24 Apr 2015

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE

1. After aquagym I had to buy a new grass cutter for the borders, our old one had broken down. I had the good intention to do some garden work in the afternoon. But with intentions the work is not done, especially when you change your mind and rest watching a discussion about twins on TV. It was very interesting so I had a good excuse.

2. As the weather was so nice, Ilona and I decided to visit Maastricht in the Netherlands, which is located near the German and Belgian border. It is not that far only around 100 km (62 miles)



It is a beautiful little town and we walked around, had lunch at the border of the river Meuse and then a coffee on the huge place in front of the city hall.

3.


Under the watchful eyes of cat Arthur I finally cut all the borders of the grass and dead twigs, but after one hour and a half, I was fed up, I don't like garden work but it has to be done. Now our garden looks nearly perfect.

4. My friend Sylvia from Linens and Royals, had sent me a DVD about the visit of the Queen in 1954 in Australia.



It took a month to arrive in Belgium, maybe the mail had walked the parcel over here. The movie is excellent, the old films were of such a good quality and I was amazed to see the big reception the Australians gave for the Queen. The shows and performances all over the country were better than all Olympic game shows of the last years. It was unbelievable. Sylvia was in the movie too, she gave an interview about her mother who had bought an entrance ticket for her and showed the ticket. Then she showed her Royal collection which is really impressive. I recognized her immediately, we had met in Brussels, when she had come over to London to see Kate's and William's wedding in 2011.

5.



Before leaving the painting class I took a picture of my unfinished cat together with Ilona's finished painting. Although we have a lot in common, our paintings differ ! She is always up in the space and the future and I am always down on earth with my cats !



I watched TV, while Mr. G. cleaned the tiles around the house. During winter they always become a little gray and dirty. But then I joined him and salted the gravel which is now weed free thanks to the weed burner to avoid that the weeds grow back ! Salt is very cheap and efficient !


more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.



14 comments:

Linens and Royals said...

Now you have watched me being famous and the Queen too of course you can get back to weeding and painting.
But you are right, that 'Royal Visit' was a huge event, there has been nothing as exciting since 1954.

Mara said...

You went to the Vrijthof! I am a little jealous!! Although I will be in the Netherlands next week, I won't be going that far south.

Andrew said...

We did once love and respect our queen. Now, during her last visit, she was no more than a celebrity and a curiosity.

nikkipolani said...

I love that photo of you and Ilona enjoying that warm sunshine. Beautiful weather and a beautiful setting.

A Lady's Life said...

With so much rain our grass grows like crazy I always tell my husband we should buy a goat or a sheep.lol A goat would eat up all the black berry bushes which grow like crazy too. It isnt bothered by the sharp thorns and that would help a lot. I wonder if they rent out goats? lol

Kathie said...

Such lovely spring-time pictures! It will be a while before we see such beautiful lawns and flowers. but it's coming!

Looks like you had a lovely trip to the Netherlands.

Nice artwork - I like your cat!

barbarah said...

Glad you got a lot of good yard work done! It's not my favorite either, and thankfully my husband does most of it, but I always love how it looks when it's cleaned up. I had heard about salt killing weeds but hadn't tried it yet.

Willow said...

I do love garden work--I'll do yours if you'll wash my dishes for me!
Your visit to that lovely little town sounds like a fun excursion.

happywonderer.com said...

Sounds like a nice way to get rid of weeds. It's nice you can travel a short distance to see a lovely town. Have a good weekend.

Keith's ramblings said...

I haven't been to Maastricht for ages. I feel a visit coming on!

Susanne said...

It looks like spring has sprung over there...look at all the sunshine and green grass! Looks like that is a lovely town to go have a nice lunch at!

diane b said...

It looks like you had a nice sunny day on your trip.Arthur reckons you did a good job of the lawn edges. Your garden looks nice.

Loree said...

Arthur seems to be surveying the garden and making sure everything is perfect. Yes the garden needs a lot of work at this time of year and we will soon have to water it every day because of the heat.

Gracie said...

I visited Maastricht coming home from holidays in the Netherlands in 2008 but unfortunately it was raining like hell and I didn't enjoy the city as I should have!