Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Storm Or Slumber?

The tent which D set up for me has stayed up in the backyard for two weeks now. Providing me with an option of sleeping outdoors if the bedroom becomes unbearably warm during the two heat waves. I slept in it again last night. In exchange to the hard ground and the outside noises, I get to enjoy a mosquito-less and comfortably cooling slumber.

As today’s temperature is predicted to reach a record 37°C, I am seriously considering another night in the tent. That is, if I dare to brave an early morning storm. Stormy tent or stuffy bedroom? Damn dilemma…

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Belgium, Food & Drinks, Jibber Jabber

Adapt Or Die

This morning, I ate a self-made tomato shallot chutney for breakfast. The jammy tomato concoction which I spread generously on pieces of bread is utterly yummy. I had to stop myself from finishing the whole jar at one sitting. Fortunately, I do not have any cheese at home!

As a result of yesterday’s cooling wind, today’s temperature hovered around the comfortable mid-20s. Enjoy it while it last, people. Tomorrow we are going to hit the 30s again.

My latest batch of sun-dried tomatoes are stored in jars marked as ‘heat-wave tomatoes’. Since I only have one fresh tomato in the fruit basket, I shall think of another menu-experiment-project for the following days.

Adapt or die, baby…

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Belgium, Human Nature, Jibber Jabber

A Warm Wednesday

Today started out as a typical Wednesday. In the morning, I checked my weight with the Wii board. When D got up from bed, I did some quick dusting and wiping around the house.

At lunch time, we cycled to D’s parents to enjoy a barbecued fish together. The few hours of eating, chatting and making the best of the warm dry weather went past swiftly. We even helped removed a well-rooted garden plant before our departure! From the parents’ home, D and I proceeded to De Gavers to see if we can buy a pot of local honey. Unfortunately, we were told that the bee-keeper has been sickly, thus this year’s honey production will be rather doubtful. Not wanting to drink at the café, we continued on biking about the cool green surroundings of the lake before heading home.

In the late afternoon, we joined some neighbours at the speelstraat (play street) pop-up bar. The time flew by, dinner time came and went and I almost forgot to call mom for our Wednesday chat. I left the gathering hastily, ate some sandwiches and then called to provide mom a listening ear. What a day this has turned out to be…

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Backyard Camping

The nights are going to be hot hot hot this week. So, D set up an old tent in the backyard for me. First reason in wanting to do this is because I have never ever camped in my life. Camping is simply not in my culture, my lifestyle up till now, nor was there ever a need or opportunity. Secondly, the backyard might be more refreshing than the warm and stuffy bedroom, thus allowing for better sleep. I will know as soon as I try it, this evening…

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Belgium, Jibber Jabber

Little Drops

It rained a little yesterday. Enough to have made our terrace wet. D said that the short light rain was like tiny droplets on a hot pan. We probably need like days of heavy rain to replenish the water tank and to water the plants sufficiently. But in my opinion, every drop counts. I am a glass half-full type when it comes to facing the dry season. It might be my imagination, but the grass seems a bit greener this morning.

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Spider Army

One of the ways in dealing with the current summer heat is to keep the back door open in the evenings. This ventilates and cools down the house quite effectively. Unfortunately, doing so also lets in the occasional stray flies or mosquitoes. Flies I can get rid of relatively easily because they are big and noisy. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, just drive me nuts. Summer is never the favourite season of a mosquito magnet.

Then… I started noticing a few strange but definite disappearances. Maybe this has something to do with the cobwebs which I have left undisturbed? How cool is it that I have an army of spiders which are gobbling up those pesky mosquitoes and fruit flies? Oh yeah!

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Jibber Jabber, Simplify

Brain-Melting Heat

A few days ago, I wrote about the sorry state of the lawn. I also mentioned the tough survival of certain wild plants, namely wild daisies and dandelions. So after lunch today, I picked up the necessary tools, put on my gloves and tidied up the yard by removing the wild weeds. I just cannot stand not doing something about it. Phew… and I survived the brain-melting heat!

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Brown Patches Of Grass

As a result of the month long drought, no one in the neighbourhood can boast of a lush green lawn. Most of our front yards are sorry looking patches of dried-up grass. One also see a scattering of unwanted wild plants in the lawn, proclaiming their natural toughness. We need rain…

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Keep Pedalling

This Sunday afternoon, D and I cycled around the lake Gavers to get to a café owned by a small brewery. After two local brews each, we decided to take a different route home. At one point during this trip, the path got a bit rougher, the path was dotted with sizeable rocks and pits. All I could think of then was ‘please don’t fall, please don’t fall…’. In order to stay on my bike, I recalled one of Einstein’s quote and kept on pedalling like crazy. This helped me maintained movement and balance. It worked and I survived the bike ride! But oh my poor thighs!

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Aerating The Lawn

This afternoon, D aerated our lawn with his father’s aerating machine. Together we raked up all the dried moss and dead bits of grass, filling up two bags. Although it is a bit late (and too warm) in the year to be aerating the lawn, D and I decided that we would not wait till autumn. We had to remove the two-year-old thatch build-up so that our lawn can grow and recover.

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