Saturday, 29 November 2008
It was an "elite" group of us who made the trip out to Grand Leez and then the circuit around that pretty part of Belgium this November afternoon. Our "many thanks" go to Sarah and Rasta who were kind enough to invite the walkers out to their stomping grounds today. It was an overcast sort of day day with temperatures in the 3-4C range but no rain. After our walk of more than 2 hours we returned to Sarah's cozy farm home for refreshments. What a nice way to pass a November afternoon!
At the conclusion of our 2+ hour walk around Grand Leez we were more than happy to settle into Sarah's warm kitchen and gather at her table. She had prepared a fine chocolate cake for us in which she included raisons soaked in rum ... yum! It was indeed a treat for us to be given such splendid hospitality this afternoon in addition to the walk.
We couldn't seem to get enough of Sarah's delicious cake and so we sat for another cup of coffee (or tea) to enjoy it at her kitchen table! After such a good exercise afternoon we thought we deserved it ... n'est pas? We look forward to another walk in her area in the springtime.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Cecile and Georges met us at the Heist station when our train arrived. Georges took our extra "gear" in the car trunk and then Cecile escorted us into the nature preserve not far away. We stopped for an explanation of what was to come on the information board. It was windy but not raining at this point but that was not to last.
Braced against the wind and steady rain in our faces we did not reach the beach but clung to the sidewalks as we made our way parallel to the coast on our walk to Cecile's apartment. She also took us through some side streets and then the park on route to our destination.
Gathered around the luncheon table while Cecile (right) gave a brief explanation of her delicious "fish soup". It was followed by hearty offerings of selected cheeses, meats, Grimbergen breads (remember last Monday ladies?) then salad with wines as well. For dessert we were presented with several delicious dessert offerings as well as coffee and tea. We had worked up good appetites with our morning excursions so I hope we all did justice to the entire meal???
"Our many, many thanks" go to our hosts ... Cecile and Georges who took such good care of us this afternoon in their comfortable 6th floor apartment at the coast. Cecile was aided also by Cousin Ghislene (center) in presenting the luncheon today. We were all so pleased with it all the delicious offerings and the very fine attention to all the details by all of them. It was wonderful!!!
Heading toward the "white caps", the "sea horses" or the "sea sheep"... how ever your language presented it was one of our great pleasures of the afternoon as it was indeed a changed sea shore from this morning. We were anxious to explore it and go touch the water ourselves just to make sure it was real!
And, here is where we started and ended our coast trip today ... at the Heist station. We caught the 16:11 train back to Brussels and were back in town around 5:30pm. Sandy's camera battery gave out here and if any of the other ladies send on their photos there were several more that might depict the return train trip for us. Janette worked with some of us on an explanation of Soduko among other pursuits! It was a fun day all in all in spite of the challenging weather start this morning. We want to thank Paulette who worked the Brussels end of the arrangements as well as Cecile and Georges for all of today's adventures!
Friday, 21 November 2008
Well, here's our group gathered for today's walk from the back of the Chateau de la Hulpe ... Unfortunately we did not get Sheila in the photo before she headed off for her own walk but we all ended up together at the cafe along with two other walkers who joined us for that.
Here is the advance team ... almost back to the Chateau which we are always delighted to see at the end of our walk. Soon we were to meet up with Sheila who did a different route for todays outing which was also picturesque but a little less intense ...