Saturday, 9 May 2009

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to all mothers of the world

For Mother's Day I got a big surprise my son and his fiancee arrived from Amsterdam with 100 tulips !

So I could flower

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the kitchen

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and all available spaces in the living room ! Of course I ran out of vases and I am very happy !

SMILEY SATURDAY - My neighbours

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When I got home yesterday I saw a new dwarf scenery in my neighbours garden. I am not at all a fan of garden dwarfs, but this decoration always makes me smile because it is done by my neighbour's 14 years old boy. For Halloween he had posed them with pumpkins and faking a funeral, for Easter there were Easter bunnies with the dwarfs and now they are lined up and watch over the entrance, or sit on the fountain.

When I hear around me what usually 14 year old boys do or not do, it warms my heart and makes me smile. Now don't think he is an angel, he is a very normal and very friendly 14 year old boy.

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While I was taking these pictures, Yanouk saw me and ran quickly with the elegance of an old grizzly bear to the gate to great me !

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and was disappointed that I didn't take him for a walk !

Friday, 8 May 2009

SHOW & TELL

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For this week's Show and Tell I have some different things. Karkade tea (called like that in Egypt) or Bisap in African countries is my favourite tea made out of Hibiscus flowers. A friend of my son brought me this special tea basket from Senegal. It is hand made and keeps the dried Hibiscus flowers real fresh.

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Another friend who, I suppose, forgot that I have everything in cat form, offered me these sticks to stir Cocktails. I think my cats like them very much !

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Usually when we eat chinese or asian I also want to make it real chinese and therefore eat with chopsticks. Mr. Gattino is unable to eat with them. The food falls down and he gets more and more hungry and with that looses more and more patience. So before he exploded, the chief of a chinese Restaurant brought him some special once for disabled Europeans !

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mine

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His ! That's for us the western world who eat with forks and knives, it works very well !

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and was an excellent idea.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

THURSDAY THIRTEEN - Men quotes

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13 Quotes about men

1. All men hear is blah, blah, blah, blah, SEX, blah, blah, blah, FOOD, blah, blah, blah, BEER.

2. There are only two kinds of men - the dead and the deadly.

3. Men think monogamy is something you make dining tables out of.

4. My ancestors wandered lost in the wilderness for 40 years because even in biblical times, men would not stop to ask for directions.

5. Don't let a man put anything over on you except an umbrella.

6. Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself -- like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.

7. A man in the house is worth two in the street.

8. Women now have choices. They can be married, not married, have a job, not have a job, be married with children, unmarried with children. Men have the same choice we've always had: work or prison.

9. To attract men, wear a perfume called 'New Car Interior'.

10. My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.

11. See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.

12. A succesful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A succesful woman is one who can find such a man.

13. Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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This is a bar called "The coffin" close to the Grand'Place in Brussels
The tables are coffins and the drinks are served in skulls ! Cheers !

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

MY WORLD - Brussels Scarecrow exposition


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On saturday a scare crow festival was organized on the Grand'Place in Brussels. You could vote and the best one got a price.

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When I arrived the center was crowded with tourists !

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The sun was shining and people had a nice time

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This was not a scarecrow but a young man who played "statue"

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When I arrived at the Grand'Place it was already full !

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The scarecrows weren't scary at all they were rather very nice, creative and original !

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Of course my favourite one was the puss in boots !

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A group of students were listening to the explanations of their guides

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Young men and women distributed vote bulletins and explained the scarecrows to the visitors.

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This is not a scarecrow, is written here. It shows the Atomium left and a beer bottle right

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A diver

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Just before I arrived there was a wedding here, because it is the entrance of the Brussels city hall, that's why you see all confettis on the ground. Now a tourist guide with a red ombrella starts to make a tour
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behind the students is the Taverne "Le roi d'Espagne" (King of Spain) which had been the place of my first dates when I was around 20 !

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I live now 50 years in Brussels but this place amazes my always by its beauty

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living scarecrows !

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All restaurants or caf├ęs were full ! The waiter wears the traditional costume

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Just on the left of the Grand'Place is a bar called "The coffin". It is a long time I have been in there, but apparently it hasn't changed at all. The inside is decorated as a graveyard, the tables are coffins and the glasses are skulls !

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and this is the entrance !

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Just before the Grand Place is a little place where on weekends a market is put up with artisanal craftworks. Jewelry, statues, dresses, etc.

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People are lining up to taste the famous belgian chips (I refuse the word french fries, because they were invented in Belgium and have nothing to do with France)

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A glance back

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Each time there are problems with refugees because they don't have official papers, they are housed in this church and welcomed its priest. Sometimes there are hunger strikes too.

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A little parc just opposite the central station

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where I took my train back to Waterloo (only 20 min)

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but had a last glance on all the tourists waiting in the bus to be carried in and around Brussels.
I someway felt a little like being on holidays too !

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