A month ago Himself and I had a few unexpected days out because a friend needed some support and transport to sort some personal events in the Belgium city of Mechelen.
I’d taken some annual leave off work intending study and spring clean my hobby/box room that since last years’s renovation has become the dumping ground for all manner of junk we spring cleaned from around the house with the intention of “dealing with it” later. One year on, not only has “dealing with it” not happened, but a multitude of outgrown toys and general junk has been further added to the pile.
Sadly the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and this time was no exception because on the first morning of my annual leave I found myself unable to get out of bed because I’d done my back in. One physio appointment, special heat band and a new set of physio exercises later, I was moving slowly but carefully. Spring cleaning was out of the question for which I was in two minds if I should be annoyed or grateful. We got a phone call from a friend in need… did Himself have work in? Could he maybe help run an urgent errand to Belgium? Luckily work had just gone out to a big client and more was expected the day after tomorrow so yes Himself was free.
Did I want to have a little sightseeing trip to Belgium too? Why not… I wasn’t much good for concentrating on anything else. With a pillow in my back and warming heat pad keeping me a bit more comfortable we set out early on Dutch motorways. The weather was cold and rainy so views were limited of the countryside going down. I took a some photos throughout the day anyway and stashed them in a folder to post here soonest. I lamented that the weather hadn’t been better.. but some things you can’t change.
Fast forward from last month to last week, when I have also taken a few days off work to cook for a large family party. All was under control in the kitchen when we got another phone call… same friend in distress with more personal developments that necessitated another trip to Mechelen. Himself had a steady stream of work but if he worked late tonight he could still make the trip and stay on schedule. The weather report for the next day was for glorious weather in the south of the Netherlands so I was delighted to go along for the ride again.
This is how I managed to take two sets of photographs of the same city just a few weeks apart and in both fair weather and foul. I’ve combined both sets here to give you a taste of our Mechelen adventures… fasten your seat belts and hop in for the ride… we are heading towards Mechelen.
This is just one of three blades lined up on the side of the road waiting to be installed on a wind turbine… They are truly massive.