25 May 2018

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The week started me feeling like on holidays, the sun was shining and it was warm, despite the weatherman's announced rain !



We could scrabble outside. We were only 3 because Nicole is on Holidays in Turkey and the other friend makes a round trip through the USA. It's always nice to get together and after the game we chat over a cup of coffee with cake.

The fake flowers in our front yard got competition



The rhododendron was in full bloom ! Unfortunately now it starts to loose the petals !

This year in August I will make a big trip as you can see below ! I am travelling with my friend Bunny and we had to prepare all documents and papers and whatsoever for the Russian visa !



It was so complicated ! Now we have all informations I "only" have to fill in the application form and gather all requested documents. To my surprise when I called the Russian Embassy the guy spoke English and not French. In the past nobody spoke English it was forbidden because of the cold war. The only foreign language which was allowed was French the once official language for diplomats. At the consulate it was the same but I could choose between English and French, but the girl there also preferred English.

Aqua gym was as usual, we were not many people, most of the retired people are on holidays now to avoid the mass with children and expensive prices in July and August, which is high season mostly everywhere. So we had more than enough room to hop around.

It had been over a week that we haven't met Ilona, because she had a lot of work to do in her house, replacing the floors, paint the walls etc. But yesterday we could sit in her garden it was so warm that we moved into the shade under a tree.


 stolen from Facebook 

In the evening a thunderstorm started, fortunately apart from very heavy rain we had nothing, but in other parts around Waterloo there were a lot of flooding, and lots of damages ! Poor people who lost all their furniture and the houses are full of mud.






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23 May 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE

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Marathon sleep



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1. The last place you visited/patronized where you felt like you were given 'the royal treatment'?

Or I am always getting a royal treatment or I can't remember

2. The last task you completed that was a 'royal pain'?

I never heard this expression : because when I am in pain I always think, now my end is near, so I don't know what should be royal in this situation ?

3. How have your strengths helped you succeed? How have your faults hindered you?

My faults ?? can't remember that I was hindered by anything in my professional life !  And at home the fault I have is that housework is not my cup of tea and that maybe hinders something in the house ?

4. If you found a remote that could rewind, fast forward, stop and start time, what would you do with it?

If it still looks nice and clean and works I would use it instead of ours because ours becomes old and is a bit used up ! Or maybe I should sell it ? Who needs a remote control ?

5. Any special plans for the Memorial Day weekend? Will you in some way honor or recognize the meaning of this day (remembering people who died in service to their country)? Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Does your town do anything special to mark the day?

I never visited Arlington. 

There was no Memorial day this past weekend nowhere in Europe (to my knowledge) .. We celebrated Pentecoste (whitsun) although a lot of people enjoyed the long weekend without knowing what Pentcoste meant or why the day was off. I remember that Jesus went again to heaven according to my 8 year old son who had learned it at school : Jesus died and weeks later he was still alive and went to heaven. I have no idea if my grandson knows that ! We stayed home and enjoyed the nice weather !

6. Insert your own random thought here

I think that I have to call the Russian embassy to ask for a visa and what documents they need.  I hope there is not too much papers to be filled in ! Since I am retired I am allergic to all paperwork !








22 May 2018

GARDEN FINISHED

Each year in spring it is the same when you have a garden (yard) and you have to prepare it for the rest of the year or almost because the seasons have changed. At least that's my believe !

This year we also had to "repair" the damages our internet provider had done by digging a deep hole in our garden by mistake !! This part of the garden had to be completely redone.

I don't have a green thumb and reduce garden work to a minimum  and Mr. G. never had.

This part of the garden had to be covered with a thick plastic which doesn't allow weeds to grow and then covered with barks.



Of course Mr. G. couldn't do that anymore and I hired a gardener



 it was quite some work  !



Now it looks nice and clean



He also cut what had to be cut in the shrubs



Now it's nice to look at the blooming lilac





I put fake flowers in my pots so I don't have to water it and nobody can see that they are fake when people walk by our house.



The entrance



I honestly don't care, the most important thing is that it looks nice and clean.



the front yard




and on the side a rockery

We have been told to let some weeds in the lawn like daisies for the bees because we all have to feed them otherwise they die out. Therefore I have a good excuse not to pull out weeds all the time !




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21 May 2018

WEEKEND MAY 19

It was the weekend of Pentecost or WhitsundaY. Therefore all shops and stores were closed and a lot of people away to the sea or in the Ardennes as it was a long weekend. Monday is also a holiday and everything closed.

Anyway I had to sort out my photos which kept me busy.

But before I have been in Windsor because I was invited to Harry's and Megan's wedding ! It was a last minute invitation and I badly needed a hat because all ladies would probably wear a hat ! and I found a nice one !



Unfortunately this was only a dream, in reality I was laying on the sofa and watched this very special wedding on TV. I took pictures just for me when I read my blog in a few years.



I watched on the Belgian channel RTB where it started already at around 10 am (in the UK it was  9 am) They showed the little town of Windsor the little streets and explained about the castle and its  history. It was very interesting. Then for those who didn't really know the couple, they talked about them both. how they met etc.

 Then the first guests arrived



I recognized Pippa the sister of Kate and underneath George Clooney who was the only one not wearing a dark suit but a silvery thing and not very respectfully had always a hand in his pocket. Therefore his poor wife looked a bit overdressed ! There were many more celebrities but I thought I would find better pictures on internet.



The inside of the church and the Queen with Prince Philip. I had been in this church one day after Edward (youngest son of the Queen) married Sophie Rees Jones in 1999. It was a pure coincidence that I visited the church just one day after their wedding, but I was visiting my son who lived in London at that time and he wanted to show me Windsor and it's castle. I remember that I found the church very small inside and wondered that so many guests could sit in there. There still also was the floral decoration.



arriving of the bride who walked alone up the stairs and



 Before the marriage vows, officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the assembled guests – plus many millions watching on television around the world – heard a sermon delivered by American preacher Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. I loved it ! He was speaking and gesticulating like 10 Italians together and I saw in the public that a few people had to smile (the younger once even laughed) and the others tried to remain serious. Never in my life I had heard a preacher like him in this outburst of temperament !The Bishop behind him didn't move I thought he looks like a figure out of Mme Tussaud's wax cabinet ! The contrast of both men was hilarious.



and then took the arm of Prince Charles.



the young couple

I watched until the end when the TV channel returned to the News ! I didn't want to go from this beautiful wedding to the ugly and bloody news we have each day !

I didn't do anything else I was feeling lazy and a bit tired. So two days staying home and work a bit on my computer was a nice rest. 



18 May 2018

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Another week went by and it seems to me more and more quick !



This time we had to dress in thick pullovers and play scrabble inside it was only 17 °C  ! Last week the temperature was almost double and we could play outside. Dog Tosca saw our coffee break arriving and was very interested in the salmon toasts. This time we had a salty break with cherry tomatoes, olives and toast. We were only 3 because the two others were on holidays !



The bouquet I got for mother day looks still beautiful and fresh !



Despite our rollercoaster weather the rhododendron bush is blooming amongst my fake flowers in pots ! It's nice to have both, the most important is, that I don't have to work !




This is the truth ! Summer, winter, spring and autumn clothes are all hanging all together ! Useless to select them per season ! Yesterday I had to change 3 times, very cold in the morning, very warm in the afternoon, and cool in the evening ! We still have the heating timer set on 20° !



We were three to have lunch in this Lebanese Restaurant. I had already eaten Lebanese plates, and was disappointed of what was on offer here. It was presented like a buffet and you could eat as much as you wanted, but the food didn't taste good at least for me. I was surprised that they served carrots with peas in the main course !

And another week ended.








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16 May 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE










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1. What would you say is your biggest day to day challenge?

Get out of my bed when it is so grey and cold !

2. May 16th is National Biographers Day. What's a biography you really enjoyed reading? Is this a genre you read regularly?

I like biographies very much. I think the last one I read was the one of Diana Princess of Wales 




3. How important is keeping a clean house? Do you need to de-clutter your life?

I think it's normal to keep a house clean, but not sterilized. There is nothing to de-clutter in my life actually, I have done that long time ago.

4. You're the 8th dwarf. What's your name?

Moody



5. What's surprised you the most about your life or life in general?

That's a difficult question, because nothing surprised me in my life or life in general, it just all happened and I am still here !

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I try to put my shopping list together, and think if I need something else. I always forget something !