16 Dec 2017

EDEN HILLS PHOTO HUNT - WEEKEND REFLECTION

1. Starts with X
2. craft
3. growing




X-mas tree. The personal of my hotel in Egypt has a lot of fun to decorate it !



Beautiful craft work with fruits and vegetables



Inner yard of the hotel, fresh plants growing

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Christmas tree reflecting in a ceiling mirror



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15 Dec 2017

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY - SKYWATCH FRIDAY





Only blue sky available at the red sea in Egypt



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We enjoyed our second week of holidays and I can't really number the days as they are the same like a pearl in a pearl necklace.



While we were there the hotel was repainted, and we all thought under what condition these workers are doing their job, without any security, the whole day long in this heat and they also worked during the night, but they were so discrete that we were not disturbed at all and they were always in a very good mood, laughing and joking.




Of course our day started with a breakfast as you wished. You could eat, whatever you wanted, from continental breakfast to the English breakfast, warm, cold everything was there. I loved these cookies they were so light and not sweet at all.



Then we started our work on the beach. The windscreens protected us from the wind, as it was always blowing a bit and they also served us as "wardrobe" it looked like a Arabian Souk around us.

We had some funny incidents like a bottle of oil in Nicole's beach bag which she hadn't closed completely and all the content was oily ! We tried to save a maximum, but the bag she could throw away! There was always happening something to her. Our French friend we had met last year and who had joined us from France, still fought with the mosquitos and was dressed from head to feet, and she always had her mosquito repellent thing with her, but there was nothing to do, the mosquitos only loved her and not us. I haven't even seen one !



When we had taken enough sunshine we had the sea at our feet for cooling down. Chantal and Nicole snorkeled to watch the colorful fishes. I don't like water in my face and watched them.



Before the sun went down, we had a drink at the swimming pool where the water was heated and it was just wonderful to swim in there.



For our health we ate a lot of fresh and delicious vegetables which were so nicely represented !



We also had an Arabian night, with a beautiful decoration and as usual excellent food.



On our last evening we asked somebody to take a picture of us 4 in front of the beautiful Christmas tree.





The whole hotel was decorated and everybody enjoyed it. The Egyptians as well as us Europeans. This time there were no Russians, Mr. Putin still doesn't let them fly to Egypt because of the airplane  crash of last year. I have to say I didn't miss them at all and my friends neither.

Then came the day of our departure and we were picked up by a bus at 2 pm. which took us to the airport.




We stopped at several hotels, and here a Father Christmas was repaired he had lost his hand !



Arriving at the airport, there was no wheelchair for my friend and I was feeling bad with my starting flew. Finally we got one and had to wait for the plane for a little more than an hour. The plane was just a year old and looked beautiful, Brussels Airlines had bought these new once and we travelled with the one which showed the Belgian painter Margritte.  For the first time the once who suffer with their ears had nothing, nobody not even one baby cried ! They were all very surprised and we supposed that something had been done with the air pressure.

Arrived in Brussels we had to wait more than an hour for our luggages. They had 3 days of a terrible mess at the airport due to bad weather and were still busy sorting out luggages from all countries.

At 2 am I finally reached my bed and now I have to take care of my flew !






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13 Dec 2017

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE









Christmas decoration in our hotel in Egypt. And a tourist who decorated his umbrella !

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1. 'Hurry less, worry less'...what's your strategy for making that happen this holiday season? How's it going so far?

I don't have any strategy yet, I push Christmas in the last corner of my mind,  because after 2 weeks of sunshine at the Red Sea and hot weather it will be difficult to start all preparations, I hope I cope !



Holiday Christmas tree

2. Do you have a list of to-dos that need accomplishing in order to prepare your home and/or property for the winter season? What are some of the jobs on your list? Are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone to accomplish these tasks?

I don't have a to do list, I decorate my home just as it pleases me and that can change from year to year. Some jobs ? I try not to make a hysterical celebration of Christmas everything in perfection and then fall exhausted in my bed  !  Too much is too much ! and no I am not a do it yourselfer, I hire someone whenever I can.



3. According to dietitians surveyed, the most popular health foods for 2018 will be -turmeric, sprouted foods (bean sprouts, breads with sprouted grains, etc), veggies in place of grains, dairy free milk, and pulses (lentils, chickpeas, etc). What's the first thought that ran through your head when you read this list? Of the foods listed which one might you add to your regular diet? Also, can milk really be dairy free? Is it still milk?

The first thought ? Crazy ! I eat what I want and not what some scientifics invent because it brings money.  As long as I can eat and drink what I want and  it doesn't harm me, I only listen to my body ! 

4. The Pantone Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet. According to the Pantone site 'Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking pointing us to the future.' What say you? Do you like the color purple? Did you see the movie or read the book-ha!? Is purple a color you wear often? Describe for us one purple item in your home without using the word purple. If you were in charge of such things what color would you select for 2018?

I had no idea what Pantone is and looked up in Wikipedia. I like purple although it is a color used for funerals but maybe Pantone doesn't know. In my house the main color is red or orange, maybe I have a purple cat with little white flowers,in my 450 cat collection but from here I don't remember. Of course I would choose red as color.

5. Favorite book read this year?

The craziest quotes from Trump (Les citations les plus folles de Trump, V.Deryke)  Brussels ? It's like living in a hell hole !  If you need a good laugh, this is THE book to read !!

Random thought . I think of my flight home, as bad weather is foreseen a lot of wind, rain and cold, perhaps some snow and there could be fog. If you don't hear from me anymore I landed somewhere or not at all ! 



















8 Dec 2017

FRIDAY's FAVE FIVE - FIVE ON FRIDAY

Since exactly a week we arrived from Brussels cold and rainy weather in Hurghada/Egypt at the red sea. First thing we did was taking off all layers ! We had dressed like onions and finally arrived in our "winter home" in Jeans and T-shirt. Lots of things had changed to the better, now we had internet in the whole hotel and even in the rooms and on the beach and not only at the reception.

The animation team had changed and was even worse as last year, so we were not interested at all in their animations we animated us ourselves.



The animation team hopping around.



at the entrance of the restaurant we were greeted by "fake" Egyptians. Nicole and I had breakfast while Chantal and Diana went immediately to the beach. I talked with Nicole and it seemed to me that I had to speak very loud and louder, because she didn't understand me. Finally I almost screamed and asked what happened to her ears, when she suddenly stated that she had still her earplugs in her ears. Of course we all laughed and I didn't have to scream anymore.



My room cleaner who is a man (no women clean in Egyptian hotels, they have better jobs) made every day (or nearly) such a nice decoration on my bed with the bath towels.



The view from my room was almost the same as last year and the town looked the same way. Unfortunately this year we had mosquitos which I never had. Our poor friend Diana was the favorite target of the mosquitos. Despite a special mosquito repel plug and another sound instrument, spray and creme the dear little animals always came back to her!


I first thought she was exaggerating, but then I shared my room with one and woke up all 5 min. It bit me and fortunately I remembered my Grandma's recipe, soap on the swollen parts. That helped then I left the bathroom light on and closed the door and apparently it was locked in there. I asked my room boy to please play a serial killer and get rid of them. which he did.




There were a lot of renovations going on. Inside and out, but they were so discrete that it didn't disturb us as all.



after "little" breakfasts like this we lay down on our beach beds.



Fortunately Diana is an early bird and "booked" our beds at 5.30 am otherwise the best places in the sun were taken. The sun goes down at 3 1/2 and it becomes dark and cooler. Of course it's winter here too only you have the feeling to be in the middle of the summer. Not to become fat like a Buddha we swam a lot in the warm water. I saw an enormous turtle, in the water, but unfortunately couldn't take a picture of it.

In the evening we are so tired that at 9 pm we go to bed and read a little or watch TV. It's probably the fresh air which makes us so tired ! But we are up at 7 to enjoy the sunshine.




On St. Niklaas day big boxes appeared and a bunch of men started to put up a beautiful Christmas tree with a Father Christmas and the reindeer. We all had a lot of fun. The Egyptian people are always in a good mood and have a lot of humour.



In the evenings we took our main meal. The food was excellent real organic ! The chicken tasted like a happy chicken, and the vegetables had their real good taste.



One lady had her birthday which was celebrated with a chocolate cake and an "Egyptian happy birthday song"



A fruit parade with the cooks on the beach, we all could take what we wanted.



A guest had even decorated his umbrella with Christmas decoration !!

As yesterday it was a bit cooler we finally went shopping. On the way back we had a taxi which was really special. The whole inside was painted with skulls and the music must have come from an horror movie, Nicole tried to sing to the music which caused terrible laughter and the driver made the music louder and pointed with his finger on us sitting in the back when he met another taxi driver.









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28 Nov 2017

ON HOLIDAYS



I am happy to announce to you that I am escaping the cold and rainy weather in Belgium and will leave for Egypt.



I will  stay in my "second home" the Sunset Holiday Resort in Hurghada for the 8th time. Each year I go there for two weeks to prepare me for the winter and fill my tank with vitamin D.
If I am not overloaded with work, I will write or participate in themes.





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27 Nov 2017

MACRO MONDAY - WEEKEND NOVEMBER



This tiny fruit sat on the birthday cake, I ate it, but I really don't know what it is.



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Our weekend was very nice and funny ! We celebrated Grandson Toby's 7th birthday a little late because the exact date was on November 17. So he first celebrated with the Dutch family, parents, grandparents uncles and aunts etc and then with us, his best friend and parents.


First on Saturday afternoon we went to the Circus ! What an event, none of them had ever been in a circus and it was of course wonderful for them. We were a bit disappointed because it was a restricted winter program and there were only few animals, dogs, ponies, and camels ! With the new law wild animals are not allowed anymore in a circus, but the horses were missing too.



never mind, armed with an enormous candy floss (in French we call it "Barbe à Papa" Dad's beard)
they watched the show for two hours.

In the evening we went to a usually very nice restaurant but this time everything went wrong. First we had to wait for an hour then finally the starter came, but there were only 2 waiters, very strange for such a lot of guests. Suddenly Toby got sick, one of his eye swelled and as he is allergic his Dad took him home and we wanted to pay and follow, as we had already eaten. No way to get an invoice there were tax controllers in the kitchen (on a Saturday night) and that's why probably there were only so few personal, they had escaped for tax reasons. After a long discussion and nearly a fight, the men finally could pay our meal and we returned home, where poor Toby lay on the sofa, not feeling well at all. We returned home because Toby stayed with Benjamin his best friend.



Benjamin lives in a big house with a huge property around with even a little wood so that they can run around and play as they want and don't have to feat to be run over by a car.

We had the birthday meal



chicken, roasted ham and vegetables, and of course this beautiful cake.



That must have been the best because the boys after having blown out the only candle we had (Toby was complaining that he is not one but seven) attacked the cake and not much left.



and here we were all posing together except Benji's mum who took the picture.

It had been a very nice weekend.