13 Sept 2008


SHOW ME .... your selfportrait is here

Last saturday I wanted to visit the castle of Beersel not far from my home to make some pictures. I knew where it was, but as usual didn't know the way. I asked Miss GPS who always directs me with her friendly voice and so far I always arrived at destination.

At the beginning we had some misunderstandings because I mixed up left with right and she had to correct me with an offended "Recalculation", but at the end I arrived although a little later as foreseen. But know I thought we are used to each other.

I left my home and turned left and right as she told me and I pinched myself mentally in the left and right arm just to be sure not to mix it up. Suddenly I had to stop because there was a deviation. Miss GPS "recalculated" and I drove and drove and suddenly I was in the middle of nowhere, left and right fields and I with my car in the middle of a little way which was more for farmer's tractors then for my beloved little car. No soul around. I assured myself, telling me that I still have my mobile in case of ....

The only person I met was this one

looking at me with a suspicious eye, when I got out of the car to take a picture.

Driving slowly in my shaking car, suddenly I saw houses and a normal street and a little further down my castle ! I assure you I really was relieved !

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The pictures I took there you can find here on my
Countries & Cities blog

12 Sept 2008


Show me .... is here

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Last sunday I went to the castle of Beersel (Belgium) which is not very far away from my home.

I really had to almost climb through the castle to take pictures and this is what I am going to show and tell you about here

11 Sept 2008


Show me .... is here

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13 ways to know if you are Italian

1. You can bench press 325 pounds, shave twice a day and still cry when your mother yells at you.

2. You carry your lunch in a produce bag because you can't fit two cappicola sandwiches, 4 oranges, 2 bananas and pizzelles into a regular lunch bag.

3. Your mechanic, plumber, electrician, accountant, travel agent and lawyer are all your cousins.

4. You have at least 5 cousins living in the same town or street. All five of those cousins are named after your grandfather or grandmother.

5. You are on a first name basis with at least 8 banquet hall owners.

6. You only get one good shave from a disposable razor.

7. If someone in your family grows beyond 5'9", it is presumed his Mother had an affair.

8. There are more than 28 people in your bridal party.

9. Your grandfather had a fig tree.

10. You eat Sunday dinner at 2:00.

11. Your mom's meatballs are the best.

12. You've been hit with a wooden spoon or had a shoe thrown at you.

13. You fight over whether it's called "sauce" or "gravy."

Mr. Gattino is Italian and there is a lot of truth in these quotes ! After 39 years of marriage I should know !

10 Sept 2008


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I wrote about the Royal Palace in Brussels and the archaeological site underneath. If you are interested in reading about it it is here on my Countries & Cities Blog

9 Sept 2008


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Zara is upping her horsepower

TOP horsewoman Zara Phillips (daughter of Prince Anne) climbs into the saddle of a mini-motorbike — just like her grandfather Prince Philip. The 27-year-old royal, in jodhpurs and a riding hat, took some time out during the Burghley Horse Trials . The Duke of Edinburgh, 60 years her senior, has been seen zooming around on a similar bike during previous horse events.
No wonder that Philip needs a motorbike now to run after young women, he is approaching the 90 th !

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Cows milk the benefits

FLUFFY fingered farmers are pampering their dairy cows with massages and comfy mattresses to produce better tasting milk. Some spoilt herds are being tucked up each night on three inches of soft rubber and sawdust while some are lucky enough to get a WATER bed. Ah ! isn't that nice to see happy cows ? we probably will be less happy with the milk price !

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This is a real wind farm

WINDY cows are having bright red tanks strapped to them to check the gases they let off — in a bid to beat global warming. The farm animals burp and parp vast quantities of methane — one of the most potent greenhouse gases — due to their slow digestive system. I suggest to do the same with us humans especially on crowded streets, maybe we can safe our planet this way ?

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Bear busts drugs farm

A BLACK bear has raided a secret marijuana farm so many times it has chased the growers away. Utah cops found food containers ripped apart and cans with bear teeth and claw marks strewn across the abandoned camp.This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded, said the County Sherif. I am sure he will get a medal, that's some dissuasive assistant !

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Tearaway tortoise bolts 13 miles

IMMY the tortoise amazed her owners by walking 13 MILES from home in two weeks.
They had lost the pet after it disappeared from their shed. They put up posters around their home in Trowbridge, appealing for sightings. A fortnight later a woman spotted 50-year-old Timmy on the street, 13 miles far from home. She should participate in the next Olympics in London ! She walks even farer as I do in 2 weeks !

8 Sept 2008


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more participants at Woodlandmamma

Woodland Mamma, seams to be a very romantic woman because she loves to read love stories ! She asks : Write the beginning of an unusual love story (not a real one). I only want the first paragraph. You can add an illustration or a picture to spice it up if you are really daring.

Here is mine :

The Queen stand there, her crown hanging on one ear, her eyes swollen and the nose red. The king red in his face throw his crown after the young girl standing in front of him and shouted " go away, you are not my daughter anymore, go and marry this good-for nothing ! "

The princess ran out of the castle, her long white dress waving behind her. From far she saw the man she loved ! She ran and ran and breathless throw herself into his muscular arms. He kissed her pationately. He was a tall dark haired man with deep blue eyes and very handsome.

Leaving her lips, he put his head on hers and whispered : Did you leave them ? "Yes" she sobbed ! I left everything for you, my parents, my castle, my title, I love you so much !
He looked at her with wide open eyes and pushed her away : "are you crazy ? I wanted the castle, the title and your money, what did you think ?? .... /to be continued

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The castle
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The parents

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Happy times

Do you think there will be a happy end ?

7 Sept 2008

WEEKLY WINNERS - Royal Palace Brussels

More participants here at Sarcastic Mom Weekly winners

Today I had to combine my "weekly winners" with another post about the Royal Palace in Brussels. Please go here for the pictures I have taken during my visit.