16 Sept 2016


1. It still is unusually hot more than we had in summer ! I had my aqua gym class and it was wonderful in the water, but when we left the house, we had the impression to enter into an oven !

There was not much to do in this heat without aircondition, only sitting on the terrace with a ventilator. Even for the cats it was too hot, they preferred to stay in the dark house. I had closed all shutters and had left the windows open only a little bit, to keep the heat out, as they do in Italy.

2. The next day we decided to go to the lake. At least there the heat was bearable, because of the breeze.

The lake was blue and I saw little round fake islands on one part of the lake. I don't know for what they are, Nicole thinks they are for divers. We choose a nice place close to the water and installed our chairs and umbrellas. As it was windy my umbrella suddenly had wings and flew away. It must have been very amusing (for the others) to see me running behind my red umbrella.

3. Then it was time for lunch. We wanted to eat the nice hamburger as last week, but the restaurant was closed and they had opened only because it was like in summer. Normally at this time of the year they only open on weekends and the snack bar underneath, had already been dismantled. Nobody had thought that we would have the hottest day mid September ever since the weather station exists ! The thermometer climbed until 32° or more ! So we had to eat what they had, which meant pizza or "croque Monsieur" which is a toast with ham and cheese and salad.

Charlie ate the salad and was a bit disappointed that there were no hamburger in sight.
After lunch Nicole wanted to bath Charlie. So she put shampoo on his back and scrubbed, then she pushed him into the water to rinse himself, but he was not very cooperative !

Now that her feet were already wet, and the water felt so nice she walked a little further

and here is the result ! The ground was full of pebbles which hurt her feet and she fell fully dressed in the lake. Charlie's expression only confirmed what he thought of his mistress, that she was slightly crazy ! Of course people of the whole beach who watched us, laughed ! And I hadn't even filmed this scene on purpose, I wanted to film Charlie who swam to rinse his back. That she fell I didn't even notice only when I watched the video later ! Now I also understood why people laughed so much.

4. We should have stayed there over night, because the next day was as warm as the day before ! I retired with computer and ventilator on our terrace and didn't move anymore. Suddenly after lunch

Charlie's big head was on my lap, in Nicole's apartment and terrace it was so hot that she and Charlie had escaped and kept me company ! Mr. G. joined us and we had a real nice afternoon. I even found some ice cream in the freezer.

5. The classroom of our painting course was a real sauna, even at 9 am ! We finally asked that they opened the windows, because usually they are locked as there had been some burglaries.

We are preparing our exhibition for October and I had made the poster

This will hang in whole Waterloo and certainly appear on Facebook. We had a nice morning nearly everybody had seen the video with Nicole's fall and everybody made fun of her !

Today it's a bit cooler and as usual it will rain during the weekend, which is sad for working people, I personally don't care.

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14 Sept 2016


Grandson Toby

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1. What's changed in your life, home, or community since your last birthday?

My birthday was in July and nothing has changed ever since

2. September is Classical Music Month. Do you like/listen to classical music? If so what's a favorite piece and/or who is a favorite composer?

I hate classical music or most of it !  As a child I had to go with my parents to concerts and operas and really got an overdose !

3. Besides The Bible, what's a book that has positively changed your life, relationships, career, or perspective? How so?

I have read the bible like a book, and found out that the first testament should be rated X ! No book has ever influenced my life.

4. I read (here) these ten hobbies will make you smarter...play a musical instrument, read voraciously, meditate regularly, work out your brain (puzzles, sudoku, board games, etc), exercise often, learn a new language, write your feelings down (blog, journal, just write), travel to new places, cook different kinds of meals, participate in sports actively

Definitively blogging has made me smarter ! I have learned a lot during the 10 years I am blogging

Are any on this list your current hobbies? Which hobby on the list would you be most inclined to try?

I love to travel !

5. What sports traditions does your family have ?

Except my son who is a sport's freak we have no sport traditions in our family besides sitting on a sofa. 

6. In a few words, weigh in on the current football/National Anthem brouhaha. Keep it family friendly please.

No brouhaha here

7. Where do you have loads of patience, and where do you most lack patience?

In general I am not a patient person

8. Insert your own random thought here.

It's hot today !

13 Sept 2016


On our way back to Eastbourne, we stopped in Moffat which is situated in South West Scotland just off Junction 15 on the M74. It is a cute town full of beautiful flowers, it had been a former winner of Scotland and Britain “in bloom”, and is proud of its floral displays in Station Park, the High Street and throughout the town. Read more here

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12 Sept 2016


Our peaceful vintage life was interrupted this weekend by the visit of son and grandson ! They arrived late Friday evening from Amsterdam

Our cat Arthur loves Toby and showed how happy he was by chasing his tail !

Mr. G. had won some money playing Whist and had given it to Toby. He of course wanted to buy another Lego (he could open a shop by now) and of course a very complicated one for age 8 - 18 and he will be 6 in November. But assembling it took no time, Suddenly it was finished !

That's the piece he assembled !

As the weather was so nice he played with Dad football (soccer) in the garden.

After lunch we went to the Waterloo park  where the yearly farmer's fest took place. There were lots of activities for children and Toby had to try them out !

First jumping around to his hearts content,

Then climbing, the elder once could climb up high in the trees

Observing with interest how a llama did a poo, I also learned something, didn't know that it was like a rapid poo,

Then he brushed he Poney,

and before we left a very friendly policewoman, sat him on her motorbike ! Was he proud !

Then I returned home and they both went to a birthday party to my son's friend, where they stayed over night, as otherwise son couldn't drink the good beer or wine !

On Sunday they came back for lunch. The weather was bad and it rained !  While our son made a little siesta, Toby also to rest a bit watched Television

with Nonna

and of course with Arthur, always present.

The new lego models had to watch too.

Originally it had been foreseen to go to a Medieval Festival, but with the rain, we preferred to stay home. 

Only too soon it was time for them to return home to Amsterdam.

And we returned to our vintage life !