Monday, 30 November 2009

Mon., Nov. 30th Paulette's Ittre Walk




We gathered in the school parking lot prior to our departure on Paulette's Ittre walk. We worked our way parellel to the stream in the low lying areas making our way to Haut Ittre before turning and heading up into the hills. Eventually, we worked our way down again. It was overcast after a nice, sunny morning but at about 7C it was good weather for walking. With 20 of us it was a big group today. I think we were all ready to come out after several weeks of inclement weather.
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Mon., Nov. 30th Paulette's Ittre Walk





It was time to return to Ittre heading out of the hills and we made our way to the Brasserie at the Theater. In the good weather months we are able to sit on their back deck at a table large enough to accommodate all of us .. Today, with 20 of us we had to split up into 2 rooms and smaller tables. I think there was just one waiter to handle the entire cafe so it took a while for all of us to get served.
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Mon., Nov. 30th Paulette's Ittre Walk


In the smaller room we gathered around 3 tables ... unfortuately this shows only 2 of them. Here we are still waiting for our hot drinks!!!
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Friday, 27 November 2009

Fri., Nov. 27th Sandy's Woluwe Walk




It was time to pay our "dues" to the weather gods! After months of unusually lovely walking weather this week has been quite a change for us. Paulette's Monday walk in Jezus-Eik had to be cancelled (a rare occurance for the walkers) due to rain and gale force winds which closed the forest. The rest of the week has also been unsettled. We were all looking forward to an excursion to the Bois de la Cambre this afternoon and a visit to the new Chalet Robinson on the island for our refreshments. It was not to be! Sandy rescheduled late in the morning for us to meet at the Tram Museum parking lot in Woluwe. It was really wild weather as the 10 of us arrived but soon the sun made a brief appearance and we ventured on. Who is the mystery walker all bundled up with Milky??? Even Milky wore not one but TWO raincoats and still he got wet. Only the brave ventured out today and we even had a guest walker join us. Who knows if we will EVER see her again ...
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Fri., Nov. 27th Sandy's Woluwe Walk





We made our way along the former railway line in Woluwe all the way to Stockel where we turned and headed into town eventually following Avenue Emile Vanderveld to the Brasserie Kwack and made our stop. We caught up with Sheila and her Easy Walkers and enjoyed our conversations under the sign of the frog. It was indeed warm here and we thawed out quickly. Then it was back to the trail for another 20 minutes or so to the car park. Not one of most beautiful afternoon outings but we all felt better for it.
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Friday, 20 November 2009

Fri., Nov. 20th Sandy's Chateau de la Hulpe Walk





It was a lovely fall day for our afternoon walk ... a bit overcast but fine for our outing. As you can see the colors are all quite muted now. With 21 of us in attendance it was really a big group. We can all blame Lydia for the last photo ... No ... we have NOT become a Tai Chi group ... it's all rather silly ... but she led us in discovering our dominant eye ... now, we can all go skeet shooting if we want to !!!
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Fri., Nov. 20th Sandy's Chateau de la Hulpe Walk





After about an hour and 45 minutes we were all ready to adjourn to the Cafe L'Homme Bleu for our refreshments. Since there were at least 20 of us we took up most of the center table where we could easily continue our conversations. Paulette reminded the ladies of the deadline Monday for participation in the Christmas walk and lunch of Dec. 4th. She said she will send out the updated list this weekend and asked us to let her know only if our menu choice was not correct. We were glad to have Lydia back to handle our finances today! She always does a great job for us ... Then it was time to head back to the parking lot and to our cars ... another lovely WIC Walk over for now.
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Monday, 16 November 2009

Mon., Nov. 16th Paulette's Foret de Soignes Walk


She did it again!!! .... Jennifer has provided us with this Google map of today's walk in Overijse with the following statistics ... 6.6 kilometers, 1 hour, 30 minutes and we expended 375 calories ... You can see where we started and returned to the cars with the yellow stick pin in the parking lot off of Welriekende Dreef. "Thanks, Jennifer!"
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Mon., Nov. 16th Paulette's Foret de Soignes Walk





Today was kind of the end of the leaf color in the forest after a weekend of blustry winds. We were fortunate that we did not get the rain and drizzle predicted and with a temperature at about 15C we all got rather warm by the end of the walk. We traversed under the ring through tunnels twice going and coming back to our starting point from the parking lot off of Welriekende Dreef in Overijse. Then came a comedy of errors with regard to the refreshments. Paulette decided to invite the ladies to her home nearby but not all of us understood the message. Some of us went to the usual restaurant Istas which was a challenge in itself as the bridge over the E411 to get to it was closed due to a truck accident on it. To make a long story short we were never able to get to Paulette's due to this accident and our attempts to get around it. We understand the rest of the ladies had a delightful time at Paulett├ęs new home!!!
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Friday, 13 November 2009

Fri., Nov. 13th Sandy's E411 Walk




It is Friday the 13th .... but we had a splendid 2 hours for our walk this afternoon as we watched the last of the colorful leaves blowing by us in the 25 mile per hour wind gusts ... in the foret de soignes in Auderghem. The morning was quite wet and unappealing but by 1pm the sun was trying to make an appearance and stayed out with us off and on for the rest of the afternoon. There were only 8 of us but we enjoyed each others company as well as the beautiful splashes of color on display for us on our route around the forest.
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Fri., Nov. 13th Sandy's E411 Walk





We all felt better having the opportunity to stretch our legs for a nice walk after a rather damp week that made venturing outside not an attractive option unless we had to. As we had last week we returned to the Au Diable Vauvert for our refreshment and we were in time to spot the window washer doing his thing! Again, he was late for this task .... but, the windows did gleam. We wondered if he makes house calls???
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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

The WIC Walkers Do Julius Caesar!!!


On Wednesday the 11th a group of WIC Walkers spent the evening in higher pursuits ... seeing the production of Julius Caesar at the Warehouse Studio with two of our own talented thespians very much involved ... Dolphine (blue top) playing the part of Cicero and Janet (back left - stripes) involved in the production. Many thanks to Veronique (3rd from right) for furnishing this photo and the following information which, unfortunately, I have abbreviated. She should be a critic!

The play portrays the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination and its aftermath. The director, Hugh Dow, has chosen to give a slanted twist by casting 15 strong women instead of men in the roles and in another surprise the spectators are transported not into Ancient Rome but in our contemporary world dressed in modern garb (fishnet stockings with pink socks, business suit with red stiletto shoes and in part 2 in green combat gear for battle). Furthermore, Marc Anthony & Octavius have a white Apple computer to prepare the logistics of the battle against Brutus and the conspirators while the latter hold shiny metallic iPhones to check messages from the battle fields. Well, you get the picture ... Apparently it was a splendid evening for all who attended ... with many fine actresses involved and Dolphine played the role of Cicero very convincingly .... Hats off to Dolphine!
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