23 Aug 2017


Brussels' waffles

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1. Did you watch the solar eclipse? Your thoughts? Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Starburst candies, a Blue Moon beer, a Sunkist orange, or a Milky Way candy bar...what's your favorite eclipse related snack on this list?

When was that ? I totally missed it. Anyway with the "wonderful" weather we have here the sky is packed with thick clouds, there could be a solar eclipse everyday and I wouldn't notice ! 

2. What are you 'over the moon' about these days? What's something you enjoy doing every 'once in a blue moon'?

There is nothing which could make me feel "over the moon" for the moment. I haven't won in the lottery either, no wonder because I never played ! I don't like shopping but once in a blue moon I need new feathers and then I look for something to wear, a blouse, a pullover or a T-shirt. 

3. Tell us about something in the realm of science that interests you. How do you feed that interest?

That's a very tricky question ! Science is such a vast subject ! But at least I found the answer in a dictionary :  Science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
‘the world of science and technology’ 

Therefore I would be interested in animals and I feed my interest in feeding my 3 cats.

4. What are a few things you remember about going back to school as a child?

I only remember that I hated going to school and that all my teachers were monsters. At that time the kids weren't kings yet !

5. I've seen several versions of this around the net so let's make one of our own...share with us five words that touch your soul and briefly tell us why.

What touches my soul ? A sunset or sunrise, because of its beauty, my cats when they are playing and make me laugh, a flower bouquet makes me happy, my grandson whom I don't know yet really, meeting with good friends. (I hope the answers fit, because I didn't really understand the question)

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I think of everything I should do and make a long list in my mind, and then I hesitate if I should do it today or tomorrow ??

22 Aug 2017


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

We also shortly stopped at Waterville  a small coastal village located between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane on the scenic and famous Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Famous for its game angling and its 18 hole championship golf links, Waterville is also a paradise for the hill-walker, cyclist, pony trekker, ornithologist, astronomer, archaeologist, sea and shore angler, water sport enthusiast and indeed for the general holidaymakers unfortunately not for those who love the heat and lot of sunshine. Read more here

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21 Aug 2017


Bad weather or not, I followed the invitation of my old schoolfriend and went for a long weekend to Holland where they have a cute little holiday house. My friend's father has bought it in the 70th, from a fisherman. In this street there are only German families now in the 2nd or 3rd generation, all bought at the same time. They are not far from Brussels, not even two hours drive.

The house had been transformed and renovated through the years and has become very comfortable

My friend has a big family so they needed space and they just transformed the attic into a huge bedroom one part with two beds separated by a wall where two beds and a little desk are standing while on the other side there are another 4 beds. So I had the choice ! The only difficulty was getting up there because the stairs were very steep. But after two days I got almost used of it.

Each day it rained but late afternoon the sun came out and we could sit in the garden. My friend and I know each other since 1951 in Bonn (Germany), then both fathers moved to Brussels to work for the Common Market which has become the European Union. Our ways separated when she returned to Germany to study and I remained in Brussels. Nevertheless we always stayed in contact at that time by letters of course. Over the years she had 3 children and I one son. She became a grandma of 5 very early and her eldest grandson is 30, the youngest just 6 ! We are both chatterboxes, but she even more than I, poor husband had to raise his voice to place a word ! There was so much to chat !

When I arrived she was busy to make jam and had filled it in glasses.

Because of the rainy weather I didn't do very much, I just chilled out. Despite (for me) cold weather (20°)  they both swam in the sea at the end of the day. I stayed home in the warmth. I didn't even want to come along to the beach ! Anyway they do everything by bike when they are here. The last time I rode a bike was probably 30 years ago or more and they are not the youngest once either my friend and I have both the same age 74 and the hubby is a little older.

On Saturday early morning I heard loud snoring through my earplugs, there were two men with their equipment in the garden to cut down the overgrown pine tree which took away all the sunshine.

The event was filmed and photographed for the eternity ! We assisted to the show and admired the men how quickly they worked.

When they were gone the garden seemed much bigger and lighter too. 

The last day I went with them by car and we had an ice cream on the beach. The beach wasn't very crowded but still swimmers in the sea !

The sunsets were often very beautiful !

Sunday afternoon I sadly drove home, I had such a nice time and digging in our childhood memories had been such a fun !

I had been in this area


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18 Aug 2017


From n° 1 to n° 4 I have nothing to report, except that I didn't do anything, I needed a little rest from all the excursions I had done with my friend Claudie.

n°5 This morning I did my little suitcase again because I will drive to the Netherlands. My old schoolfriend had invited me for a couple of days.

They have restored an old little fisherhouse as holiday home. I think last time I have been there must be at least 5 years ago.

If ever there is nothing anymore on my blog that means that I have Internet difficulties.

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16 Aug 2017


Meyboom celebrations at the Grand' Place Brussels

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1. Do your actions match your words? Elaborate.

Of course ! If I say something I also do it. Otherwise I won't say anything. I am also very spontaneous, therefore it's almost simultaneously that as soon as the words are out the action follows ! Which sometimes I regret, but can't take back.

2. Sick as a dog, go to the dogs, dog days of summer, dog tired, it's a dog's life, every dog has it's day, can't teach an old dog new tricks...now doggone it which saying could most recently be applied to your life?

For the moment I would say I am dog tired but in a nice way. The last week with my friend from France we have done such a lot of things, which explains why "dog tired" fits the best.

3. Your favorite book featuring a dog in the storyline? What makes it a favorite?

Answering on books is difficult for me because the book title changes in each language and it depends if I read in German or French. I never read a book about a dog in English ! 

4. What's something you hope to one day have the confidence to do?

To ride on a horse ! I have never done it because I was afraid of horses, now I am not anymore so I want to try !

5. August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. So tell us a joke.

I am sorry but usually I don't like jokes and if a joke is really nice I forget it. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I am invited by my old schoolfriend to her summer house at the Dutch coast and I am thinking if I should go on Thursday or Friday as the weather is so moody !

15 Aug 2017


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

On our list also was Blarney Castle, (whole history) which is most famous for its stone. The legend tells has the power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as ‘pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending’. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and, to kiss it, one has to lean backwards - grasping an iron railing - from the parapet walk....
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