31 Mar 2017

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

1. While we tried to have a fun scrabble in the warm sunshine of Nicole's terrace, there was a shadow hanging over us, Nicole had to decide if it was time to put Charlie asleep. His eye had gotten worse and was almost hanging out.



He had greeted me almost as usual but then didn't move anymore and looked very tired.
When we went away, his nose was bleeding and Nicole's decision was made.



With a very heavy heart I said good bye and this was the last picture I took of him. When in the evening I got the news that he had died, I felt as if somebody had knocked me out with a hammer.
I had such a special relationship with this dog !

2. I went to Ilona who had her birthday and tried to change my thoughts, but it didn't really work because she too was affected. Nevertheless we drank a whole bottle of Champagne (without alcohol !) and the sun was shining. For once I wished it would rain !

3.  Poor Nicole was in such an awful state, I was really very worried about her. She even got lost in Waterloo where she lives for so long and called me to pick her up and lead her home.

4. To distract her an another friend invited us and we were four, Ilona came too. Fortunately we had a very funny afternoon and laughed a lot. From time to time somebody mentioned Charlie, but we were all relaxed. We had coffee and a delicious strawberry cake and another one which Ilona had brought.

5. We had wonderful warm weather with unusual 22°C ! Nicole had suggested to visit the mills of Grimbergen which is a Brussels' municipality. I had never been there and as we both didn't want to stay home, off we went. For Nicole it's very hard to stay home because she sees Charlie everywhere.



On the way to the mills Mrs GPS took us first to the Cemetary of Laeken which I had already visited because it has beautiful statues and in the church besides all Kings and Queens of Belgium are burried.

After turning around and around despite Mrs. GPS'guidance, due to street works we couldn't find the mills ! 



Finally we managed to see at least one, we both were very thirsty, but the restaurant was closed on this day and the mill didn't run neither. No luck. A reason to return and see the others.



Finally we ended up at the Abbey of Grimbergen, where Nicole had always a drink with her mother. It is a beautiful church and abbey, I had a coffee there but then it was so late that were in the middle of the office traffic and it took some time to get home but it had been a nice day !




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22 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - so sorry to read about Charlie ...life will be different without him ... but at least he's not suffering any more. Take care of yourselves ... and enjoy a somewhat warmer weekend ... with thoughts - Hilary

Tricky Wolf said...

It's such a shame to hear about Charlie. It is a cruel thing that man's best friend can never live as long as their owners :(

Thank you for joining in with Five on Friday this week, we hope you have a wonderful weekend

riitta k said...

Poor Charlie ❤︎ But he has all well now, enjoying the company of all beloved dogs that left their owners in sorrow...

Andrew said...

I think as long as I have been reading your blog, I have heard about Charlie. Sad news, along with two English bloggers whose husbands died in the last week.

Faith said...

so sorry to hear of your friends dog.

wow!!! lucky you with the temperature. my husband helped me figure out 22 c for me which i need as i only know Fahrenheit.

always love your,photos.....makes me long for Europe....just 3 more mknths and i will be in Italy!!!

The History Anorak said...

It's always hard to lose a loved pet. There's not much you can do to make things easier - just give it time. Love and hugs to you all.

Tamago said...

I understand how hard it is to lose a fur family. Glad Nicole has friends like you to support. xo

A Colorful World said...

So so sorry you lost your sweet dog. It can just rip your heart out to lose a pup you loved so much! Glad you got out with friends and had a happy time. That is so healing. Love your beautiful photos.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Such sad news about Charlie. He will live on in your heart forever. I'm visiting from Five on Friday.

Sharon Koole said...

I'm sad to hear about Charlie. I've enjoyed seeing your pictures of him over the weeks and following his story.

Barbara H. said...

I'm so sorry about Charlie. It's hard to lose a pet, or a friend's pet that you were close to. I'm glad you had a fun afternoon with friends. The mills and cemetery look like very interesting places to visit.

Mac n' Janet said...

So sad when we have to put a pet down! What lovely weather you've been having.

Latane Barton said...

I love the bonding of friends when life is rough. Seems you have some very special friends. Sorry about Charlie. But, memories are very special things. So are friends.

LindyLou Mac said...

A sad post today, I feel for those of you that were close to Charlie.

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of Charlie. It seems like you had a nice trip to the mills and cemetery despite the underlying sadness of the loss.

facile et beau - Gusta said...

so sorry you lost a good friend.
but i enjoyed your photos

Willow said...

I was really sad to read about Charlie. :( My daughter's cat died this week also.
The mills and abbey would definitely be on my to see list if I ever visited Belgium. I will look forward to your photos in the future when you return.

Loree said...

It's hard to believe that Charlie is gone but in that last photo you took of him, he doesn't look like himself, he looks really old and tired. I'll miss you writing about him.

Fun60 said...

That is sad news about Charlie. I have heard so much about him and seen so many photos that I feel I knew him.

Jo said...

I was very sad when I returned home this weekend, to hear that Charlie is not here anymore. I know you had a very special relationship with him and he was so bright! I can see the tiredness in that last photo of him.

Susanne said...

Charlie was a special one and I enjoyed getting to know him through your posts. I will miss hearing of his antics. So sorry for you and your friend Nicole's loss.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am so sorry for the loss of Charlie -- he was unique and special -- so many people will miss him ... I am worried for when you all go to the restaurants and cafes where you used to take him .... it seemed like people always loved him there.

I know NIcole (and you) will be OK eventually with each other's support (and that of your other friends) ... but it is such a hard time.