International rendezvous

Rose and Sly came for their annual visit of mother, opticians (varifocals are wonderful for the nearly fifties) and unusually Belgium. When Wilf was asked what he would like for his fiftieth birthday in February, after a little thought, he wanted R & S to visit the batiment. Being the chief logician, I spent some happy hours in the preceding months getting a good deal of the Newcastle – Amsterdam ferry, and then planning the route through Holland via the Frans Masereel printing centre at Kasterlee just over the border into Belgium. But before such jollifications we had enjoyed a cycle ride to Swanston and the beach at North Berwick.

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We started with a proper north east England fish and chip lunch in Whitely Bay before a comfortable commodore class crossing with picnic tea washed down with lashings of beer. We had lunch in a bar in Kasterlee where Rose was surprised to find that in Flanders it’s Flemish (Dutch) or English spoken and not French. Our few days passed all too quickly with outings to Ghent, Geraadsbergen and a Sunday brocante in Brussels; a bit too much of a whirlwind visit for the Belgians.

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And then we were back in Edinburgh belatedly visiting mother the day after her birthday. We also managed a trip to the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and then a cup of tea with Margaret.

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