11 Oct 2019


On the  11 of October 1969 we married in Brussels, that means 50 years ago ! That sounds terribly long,  but it went rather quick ! I would never have believed to stay with the same man for such a long time, as I fell in love quickly, but quickly out too ! Mr. G. maybe had the same doubts,  but here we are still together.

The building hasn't changed at all, but we a little bit !

After the ceremony we went with my parents and the wedding witnesses for lunch in a nice restaurant which was called the "Green Dog" ! In the middle of the meal the waiter came and told my new husband that our furniture which we had ordered had just arrived and the men were standing in front of our new apartment ! So he and his bestman left the table and ran to join the furniture men to show them where to put everything.

When we arrived later the new furniture was there and we celebrated with a bottle of Champagne.

In fact we had married already in October and not both marriages (civil and church) in one day, because we had found a beautiful apartment with a little garden which we had to rent immediately. But to rent something together in 1969 was impossible, we had to be married. That we did camp for two weeks in this apartment was a secret, and a sin !

The day we choose was wonderful ! We had real summer weather 25°C and I was glad that I had a dress without sleeves ! I didn't need the jacket. 

Today less and less couples get married because the laws have changed and married or not they have the same rights.

Unfortunately we couldn't celebrate today as it was foreseen because I caught a cold and Mr. G. is not feeling well either. But that's only postponed.

I had found these T-shirts on Internet and had bought them for today. We used to dress alike when we were young with the same T-shirts and Jeans, unfortunately we didn't have the same weather today to wear a T-shirt.

It turned out that this year was a special year ! The first man landed on the moon, Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) social movement was created and also internet !


Andrew said...

Fifty years is a long time. Congratulations. While we may not love with passion as we did when we were young, now it is about caring. Our anniversary of being together is about this date, 40 years ago.

pilch92 said...

Happy Anniversary!

diane b said...

You make a handsome couple then and now. Shame that you shouldn't wear your T-shirts on the day and bad luck about getting sick. We just had to cancel a classic train 5 day tour because I got gastro the day we were to leave. We had to cancel planes, trains and hotels.
Hope you feel better soon and can celebrate your 50 years together. A rare thing these days.

Linens and Royals said...

Congratulations for 50 years of marriage and what a handsome couple you were then and now. Sorry you both were too unwell to celebrate. Your wedding was so different to mine. Me in a small church packed with relatives, engaged for 2 years then married to a man/boy I'm not sure I knew. We paid rent on a small flat for 6 weeks before we were married but wouldn't have dared move in together, accomodation was so hard to find then. Church wedding was enough we didn't need a civil ceremony too. Would love to see photos of you and Mr G dressed alike.

Tamago said...

Happy golden wedding anniversary! I love the photos of you two from 50 years ago and present. You are such a beautiful couple! I didn’t know you had to be married to rent something together back then. So many things have changed in 50 years!
I hope you and Mr. G will get better soon so you can have a big celebration :-)

Maribeth said...

Happy 50th Anniversary! What an accomplishment! I'm still down and out with my cold. Hope you and Mr. G. get well soon!

William Kendall said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Happy belated and hope you get to celebrate soon (after all those years a few more days is as nothing). You were (and still are) a lovely couple. As someone over 10 years ahead of you, I can say with certainty that it continues to fall in and out. But on balance mostly “in” )j). And of course I am “shocked, just shocked” that you started out by living those few weeks in sin...Lol! So funny our moral code was back then and especially, as you say, to think of today that back then you couldn’t rent together unless married (it was the same here as well).

Wendy said...

Such a shame you were both unwell to celebrate properly. 50 years is a huge achievement. Congratulations x