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.

Simplify, Travels

Lunch At De Gavers

It is lovely weather to have a bike ride today. And I said that aloud while D and I were cycling away from home. 😉

We first stopped by a lunch place along the way, to buy broodjes. Then, we cycled slowly to our special bench to enjoy our lunch, while looking out towards the bird sanctuary part of De Gavers.

Belgium, Health

Preventive Screenings

On Monday, I had my OB-GYN check-up. On Tuesday, I went for a mammography. I visited the dentist March this year. Post COVID-19 medical screenings are done for now. Thank goodness!

Today, I vacuumed and tidied up the shed. And since the days are going to get cooler, D and I took down the terrace umbrella and stored it away.

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. 🙂

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. 😉

Belgium, Health, Numbers

Two Tropical Days

This afternoon, I have reinserted the summer comforter back into the covers. If the weather forecast is to be believed, temperatures are suppose to drop to the mid-teens in the evening and early next morning.

Yet again, we have experienced two days of tropical heat! This cannot be good for our well-being.

Events, Food & Drinks


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.

Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Second Round

My cooking must have suited him well. D’s father will be coming over for a warm lunch today. I will be making the same thing, just with beef instead of chicken.

I have to say, getting the warm meal over with in the midday, leaves me with a lot of wiggle room for the rest of the day.

Food & Drinks

Thursday Stir Fry

D and I biked to the Thursday Market this morning to buy things we needed for the next few days.

Today, I was to cook at noon for three people. D’s father joined us for a simple warm lunch of stir fry and rice. Nothing to it. Cooking for one more person is not a challenge. I have prepared food for 50 people back in my uni days. I was young and silly then… 😉