15 Jul 2016

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

1. Monday was the last day for Claudie, in good company time flies by so quickly, it seemed to me that she had just arrived yesterday. I wanted her to taste the good Brussels' mussels so we went to the Lunch garden and she liked it very much. Nicole joined us with Charlie and then we all went together to the "Lac de Genval" (Genval lake).



It is not far from Waterloo and a real nice place. We had a coffee there and observed the wild geese.

2. It was still nice and warm and we could sit outside !



Claudie drank her last "Waterloo" beer !

3. My friend and neighbor came over and brought me this beautiful Hibiscus plant for my birthday.



It's a strange plant because the flowers close in the evening and open the next morning again !

4. At 9 pm I drove Claudie to the station, and it was time to say good bye. When she came a week ago she brought wonderful summer weather with her ! As soon as she had stepped into the train, it got dark again, the temperatures fell and now I am singing sitting in the rain again ! We were so lucky that it had been so nice during her stay.

5. I was a little tired and stayed home, I pottered around and worked on my computer. There were lots of things I hadn't done !



Claudie had taken this picture of me and my grandson, when we had been watching the Napoleon soldiers on Sunday.






more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.


27 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - so glad Claudie has been up with you ... sounds like you had fun - though we are living in difficult times ... cheers Hilary

Maggie said...

Lovely 5 again this week, love your birthday hibiscus - the colours are stunning.
bon weekend.

The History Anorak said...

Happy birthday! How nice that you had fair weather for the visit.

Linens and Royals said...

Happy Birthday! It must have been a very enjoyable one surrounded by friends and family, especially a visit from Toby. Where was Arthur??

Crimson Kettle said...

Sounds like you've had a great week. Your photos of the laske look wonderful.

eclectichomelife said...

Sounds like you have a wonderful week and mussels was a good call

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

This sounds like a great week. Happy Belated Birthday, the Hibiscus is stunning. Your grandson looks like a real cutie, have a great weekend xx

Sharon Koole said...

Glad you got to spend some time with your friend and the weather stayed nice. After that I'm not surprised you're tired. I think part of it is the post-visit let down. Hopefully the sun will shine again soon!

Have a lovely weekend

Andrew said...

Pleased to see your cleavage is not as exposed as Mr G's.

riitta k said...

Beautiful summer photos! Enjoy your weekend!

mamasmercantile said...

Belated birthday wishes, the plant was a beautiful gift. Great five.

Jo said...

I'm so glad the weather stayed nice for Claudie's visit. I noticed it was so warm Mr G had his shirt open! Great for you - decent weather for a while.

Amy at love made my home said...

What a lovely week you had with your friend!! Happy Birthday! The plant gift is beautiful isn't it! Plants that open and close are very clever aren't they. Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

Snap said...

Sounds like a lovely visit with Claudie -- time does fly when you are in good company! Hibiscus are so pretty and come in so many different colors. Have a lovely week.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely when a visit goes well and even the weather cooperating! We have our Washington State grandson visiting (well, he is staying with his aunt, our daughter) but we are spending as much time with him as he has (he is 17 , so it is a bit different than your Toby! ).

Gracie Saylor said...

A late Happy Birthday greeting to you, Gattina :) Your Hibiscus present is lovely. I enjoyed watching my parents's Hibiscus plant grow to be a beautiful bush in San Jose, CA, years ago, but I have never tried to grow one. I hope you plant thrives! After good times with your friend and family members I hope your weekend is good as well.

peppylady (Dora) said...

We had a few sprinkle of rain. Last few days here in Idaho it been great to be out side.
Coffee is on

Teresa Kasner said...

I'm visiting from Amy's Five on Friday. I live in the countryside of Oregon, USA. I live in a 100 year old farmhouse and raise chickens and our son, DIL and 2 grandsons live with us.

One correction - the Hibiscus flower only blooms for one day and does not open the next day. What you're seeing is the next bud opening. :-)

Great photos you posted! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

faith76 said...

It looks like you had a smashing time and the Lunch Garden looks a great place to relax and eat. Glad you had the weather :)

diane b said...

Its fun to have good friends visit. Funny how she took the weather with her. The hibiscus is a tropical plant so don't leave it out in winter.

pattisjarrett said...

Happy birthday! I'm glad the nice weather held out for a few days.

Mara said...

I think I missed a bit lately. But it sounds like you had great company recently what with your family and Claudie coming over. Hope you have a good weekend.

Patsy in Nixa, MO said...

Good friends are such a treasure. The older I get, the more I appreciate them.

Belated birthday wishes. I wish you many more happy and healthy years.

Loree said...

We love hibiscus plants because they seem to like our climate (even though they lose all their leaves in winter). We have three and their flowers are different colours and very vibrant.

Susanne said...

A very cute picture of you and your grandson! That Genval Lake area looks lovely. Being by water is always a stress reliever for me.

Wendy said...

Belated birthday wishes - we had a busy weekend so I'm only just getting around to visiting all the Friday Fivers. The plant is very pretty and you seem to have had a good time with your friend. Our weather has turned really hot here. We have to be careful what we wish for lol

Claudie Cartereau said...

I miss our walks, now ! Such great time we had ! And Tobby is really a nice kid !