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 !