Monday, 25 July 2011

Margaret's walk at Rue Nisard

Eleven walkers had another totally dry walk in the forest, despite the threatening clouds. Margaret had done her homework very thoroughly and there was absolutely no chance of us getting lost.

We really wanted everyone to follow Jane and Idit's example and stand on the log.....

We were served unusually quickly at Au Repos des Chasseurs, but they still haven't worked out how to produce a bill.

The sun came out as we enjoyed our refreshments on the terrace. Many thanks to Margaret for organising this splendid afternoon for us.

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Sunday, 24 July 2011

Bonnie's Walk - Rouge Cloître - 22 July 2011

Bonnie led the walk in Rouge Cloître on Friday afternoon. We were "lucky" with the weather inasmuch as it did not pour down with rain. There were quite a few threatening clouds passed overhead but our luck held out. I think it was something to do with Margaret's magic jacket.
It is a long time since we walked through the Rouge Cloître area of the forest and I had forgotten how lovely it is. On the lake we spotted some swans with their young and we could not resist stopping to take a closer look. Fortunately we were far enough away not to upset them.
We walked on into Rouge Cloître itself and admired the restoration work that is taking place there. Once finished it will be absolutely stunning. We could not resist a "quick" visit to the glass workshop where there were all sorts of lovely things for sale but we had to turn down the offer of a demonstration - unfortunately no time. We had the rest of the walk to do!!
No coffee today, alas! The cafe is only open at the weekend. Bye for now from Rouge Cloître...

Monday, 18 July 2011

Joan's Walk on 18th July 2011

The nine plus kilometer walk today took in three districts - Tervuren, Duisburg and Vossem. We set off in a slight drizzle along the length of the lakes to the end of Tervuren Park. Luckily the rain stopped quickly. There was then a gentle climb upwards to Duisburg where there were beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. The route then wound down to Vossem where we took the path along the Voer and back into the Park. We made our way to Mont Blanc, passing by the Spanish House.

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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Broekem Walk, St Pieters Rode "led" by Pernette and Joyce on 15 July 2011

We were a bit worried about the weather on Thursday evening but amazingly the sun was shining for the walk on Friday. We started off at the Kasteel van Horst which dates back to the 15th centry. The castle was sold to the Flemish region in 2007 and is now undergoing extensive restoration work. It is supposed to be haunted but we didn't stick around 'til midnight to find out if this is true.
We walked through open farm land passing horses and cows grazing peacefully in the fields and then onto the apple orchards just before you arrive at the Gempemolen. There has been a mill in one form or another on this site since the 13th century. The present mill dating back to the 18th centry was restored between 1999 and 2001 and I believe it is fully operational on the first Sunday of the month. If not, there is a very pleasant restaurant/cafe.
We stopped at the mill for a "Kodak" moment before we set off for the Troostembergbos which provided us with some welcome shade. There was some mud to contend with but nothing we couldn't handle.
At the other side of the woods we were once again in farming country with beautiful fields full of wild flowers, animals grazing and very picturesque farm houses.
Then it was back to the Kasteel van Horst for a welcome drink and a wander around the surrounding grounds. The castle grounds were full of activity with families taking advantage of the sunny weather and local men fishing in the lake. All too soon it was time to head back to Brussels!!!!

Saturday, 9 July 2011

They look just like us!

Sandy's new walking group in Georgia USA is growing all the time. Well done Sandy - they look like a great bunch of ladies! Best wishes from all your friends in the WIC Walkers.

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Friday, 8 July 2011

Paulette's walk in the Foret de Soignes from the Dreve du Comte on Friday 8th July 2011

Paulette's walk in Overijse on July 8th 2011

8 ladies turned out for a very nice walk in Overijse. After a steep climb at the very beginning of the walk, we all enjoyed the sunken paths of the area.

The weather was just fine.

And the landscape lovely.

We stopped to watch a model helicopter doing aerobatics

and admired some gracious deer resting in the shade

and finally met Sheila and her group already waiting for us on the terrace of a friendly cafe.