19 Sep 2016

WEEKEND REVIEW - September 17

From hot African temperatures from one day to the other we found ourselves nearly at the Northpole, at least I had this impression ! Long sleeved T-shirts came out again and you had to get used to another lifestyle, because with this heat you had the excuse to just sit or lay around and do nothing !

Now there was no excuse anymore.

We started with a lunch together with my friends from the painting class.



As usual it was extremely good and we ate like horses. We had such a lot to chat, that at the end the restaurant owner started to clean the floor to make us understand that it was now time to leave because she wanted to close ! In the middle sits our teacher (with the grey hairs). One of her daughters works for UNICEF to save starving children and has to go into camps now with a bullet proof jacket armed and two soldiers ! It became so dangerous. We all admired the courage of her daughter.



As it was not yet raining Nicole and I discovered a new park with a little lake. But it wasn't a lake, it was a water bassin to collect rain water and avoid floods. It looked very nice just like a lake. We didn't make the whole tour, it was a little too much.



This must have been a little café in the past because the beer brand "Wiel's" is still written above the entrance. Now it looks like a private house. Must be nice to live there it is so peaceful.

After our walk we had a coffee and then returned home.

On Sunday afternoon we were invited to my friend's and (ex) neighbor Dominique. In her 60th she had found a second love of her life.



He is 65 and a widower. It was only the reception, the civil marriage had been done already months before. It was hard to get to the new weds, we didn't even know when they arrived, it wasn't very well organized. Most of the people didn't know each other, fortunately our other neighbours were there too,  (left below) otherwise we would have been quite lost, although I had the opportunity to meet her 2 sons and one daughter and it was such a joy to see them again and chat a bit together. Dominique looked very happy and her new husband talked and talked. At 7 we returned home.



I put our pictures together as souvenir, it is not often that you can see Mr. G. in a suit ! This one he wore for the last time at my fathers funerals nearly 20 years ago, and he was very proud to still fit in the suit !


10 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina ... sounds a good day ... and congratulations to Dominique - cheers Hilary

mamasmercantile said...

The weather has been very changeable here too. Sounded like a very full weekend.

jabblog said...

What a lovely weekend you had. The weather here is changeable too.

Mara said...

Dominique looks lovely in that dress and 'sort of hat'. And very happy!

Tamago said...

Congratulations to your friend Dominique! She looks beautiful!

peppylady (Dora) said...

My Aunt use to donate in my name to UNICEF

Coffee is on

Wendy said...

Sounds like a good lunch and nice to be able to celebrate with your friend Dominique. My husband wouldn't be able to fit into an old suit like that. His middle has definitely expanded over the years! Yes the weather has really changed here too. But it isn't cold at night. Just overcast and gloomy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I hope the newlyweds will be happy! You look lovely and mr g dashing in his suit and he deserves congrats for maintaining his youthful )) weight. Your painting class looks like a fun group.....

Jo said...

You all look good at the lunch - dressed for summer. Ours has finally arrived and I feel so relieved to wear LESS clothes, especially now we can wear open shoes. I hope Dom will be happy - her new groom isn't even facing her in the one photo. I hope he appreciates her for the lovely and gentle lady that she is. Have a great day. Jo

Gracie said...

It's nice to know that there's still a second chance for us all!