2 Sep 2011

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE



more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.

1. After a few stinky bad smelling days and watching TV with thick cardigans and socks, because it was so cold, the painters came back on Monday to give the two radiators the last painting lay.



Meanwhile I had to protect them from the cats as they love to sit on them. I invented a very secure system, two chairs in the front and two chairs on the side covered with a bedsheet.



But as soon as I had taken everything away, Arthur had to inaugurate the now dry radiator, without getting egg shell white.

2. Summer holidays in Belgium are finished ! Finally ! The whole country was sleeping during July and August ! The building sector had 3 weeks off in July and lots of other companies were closed too. Also shops and boutiques. So for the last time I had acqua gym on a Tuesday and not with my usual group on Mondays. Fortunately we were a nice group and had a lot of fun when we had our tea together.

3. My toaster broke down (see post below) and I had to buy a new one. It works perfectly and my toasts are very good ! I looked a little around to see what new things are on the market, and noticed that Kindle ebooks are still not available only a little Sony one, but I couldn't find out if it was really an ebook. I saw lots of them in the UK, but apparently there are not enough French books for this purpose.

4. With the new look of our front garden I badly needed flower pots because the entrance really looks rather naked ! I went to a garden store near Ilona's and bought 10 pots, then I went to her to ask which kind of plants I could put in them, as I don't have a green thumb at all and don't know anything about plants and flowers. She couldn't come with me because she had broken her little toe and she couldn't walk. We had a cup of tea together and then I knew what to buy.

5. This morning I put all my pots in the front yard, then drove to another garden store near Waterloo, to buy earth and plants and in the afternoon I intended to plant everything. Of course the store was closed because they ran out of stock ! That's really crazy. So I came back and instead mowed the lawn





and "enjoyed" the hammering and noise of the workers, my neighbors extend their house to the sky instead of using the large space in their garden. Apparently some people love to live in towers. It's a young couple with a baby and they are not very practical !

After supper we watched TV as usual ...

15 comments:

jabblog said...

I hope you have more joy the next time you go to the garden centre. I've never heard of them closing because they've run out of stock - amazing!

Mara said...

Would it really have made such a difference to Arthur if he had been on a wet radiator? He's white as well isn't he?

Faith said...

Iwish I lived in Europe! I' ve only been over there once (PAris for a week last spring) and I love that you all know how to relax!! summer in Belgium sounds much different than summer in New York...where everyone is always frantic and fast paced! love the cat pic! and yay for paint jobs! :) enjoy the weekend

Gledwood said...

You seem to have more "official" summer holidays on the continent. I remember in France they said August is one long weekend... Here it just gets boring then the September issues of magazines are huge. Also all the good TV programmes come back in Autumn.

Hazel said...

Don't you just love having tea together! Yay to toasts that turn out good despite broken toasters. One day I'd love to run a mower on a tropical lawn. Happy Friday!

Susanne said...

Looks like Arthur is glad to have his sitting area back. :v)

I think the pot will look great once you've got them all planted and they'll be easy upkeep too.

A Lady's Life said...

yes for young people its great but I like to stay on low ground lol

Jo said...

I love Arthur testing the newly painted radiator! What a disappointment that the garden centre had sold out and was closed. Glad your city is "awake" now again. Have a lovely weekend, Gattina. Hugs Jo (PS We fly out to South Africa this weekend and I hope to be back commenting again on Sunday evening)

Friko said...

A busy time in spite of the leisurely pace you enjoy in Belgium!

Planting things in pots in autumn is a bit late; will you get frosts? If so, they probably all die and if your pots are terracotta, they'll probably split too.

sandra carlier said...

I'll wait to admire your plants! After a big journey working and in the bubbles of the swimming pool during the pause I am KO! I just need relax time! I don't tell you when the pupils will arrive on monday! Si on pouvait remonter le temps et repartir se balader sur la Grand Place!

diane b said...

Its nice catching up with your week. It must be annoying to want to finish your garden pots and find the store closed. Anyway, whatever you plant now won't grow very much during the winter. It maybe better to wait until the end of winter just before Spring, when plants grow best.

Willow said...

I'm glad your painting jobs are finished now and so, I'm sure, as the cats.
Looking forward to seeing what plants you are finally able to purchase for the pots.

ellen b said...

You came up with a great system to protect the paint on the radiators! Your new toaster looks great. Enjoy your weekend...

Kathie said...

Looking forward to seeing your new flowerpots - I have to shift someof my windowboxes - gthey're getting pretty wilted. I usually buy some mums - they look pretty in the fall.

nikkipolani said...

You had a very ingenious plan of keeping the cats off the radiator! They probably appreciate the warmth. Hope you have better success at the garden center for your plants.