the mood to finish my black cat with the blue tulip. We also had some visitors, people who maybe will join us in September.



After class, 5 of us went to our favorite Asiatic restaurant and I took this picture when we started the dessert. We had such a lot of fun and laughed so much that we stayed 3 h there eating !! It's a buffet "all you can eat" and I think we followed this advice literally !





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15 Jun 2016