1 Jul 2011


more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.

1. The week started rather sad, I had the blues I was still half in Istanbul ! I wasn't the only one, my friend Dominique too. That's what we told each other with a cup of coffee over the hedge. Fortunately we had our acqua gym and afterwards 4 of us had lunch together and talked about our holidays, one had been in Sicily and the other at the French Riviera.

2. We also had to sort out our bills, Dominique had payed the total of what we had spent in the hotel in Istanbul and in the heat of 30 ° (86 F) without a breeze, under our Pergola, we did our accounting drinking the fresh cold apple tea from Turkey. I had bought a little more than 1 kg (2.2 lbs) ! It has a completely other taste than the apple tea I get here from Lipton's or other brand marks.

3. I went food hunting, the fridge was nearly empty although Mr. G. had bought cheese and fruits. The rest of the day I was busy with sorting out my about 1000 pictures !

4. After the hottest day ever in Belgium at this time of the year 38°C (100 F) still without the slightest breeze, I was locked inside and tried not to melt. I continued with my photos. During the night we had a heavy thunderstorm with hail which caused damages in some regions and also some flooding. Fortunately we had nothing, our house sits on a hill !

5. After a market study in the morning about a new GPS on both Internet and shops in Waterloo, I think I found one which would suit me for my purposes and so I know what to ask for my birthday ! The afternoon I went with Dominique to our neighbor friend Vivi to report our trip adventures in Istanbul and also to bring her this beautiful hand painted bowl.

Now I regret that I didn't buy one for myself ! She updated us of all "News" in the neighborhood, and we were so busy with chatting that we didn't realize that the time was flying by until Mr. G. called me on my mobile to tell me that supper was ready !! We had to laugh that we hadn't looked on the big clock standing on a sideboard which rang all 15 min the "Big Ben" music and that it was already 7 pm !


Linens and Royals said...

The colours are so pretty in the bowl. I think you must be missing the hotel roof most of all and that is why you are a bit blue.

Jo said...

Hi Gattina, you recapped the atmosphere and feeling in points 1,2,3 and 5! I love the handpainted bowl, and the apple tea sounds super! Have a great (and hopefully cooler) weekend. (((Hugs))) Jo

Maribeth said...

Gattina, you are lucky! Jack would have called me on my mobile to tell me to come home and MAKE supper! I swear the man is helpless!

Susan@FruitfulWords said...

1000 photos! Wow. What a great keepsake.I take a lot of photos too. Last night I was asking my sister how to back them up. I would hate to lose them.

The bowl is gorgeous. You have a great eye for beauty.

I hope the weather turns cooler with some nice breezes for you this week.

Willow said...

That is a gorgeous bowl!
You've been doing the next best thing to still being on holiday and that is remembering it through chats and photos.
Stay cool!

Mama Mia said...

Glad you're recovering from your 'no more Istanbul' blues! :o) That bowl is beautiful.

Whisppy said...

That's a pretty bowl! When women gather, time can go by very quickly!
How nice of Mr G to make supper!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

How fun it is that you get called to diinner! The bowl is so pretty.

Loree said...

That bowl is absolutely lovely. You are having hotter weather than we are. But I am not complaining.

Barbara H. said...

Do you not have air conditioning there? Here many houses, maybe most do. I can't imagine 100 degree F heat without it.

Sounds like you had a great time and a wonderful discussion of memories!

That bowl is incredible.

ellen b. said...

Sounds like you found some great ways to get you out of being blue. That bowl is very pretty. Now I wouldn't mind a phone call telling me dinner was ready LOL!!

nikkipolani said...

Sounds like you had a really wonderful holiday! Apple tea sounds intriguing. Somehow, I didn't expect to hear about hot temperatures in Belgium! My friend lived there for about eight years and always said how rare warm days were.

Brenda said...

It does sound as though you had an interesting week. 1000 pictures is a lot to sort through. I love that hand painted bowl!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful bowl! I'm glad you had such a nice trip to Istanbul. I'll bet the photos are remarkable.

My apologies for taking so long to get to my FFF visits!

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Very beautiful bowl!!! It's almost reminding me about the old Sweish kurbits painting style. Interesting.

About Swedish kurbits painting:
The History of Kurbits Painting

Susanne said...

It's hard to settle back in after a wonderful holiday. Sounds like it's very warm over in Belgium.

The bowl is beautiful.