A day at our countryside – May 27, 2018

On Sunday May 27, I posted a lot of pictures through the day on my Instragram (@autisticcountrygirl).
I promised to write a whole blog about how I felt that day, with a little delay …
Here it is!
Hope you all enjoy some countrylife of Belgium.

Normally I have to work every Sunday so I can’t never plan a thing on doing with my family like going to some events, special occassions, shops, festivals … I made the descission of working the greatest job in the world so you know you have to miss most of those things.

Most of those things are crowded, tooo many people on the same place, to much noices, to loud music etc. So in one way it’s better to stay a day at work helping others having a great day off.

Strawberry festival

On May 27 I got a free Sunday, without asking for it. On that day we had an Strawberry event here in my local area. Moving out soon, so time to do something here.

It was more of an information event about local products than for the strawberry itself. At 3PM there was a ‘world record Milkshake drink’ but there weren’t that much people to hit the goal of 2000 people (they had like 1200 people drinking at the same time).

The milkshake itself was just horrible. They said it was made with local milk and with some fresh strawberries. YEAH right, totally not made with fresh strawberries but with a powder. As the shake was seedless and very light pink. And it was sooooooooo sugary.

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Sooo Sorry ‘ONS’ but this was not REAL strawberry ! 

The event took place in my old school, so it was nice to see it again. They did a great job in making the place look nice for the public and for visitors. I remember, from beeing a kid, that it was always forbitten to step on the place where we went. Or just sit on the old iron ‘attraction’.

It’s look sooo old, but just looked like I remembered. So it was 20 years ago in such bad condition as now. Just for information, it wasn’t a new one when I went to school there 😉

Look for yourself, but for me it still have something of a horrormovie seeing it (remembering how it looked when it was dark in winter).

Here’s the park when we weren’t allowed to step one foot on it, but now it’s open for public every single day. So some changes were good, because it’s so beautiful and quiet walking there.

And here are some pictures of my old school, almost sad to say nothing changed in those 20 years (well 21)

And here are some pictures of the other part of the park where they put a smal farm with apple trees

The ‘strawberry’ event was more like a market with local products

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Well, it’s not wrong with all those other local products … BUT … when this #aspiegirl hears ‘strawberry festival’ she wants an explotion with strawberries. And not just one thing to taste horrible milkshake and another one to buy plane fresh strawberries. But more like pastries with strawberries, desserts, art, … just things WITH STRAWBERRY included. 

After we saw the whole market, drunk are ‘milkshake’, visit the event inside about World War 1 … it was time for a little ride with some Belgium Work horses ‘Belgisch trekpaard’. 

Here are some pictures first … story will follow below

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Our ‘taxi’ has arrived … 2 beautiful horses 

Here are some pictures I took during the trip through ouw countryside. The ride took me to places I never seen before, while I live here for 33 years. How is that possible? It was a shocking moment, but now I found some beautiful spots here to go on a bike trip or walk. 

Oh and off course, no long trip without RODNEY ATKINS

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Most places have bords with ‘deer’ crossing the street. Here on the countryside we have them with COWS crossing the street. So strange to always remember the big city of Louvain is only 10 minutes away from that place 😮 (and Brussels only 25 mins) and still you are in the countryside with ‘cows crossing the streets’. 

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So here’s the story about that trip. I was expecting a short trip around the school and in the close neighbourghood. Well I was sooooooo wrong !

We left with the horses around 15.45PM at the school and the trip will be around 1,5 hours to be back.

It was an extreemly hot day, and than 1,5 hours on the road with horses. Well, sometimes you have to do the things your family wants to do and follow them.

The trip took us to a close local brewery, we had the opportuinity to get off and visit it but I refused and stayed on. So everybody followed me. I was not in the mood to visit a brewery and taste that beer, as I don’t drink beer.

After the 5 minute stop, to change some passengers, we went back on the roads … with the horses. Poooooooor horses, so hot and doing such hard work.

Next stop was another visit to a local farm, a PORK farm. The place was a place we knew so we didn’t went outside in the heat and risking not having a place back to the school. The stop took more than 20 minutes as the horses needed water and some rest. Who could blame them, in that heat ???

And then it was time for the last trip on the road with the horses to the school again.

We came back at 6PM, so we spend more than 2 hours riding those horses with the ‘huifcar’ (sorry don’t know the word in English for the car/pickup/ we were in. So if you know the word please let me know.

Luckely I had my iPhone to take some pictures and listen to Rodney Atkins, well some country when beeing in the countryside, otherwise I had given up or even not went on that trip. And if I knew it would take more than 2 hours, I refused. But I have to admit, kind of glad I did.

Going to end this here. Just had a great day, but the organization of this event could be so much effecient or better if they had a shorter trip planned for the horses in this heat. Just a trip through the park, through the village, arond the close fields etc. But not a trip to 2 things that are so far away from everything.

I’m also glad nothing changed at the organization, organizing is not their greatest (worked for them 10 years ago). 

THE DAYS AFTER

I had this huge autistic meltdown, I could get out of my bed for 3 days. I had to convince myself to go to work but it was a terrible day. BUT I stayed strong and stayed the whole work day.
The rest of the week I was feeling a bit down, not having energy, not having the feeling of doing something good, etc.

That’s why I’m writing this blog about May 27 now, and not last week. So sorry 😉

Hope you enjoyed some countylife here. OH  BTW we do have tractors here, and not only horses to do all the work :p

Love, Lucy xx

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Blogmas 23 … Tractor lightning parade

I have to be honest … when I think about ‘a lightning parade’ I think of Fantilussion at Disneyland Paris or the Electrical Parade in Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom.

BUT

Here in Belgium, we have our own kind of lightning parade around the holiday season. As I live on the countryside and not in a big city, we here have a TRACTOR lightning parade every year.

Tractors (old and new ones) covered in lights, 1000 of lights.

Tractor Lightning Parade @ Werchter, Belgium

So yesterday evening, we here had a tractor parade in the small village of Werchter. A parade over a few villages, and a party after the parade.

Year after Year, I really wanted to go and see all those lights in real life.

As you know I have autism, so I was always to scared to go. All the different lights, all the noices, all the different music playing at the same time, too much people, cold, waiting while surrounded by 100 or more people.

I want to go, I want to go, I’m not going, I’m not going … OKAY I’m going

So yesterday, I had planned to go and see all the tractors. During the day, I was constantly thinking ” I’m going, I’m going not, I’m going, I’m going NOT “.

I was kind of horrible having all those different ideas during the day. In the morning I had do  do some grocery shopping and I was so stressed out by all the lines in the stores, all the people … that I needed some time alone.

Around 3pm I made up my mind and decided to go and see all the tractors mysefl (instead of seeing pictures from everybody on Facebook).

Tractor Lightning Parade it is !

I took my iPhone, extra charger, scarf, warm jacket and gloves and joined my brother to Werchter, to see all the tractors. Yess, if you are a farmers daughter you still have some little thing about tractors.

Maybe for most of you it’s not the right combination of beeing a lifestyleblogger (fashionblogger in future) and blog about seeing some tractors. For me it’s a good combination. As I’m moving out of this farm in a few months, the love for tractors I take with me.

As you know … NO LIFE WITHOUT FARMERS 😉

The last few days I kind of lost the magic of the Christmas season. I guess it came because we had early snowfal in December and now it’s so dark, warm and rainy outside.

But I have to admit, yesterday evening I felt the whole Christmas spirit again.

I still have friends with tractors, kind of like the song of Rodney Attins is about me
Friends with tractors – Rodney Atkins

Let’s go and see some tractors.

Some of the tractors were so beautiful decorated, other had just the basic lights.

More tractors, and more tractors to come

I’m so sorry for all the overload of tractors right now, and sorry for the not great quality but I’m saving money to buy a camera 😉 so now I only have my iPhone 

Next stop

After all the tractors where leaving in Werchter, we went to see the real parade on the street somewhere in an other city (village).

We drove a few minutes, and waited there in Tremelo (the city where Father Damian lived, sorry for the historylesson).

We waited a few minutes till the parade arrived. Now we saw the whole parade and not only the tractors, and the leaving part of the parade.

Parade

As I have an Iphone to take pictures, I didn’t took pictures during the parade. I knew that they were all not going to be great and beautiful. So I filmed the whole parade.

Okay, you might find this all boring, and I can understand. If I had lived in a city or in another country I wouldn’t be there yesterday. It’s something for a country(farmers)girl like me.

Because of all the tractors, I will only share the whole parade if you want to see it so badly 😉 Please leave a comment, if you like to see the movie I took last night with all the tractors passing on the street.

One thing I didn’t like, was that there were tractors without christmas music. It would be better and funnier to watch if all the tractors were playing a Christmas song like before the start in Werchter.

A girl with autism and this ?

Well, it was a hard time beeing there. That’s TRUE ! OMG, all those lights, ,different lights, all the colors, all the people, all the different kind of music … AND that all at the same time. It was kind of the nightmare I was scared for, and it was true.

Here’s a little movie I took with everything around me. I felt like a psychco, and feeling to get crazy standing there !

This was the moment before the parade started.

I had a great time yesterday evening but it was also a big nightmare for me with my autism. So today I had a very bad morning. So much pain, so much emotions, not really wanted to wake up and do some stuff.

Next year?

Okay, let me be clear ! This was a once in a lifetime event for me. If I want to go back next year, please hold me and lock me up ! It was so beautiful but not worth all the pain I felt all day.

So no, I will not go back next year. I will stay at home, comfy and cosy in my PJ’s and watching a movie.

So this was #blogmas 23 of yesterday and a Christmas tradition here in Belgium.

Hope it was okay to see all the tractors. I can totally understand if you hated it.

Love Lucy xx

 

Please note … I’m so sorry for all the tractors in this blog ! 

Blogmas 11 … pain pain pain & more pain | Oh and a healthy recipe for oatmeal waffles

” I’m 32 years old but most of the time I feel like 82! “

Okay, this was the quote for today ! Such a painfull day, so much pain again!

Goodmorning!

I woke up this morning at 8am, but I couldn’t get out of my bed. It needed more time, like always, but today I needed 1h15 to get out of bed. It was 9.15am, till I got up and was able to get some breakfast.

All day I can eat this healthy food I want, but for breakfast I always need sugary things.

My plan after breakfast … I went back to bed for another hour. I had no idea that I could do stuff today.

Snow, snow and more snow

Yesterday the snow melted all, and this morning it was snowing hard again. In just a few hours it was all white and dangerous outside.

Around 13pm I went outside to take a walk in the snow and take some pictures of the snow around us. It’s so magic all the snow outside on the trees.

Once outside it was like the cold wind has frozen my muscle pains. Once inside again I needed to go to bed.

Here are some pictures of the magical snow…

Sorry … it was a NO make-up monday today (and I had so much pain I could not hold my brushes this morning 😥 ) 

Cat paws in the snow

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Some paws I’ve seen today are so strange, like always cat’s don’t have a good direction to follow. Left, right, oh no left again.
I wish I had pictures of my cats in the first snow but they don’t like snow ! 

Old Timberland boots are the best EVER !

Time to bake some … waffles

Oh yess, I’m belgian so waffles are the best here! I really like to bake healthy waffles I can eat for lunch or breakfast. Today I ate some for diner with fresh fruit, peanutbutter and maple sirup.

A few days ago I promised a friend of mine I would sell here my Mickey waffles machine, which was laying here unused for more than 4 years now. And I had to try it to make sure it still works after that long time doing nothing! It still worked !

So time for some oatmeal waffles, the best ever ! Off course I also made some heart shape waffles beside the Mickey ones.

Here are the ingredients I used

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And yess, that’s all you need for a great recipe for healthy waffles. Okay not vegan because of the eggs, but you can replace them.

You need :

  • 200 grams of oatmeal
  • 300 ml of rice milk
  • 2 eggs (not the biggest ones)
  • 1 tbsp of backing powder
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • 1 theespoon of vanille extract
  • coconut oil for the waffles machine

How to make them ?

  • blend the oatmeal very fine like flour
  • put the egg white in a separate bowl and mix it
  • take another bowl to put all the ingredients in (oatmeal flour, rice milk, honey, vanilla, egg yellow and baking powder)
  • Mix all those ingredients together
  • Add the egg white with a spoon
  • put on the waffle machine while the dough is resting a few minutes
  • put on the coconut oil on the machine and than the dough
  • bake the waffles till golden brown and ready

Enjoy !

Moment after the baking … PAIN

Oh yess, after I baked the waffles, all of them, it was over and out for today. I couldn’t move my arm after eating some waffles.

So here I am now, in bed trying to make todays blogpost and finish it.

It’s so unfair that I’m having all that pain and my doctor is just saying ” it’s not that bad, get over it, and wait another month”.

Last month I had to take medication for 2 months, but after taking them a month it all is getting so much worst 😥

I really feel like an 82 year old women, and not the 32 year old that should have energy to rase kids, have a fulltime job and still is going out !

I have a beautiful life now and feeling so happy (after some really bad years) but all that pain is so hard to deal with rightnow. I want to do stuff, I want to go to the Christmas marktet or just prepare a meal after a workday. But NO, after a workday I’m just dead, so dead !

Tomorrow I have to work a full day, preparing the store for the Christmas and year end sales that are coming end of this week. So tomorrow night, I will have so much pain again. Not normal, but my doctor says it’s not that bad enough grrr.

I’m ending my blog here, going to see if there’s a Chrismas movie on Netflix that I haven’t seen before.

Till tomorrow !

Love Lucy xx