8 Jan 2016


1. My friend and neighbor Dominique had disappeared when we came back from Amsterdam. After two days I called her and she told me that she was with her fiancé who had fallen from a ladder and had a spine surgery. Now he is at home and she takes care of him there. They just had announced their engagement and then that, just 3 days before Christmas. She came on Monday to say hello and updated us and also showed us her engagement ring. He is a widow and she is divorced so at 61/65 they will start a new life, hopefully he recovers completely. At least he can walk around.

2. The weather is dreadful and the only places to go are museums or shopping malls.

I decided for a shopping mall, walked a little around, found nothing despite the Sales, had a sandwich, watched people and then returned home.

Just before I left I found this cute little case for my camera, I had lost the one which had a panda face ! Arthur is two headed now.

3. I should have gone to aqua gym on Monday, but I thought there were still school holidays and stayed home. Then a friend asked me why I haven't come, and told me that the holidays were over since Monday ! So I went on Wednesday and had a young man as teacher. Apparently I was tired because I fell asleep in front of the TV !

4. Coming back from shopping an inner voice told me to make a tour at the Waterloo Lion and just check if there were tourists there.

When I arrived I was happy to sit in my car, because otherwise I would have fainted ! The last old building had been demolished and now it really looks like "La morne plaine" (the dreary plain) as Victor Hugo the poet had described this place ! All the old  charm of the site is gone, it looks sad and dull and is now the ideal place for people who want to get depressive !

5. We started the new year in our painting course by celebrating the Epiphany which is called "Fête des rois" in French. The use is to eat a special cake called galette des Rois (puffed pastry generally filled with almond paste), surrounded with a golden paper crown.

We had three to eat, but managed only one. There is always a fève in the cake and the one who gets it becomes Queen.

For the first time in my life I got it, bit on a plastic crown and became queen ! Here I am as "Her majesty" for one day ! We had a lot of fun of course and talked about our year's end festivities.

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diane b said...

The Lion area does look a bit of a mess at the moment. Its fun to see inside your shopping malls. You make a nice Queen.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. glad Dominque is happy ... but the destruction looks awful - hope the new build is worth it. Well done for being the Queen = cheers Hilary

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Congratulations your Majesty! The same kind of thing happened to Bill once , he became King of the Mardis Gras celebration at the RV Resort where we were spending the Winter...we had a lot of fun with it!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful mix of photos and accompanying comments! I enjoyed visiting your blog. :-)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your Majesty, I enjoyed reading about your five. Your camera case is cute. Hope Arthur lets you use it.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Royalty for a day! What a cute camera case! I hope something wonderful is built at the demolition site.

A Lady's Life said...

Well that was a nice thing to happen for the new year. May you reign as Queen for years to come.