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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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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Saturday Something,Like I Said, I Had a Great Week ...

This past week was such a beautiful week, it deserves to be framed.
Bright sunny days, and very warm temperatures, perfect. We've never had such sunny weather coming back from holiday in France before. It sure helps to keep the relaxed holiday spirit going!
We were able to eat outside all week - even have breakfast outside- and lounge on the patio until late in the evening.

My youngest sister was staying here for a couple of days because of a training she needs to follow for her work. I treasure the moments we share together. You don't get to enjoy each other's company that much anymore once you're both adults with a family, and this made my week extra special. I loved spoiling her a little, cooked something nice by he time she got home, and invited one of our mutual friends over for a girls get together and a little dinner on the patio.The three of us had a lovely evening together, life does not often get better than this, wonderful.

I spent a little money at the flower shop this week. They had a special offer and I bought 20 white roses for only six Euro. And I made five flower arrangements out of them to decorate my living room with! Money well spent I think! I enjoyed doing this, a little floral accent here and there makes my house a home.

The plants on my patio needed a little care and attention when we got home. My friend - who also came over to the house to feed the cat- did a great job, but the warm weather made it very tough for potted plants on a hot South orientated stone patio! They need lots of water because of the warm weather, an early morning chore I find very relaxing. Picking out the dead flowers and leaves did them a world of good, and it's nice to see that only a few days later they're thriving again. I'm surrounded by flowers now, inside AND outside, and I love it!

My plants are not the only creatures enjoying water around here, nothing like some cool fresh sparkling water with some slices of lemon or lime and lots of icecubes to refresh me when it's hot. Plus it helps me to get rid of the extra pounds I gained while on holiday! I serve it in a nice glass and pretend it's a cocktail. Delicious!

And now I'm going to get ready for another beautiful day outside.
Life is good.

Happy Fourth of July to all my American visitors.
I hope you'll have a great weekend!

10 comments:

Robin said...

Your beautiful photos make every day look like a holiday away.

Lilacspecs said...

Pretty shots!
And it is still strange to not see fireworks on the 4th of July, but we're going to a party today so that's something nice too.

The Retired One said...

Thanks so much!
our community had their fireworks last night...it was glorious! I hope to have some pictures of the fireworks on my blog in the next few days.
I met my husband 39 years ago. (We will have been married 37 years this August!) I always tease him that I saw fireworks on the day we met. :-P

Thom said...

What a great post and the pictures are wonderful. I like your pretend cocktail LOL. Glad your sister got to visit. That was good. Happy 4th of July to you as well. I know you don't celebrate it but I can wish you it LOL. Aloha

quilly said...

Those scallops look yummy! Oh I am hungry!

It looks like you had a great week. You did a wonderful job with the flowers. And you are going to love the flowers in Hawaii.

Jientje said...

@ Robin: I try to make a holiday out of each day.
@ Korie: Yes, I can imagine that.
@ The retired one: Nice to meet you, welcome!
@ Thom: A happy Fourth of July to you too! I hope you had fun!
@ Quilly: They were delicious! I AM going to love Hawaii, the flowers, but most of all ... the people living there!

Avril said...

Oh my - you are so artistic with your presentation of 'everything' !! Lovely photos of a lovely day spent together

moneythoughts said...

Enjoyed viewing your pictures and reading your post. Flowers and Europe: I remember hearing stories when I was a child that even after the war (WWII) that people bought flowers to take home to decorate their homes or apartments. With all the things that people needed, they still bought flowers. There is nothing like a 1,000 years of European culture to make an American jealous.

Gattina said...

It's warmer here then in Italy, lol ! I am sitting on the terrace under the pergola and blog ! Just now a thunderstorm is coming up but it's still very warm. Nice to continue the holidays that way, isn't it ?

Nessa said...

Beautiful weekly recap.

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