28 Apr 2017


1. The week started with our Scrabble group and some other girls because Nicole had her birthday and had invited some after our game. So we were 3 still married girls, 2 widows and one divorced. From the married girls the husbands are all alike they don't like to go out anymore so in total we were 6 "widows" and had a lot of fun and laughter. All worries were forgotten, because we all had one or even several, we talked about and found out that more or less we all had the same. Two of my friend's children are getting divorced and apparently the divorces are not so easy. Sad.

We had a cheese and sugar pie and they all disappeared !

2. We returned to winter and it was freezing, my already white car was even more white with the frost. The farmers are all complaining because it damaged fruits and plants. First it was too warm and everything started to grow and bloom and now it's freezing. Hopefully it won't last too long !

3. Our mayor cancelled the "Repair Café" because of the attacks in France ! Repair Café is a nice invention were volunteers repair household appliances, computers, clothes etc. She (our mayor is a woman) probably thought that the good Waterloo people were tinkering some little bombs out of a sewing machine. There were a lot of protests because we don't want to change our lifestyle because of these crazy terrorists. That's all they want !

4. As I go for a week to Egypt to fill in my empty tank with some energy, I had to buy sun cream ! Because there the sun shines and it is very warm. In the past it was difficult to find sun cream during the winter because you were supposed to stay home and only go away in summer, but now as people travel the whole year long I found what I wanted immediately. On my way back I stopped at Nicole's for a little chat.


We were 17 in our painting class, and one had brought a nice apple cake and another cookies for our coffee break. We were expecting visitors, for new inscriptions, fortunately nobody came, because we are 20 I think when everybody is there and we thought that's enough. Our poor teacher had already a lot to do today ! There was Nicole struggling with horse legs and another with the perspective; As usual it was a nice morning !

The rest of the day I was busy on my computer, it was cold and windy outside.

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26 Apr 2017


Floralia Brussels, Grand Bigard Castle

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1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April?

What else ? Cold, moody, without energy, lazy, half dead !

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

A speech, did it on my son's wedding, I didn't know that my DIL's mum had prepared a speech and read it from a sheet of paper, so I did my best without preparations. I think it worked

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

I went with my grandpa in the woods to pick up wild mushrooms. My grandma prepared them in a huge pancake, at least it seemed huge to me because my mouth was smaller. I have never eaten such a good pancake afterwards ! 

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

It's a French song of course, "Tombe la neige" (The snow falls) but after he stated that she won't come, I don't know the text anymore. We danced a lot to this song because it was romantic and slow ! 

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person? Did you feel like a tourist? Did you care? Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

I have seen all these attractions but from 1989 - 1997, and I don't remember the prices ! Today they are probably more expensive than at that time. The Epcot center was brand new ! I think everybody feels like a tourist in these places unless he lives there ! 

6. Your signature clothing item?
I have no special brand mark, I buy whenever I fall in love with something. That can be in a boutique or on a market. 

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?
Must be the April weather (see above) but no experiences I had should be experienced by anybody ! Why ? Because  ! 

8. Insert your own random thought here.


25 Apr 2017


Hallerbos – ‘The Blue Forest’ – is located in the surroundings of Brussels. The forest is a favourite attraction, thanks to the beautiful purple carpet of bluebells, which bloom around mid-April. The giant Sequoia trees also make a visit to this forest more than worth it.
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24 Apr 2017


It was really cold and during nights it even freezes. Poor flowers which are out or pointing their nose. There was an exhibition of sculptures in "Les écuries" which means "The stables" which has been restored and is now used for exhibitions, it is the "left over" of a castle which had been demolished.

The old farm and the stables remain. The park is public but there were not many people walking around;

The sculptures were real cute and at least not modern art !

The young artist being interviewed.

The next day it was a little warmer and I thought I will have a coffee at the lion, for a tourist watch.

Surprisingly there were many people who even climbed up the 254 steps to the Lion. People sat in the sunshine, me too, but with my coat. There were a lot of Russians and Chinese this time.

and while Mr. G. tries to get the world record in Whist playing with his computer, I visited my neighbour and asked how her new dog is getting used. She is a real friendly doggy and loves her new home.