17 Jan 2009

SMILEY SATURDAY - Is this train running on Sundays ?

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Some trains don't run on Sundays. Therefore I called the Belgian Train Infomation service just to ask this one question. "Is the train to X running on Sundays ???"
I dialed the number and got immediately an answer, but not for my train ! I heard a friendly female voice :

Voor flemish .... n° 1
Pour français ... n° 2
Für deutsch .... n° 3
For english push n° 4

I pushed on n° 2
The voice asked me if I want informations about trains in Belgium or international trains. Telling me which n° to push. I pushed 1 for the Belgian trains.

Now the voice wanted to know if I needed the ticket fee or the time schedule n° 1 and n° 2
I pushed n° two !

Now a voice told me that all lines were busy and that they would answer me asap. Music came out of my receiver. I switched on the loudspeaker, listened to the music which wasn't really my taste and started to make my bed, then the bed of Mr. Gattino, then I put dishes in the dishwasher, fed the always hungry cat Lisa for the X time, and finally went to the bathroom always carrying the phone with me. When I sat where you usually sit in a bathroom for some very personal business, a deep male voice suddenly asked me what I wanted to know and this sudden voice caused me a shock. I was happy to sit were I sat. I asked him "Is there a train to X on sundays" and he answered me "no".

Ok then I take my car.

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16 Jan 2009

SHOW & TELL - Egg cooker

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When I went shopping on Wednesday, I saw this egg, it made me curious. At a closer look, it was an egg cooker but for Micro Waves !! I had never seen that. Since a collegue of mine had tried to cook eggs in the micro wave and all the eggs exploded I had never tried to cook eggs in the microwave. But this seemed very practical to me. Of course I bought it, it was rather cheap only 15 €.


open, you can cook 4 eggs


just to show, I didn't have a real egg in my fridge, so I put this ceramic one


and in the same shop I found this cute door stopper !

15 Jan 2009


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13 strange instruction sheets

1. In a dishwasher manual:
Do not allow children to play in dishwasher.

2. On a toaster:
Do not use underwater.

3. On a TV remote:
Not Dishwasher safe.

4. On a muffin packet:
Remove wrapper, open mouth, insert muffin, eat.

5. In a kettle instruction manual:
The appliance is switched on by setting the 'ON/OFF' button to the 'ON' position.

6. On a ketchup bottle:
Instructions: Put on food.

7. On a bottle of rum:
Open bottle before drinking.

8. On a Swedish chain saw:
Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands or genitals.

9. On Marks and Spencer Bread Pudding:
Product will be hot after heating.

10. On Sainsbury's peanuts:
Warning: Contains nuts.

11.On an American Airlines packet of nuts:
Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.

12. On packaging for a Rowenta iron:
Do not iron clothes on body.

13. On Sears hair dryer:
Do not use while sleeping.

New Thursday Thirteen is here

14 Jan 2009



When it comes to cleaning, men usually are very tired ....

13 Jan 2009


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My world this week was completely white and blue ! It had snowed in Brussels/Waterloo for the first time since 7 years !

I propose a little walk through the streets where I live

our house
our house

the neighbour's cow with a white cover

the little garden dwarfs

the weeping willow in our garden

One of the useless little roundabouts

looking down my street


not easy to drive

the little wood nearby

an overlook down the hill where I live

our letter box

another little round about

Locus house

our street
the other side of the street

and cat Arthur for once fitting in the white landscape !

12 Jan 2009

FUN MONDAY - A 40 year old lemon

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This week's host is Jan at The Prytz Family.

The Assignment:

What is the quirkiest thing in your home that you will never give away?

I think that the quirkiest thing in my home is a lemon pig, which will be 40 years old on Dec 6 this year. It was part of the table decoration at our wedding in 1969.




For such an old lemon it still looks very good, not anymore like a table decoration of course but it stands in my vitrine, as souvenir !


and here we are !

11 Jan 2009

WEEKLY WINNERS - Ice Sculptures


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This week I went to Bruges to visit the yearly Ice Sculpture exposition . Look at the magic of the pictures here