Local Heart, Global Soul

April 3, 2014

Not Really A Full Date, But We Manage A Quick Lunch Together…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Being dependant on crutches tends to limit any nice ideas of going for a walk to the local shops, a wander around the centre of town or a gentle stroll in a park, beach or more rural location.

Of course getting to said centre of town, park, beach or rural location is first dependant on transport by car, and not being in driving state that necessitates Himself as my “driver”  would also be free to act as taxi chauffeur.

Before my accident we used to aim to split driving chores, ferrying kids to social and sporting engagements, school, Dr., dentist, orthodontist, family things although in practice Himself usually did a larger share due to nature of his freelance work and my often longer working hours. Now all of the taxi driving duties fall solely on Himself’s shoulders and I feel guilty adding extra requests to the heap.

It’s been rare since my accident that Himself and I get out as a couple,  but one day early last year Himself turned up  to collect me at the end of my physiotherapy session with the news that one of his clients had just phoned…

…The work they had promised would arrive that morning was not ready and Himself, having put off other clients in order to wait for the expected “urgent” work from this large client was less than happy to be twiddling his thumbs waiting around all morning waiting for the client to get their act together.

He knows it’s the nature of the work and that often the delays are due to circumstances out of the control of the his contact people but it’s frustrating all the same.

I suggested that we have an early lunch out together as a nicer distraction for us both, and my physiotherapist suggested  a place a short drive away:  Café Madeleine on the Laan Van Meerdervoort.

Actually more correctly the café is on the Valkenbosplein ( the street name is unfortunately spelt incorrectly on their visiting card) and I see that from tables stacked up outside that in fine weather it’s possible to eat outside on the plein itself.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a French theme running through the menu, the café is nicely decorated and the ambience is very comfortable.

We sit at the back and people watch, I’m having a “soup de jour” (soup of the day) which on this day was a home-made tomato soup that I very much enjoyed.

Himself went for something called a “BLTCG” that the menu explained was a “foccacia with crispy bacon, mixed salad, tomato, smoked chicken and guacamole”, ergo the acronym stood for the first letters of the main ingredients.

Himself’s lunch was rather photogenic and I snapped a few photos before reluctantly giving it back for him to eat.

Both of us enjoyed our lunch, it was lovely to be able to sit and eat quietly without interruption from the kids,  to be able to talk and sit together enjoying each other’s company.

Both of us enjoyed our food and look forward to a return visit in the future.

It would have been nice to stay for a little longer for a tea and coffee respectively but Himself’s client telephoned just as we finished our plates and Himself had to get back to deal with the now arriving urgent work. Next time we will  have to schedule some proper time together:  I’m not likely to be fully mobile for quite a while yet and so sadly Himself’s schedule isn’t  getting much free time in it any time soon.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)



  1. Oh, you’re making me hungry. Hope you’re off the crutches soon! I hate crutches!!

    Comment by Brenda — April 3, 2014 @ 3:36 am | Reply

  2. Similar situation here (though for very different reasons). Not much free time for my husband and me to go on little “dates”, even though we work together (his days are 10 hours hard slog out in the field, mine are 8 hours chained to the phone and computer). When you mention that you would have liked to have stayed for tea or coffee, I know just how you feel.

    I hope you’re up and about and dating Himself all over the place soon! 🙂

    Comment by Luddy's Lens — April 10, 2014 @ 1:37 am | Reply

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