Sunday, February 28, 2010

It was a rainy day

Making of a molehill

There's a huge wind in the willows here today and the mole hills keep popping up.

I don't think I'd ever seen a molehill before, other than in fairy tales. I do remember Mole and his friends, learning and surviving, but the reality of burrowing moles is anything but a fairy tale.



After much careful vigilance, Finnigan brought us in a mole today. They are teeny tiny like little mice, only pointier noses. They get summarily whisked out the back door paper towel and all. Thanks Finni for all your hard work :)


When Zoë gets inconsolable, a great pastime is to put her in the baby carrier while Michael stomps on the molehills to restore what little lawn they have.


It was probably the Belgians that thought of the game Whack-a-Mole. I remember them playing this at the Ottawa Exhibition.



Want to play Whack a Mole?


Credits: Book cover - http://www.borderlandsbooks.com/images/books/24140_669.jpg
Photo: http://trickyrelativity.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/whack-a-mole.jpg

Friday, February 26, 2010

February 26th. is a special day

This is a picture of my great-aunt Jean. My father's, mother's, sister. Aunt Jean is celebrating her 100th. birthday today! She's the most amazing woman I know.



Zoë at 7 weeks, one hundred years apart in age!



This is Aunt Jean and another special cousin Alta Rodger who is also celebrating a birthday today, but we're not saying which one...it's just special.


This is my nephew Mark, seated beside my great-niece Madeline. He's a great guy and we're not telling his age either, but he is available :)



This is our dear (I was about to say oldest) friend Charles...the one on the right. You'd never believe how old he is....pretty good for an 85 year old eh! :)


Happy Happy Day to some very special people in my life who happen to share this date as their special day. I'll eat a little Belgian Chocolate in your collective honour and a cake too! Best wishes all. XXXOOO

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Where Love Lives

I'm not going to give up my day job, but there is a certain lure to the movie business. This was a lot of fun. Thanks to Hal Ketchum for the inspiration.



Hope you'll enjoy my first attempt at "you tubing". All credit goes to the cast and crew without whom I could never have done this:)

Monday, February 22, 2010

After the party

Zoë went to her first party yesterday. The pre-natal group get-together after all the babies are born. Zoë was the youngest in the group and I can't wait to see the photo that they took of all the babies lined up on the bed. It was not a long party as the guests had all had about enough after a few hours. This is how our little miss looked upon returning. All dressed up for her first festivity.


Finally a shot with the eyes open. I still don't like taking photos of babies with the flash. I'm so worried it may hurt their little eyes. We don't have a lot of pictures with her eyes open, because when they are, she is usually busy with the necessities of life and then she's asleep again. This past week she slept through the night, and now at a bit over 10 pounds, Jane and Michael are hoping a new trend is setting in.


The guests have gone and the galavanting has stopped for a bit, so more photos of Zoë will be forthcoming. We are planning a photo organization later today. I am also hoping to learn how to do a video for the blog. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Six Weeks

Yesterday we celebrated Zoë's sixth week. We always have CAKE on Tuesdays to toast our "Tuesday's Child"..so full of grace. I've been away a bit touring with guests, so I'm posting a couple of overdue photos. The last time the sun shone in Bruxelles, we went walking. These are the pictures that "Mamère" took of Zoë and Mummy ....a few weeks back.



I'm sure you'll see a change even a couple of weeks later. Our little cupcake is now a 10 pounder! She's doing amazingly well and keeping her parents on their toes at all times. She's a charmer and she likes my songs.




We're very biased here, but we think she's the cutest thing we've ever seen!


On this walk with Daddy, you can see the nice day we had...yesterday.
We keep getting more snow, which is quite rare here, but at this stage venturing out each day does everyone lots of good. I remember leaving my kids out in the carriage in the winter to have naps - on sunny days with the warmth of the sun...they think I'm weird, but she may end up on the porch yet! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A little seasonal Variation

This is a nice little Christmassy heart shaped wreath. The photo is taken on a snowy Valentine's Day in Herent, Belgium.

In a train station

I've been very busy this past week touring with cousins who stopped in on their way back to Canada. We had a whirlwind time in Brugges, Mechelen, and Brussels. One day, on our way to Brugges we were in the train station in Leuven and I thought I heard one of my favourite songs from "The Chorus" being sung. Ever so sweetly, this little group of Choristes were singing "Vois Sur Ton Chemin".




I adored this movie and highly recommend it. If you have not seen it, you must. These are my very own little "Choristes" only too happy to be "Stars" in the Leuven train station. One of those moments.


Sweet little voices and faces too. Click on the image to enjoy their smiles.

Les Choristes - Trailer if you wish to watch

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day

A little late, but not forgotten. A few of the windows I viewed on Valentine's Day in Brussels. Hope everyone had a little chocolate.






Saturday, February 6, 2010

Antwerp is Rubens

When you arrive in Antwerp you know it's a different Belgian city. Even the train station is classy.


Okay so it's the diamond center as well, but we're not here for jewels today.


When you tour Antwerp in February, sometimes you have galleries almost all to yourselves. Is anyone coming to see us?????



This is why you must love Rubens. Real women. Love it. One is allowed to take pictures without flash of Rubens' work, but not of bakery windows!


Statue in the square.



In the garden at Rubens' house.



The courtyard of Rubens' Antwerp home.



This is the dinner at "The Bistro". It was chicken with almonds, caramelized apples, and plump raisins in a Marsala wine sauce. The garnish was a string of jewel-like currants and a sprig of cress. I will definitely try to recreate this meal. The photo is grainy as I was surreptitiously taking it with no flash in a dimly lit restaurant.


After a long day, there is nothing like sitting in a cosy bistro with a glass of champagne and a plate of cheeses with little olives, gherkins, and cocktail onions with a dipping mustard. Then the lights go down and dinner is served. Total time two and a half hours. So civilized. The last train home ends a wonderful day.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For Lennie

What would you do?

I'm about to get going into Sterrebeek, and you are likely still asleep. Well, maybe Karen is still up...you can always call me as long as it's after 2 a.m. Karen! I see by my computer that it's 3:50 a.m., your time, add six hours and it's almost 10 a.m. here. This is what is so great about being connected to home in various ways. A friend sent me this through an email and I think it's so adorable I wanted to share. Thanks G.




Personally I'm with the little red head...reminds me of Jill's granddaughter. I think this shows great resolve. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, or as they also say....eat dessert first!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Let's go for a walk!

Mummy, the sun is out in Belgium and I think it would be a good idea to go for a walk, outside, in the stroller, in the sunshine.


This bear outfit is totally necessary for going out of doors in the winter, in Belgium, where it is rarely sunny.....run outside everyone.....catch the sun!


There is nothing quite so good as a stroll in the fresh air on a sunny day in Belgium.


Nothing quite as good as a snooze indoors in the buggy when the walk is over.


Everyone agrees that pink is a girl's best colour



Mummy, I love to hear you singing to me. I'm watching you and Daddy very carefully these days.



This was the song that was playing at this moment. I was thinking how à propos the feeling was.