14 Mar 2016


Since the weekend started I live in two countries ! In the morning I wake up in Siberia, sometimes even with a little snow, and in the afternoon I am in Africa and can sit on a terrace ! The world has changed around me, restaurants and caf├ęs have put their tables outside, and people are enjoying the long expected first spring days.

The only thing which bothers me about spring is that garden work starts and I hate it, I really have no green thumb. But still I thought I have to have a check up on Oscar our lawn mower robot, and brought it to the shop. Which had closed and there was a beauty saloon instead, which of course refused to make up my Oscar. Now I have to find another store nearby who will take care of it.

Late afternoon I went to a theatre play in the City hall together with my neighbor  Vivi, organized for the seniors. It was very funny and played in the Brussels' dialect which is very special and to French speaking people hilarious. There are still some people in Brussels who speak this language and for a long time France had thought we all would speak this funny French and made fun of the Belgians. They were very disappointed when they came and everybody spoke normal French. The play was longer as usual and I got nervous because at 8.30 pm I had another play with my season ticket together with Nicole.

I just made it and we arrived in time ! Unfortunately we didn't have supper as usual, but fortunately I wasn't hungry neither. This play was a British one from a British author translated into French. The humour was the typical British one and I found the play very good and funny. Nicole almost fell asleep and the man besides me snored peacefully during nearly the whole play.

It was late and we returned home and I just fell in my bed. I still wasn't hungry ! I did a theater diet which is not yet known.

On Sunday a group of young teenage boys rang at the door and collected food for the poor and refuges from Syria we have to deal with.  I gave them all I had as can food rice and noodles and told them how nice it was of them to spent a sunny Sunday morning with collecting food.

Nicole had suggested to Ilona and me to spend the afternoon on her terrace. It was unbelievable, outside on the street there were 10°C and I and Ilona arrived in our winter coats, but on the terrace we had to take off layer after layer because it was so warm. That was the first time this year that we could sit outside and have a beer, then ice cream and then tea ! It was like a holiday afternoon and we had a lot of fun.

Of course Charlie was the star and spoilt by 3 girls ! I had brought him a bone, then he had a bowl of ice cream and then Nicole brought his personal pharmacy with comb and brushes because we had noticed that he lost a lot of hairs.

Nicole combed and brushed him and Ilona and I comforted him, because sometimes he was protesting.

What a nice afternoon, we decided to repeat this and profit from the early spring weather to a maximum.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - it's that time of year isn't it .. cold and sunny - so if one can get some sun protected from the wind it is warm. Glad you had a happy weekend ... and saw some plays ... was it in Flemish?

Cheers for now - Hilary

Andrew said...

Language can cause great confusion and is a good source of humour, even more so when people are multilingual. It looks like you are enjoying a mild summer's day.

Loree said...

How nice that you're getting some nice sunshine. I am sure you welcomed it with big smiles.

Klara said...

mmmmmm, relaxing weekend - glad to hear that.

Fun60 said...

Isn't it good to see the blue skies and feel the warmth of the sun again.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A little spring vacation right at home (or at least right next door). Charlie was kind to provide the entertainment. I love the sunshine and know you do too -- glad you got some nice early spring weather and hope it stays.

(PS: beer followed by icecream sounds wonderful and decadent and I wish I would have been there ;>)

Sandra Carlier said...

This sunny terrace is a good place !