Friday, 30 November 2007
Nineteen of the walkers showed up for the earlier than normal time of 11am for the special walk today led by Sheila for about an hour in the vicinity of the Augerge de la Rosearie. Following the walk we adjourned to the restaurant for our meal. It was overcast and about 6C but no rain (to speak of) and most of us were prepared for the mud that we encountered! Well, it had been a rainy week.
Twenty three of us assembled at the Auberge de la Rosearie for the splendid lunch today. The meal choices appealed to us and everyone was delighted with the service. It is really nice to see us all dressed up for a change. After all the kilometers of walking we have done in the past year we felt it was appropriate to enjoy a fine meal with our walking friends!
From the other end of the long table! Again, it was difficult with the tight space to get adequate photos of the entire group but ... the "other" end of the table enjoyed the meal just as much. We were delighted to have our former regular walking friend, Antoinette, back for a visit from her new home in Switzerland. We hope she will join us again.
Wow, so many thoughtful gifts were presented to Sandy and Sheila. It was such a treat to receive them from all the walking ladies. "Thank you all so much" ... it was indeed like an early Christmas. It has been our great pleasure to lead so many interesting walks around the green areas of Brussels and spend time with all of you! Sandy and Sheila
The Golden Boot was also awarded to Alison and Max for their years of dedicated walking. Over their 4 years in Brussels they have covered a lot of territory here and have been willing to step in (so to speak) and lead a walk when needed. Alison took over the Sept Fontaines walk ... one of our favorites and she and Martin led one of our most successful Couples' walks last year in Beersel. They, too, will be missed when they move in '08 but we also hope sincerely that they will be back for some visits in the future and will have fond memories of their time in Brussels.
Also our thanks go to many of you who helped to make this day possible including Sheila who led the walk and worked with the restaurant arrangements, Keith who also helped with the restaurant communications and to Jennifer who was kind and efficient enough to handle the money collected for this event. It was lovely to see so many walkers participate today - thanks for a great 2007!!!
Monday, 26 November 2007
Under overcast skies we made our way around Sheila's route at Genval. The walk incorporated quite a bit of inner city streets which cut down on the mud and gave us a chance to view more of the area up close and personal. "Thanks", Sheila!
Eleven of us were able to enjoy today's walk from the lake at Genval up into the heights above it and around the La Hulpe area. We had a mix of Belgian weather with a sprinkling of rain and at 6C we were fairly comfortable once we got going.
We had an unexpectedly longer than normal stop for our refreshments this afternoon as the service was quite slow. The setting; however, was very nice and rather more upscale than some of our normal cafes. Are we ready for all the Christmas decorations though???
Friday, 23 November 2007
Six of us walked through the Bois de la Cambre and on into the foret de Soignes this afternoon. It was about 8C and overcase but we managed to escape the rain of this morning.
For the second walk in a week, Janet, gave us a "chocolate break" in the middle of our route. Yum ... we could get used to this. It seems to be a tradition for friends of hers who are in a UK walking group .... Why not in Brussels ... the chocolate capital of Europe?
Since the little cafe in the Bois was closed we made our way over to "Les Filles de Papa" on Rue Leon Vanderkindere where the new owner (of 3 months) took very nice care of us. Several of us even indulged in crepes! Our "thanks" to Barbara (right) who hosted us this afternoon!
Thursday, 22 November 2007
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Monday, 19 November 2007
Can you see the Waterloo lion in the distance??? The walk was worth it for just this view ... "Thanks" to Sheila and Keith for a really good work out on a rather grey and dull weather day. We still had a great time!
Friday, 16 November 2007
We gathered in the parking area next to the Pineta Restaurant at Sept Fontaines at lake side on a beautiful, sunny, fall afternoon with the temperature at about 5C. It was cool to start but we warmed up quickly.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
Alison has kindly offered to lead us tomorrow, Fri., 16 Nov. on the Sept Fontaines walk which we abandoned last week due to the weather. This will be in lieu of the scheduled walk in Auderghem. Tomorrow should be sunny and with the colder nights hopefully minimal mud. This is walk #28! Please email or call Alison at 02/242 10 17 to confirm in the morning if you plan to come.
In addition, here are the 19 walkers who have signed up for the Christmas walk and lunch on the 30th. If you want us to add your name to the list please advise either Sheila or Sandy before Nov. 28th:
Sandy, Sheila, Christa H, Christa W, Barbara M, Sarah A, Alison W, Vyvyan, Janet, Penny H, Marie Jo, Anne B (Veg), Jennifer, Denise (?), Dolphine, Moira, Joan, Kyung-sook, and Ghislaine.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
There was still some color in the trees today and it was especially lovely when the sun was out! We made our way through the back areas of RSG on a crisp, autumn afternoon and were pleased that the mud wasn't too challenging.