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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What I've been up to this last year ...


It's a typical November day today. It's very wet and terribly grey outside, and I don't really feel like going out today even if this is my day off from work.. Instead, it's time to get into cocooning modus -  ( I'm still in my jamies ) - and check out the new toy  laptop my hubby surprised me with two days ago. I did need some time to get accustomed to the new Windows 8 but all seems to be going  well and I have now access to all my photos and favorite programs!  Yaaaay!!
While exploring my new laptop something happened. I began to miss blogging, and the good old days of Nablopomo so many years ago when it all started for me. It was where I met friends all over the world
Some of you are on Facebook now, some of you I have lost track of since I lost my favorite Google reader.( I was too busy with real life stuff when Google decided to deactivate the google reader. )
So I have no idea who is still out there, still interested to see what I've been up to lately. I have no idea if I'm still in your reader or not.
Life has been so hectic this past year, you can't even begin to imagine!
Shortly after I posted my previous post on this blog my dear husband had a little stroke. Don't worry, he's okay now, but it scared the hell out of me!
Anyway, every time something bad happens, something good is bound to come out of it. At least that's what I believe. The good thing was I restored contact with a IRL friend I had lost over the course of the years. She was the shoulder to cry on in those difficult days!
Since then we started longing to start a new life at the other side of the country, closer to my family and my friend. So we started looking ... And we found our dream appartement soon after!
To cut a long story short, we have moved to the coast in June, and since then I have been working full time again. The first few months were sheer hell to me, it really took time to adjust to this new lifestyle.





Anyway, the moving boxes have all disappeared now and I'm kind of used to my new life. Winter is approaching, the days are shorter and the evenings are longer. Looks I could make some time now and again to post something. No more blogging every day though, I won't promise you that. Just keeping in touch.
Please tell me, who is still out there? Leave me a comment and tell me how you're doing?

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Sinterklaas Parade in my Town

Lots and lots of little children together with their parents or grandparents were gathered in the main street of my town Saturday afternoon. They came to see the Sinterklaas parade. Sinterklaas is a holy man, a friend of the children, a colleague of Santa Claus, let's say. He lives in Spain, but he arrives in Belgium at the end of November, and on the evening of the 6th of december, he brings toys and sweets to all the children.
I did not want to miss the parade, so I was there with my camera ...







The black faced men are the Zwarte Pieten or Black Petes. They are the helpers of Saint Nicholas. They help Saint Nicholas to distribute all the gifts and candy on the 6th of December. But above all, they have to keep an eye on the children to make sure they're good. When I was a kid, Black Pete told me he would come and fetch me and put me in a big brown potato bag if I did not finish my soup. I had many nightmares and sleepless nights over that!






But now, all they really do is throw some candy ...









... and pose for me!






Monday, November 19, 2012

Autumn 2012






The last two weeks have been rather busy around here,  that's why I haven't gotten round to posting the rest of my pictures from that gorgeous photo walk yet! The weather has been dull, rainy and gray since then, and that's a pity. The leaves haven't all fallen just yet, and their colors are still gorgeous. I have the afternoon all to myself today, so I'm gonna see if I can take some more Autumn pictures. I'm sure It won't be the same without the blue sky, but I'm gonna try it anyway!  




  
 
















Tuesday, November 6, 2012

The walk continues ...


It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon when we made this long photo walk. Part one of this series of photos is here if you're interested. 



We continued our walk. It was a photographers dream, behind every curve of the path, there was another great photo.



Patches of sunlight highlighted beautiful details ...




and threw shadows on the trees... 







Blue skies and gorgeous Autumn colors reflected in the pond...












I will be back with more photos from this beautiful walk sometime later this week.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday's Fave Five, the Halloween Edition

A perfect week like this one just would not be complete without a collage of some of the highlights from it. That's why it's always a good idea for me to join Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and share five favorite things from the week that has passed.


1. Our daughter Patsy invited us for a little birthday dinner last Saturday. She's such a great cook, dinner at Patsy's is always a treat. She made a delicious pumpkin soup as a starter, and a roast of deer with salsify in a curry cream sauce. Yummmmmmmm!!

2.  Sunday was such a beautiful sunny day, so we went out on a photo walk to try and capture the beauty of Fall. We had a rather unexpected photo opportunity when we met a falconer who was hunting for rabbits with a Harris Hawk. I was able to make some amazing photos of the man and his bird. Photos still need to be published, so come and see next week!


3. It was a bit of a slow week this week, no cooking lessons or ceramics class, which gave me a lot more time to spend behind my computer. I found some time to blog, and I just LOVED all the comments you gave me. It's great to get in touch with all of my friends again!

4. A Halloween market was held in my town on Wednesday evening.The whole town was decorated with pumpkins and skulls, the shop assistants were dressed up as witches and vampires, shops were open until ten ... It was a fun evening! Of course I was there with my camera, pictures are here if you're interested.

5. The Blue Tits around our house are already thinking of Spring. They were thoroughly inspecting the nest boxes on my patio this afternoon! The nest box on the bottom left of this collage is a new one my hubby bought as a birthday gift, and we repaired the other one, so there are two for rent this year. Let's hope they'll vacate one of them next Spring!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween in my Town





Halloween has become quite a commercial success over the last decade here in Belgium, and for the second year in a row a big Halloween event was held in my town yesterday evening. The shops were open until ten, and there was a Halloween Market at the market place. Of course, I had to be there with my camera ...




Some of the kids were dressed up and went from shop to shop trick or treating.
There was even an inflatable castle for the children.



The whole town was decorated with pumpkins and skeletons.




Shop keepers were dressed up as witches ... 











There were special treats on sale like pumpkin soup with spiders or these pretty Halloween muffins at the baker's shop.


I've never seen so many witches, and they happily posed for me.

some  sweet ....


some a bit evil ...



... and scary ones







Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Those lovely colors of Autumn ...





Thanks for those lovely comments on my last blog post, it was so nice to find out I still have some readers left after such a long break! Your comments made me realize I DO miss blogging more than just a little bit.
This week is a holiday week, a lot less busy than my usual weeks, so I have more time on my hands. I also have loads of pictures to share for now. We'll just have to wait and see how it goes beyond that, won't we?

Let's just pick it up where I left off ...








What a beautiful beautiful blue sky, we don't get that every day around here! 

 


 Those leaves had such a beautiful color I just had to pick some to make a Fall decoration at home.


 Me, waving at you!
Anyway,  on with the walk ...






I really loved this quaint little house, I've never seen any like it!




The shrub with the blue flowers echoed the color of the shutters ...



It was even prettier than the photo!


The walk continued, I so enjoyed it, taking it all in, paying attention to every little detail. I still have lots more to share, so I'll be back!

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