I have been occupied by other priorities during the summer months. Thus, my garden is not maintained as diligently as I have done so in years past. Today, I trimmed part of the ivy hedge and tidied up the backyard. I still have a lot to do before it is winter ready. But that’s okay. Autumn gardening is fun.
This afternoon, D and I went to Poperinge for the Beer & Hop Festival. First, we waited by the street to watch the triennial hop-themed parade. After that we went to a free photo exhibition about the Chinese Labour Corp of World War One. It was enlightening yet sobering to learn about the Chinese labourers who were here during the war. Last but not least, we went to Lekker Westhoek for some local beers and dishes. D and I were a bit disappointed by the limited food choices this year, but I am happy to have come across a very good triple beer known as Driope 8.
It will start raining tomorrow for the next few days. So, D and I did some yard work while it is still dry. D mowed the lawn, I trimmed some ivy and cleaned up the vegetable patch. Nothing beats making the garden presentable while getting some exercise and fresh air.
Tonight, I machine-washed the final load of laundry which consisted of pillows (too many), a bed sheet, and some random clothing items. These are things that needed to be washed after our US trip and my parents 2-month stay with D and I. We have been back home for one and a half week now, I must say that things are pretty much back to their original state before the month of June. What an eventful year this has been, and we have yet another four months to go…
September 11th, here you are again. A memory, a reminder and a trigger point.
D and I visited several interesting places this Open Monument Day. First, we went to an old farm which was converted into a youth training atelier. Our next destination was a villa in Kortrijk, where the history was made very interesting by an enthusiastic guide. Within walking distance of the villa is a hidden garden with a tree of heart shaped leaves, an old well and a large ice cellar. Not far from this garden is a restored merry-go-round. After that, we tried to visit another villa in Waregem and a castle in Kruishoutem. These were not possible for the line was too long at the villa and the castle was closed early. These two locations were on the national news earlier. So, this was to be expected. I am not too disappointed though. It has been a lovely Sunday afternoon.
This morning, I looked at the humongous pile of clean laundry that needs to be ironed and went ‘urgh…’.
Then, I decided to be smart and will deal with this annoying task in batches. I will iron a bit today, a bit tomorrow and maybe a bit in later days. Sooner or later next week, I’ll be ironing the last piece. Divide and conquer is the way to go.
D and I went to the first edition of Foreplay in Ghent. The theme of the conference is “Technology in the city of people”. My main reason of going to this all day conference was to listen to Aral Balkan, someone whom D follows on Twitter. The conference was interesting and I did learn a few new things here and there. I cannot help but think that it would have been even more inspiring if I still live in Ghent.
The event was free. And so was breakfast, lunch, and the after conference network reception. And because this is Ghent, we were served insect appetizers (along with your typical boring non-insect kind). All this food and we can wash them down with a choice of red wine, white wine or the infamous beer “From Sewer to Brewer“. Yep, I ate insects and drank the piss beer! Ha!
I got up at 7.30am this morning.
A few hours later, I have cleaned the guest room and returned it to its original state before my parents visit.
At this moment, I am cooking a pot of tomato sauce to use up all of the overripe tomatoes I got from the in-laws. After all the heavy American food and air plane food, a simple tomato pasta dish will be a perfect dinner for me.
D and I landed at Zaventem 25 minutes earlier. Boy was the airport busy this Monday morning.
Fortunately for me, I did not have to line up at ‘All Passports’ but was allowed to go along with D and whizzed by immigration in minutes. I luv Belgium.
However, we did have to wait for a while at the baggage claim because a gazillion planes landed at the same time.
This trip has been smooth like butter. UA has won me over for now thanks to a very good partnership with Aer Lingus. Damn it, there goes one of my many mini boycotts.