It has started raining since early this morning for an entire day. As a result, the water level of our cistern had increased significantly. We are officially back into the ‘safe’ zone. The lawn and vegetable garden are also looking better. Thank goodness!
It has not rain properly for months now!
This damn drought is so localised around the Kortrijk area, that big fat rain clouds pass us by without oozing out anything. I know it is bad when I need to use a big shovel when burying my kitchen scraps. I am saving water I use to clean my vegetables and pouring this out to my thirsty plants.
Maybe I should clean my windows more often, tempt the rain gods. Argh… I truly despise droughts.
This afternoon, we went to D’s parents to eat home-made waffles. Nothing beats eating warm and delicious Belgian waffles fresh out of the waffle iron cooked by Belgians.
Yesterday, we went on a road trip visiting the cities Durbuy and Dinant. Quaint little Durbuy claims to be the smallest city in the world, whereas Dinant boasted an impressive citadel next to the river Meuse. D and I have been to both cities before, but we still find the trip quite enjoyable. I am glad that mom and dad are healthy and mobile despite being in their mid-seventies. How wonderful to see them get excited and interested in things here in Belgium.
D and I brought my parent to Wenduine for a short visit. It was a lovely seaside city overlooking the North Sea. During a walk along the sea front, I spotted an offshore windmill park. Yeah to being blessed with eagle eyes!
Yesterday evening, D and I went to Gentse Feesten 2017. A couple of heavy rainfalls caused most people to scatter away seeking shelters, making the streets a lot less crowded compared to years past. Regardless of the weather, Ghent during this festival is always full of life and activities. For D and I, it is still fun attending this beloved annual event.
Today is Belgium’s National Day. I celebrated this in Kortrijk. Dinner was a steaming pot of mussels cooked in white wine. Good food, good company, good life!
This afternoon, we went to a furniture store to look at stuff. And then we all sat down to order and be served free drinks. Mom and dad were so surprised that a business can actually survive years of providing free drinks to the people, who are not necessarily buying anything! Ah, the beauty and craftiness of Belgian businesses remains a mystery to us Asians.
D and I filed our taxes ten days before the deadline. This was done on-line and took less than 30 minutes. Preparation is key here and I have been accumulating the necessary data and documents since the beginning of the year. Always be prepared, especially when it comes to taxes.