Today is the 10th time in which I celebrate New Year’s Day with D’s family. I must say that this year’s family gathering went quite well. All the drinking, eating, chatting and gift gifting did not frustrate nor annoy me as much as the first few years. Have I developed immunity to these noisy meetings? Or maybe I have mellowed over the years?
This afternoon, D and I headed off to Kortrijk in search of New Year’s gifts. Since we are doing Secret Santa this time, we only need to look for 4 gifts instead of the hefty 7 of years past. Phew…
By the end of the afternoon, we were still 1.5 gift short. Nonetheless, the trip has been fruitful because we visited the Christmas Market, D bought a new shirt, and I have my new 2018 journal.
The rest is for tomorrow.
D and I pulled off another lovely Christmas Eve dinner celebration with his parents. We drank, we ate, we chatted, we laughed and simply spent some quality time together – as families should. Merry Christmas to all and a happy healthy 2018.
My wish is that my father-in-law will have a new kidney soon.
This Saturday afternoon, D and I finally went over to our neighbours to see their new-born (three-month-old) baby. A calm baby boy who ended up wearing the lion costume we brought as a gift. We all went ‘awww’.
After the visit, we went to the open-door-day at a DIY store. I bought a new replacement front light for my bike. And we both had some free drinks and one very good pancake each. Yep, that is how one spends a Belgian weekend.
Frozen roadways full of slushy two-day old snow did not stop D and I from going out with the car. First, we went to our baker for a loaf of fresh bread. Then we proceeded to the Asian market in Kortrijk for a bag of rice and a few food items I needed for my hobby. After that, we purchased enough groceries at our local store to get a free bottle of sparkling wine. We got home just before lunch time after a quick stop for potatoes.
The snow is melting gradually. My pantry is full. And I am going through my pile of reading materials in the comfortable warmth of our living room…
It snowed this morning. And for once, the temperature was low enough for the snow to stay for a few hours. Enough time for the neighbourhood kids to have some winter fun.
It is wonderful to be able to enjoy the snowy winter view from our warm home. Though, I have a feeling that ‘snow carpets’ are going to be rarer here as our planet gets warmer.
Ah well, enjoy it while it last and be prepared to adapt to future climates. That much we can do.
It rained earlier in the day. Then it got a bit windy in the afternoon. Sunset would be around 5pm. And my dear man wanted us to bike to the Lokaal. He would bring along a backpack to carry our grocery. Along the way, we would need to do a small detour to replace a pyjama set which was a size too small.
Despite my somewhat weak protests in the beginning, we ended up accomplishing all of the above. On the way home, I had to bike with a non-working front bike light which decided to die on me today. All I can say is that I am glad I am now sitting in front of the computer writing the tale of surviving yet another bike ride. Ah, the things we do for love…
Last evening, D and I went to ‘Putteke Winter’ at the Gavers. Because of the event’s distance from our home, we biked there just like we did last year. Driving there and trying to find a decent parking would be ridiculous.
We had a lovely walk around the lake to enjoy the light displays and performances. After that, we met up with D’s mom for a drink.
One does not need to travel far to enjoy life’s little offerings.
Finally, a beer festival in Kortrijk!
D and I went to the first edition of Just Beer at Kortrijk Xpo. A good selection of reasonably priced beers, food pairing workshops (see free food above), and a more ‘civilized’ crowd of beer tasters.
We sincerely hope there will be future editions.
This is the 4th time D and I attended the e-commerce conference at Kortrijk Xpo. Not much has changed in this year’s event when compared to the ones in past years. We saw the same businesses manning the 20 or so conference stands. Similar freebies – consisting mainly of stationery items – were given out to the conference goers. The talks regarding technology, trends, and the future of e-commerce within the Benelux sounded the same to me.
The only exception was the keynote speech which took place in the beginning of the conference. The speaker is from London, spoke in English, and told of things beyond the Belgian borders.
Other than that, everything has remained the same, including the free sandwiches and drinks.