26 Jul 2017


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1. We've reached edition number 315 here in the Wednesday Hodgepodge. So tell us, what were you doing at 3:15 yesterday? Is that typical? On a scale of 1-10 (with 1 being low and 10 being high) what's your energy level usually like at 3:15 PM?

That's an easy question for an alibi ! At 3.15 I was in a Dinosaur Exhibition with my nearly 7 year old grandson Toby. We had a lot of fun there, it was very interesting it was for adults too. Normally at this time of the day my energy level is good I would say 8.5 !

2. A frisbee, a tantrum, a towel, a party, a punch, or a curveball...which have you most recently thrown or had thrown at/for you? Elaborate.

Nothing of the listed. I am a vintage lady and the only things I throw is garbage in the bin or weeds in the neighbor's garden a  bag. Nobody has thrown anything at me not even Mr. G.

3. What are three things that would help you right now. Tell us how or why.

cup of coffee, a cup of coffee and a cup of coffee. I just woke up and noticed that this post which I had prepared yesterday evening had disappeared this morning. I had to write the whole thing again !

4. Do you think you're strong? Why or why not? What makes you strong?

I can be strong when I have to, and it's my will which makes me strong. But that's very exhausting sometimes. Of course not physically, I couldn't carry a tree trunk around.

5. Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? What's your favorite book set sometime in the past?

I don't like historical fiction or fiction in general. I prefer biographies, or real history books. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I am still raking my brain how my post got lost ! I had it scheduled on my travel computer. I remember to have clicked on "publish" ! I even checked my other blogs in case I had published the post in a wrong blog but no, the post remained missing. Maybe my two computers were bewitched. 

25 Jul 2017


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.

Our tour started in Belfast, and I really liked the city. We had a local guide who walked with us through the city center and explained Belfast read more here.....

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24 Jul 2017


Belgium had its National Day, the King helt a speech on TV, in Brussels was the annual parade with military stuff and police and of course Waterloo celebrated too. A few Belgian flags were hanging on the buildings, and in our street was none, because nobody knew where to buy one me included. But that didn't disturb the festivities and people had a lot of fun.

After the official side of the festivities there was also a flea market going on, an orchestra playing and a lot food stands too. The weather was nice and the park was full of people. I just wandered a little around and visited Nicole whose granddaughter was selling plates, decorations etc. which were laying around in her basement.

The next day my son came with Toby my grandson, who will stay for the first time without parents here with his little friend. My son's best friend has a little boy of the same age and we agreed that he will have more fun with his friend than with us vintage people !

And fun they had ! Benji is 7 and Toby 6 1/2 but they are already specialists with Dad's smartphone.
Unfortunately it rained and they couldn't play outside.

I thought in order to be all together I should propose to bring the lunch. They have more space than we have to put 8 people around a table. My grandson is allergic to nuts so I have to read the ingredients of each package of food.  I had never thought in my life that in all kind of Pizzas from the classical one to fantasy once there were traces of nuts !! I could only buy two large and added 3 quiches and two fruit cakes. We woman thought it would be for a whole army !

The 3 children had a very good appetite so had their fathers and at the end everything was gone except one little piece probably to be polite. Then they ate 2 fruit cakes with ice cream and were finally filled up. Benji's sister 11, had decorated the table and the two boys were teasing each other.

Benji had given Toby a wig and he posed here with dark and long hairs.

The beautiful garden remained empty, it continued to rain. No luck for the boys. After lunch we stayed a bit and then went home. Toby was so occupied that he didn't even say good bye to his dad or us ! Good sign for a boy who stayed for the first time without parents in another country !


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21 Jul 2017


1. Our weather up and downs continue and the week started hot ! The only thing I did was driving to a store and buy two garden chairs, as my son had broken one and I the other. They were on special price and really cheap and when I came home Mr. G. asked me why I hadn't taken 3. I told him that there was only one left, so he took his car and off he went and got the last one.

The rest of the day I spent sitting on the new chair and working on my computer.


The next morning I found a squatter in the new chair, fortunately I had left a scarf on the cushion, because Rosie had used it as bed over night and was still asleep when I discovered her.

3. Our gardener had come despite the heat and trimmed the scrubs and hedges, apparently it didn't disturb him at all. Now our garden looks clean again. I was sitting there and didn't move besides my fingers on the keyboard.

4. As each year I wanted to go to Egypt to the Red Sea for two weeks, and two of my friends too. The winter catalogue had come out and Nicole and I decided to make an early booking because we are sure to go. As earlier you book as better are the prices. I had to change my clothes 3 times. In the morning it was very warm. A  light T-Shirt was OK. Then it cooled down for no apparent reason and I had to put on a long sleeved pullover, two hours later when I wanted to join Nicole at the travel agency it was so hot that I had to change again into a summer dress ! That's crazy,
We booked our two weeks for the 29th of November were happy about all the reductions we got and went out to celebrate that with a drink in a nearby café.

5. It was my turn to receive our scrabble group.

We could play outside, and had a lot of fun as usual. Cat Arthur was happy to have so many ladies around him, he is very social. And when we had cake with whipped cream, he loved us even more !

I lost, Mireille who just plays here on the picture,  has always to bend over to see better, because she is half blind but she always wins !! She is such a courageous woman that sometimes we forget to help her and guide her, she never complains and tries to make the best out of her situation.

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19 Jul 2017


Seen in Killarny (Ireland)


1. Growing up, were you close to your grandparents? Tell us one or two specific things you remember about them.

I was more than close to my grandparents, I lived with them until the age of 6, when my parents took me back because I had to go to school.  My grandma was and is an example to me, the way she was, we were very close and my grandpa took me in the woods and explained nature to me, and built toys for me. My father never played with me.

2. What's an item you were attached to as a child? What happened to it?

Can't remember anything I was attached to as a child.  Nothing.

3. When you look out your window, do you see the forest or the trees (literally and figuratively)? Explain.

That question makes me laugh. When I look out of my window I see my neighbour's house and her hedge, a weeping willow and the street. But on the other side I used to have views on fields, now there are houses too. Figuratively I see nothing only the truth.

4. Do you like sour candies? Which of the 'sour' foods listed below would you say is your favorite?

grapefruit, Greek yogurt, tart cherries, lemons, limes, sauerkraut, buttermilk, or kumquats

Have you ever eaten a kumquat? What's your favorite dish containing one of the sour foods on the list?

I don't like candies in general. But all the food listed I like, I probably have eaten kumquat, but I don't know exactly. My favourite food would be sauerkraut. 

5. July 1st marked the mid point of 2017. In fifteen words or less, tell us how it's going so far.

So far I can't complain, decent weather, some holidays,  no serious diseases in the family

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I have a decision to take ! Do I join a walker group or not. I am rather lazy just to walk through the world only for walking, but I like walking and take pictures and look around me. This is probably due to my childhood where I had to walk with my parents each Sunday because it was healthy to walk. It was so boring ! Now in Ireland where I had to walk quiet a bit to join the others and not always be the last one, I walked and the next day I felt it in my legs.  I think I will give it a try, apparently the group is so nice according to my friend Nicole who is already member. 

18 Jul 2017


The names of the city and county of Derry or Londonderry in Northern Ireland are still the subject of a naming dispute between Irish nationalists (mostly Catholics) and unionists (mostly protestants). Generally, nationalists favour using the name Derry, and unionists using Londonderry. Legally, the city's name is Derry. But apparently the dispute about the name is still not finished because both names are used. To me it always had been Londonderry as the UK calls it and now I learned something new, but it is still confusing, even Wikipedia is not sure, if you ask for Londonderry, you get "Derry". Read more here

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17 Jul 2017


At this time last week I was sitting in the airport in Dublin and waited for my flight. Now I am home and it seems to me that my holidays were 20 years ago !

I took these pictures out of the airplane window and I think nowhere else in the world you can find these charming patchwork landscapes like in Ireland and England.

I had also been in a fairy village, but not for long because we all realized that it was for children.

I am proud of myself, I don't fear horses anymore ! I even petted this one. That's new for me a couple of years ago I wouldn't have approached a horse !

We were invited Saturday afternoon and our friend served us a gooseberry cake, which was delicious and I hadn't eaten gooseberries for years ! Our friend wanted to see a few pictures from Ireland which I did. We had a nice afternoon.

Sunday there was a special event at our Waterloo Lion's battle field (with the Irish accent "bottle field") volunteers carried handicapped people who were unable to walk and climb the 253 steps to the Lion. It was a hard job

but they managed it. Unfortunately I couldn't take any pictures it was too far away from the entrance. I think that was really nice to organize such a thing, the view over the fields is very beautiful.

It was a rather quiet weekend.

For Macro Monday

I have this flower photo which I took in a park in Ireland.

and for Mellow Yellow this nice Irish Pub

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14 Jul 2017


I returned from my trip around Ireland on Sunday evening and then I started the week with :

1. Trying to think about all I had seen and in which order because in my head it was a big mess. As there was nothing to do in the household, besides baking a bread which the machine did, and I only had to push on the button, I tried to sort out my photos and gave some phone calls to tell that I am back. 

After lunch I had enough and went to Nicole to tell her about my trip and to get updated of the happenings during my absence.

Of course I told her about my international group which was so nice and the fun we had. We were coming from all corners of the world, Australia, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand and even 6 Europeans including me. Below left in the striped T-Shirt is my room mate from New Zealand.

2. The weather had been quiet nice in Ireland, but back home it rained. I wasn't disorientated at all ! Apparently Ireland is worse than Belgium because at least here it can get into the 30° while there a heat wave starts at 25° !  I worked on my photos and created folders. In the afternoon I went to Ilona and we could sit outside the sun had come out.


When I saw my photos of Belfast I thought how sad it is that even more than 40 years after the "war" between Catholics and Protestants you can still feel the tension. There was a wall full of graffiti which separated the Catholic part from the Protestants. We had gotten a pen to write something on the wall. I thought the Muslim extremist could join them, maybe that would give a balance !

4. Physically I was home and did what I had to do, but mentally I was always busy with my tour !
Ilona was occupied with paperwork, notaries and all what comes up when somebody passed away. In her case her mother and as it often happens when there are more than one heir, disagreements come up although everybody had thought that would never happen. To cheer her up we went for lunch together and had mussels with "French" fries, the Belgian National plate. It was very good.

I told her that on my to do list is written that I want to ride on a horse. I was always afraid of horses and now I am not anymore !

5. Since the 1st of July Belgian started its summer sleep. School holidays for 2 months. And so is the government and most of the companies and it's better not to be ill in this period. Lots of shops are closed and of course I have no aqua gym and no painting course neither !

The only thing which remains is our scrabble ! We put it on Thursdays instead of Mondays during the holiday period.

The sun was shining and we scrabbled our heads were smoking ! We had a coffee break with delicious cakes and then continued ! We had a real nice afternoon. Next week it will be my turn to receive the girls.

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12 Jul 2017


Nice place to eat

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1. When was the last time you chatted with a neighbor? About what? (sharing that last bit is optional)

Yesterday, of course they asked me to chat about my tour around Ireland

2. River, lake, ocean, or waterfall...which one are you most like and why?

That's a difficult question I love them all equally, a river because I love to watch the running water, a lake because it's so peaceful, an ocean because you look over it and there is no limit. 

3. July 13 is National Delaware Day. Ever been to Delaware? Delaware is called 'the first state' because it was the first to declare independence from the British. What's your state's nickname and does that moniker make sense to you? If you were in charge, what nickname would you give your home state?

Yes I know where Delaware is, I am not like a certain Mr. Trump whose knowledge in geography is rather limited. Ever since I was in Ireland I would call my city "Bottlefield", as the Irish guide pronounced "Battlefield". And I live on Waterloo's battlefield.

4. What dish did you contribute to the last pot luck meal you attended? Do you have a go-to recipe for pot luck suppers?

Usually I make a pasta salad, everybody likes it and I have different recepe

5. What is your number one tip for a brand new parent?

None, they won't listen anyway

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I have the impression that in my head there is a big mess. 7 days travelling around Ireland and then sort out your pictures, is quite a challenge. Fortunately I had named them, otherwise I would never find out which rock belongs to which place as it was mostly the beautiful landscapes we saw.

11 Jul 2017


My 7 day tour is over and I am back home now. It had been a wonderful trip, also thanks to all people in our group. We didn't know each other before, came from different continents and became almost a family !

Here we are all together. I think the picture was taken in Londonderry but I am not so sure.

We have seen such a lot that it will me take a moment to sort out all the pictures and get my memories together and in order !

Here we are visiting everything to be seen from Derry to Galway and  Killarney, were we stayed over night. The hotels were all very pretty and comfortable and I tried to eat Irish food, which in my opinion is very similar to a southern area of Germany.

I also had to get used to the Irish accent and to the different English accents in my group, the American accent I knew, the Australian I found very similar to English, but the New Zealand accent was a bit different, because instead of bread I heard breed.

We also had a lot of fun  in the bus playing quiz and sometimes the answers were hilarious ! 

The last evening we spent in Killarney were we stayed for two nights. In the evening we went out all together for a dinner with an Irish step dancing show. (I had already seen Michael Flatley in Riverdance  in Brussels). It had been great fun, except my meal, I had ordered a bacon steak, which should be the Gammon, and yes it looked like but it must have been a grandma pig, because it was so hard ! That was the only time I wasn't happy with my meal.

Ireland is a very beautiful country, the only bad point is the climate ! That's because the grass is so green !

The first time in my life I saw trees with crocheted stockings !!

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9 Jul 2017


The last evening we had a supper with an Irish show all together ! What fun !

And now it's over and with a heavy heart but the promise to meet on our especially created Facebook page !

We all live so far from each other except the once from the UK

7 Jul 2017


Today is our last day of my tour around Ireland. For 7 days we had a wonderful time and saw a lot of course. It gives you a nice idea of what Ireland is looking today !

We have seen so many things that I first have to sort out my pictures and write about my trip more in details. Anyway, we were a very nice group of 38 people. And once again this trip confirmed what I always thought, from whatever continent we are coming, whatever nationality we have we are all the same. Maybe our style of life is different, certainly the clima too, but the people themselves they could be your neighbor in your country.

We were only 6 from the European continent. British and I. The others came from far away, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, and even Thailand. And we had so much fun.The pictures above give you an idea about our trip;

I shared my bedroom a few nights between a New Zealand lady and a young woman of 28. It all went very smoothly, although we never had seen each other before. It proves that there is no problem to travel "alone" you will never be alone if you are in a group.

The Irish accent made us laugh especially me when a man explained the history of a "bottlefield" and it took me some time to realize that he meant "battlefield". From now on I will call the Waterloo battlefield "bottlefield".

So now I have to join the others and we continue our bus tour direction Dublin, where the tour ends tomorrow !

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