Life || Wonderful Wednesday #4

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Wonderful Wednesday #4

So the infamous Belgian Lurgies have come to our household. Dammit Belgium, every time I get sick here, you kick my butt. I’m somewhat lacking in brain energy (insert joke about vegan protein here) right now, so we’re going to get stuck into all the wonderful-ness and then I’m going to go back to blowing my nose and complaining about sinus pain.

Puppy snuggles

Oh yeah. Puppy snuggles.

Kris and I had the chance to meet two oh so fluffy, oh so cute, oh so beautiful border collie puppies on the weekend and they melted my little heart. And chewed on my nose. But we’re focussing on the heart melting here.

Are we considering adding another furry member to our household? Maybe.

Tissues

My head feels like a war-zone and I’ve got snot running wild from both nostrils, except at night, that’s when they prefer to be so blocked up that I get to sleep all night with my mouth open and wake up in my own drool. But during the day, well, you’d think there was some kind of snot-drought and my nose alone thinks it’s going to replenish the World’s nasal discharge stocks.

So yeah tissues. Right now, they are the best thing in existence.

Free food

All food is good, but free food is great. Better yet, free homegrown food, now that’s awesome.

We were gifted some free cucumbers and yellow sweet peppers this week and I can’t wait to tuck into them.

Nice things

Doing nice things for people makes me smile. A little bit because it makes me feel like a better human being than some of the people we have on the planet these days, but also because it makes me think other people can be better human beings too. I don’t go out of my way to do those “random acts of kindness” that people talk about, but I do make sure to take advantage of the opportunity when it arises.

Currently reading

I’m thoroughly enjoying Morning Star by Pierce Brown so that’s making it on to this list. Still, I’m a little devastated about what happened to my favourite character, that, was not wonderful.

A good old weekend hike

Short and sweet, but wonderful all the same. And would you believe it, we didn’t even take the bikes with us! More photos and talk will be coming to the blog soon.

Sherlock

I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime for the fourth season of Sherlock to be aired by the BBC, but it’s finally coming back! I had a little watch of the trailer and got all excited about being able to watch it soon. Well, soon as in 2017… But it’s coming back and I can’t wait. I think I might re-watch the other seasons.

And that’s it for this week’s wonderful bits and pieces. What’s been making your week great? 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Michelle, Emma and Sam!

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A To Z of Belgium || An Afternoon in Enghien

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. A to Z of Belgium, an afternoon in Enghien

Ah, the elusive A to Z of Belgium blog series.

I’m still working on it. I’m still fighting against the impossibility of time to get it done before the end of the year.

I am not succeeding.

In fact, I outright suck at this quest.

It’s not all my fault. Sure, sometimes I just don’t fancy going to a place that begins with D, and other times I want to go to another place that begins with T and I’m torn between using a place up before I get to it’s letter or using it for T and just blogging about it when I (eventually) get to that letter. Then there’s the times where I just don’t want to anything. And then there’s every other time: where it’s raining.

The struggle is real. The struggle is the Belgian weather forecast.

But, I’m up to E.

And E is for Enghien!

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Turns out, there’s very few places in Belgium that begin with E.

It also turns out that the only reason we were heading to Enghien – the castle and, its park and gardens – were closed on the weekend we chose to go. Instead, the usually free grounds now cost €5 to enter the Miniature Models exhibition that had taken over the entire park.

I came for the nature. I did not come for scale models of tanks.

It’s ok though, we only cycled 70km to get there. It only took 4 hours of solid cycling. It’s not like the castle and park made up 75% of the town. Oh wait. It did.

We weren’t bitter. We parked our bikes in the car park for the castle grounds (oh the irony) and we had a little wander about the town, took some photos to prove we went there, and then we got the train home.

To add insult to injury, we bought tickets for the train since we’d left our rail passes at home. Turns out, they were sitting in my handlebar bag the entire time. Could have saved myself €9. Could have paid to go into the damn exhibition with that €9.

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Drama aside, it was quite a nice little town. But seriously, I wanted to see a castle.

Guess we’ll just have to cycle back.

Like heck we will.

Here’s hoping for better luck with F. So, do you like model trains or tanks and shizz?

Linking up with Lisa for Life Thru The Lens

Linking up with Van, Marcella, Lauren and Isabel for Wanderful Wednesday.

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Life || Photo A Day #33

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016

This week has been a gorgeous one and it looks like it’s here to stay into next week too. Not so productive, but I’ve been enjoying the sunshine and a few good books, so it’s totally worth it. Kris may or may not have the day off tomorrow, so maybe we’ll head out for the day and then it’s the Belgian Vegan Fest on Sunday which I’m excited to go to and feel like a real vegan rather than the imposter that I felt like last year. It’s going to be good, there’s going to be lots of food to try!

12th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. Sunset leuven belgium

Friday was a quiet day. Kris left early for work, so I had a little early morning reading that turned into a whole day of reading on the sofa. It was a good day.

Later, I went to meet Kris from work (with my book, since I had to wait around for a bit) and enjoyed a little bit of the sunset too.

13th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. Elephant hawk moth caterpillar on wood.

The week was a pretty long one for Kris, so we decided to cycle up to the British store today to pick up some essentials: gravy, bourbon biscuits and all the Linda Mccartney vegan food we could find.

On the way, Kris almost ran over this Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar, so we stopped to help him into the grass. Not before snapping a photo to identify him later though!

14th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. Morning sun in trees

A good old Sunday at home. A nice way to end a long week and a productive Saturday.

Spoiler alert: this photo is from Monday. 

15th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. Allotment in the summertime Leuven Belgium

Today felt quite productive. I sorted the house, sorted the blog and even managed to head out for a little walk in the afternoon. I didn’t go very far, just down to the abbey, but it was nice to walk about in the afternoon when there weren’t too many people around.

I even had a little peak in the allotments to see what people are growing.

16th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. wild rat by lake

Look at this little dude! He’s cute, no? I spotted him down by the abbey when I went down there for a walk. I realise he’s a rat, and that could be considered “disgusting”, but he’s no different to a little field mouse (which I love catching the occasional fleeting glimpse of). Him and his friend were pottering about by the water and were surprisingly calm as I was taking a few photos. Well, until some uncivilised human came along and made noise. I thought at one point he might even come over near me, but I didn’t have any food on hand to offer him. Shame on me.

Until next time, Mr Rat.

Second spoiler alert: this photo is also from Monday, so is the accompanying story. Tuesday was boring. 

17th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. four magpies on abbey roof

Just a gang of magpies hangout out on the roof. Is four of them good luck or bad luck?

Nope, it’s four for a boy, well that’s boring.

18th August

Life As Unusuals | Lifestyle and travel blog. Life in photos: week 33. Project 365 2016. Vegan pasta recipe

Lunch today was really tasty, leftover pasta mixed with chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, red pepper and spring onion. Topped with half an avocado. Nom nom nom.

How was every one else’s week? 

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