Not much to tell from Brussels… which I guess under current circiumstances is good news! O came back from India on Saturday morning after a week’s business trip, and my mother left last Sunday. It’s incredible how much faster time passes when you have company!
The first few days that my mother was here we were talking non-stop, then we settled into a nice routine of chatting, reading and eating delicious meals that she prepared while I was on the sofa… We had such big and late (the Spanish way!) lunches that we only managed to have dinner once! My mother reported back to my father that we hadn’t even turned on the telly (he was actually wondering if there was one in the apartment)! Well, we did eventually turn it on, on Thursday evening and saw Grey’s Anatomy (first time for my mother so I was trying to explain all the intrigues and relationships!) and a very nice BBC production on chef Rick Stein travelling and cooking around Spain (Rick Stein’s Spain).
Oh, I have now read 12 books! Struggling with the 13th, which was such a big success in Sweden (“Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann”) and it has even been translated into French, Italian and German (Le vieux qui ne voulait pas fêter son anniversaire). My Norwegian hairdresser has been raving about it for months (which reminds me that I need to get to the hairdresser ASAP!) and she told me that she was so jealous that I had that reading experience ahead of me… but nope, I have read more than 150 pages and I still don’t find it very interesting or amusing.
And the same orchid is fully in bloom again – a year later! It’s only the 2nd time I manage to get an orchid to re-blossom (10 flowers so far and at least 7 more to come)! But look closely at this photo and you can see something fascinating: the orchid has new “air roots” and leaves really high up on an old stalk and that is where it has more flower buds growing. My mother and I have never seen anything like it – have you?*
*) The angel hanging in the orchid was made by my late grandmother as a Christmas decoration last year and she sent it to me in her last letter…