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After spending 16 years living in a desert, I am so so so so flipping ecstatic to be going through a real spring again! I loved Phoenix and the UAE, but I was born into 4 seasons (a late spring baby at that!), and it is my intention to die in a 4-season area (but not anytime soon).  Don’t get me wrong, the desert has its spring too, and it is lovely, but it’s just not as amazing when the temperatures were already warm to begin with — AND when it’s your reminder that in too short of a time it will be in the 100s again.

Today is a gray, rainy day, but it’s all good because we’ve had almost two weeks of sunshine and temps that went above 80.  Sooo, pretty much every free moment we have had has been spent outdoors.  I’ve also gone into overdrive buying flowers for our place.  So much color and fragrance!  Here’s just a few, but my place and balconies are full of them.

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I even have my birth flower.  I love Lilly of the Valley, which grew wild in the Catskills, so a great childhood memory is picking them for myself (when we’d get out of the city to our ‘country house’) because, you know, they were MY flower.  I haven’t seen these lil tinker bells in so long, I did a little dance when I saw them at the market.  And can I say I freaking love, love, love that A. we have a Sunday Market; B. there are so many flower shops everywhere; and C. I always have fresh flowers in the house now.  Ohhhh, and I also have a honeysuckle vine on my bedroom balcony, which makes my bedroom smell divine (why do I have to leave its bed?).  I don’t care if temps drop back to the 40s, lol that window is staying open.

I’ve also bought a whole slew of edible stuff for my kitchen window.

I’ve got thyme, basil and rosemary too.  Okay, I’ll stop with all the blooming pics.  Oh wait, there’s one more.  The backyard tree that mesmerizes me every day.

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This pic doesn’t do it justice, but you get the idea.  So, yeah there’s a lot of balcony time sipping and staring.  Yum, yum.

There’s also been a lot of time on the Grand Place, doing the same, while running into friends.

And, we’ve done some touring too.  Last weekend we spent all Saturday at an abby

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I wish I uploaded more to show you because it’s in a beautiful area, and we plan on going back again.  My wifi is sketchy, so this time around, I’m too lazy to fight it and upload more.  The beer is quite tasty too.

Last Sunday, we went to Dunkirk.

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And next weekend, we’re headed to Amsterdam.  We haven’t gotten around to visiting the famous bluebell forest near Brussels or the tulip farms in the Netherlands, but we’re trying to fit that in the next two weekends (if it’s not too late).  There’s also been a lot more touring around our area and finding little gems along the way, so needless to say we’re really enjoying ourselves.  I cannot believe that in seven weeks the school year will be over (and oh my goodness do we have some fun summer plans).  How did it all fly by so quickly?

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Oh, and I bought my future grandchild his or her first bike bell.  I’m already planting the seed for another without-borders soul.  Cannot wait to meet him or her in November (although the lil one is expected to be born late August)!

And, of course, Badger has his take on the spring, so if you’re curious to see what he’s up to, go to  https://badgerdoesbelgium.wordpress.com

Posted on April 29, 2018, in Belgium Year One and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Bettina….flowers were a real tradition in our household growing up. Our Dad started planting sweet pea seeds weeks before spring….sweet peas were my Mom’s favorite flower!
    He had a year round rose garden…the Peace rose was my favorite.
    It’s great seeing the tradition carried on!
    I know exactly how you feel about four seasons…I’ve loved living in the NE.!!
    So happy that you two are enjoying your European adventures!!

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    • I’m so sorry it’s taken me forever to respond. But, yes, Joe is doing his part keeping our flowers going. He’s talked about your Dad’s rose garden a lot. Hopefully, one day you can come see your brother’s attempt at keeping up the tradition! We have plenty of room for you!

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