We have finally moved – just temporary, to our friends’ apartment but it is sooo nice to live in a “proper” apartment with separate bed room(s), a washing machine and elevator etc. O spent the whole day on Saturday moving our stuff (just clothes, books, food and our plants (!)) and getting supplies. As usual he got too excited in the supermarket and bought way too much food but at least we have a proper freezer now so a lot of stuff has been put there (fish, meat, bread). He left for India yesterday morning and my Swedish friend E picked up my mother from the airport around the same time.
So far, my mother and I have mostly chatted but she is now out on one of two (!) balconies enjoying the sun after having cooked a lovely lunch for us both. It is really nice to have some company, and somebody who cooks and cleans for me as I am supposed to rest…
I could also see the big tree in the backyard from where I was on the sofa… I loved the sound of the leaves moving in the wind. The rosary was my grandmother’s and my mother, aunt and sister thought that O should have it as he’s the Catholic in the family (my grandmother was Protestant and I don’t know where she got it from)
I have now read nine books since my medical leave started on the 17th June. Fortunately our Swedish friends, whose place we are borrowing, have left lots of books for me to read and my mother brought four interior design magazines from Sweden.
My friend E who brought my mother from the airport yesterday was impressed with the apartment that we are borrowing and said the exact same thing that I have been thinking: “It doesn’t feel like a Belgian apartment, it has like… Swedish standard and layout!”. Exactly! The place is practical, spacious, light (on a corner so windows in three directions) and no strange angles or “dead corners” that you can’t use. I hope that our future home will be something like this one!