Friday, 29 January 2010
Only 7 of us braved the cold, damp, windy weather this afternoon to participate in Sandy's walk from the top of Rue Nisard which we call the Auderghem walk. Unfortunately, one of our new walkers was late trying to find our meeting spot and miss the walk, too. Sandy had a surprise and treat for us though as Denise was in attendance today and since she knows the area very well (by heart in fact) and since it is her neighborhood she led the group! "Thanks, Denise"! We stayed on the main paths avoiding the sentiers which would have been even more muddy. When Sherry complained we didn't have enough hills in Brussels we found some for her, too!
After the walk we drove to Au Repos des Chasseurs near by and hunkered down for a nice longer than usual rest stop! We were waited on quickly but a few of the ladies had to return their Capuccinos drinks as the cream used in them was not good. So, there were pluses and minuses! Joan shared some cutely designed Japanese candies with us which her son had brought to her ... Many thanks, Joan! And, Paulette joined us for our refreshments, too ... We were all happy to see her first blog postings ... She is getting the hang of it. Yea - Good job, Paulette!!!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Here's a link to Dolphine's pictures:
Posted by Anne at 1/27/2010 07:12:00 pm
Monday, 25 January 2010
Fifteen hardy walkers (and Yuko's dog) turned up for our annual walk across the linguistic border and back around Genval Lake. It was nice to meet up with everybody and to forget about the grey skies. There was still ice on the lake and we were all glad to be well wrapped up.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Our new walking friend Olivia took lots more pictures of our Tervuren walk with her very professional-looking camera. We couldn't transfer them to the blog..... but you can see them by clicking on this link:
Posted by Anne at 1/22/2010 10:22:00 pm
We had perfect winter weather for our walk today - cold but sunny!
11 of us set off along Museumlaan for the first part of our walk across the fields of Tervuren.
We then continued into the park and here we are beside the lake with the sun shining. It almost felt like spring.....
Posted by Anne at 1/22/2010 09:55:00 pm
So many people had come to Tervuren to enjoy the sunshine today that many of the cafes were already full when we arrived! Happily we were able to find a table big enough for our group in Mont Blanc on the main square, where we ordered hot drinks and some of us even sampled their delicious apple cake.....
Welcome back Lydia! How ever did we manage the group's finances while you were away?
Posted by Anne at 1/22/2010 09:54:00 pm
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
For those of you who wanted Moira's recipe for her delicious chocolate cake here is a link to the website ... In addition, Moira's secret lies in the Kahlua that she added to the chocolate frosting. Use the back arrow to return to the blog after checking the website: Click Here for the Recipe!.
Monday, 18 January 2010
It was kind of an ugly weather day, grey and damp but we were not complaining because the snow and ice were finally gone!!! Yea, we could really get out there and stretch our legs and get a good walk in. So, we did ... We walked along the former railroad line route toward the Beaulieu metro stop and then all the way back to Stockel. With about 19 of us it was a good group for today's outing. We had to pay our dues also as we knew we would soon have a treat waiting for us at the end of the walk!!!
We made our way to Stockel to our fellow walker, Moira's, comfortable apartment for our refreshments this afternoon!!! It was indeed a treat to be so well taken care of by our hostess who greeted us all so warmly and presented such an attractive and colorful table of delicious offerings for our selection. "Many thanks" from all of us, Moira!!! You can see her in the photos (in black) as she flitted around here and there making sure we were all comfortable and had enough cake, sandwiches and/or crepes as well as something hot to drink!!! If any one left hungry it was her own fault as we had managed to work up some good appetites on our hour and a half walk along the former railway line. Therefore, we were more than delighted to relax and spend some more fun time together catching up on our important stories that we always seem to have to share with each other.
We all agreed that Moira's chocolate cake was really something special. YUM, YUM ... We think she is willing to share the recipe with us and if so we will put it on the blog, soon!!! Again, our thanks ... Moira ... All too soon, at least to us ... it was time to gather up our belongings ... coats, jackets, hats, gloves, back packs, and shoes (from the hallway outside the apartment) and head out on our way back to the cars at the Tram Museum. Many of us chose to take the metro or tram back to our starting location rather than make the half hour trek back ... Whew, we had just gotten too comfortable.
Friday, 15 January 2010
This was it ... FINALLY!!! On our 3rd attempt to execute this walk in the Bois de la Cambre with a stop at the new Chalet Robinson restaurant/cafe on the island in the Bois for our refreshments ... As we know the weather had been a bit of a challenge lately with multiple snow falls, ice and below freezing temperatures. Today the walking was indeed treacherous ... very slippery with walking sticks the order of the day if we had them. So we made a single loop around the island before lining up for the ferry ride journey over at about 2:15pm.
We took the ferry crossing to the island paying the 1 Euro round trip fare which probably took all of 3 minutes ... but, it was fun!!! We were provided with a large table in the back of the main floor of the restaurant where Sheila and 2 others in the Easy Walking group soon joined us making the group total 12. Soon we were presented with a large menu providing all sorts of information in addition to a listing of the items available to us this afternoon. Many of the ladies ordered crepes in various forms along with their drinks.
Eventually we all got served and enjoyed a longer than usual visit together in view of the less than ideal conditions outside. All too soon, it seemed, it was time for us to gather up our winter weather outer garments and head back to the ferry landing for our trip back to the main land. We tried to stick to the car lanes on the way back to the cars to avoid all the icy patches on the paths ... this was a challenge in itself with all the late afternoon traffic through the bois. Once again we were pleased that there were no casualties this afternoon and everyone seemed to have a grand time for our first visit to the Chalet Robinson!