18 Aug 2014


After having spent the week with sightseeing tours through Brussels, with my friend Claudie from the French Riviera, I only wanted to spent a quiet weekend and rest.

Unfortunately Mr. G's office chair became moody and when he wanted to adjust it to the right level to work on his new computer, the thing suddenly sprang up and became so high that it looked more like a throne then an office chair. He tried to get it down again. Nothing to do. He sat on it and moved up and down, nothing. I sat on his lap to make the weight heavier we moved up and down, the thing didn't move despite the fact that now 155 kgs were sitting on the chair. Fortunately nobody saw us hopping up and down except the cats but they were not at all intrigued by this procedure.

We decided to buy a new one, I googled for a new office chair and finally found one suitable at Ikea. Off we went. I have to point out that this was the first time since at least 15 years that we went shopping together ! I have to put a special sign in our calendar !

On a Saturday Ikea was packed with shoppers and it was hard to find a parking space. Mr. G. got already nervous, he hates driving around and looking for spaces. Fortunately I had the references of the chair and we made our way through the crowd until we found the office furniture. By that time Mr. G. had more then enough and became grumpy.

Those who know Ikea, it's huge ! Finally we found the chair and I insisted that at least he tried it out. He sat on it as if he had to sit on a burning stove, and found it OK immediately. I had to check if it was easy to set to the right height, when he was already heading to the exit.  Of course the chair was packed in a carton which we had to pick up in a special area with rows and numbered spaces. When we finally found it, it was too heavy to carry without a caddie and I tried to find one, while he was waiting with the carton. When finally he got the chair in the car, I was exhausted not of having walked around but by the fact that I had to pull and push him through the crowd !

When we came home he also was exhausted, he hates shopping and especially in such big stores. He didn't even unpack the chair, and took a long rest in front of the TV ! Actually he rested there for the rest of the day and swore that he would never go into that shop again.

On Sunday morning he assembled the new chair, reading the Ikea instructions, for once apparently quite clear, otherwise I would have heard some @#§% noises. He is happy with the result, especially because it is a red one, being a Ferrari fan he loves red !

I had to go again to the midi market, because the trousers Claudie had bought for herself there, had been immediately confiscated by her two daughters, who loved them very much as well. I have to say for 5 Euros (6.70 $) per pair they are a real bargain. So comfortable to wear, you can sleep in them !

I choose these 3 once and hope they will please as well. These trousers are so nice that several ladies in London and Eastbourne stopped me and asked me where I had bought them !

Every two years the famous flower carpet is displayed on the Grand'Place. This year 1.800m2 of b├ęgonias were used to make this carpet together with Dahlias, bark for the dark brown and grass for the green pattern. I had enough walking in the cold, wind and rain from the market, so I googled for the Brussels Grand'Place webcam and took these pictures. I had also seen the inauguration on TV.

I decided to return in two years, meanwhile I "borrowed" the photo from Internet.


Fun60 said...

I must admit that I would have to be in the right frame of mind to visit IKEA and as for flat pack furniture - no thank-you! That flower carpet looks worthy of a visit.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - Ikea is good if you have the stamina - well done on organising the chair - and glad it suits Mr G's purpose!

The carpet of flowers is amazing isn't it ... I'd love to see that.

The trousers - ah! Claudie's shopping trip was worth it - except you had to go and get more jazzy trousers - they're fun ..

Cheers Hilary

Andrew said...

I did notice the pants you wore in Eastbourne. There are no arm rests on Mr G's chair! I am not sure we really need to know, "I sat on his lap to make the weight heavier we moved up and down".

Anonymous said...

the flower carpet looks very impressive! Wanda

Anonymous said...

WHat a lovely flower carpet. Sounds like a great weekend.

Loree said...

Lovely flower carpet. Haha Mr G sounds like my dad. My husband on the other hand, loved to shop.

diane b said...

Well done persevering shopping with a man. The flower carpet is amazing.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That was not a bad Ikea experience! We almost lived in the one near us in Florida for a year and then we put together our whole kitchen from IKEA stuff (and we are still married -- that is a miracle in itself).

I already told you that I too love those trousers. Amazingi price as well.