16 Dec 2013


This weekend was so busy that I even neglected my blogging duties and have to put two days in one post !
Saturday morning a groaning Mr. G. carried up from the basement, one suitcase and several boxes filled with Christmas decoration. After having put up the tree and draped the lights around it, he escaped, and I started the decoration. After a while I was fed up and stopped, I lost the overview of all this stuff !

Instead I went to the Waterloo Christmas market. When I came back I continued and here is the result.

The living room now looks christmassy and I love our tree decorated with some new balls and decorations.

For little grandson Toby I added some child friendly things. In the evening when it was dark I put on all the lights and we were both satisfied with the result.

On Sunday morning I went to the Brussels' market met my cigarette seller and did some shopping especially fruits and at 3 pm my friends came and we went together to a Gospel concert in the nearby church. Last time I had been in this church was for a funeral and that was years ago.

As my neighbor's daughter was involved in the organization of the concert, she had reserved us the best places just in front of the singers.

From left to right, Ilona, Nicole, me and Vivienne.

The group came from the Congo an ancient colony of Belgium. They sang in their language and also two songs in South African language in honor of Nelson Mandela. Only two were in English, "Amazing Grace" and "Oh happy Days".

There was such a rythm in their songs that it itched in our legs and despite our vintage age of  70 to 75, we stood up and danced ! I thought if Mike Jagger still hops around with 70 we can do that too. The singers were delighted and invited the others too. We had a lot of fun and I thought it's never too late to experience new things, like dancing in a church (and in a catholic one !) !

Oh when the Saints

In excellent mood we went to my home where I had put some bottles of Champagne in the fridge and with the cozy Christmas lights we ended the evening. Mr. G. celebrated with us and we laughed so much that our bellies hurt.

It was around 4 and getting slowly dark when I arrived Saturday at the Christmas market. It was the first time that Waterloo had a real one with around 20 chalets.

The entrance

There were a lot of people and as it is in small towns I also met some people.

The kids enjoyed the beautiful old carrousel .

There were a lot of chalets selling delicatessen and some also handmade things.

I watched a glass blower for a while

In a big heated tent, people ate and drank mostly Champagne with oysters or other seafood, but also the never missing snails. Father Christmas watched over the crowd and greeted me when he saw me with the camera. When I had seen all the chalets I left

and saw the main street of Waterloo in its Christmas lights.


Linens and Royals said...

I love gospel singers and think I would have been dancing too.
I would have had a ride on the carousel, love them too and markets. You really had a busy weekend.
Your cigarette seller hasn't been arrested yet??

Jo said...

What a lovely and colorful post! I loved the singing by the Congo Gospel Choir. I wonder if they sang in Xhosa in honor of Nelson Mandela as that was his home language. (we have 11 official languages in SA!) I love your final decorations and always look forward to seeing your home at Christmas time! Have a great week. (((hugs))) Jo

Fun60 said...

Church should be an enjoyable experience. You seem to have really got into the spirit of things.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. looks like you were really busy - but having so much fun.

Love the photos .. enjoy this week too .. cheers Hilary

Andrew said...

That was a busy weekend, with some work and fun. The market looks very interesting.

Loree said...

I love Christmas markets. The ones in Vienna are awesome. I wish I could visit every year.

Anonymous said...

I love African music! Nice decorations too.

eileeninmd said...

A fun but busy week. The tree and ornaments are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the video. Great post, have a happy week!

Indrani said...

Nice decorations. I like the festive mood here.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You and your friends do have so much fun! And good for you. House looks lovely.

A Lady's Life said...

I love the guy making the glass balls That must be fun to do.

genie said...

What a wonderful time you all must have had. Love the series, but the merry-go-round has to be my favorite. Your house looks so sweet and festive. Like your Christmas balls. They are so cute.genie