Crissay-sur-Manse: June 6th, 2000

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Autumn colours - but not what you think

Now that the days are getting shorter, I'm looking for some new things to do indoors. Things other than household chores, watching TV and reading blogs. I used to do a lot of knitting when I was in my twenties and thirties. I've forgotten how many sweaters and pull-overs I knitted in those days. The results were often disappointing, though ...  Many of my creations turned out to be way to large and ended up on the bottom shelf of my wardrobe.

During my two moves over the last 15 years, most of these 'failures' were put in large plastic bin liners and taken to the community centre. I hope they have found a new owner - bigger than me - who is enjoying the warmth they provide.

I gave up knitting after my 2000 cervical hernia. The repetitive movement that knitting requires is not beneficial to cervical hernias, believe me.

This autumn and winter I've decided to give in to a new hype. I usually stay away from 'hypes' because I don't believe in 'herd-like' behaviour. So, let's just see how it turns out.

How do I plan to spend my winter evenings? The above photo is a hint. Any idea? And is it the latest craze in your country too?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

A perfect copy

During my second Loire Valley tour - in 2000 - we visited the mushroom caves at Bourré. It was a wet and cold day and we were looking for dry place to visit. The caves seemed perfect. They offered shelter from the rain but the place was damp and cold and not beneficial to the cervical hernia I was suffering from at the time.

Nevertheless we had a lovely time and after surfacing from the cavernous mushroom nursery, I bought a cute twinned mushroom statue, carved out of the famous local limestone.

Today, while cleaning mushrooms for our Sunday lunch - Vol-au-vent (Queen's morsel) - I found a perfect copy of the statue among this lot ...

And here they are ... model and statue, side by side. A perfect copy!

It would be hard to tell them apart (except for the size, of course), if it weren't for the square platform on which the stone copy sits, wouldn't it?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Mini Paris

This title should attract some readers, shouldn't it? There is 'Mini-Europe', of course, on the 1958-ties World Exhibition site in Brussels. This is the only place in the world where you can can catch the Eiffel tower, the Arc the Triomphe and the Brussels' Atomium in just one snapshot!

The Atomium in the background  is actually 1/1 size. The other monuments are miniature replica that are part of the Mini Europe parc in Brussels. They even have a nice replica of the famous Loire Valley castle of Chenonceau.

Hard to distinguish it from the real thing, isn't it? But the people in the background just show you how tiny it is. I didn't shoot the above photos myself, but borrowed them from the internet.

The next photo is one of mine, though ...

This is the 'Mini-Paris' baguette from our local baker. I put in the red pen to give you an idea of the actual size of the mini version of the famous French baguette. In France it would be called a 'ficelle', I guess. Dear French friends and readers, please correct me if I'm wrong!

I guess our Flemish village isn't ready for the word 'ficelle' (= fine cord) yet. A Mini Paris sounds so much better ... By the way, it is really delicious and today we got two for the price of one, because it is 'customer day' here in Belgium. For the last decades, the last Saturday of September is the day on which shopkeepers all over the place give their customers a token of their appreciation for their loyalty. In the past, Saturday shopping meant coming home with five or six red roses, depending on how many shops you went to. Nowadays, shopkeepers tend to give more 'personalized' presents ... This extra free Mini-Paris is more than welcome!