28 Apr 2014


Saturday morning started sadly, I had to go or rather I wanted to go to the funerals  of Caroline a friend of my Aqua Gym class, who had started with kidney problems 3 1/2 years ago and then developed a general cancer. She was only 54 and left behind her two boys 20, and 22 without father. Never ever in my life I have attended such a funeral ! The church which is quite big was so packed that people had to stand ! There were at least 300 people, for one single little girl, but apparently so much loved. It was a more then a traditional funeral it was even a bit exaggerated, not at all in the spirit of Caroline. The boys and the male family members wore black tuxedos and the rest black suits. The women were also all in black with black stockings, it was a real old fashioned funeral. The service lasted for more then two hours, but after 1 1/2 h standing and sometimes sitting I waited until we all lined up to touch the coffin and say good bye. 

I felt so sad for the two boys, whom I know through their mother especially when she had difficulties with them. They certainly regretted now what they had done to her, never thinking that she would die so early. But you never know when a loved one goes away forever. I took these pictures very discretely in a paparazzi way for the other members of our group who couldn't come.

After this emotional morning I rested the whole afternoon switching from computer to TV.

In the evening we had our theatre play, the last one in this season. We first had supper in the Theater's restaurant and then watched the play. It was so funny ! Not one piece but 4 sketches. Very, very well played.

A detour through the woods and a traffic jam, but also big mansions to see.

On Sunday morning I took the bus to the midi market. The public transport in Brussels is probably the worst in whole Europe. First the bus was 10 min late and then we did a sightseeing tour and not the usual road, because many roads were closed for works. So we went through the woods and through areas I had never seen until we finally arrived at the station with another 30 min late. Nobody of course was informed. And that's the worst.

The afternoon I spent with Nicole, she had bought the same camera as I have and I explained her how it works. Then we discussed or forthcoming travel to France next week where we will stay in Normandy at the sea. We have rented an apartment, as dog Charlie comes with us as body guard !

As a welcome gift, Charlie brought me a green toad !


Linens and Royals said...

Lucky Charlie going on holiday to France.
At least the scenery was good on your bus detour.

Andrew said...

It is sad that people die so young, but an early death usually means the funeral is very large.

diane b said...

It is sad to see friends go especially so young and leaving a young family. Have a good trip to the beach with Charlie.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I'm sorry about your friend...you are so right, you never know.

Another Holiday coming up! Hooray and what a lucky dog Charlie is to chaperone two such fun ladies on the beach. Have fun (as if I have to tell you that!)

Jo said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend. The funeral sounds old-fashioned indeed with a coffin on view and all the black dress for the family. I'm so glad you go on holiday again next week. And I can see that Charlie really takes to you: imagine receiving a FROG as a gift! xxx

Loree said...

Sorry to hear about your friend :( I am looking forward to your adventures in Normandy especially since Charlie will be coming too.

Unknown said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend, she was so young!

I hope Charlie enjoys France and I hope you were suitably delighted with his gift for you!