Sunday, November 18, 2012
The predicted dry weather eventually arrived around 1pm, just as I was about to give up on getting outside today due to the heavy rain that we witnessed this morning.
As there was still a fair amount of dark cloud around we decided to drive to our local park to walk, where we would be within running distance of shelter should the heavens open again! Luckily, as we pulled into the carpark, the sun came out.
We spent a pleasant hour strolling along tree lined pathways, avoiding the more muddy trails. Most of the leaves are down now although I did manage to capture shots of a couple of colourful trees, the last remnants of this year's Autumn.
My daughter calls this the Spooky Eye-Spy tree.....
A quick cup of tea at the Badhuis (Bath house) cafe on the lake......
......before heading home, just as the clouds started to thicken and the sky grew dark again.
I'm pleased we made it out for a bit of exercise, although a little on the light side today! I'll have to make up for it tomorrow!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Christmas arrives earlier in Belgium than it does in the UK (or USA) and I don't mean in the shops. Sinterklaas, the Belgian equivalent of Santa Claus, arrived in town today on his steamboat from Spain, where he spends the rest of the year.
Hundreds of excited children lined the streets of the city, many dressed in Sinterklaas or Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes, the Sint's helpers) costumes, waving flags and carrying balloons, singing Sinterklaas songs. Eventually, the much anticipated Sint Parade appeared at the end of the street and a huge cheer went up. The Sint was surrounded by his helpers who threw candy to the excited children. Marching bands played, cheerleaders danced and there were even clowns on stilts! A great way to bring a little cheer to a very damp, cold, grey autumn day.
The Sint will spend the next 3 weeks visiting schools and generally "keeping an eye" on the kids. Then, if they've been good, they will get a treat on his birthday (6th December).
In other news, thanks largely to the encouragement of my new Spark buddies, I'm still eating healthily and exercising well. I can't remember the last time I lasted this long! Still feeling motivated and chasing my next mini goal of 7lbs off by Christmas Eve........
Get An Email Alert Each Time DAWN14163 Posts