Belgium, Events

Pelican, Fireworks & Plants

It was Harelbeke Feest last weekend.

Heavy rains and chilling temperatures kept D and I away from Friday’s pre-braderie at the city park.

But on Saturday evening after dinner, D and I cycled off to attend a bother-line crazy music performance at Rat Rock. We then walked to the city centre and watched the fireworks from the bridge. Because of the weather, there were much less people this year. But it was fun nevertheless.

Sunday, D and I visited two places for Dag Van De Landbouw. Plants and farming are way more interesting than a city festival. 😉

When we reached home, D and I decided that we still have time to attend some late afternoon activities at the city festival. So, we hopped on our bicycles and were in the city in a few minutes. We met and chatted with people we know, bought some mattentaarten, and supported the fire brigade by buying a burger and beer from their food stand. We cycled home before sunset, and I prepared a stir fry chicken noodle dinner for D.

Mid-September events are on a roll again…

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Belgium, Events

Open Monumentendag 2022

This afternoon, D and I went to visit several sites that are made available to the public on this Open Monumentendag. These kind of outings and cultural exposures are interesting learning experiences for me. I find it a pity that I am almost always the only person of colour amongst the crowd.

D and I concluded the day by treating ourselves to some beers and a lovely sushi dinner.

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Events

QEII

Today, Queen Elizabeth passed away. She has been a constant in my life. A steadfast reminder and proof that a woman can be the ruler of nations. She was a queen to many, but I mourn the passing of a mother, a grandmother, and one of the most important role models of my time.

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Belgium, Events

Drums, Light Shows, Pesto & Breads

Yesterday evening, D and I cycled to Kortrijk. We went there for Kortrijk Drumt – an event which involves more than 200 drummers! There were live music, light shows, fireworks and performances. Admittedly, I was a tad disappointed because there was so much talking, and the accompanying pop songs were so loud that they drowned out the live drumming. Well, at least the event was free.

After the show, D and I went drinking. We cycled back home via the main street at half past one. There, that was another Belgian milestone for me.

Today, we enjoyed a calm Sunday. Watched TV, made a batch of chive pesto, ordered Too Good To Go from a baker nearby, and had a simple barbecue dinner.

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Belgium, Events

Friends & De Gavers

A few days ago, I notified a handful of friends of the event known as De Gavers Uitgepluisd. Two of them were interested and wanted to meet up with D and I.

This afternoon, M’s family of four came to our house for a short visit before proceeding to the lake. I have not seen her for years, and was surprised by how much her children have grown!

When M’s family left, D and I biked to De Gavers and meet up with them there. We spent our time chatting, tree climbing (the daughter), and pedalling a canoe packed tightly with twelve people. 😛

At around five in the afternoon, D and I met up with another friend K and her family. Because it was already late, we did not have time to participate in the free summer activities together. We did spend the brief time that we had chatting, laughing and promising each other that we shall make plans to meet up soon.

After I bought my jar of local honey, D and I sat down at the café for a drink. I had a Goedendag, one of my favourite Belgian beers because of its association with good times.

After our drinks and getting a few free fruits at an info stand, D and I biked home leisurely. As luck has it, I did not have to cook dinner this evening because the neighbours were doing an impromptu barbecue as a closing of the speelstraat. So, for a fair price, D and I joined some of our neighbours and had ourselves a lovely barbecue dinner.

What a day. 🙂

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Events, Food & Drinks, Simplify

Pasta & Errand Walk

Yesterday evening was spent drinking and having a pasta dinner with the neighbours. It was nice. These sort of connections are essential for a healthy community. I was there, the foreigner. We no longer live in a world where everyone looks the same. The sooner we all accept that and get use to it, the better prepared we are to face our ever-changing future.

This morning, I did my errand walk to the bank, library and the grocery store. The cartilage in my knee joints need to be squeezed. 😉

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Gathering

D and I went to a gathering of his old friends yesterday evening.We had a lovely time. I came away from that evening, knowing that life has been good to D and I.

This morning, I made three small jars of apple sauce. In the afternoon, I made four boxes of tomato onion sauce, that are now in the freezer. Best ways to use up the abundance of apples and tomatoes.

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Belgium, Events, Travels

Campo Solar

D won tickets to Campo Solar! 🙂

So yesterday we went to Damme to experience a unique music festival set in the middle of corn fields, sunflowers, wheat fields, and wildflowers. I was thoroughly impressed by the set up and organization of this festival. And cannot be thankful enough that D picked the perfect day to go.

The following are day and night photos of the site:

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Events, Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Simple Summer Celebrations

Last Thursday, D and I cycled to Kortrijk to join his mother and her friends for a summer event known as Kortrijk Zomert. We had drinks, listened to music, and enjoyed ourselves amongst the summer crowds. At half past ten, D and I cycled back home. But because my bike light ran out of batteries, and it was too risky for an inexperience cyclist like me to cycle along the water in pitch black, we cycled half the route on the main street. I survived that.

Yesterday, D and I had the parents over for a simple Sunday barbecue. This way, D’s father may celebrate and enjoy a nice summer evening, not charged with barbecue duties. The pandemic is tough on people with a weak immunity. It is only fair that he gets to enjoy a get-together without the worry of getting sick. I think he appreciated the gesture, for we were gifted a very good red wine from 2005!

It is five o’clock in the afternoon now. Outside temperature is at 33°C and climbing. So far, I have followed the guidelines on how to keep myself and the house cool. Among the many tips of how to keep cool during a heat wave: wear light coloured loose-fitting clothes, drink water regularly, eat fruits and vegetables, open and close the doors and windows at the right time in the day, and avoid being in direct sunlight for too long.

This too, shall pass…

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