Banff Film Festival

I wish I’d planned my trip better. I have to return home tomorrow and the majority of the films will be screened during the second part of the week. I’ll just have to catch it when it comes to Belgium

Banff National Park

Came up to the top of Sulphur Mountain to clear skies, loads of Asian tourists and beautiful views all around. Banff National Park is breathtakingly beautiful. I’m actually here to see the screening of Chris Eyre-Walker’s film ‘Dreamwalkers-The Faroes Project’ at the Banff Mountain Film Festival screening for the first time this evening. Really excited to see what the sold out, almost 1000 seat, cinema will bring as reaction.

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Banff Mountain Film Festival

The view from the Banff Centre. So chuffed to be here to see all these awesome films, just finding it difficult to adjust to the 7 hours time difference

A bit of bird watching

This weekend we are up in Antwerp to visit Ria’s father and friends. What better reason to spend the night at Biesbosch Nature Reserve and see some of the migratory birds on their way to better weather for the winter

Mukla being attentive

Mukla posing during his short weekend at our place

Another test

Wow just keep trying

Hiking weekend

The lonley Fenn in Winter

We had the entire group from Ria‘s Peru trip come over to East Belgium for some hiking this weekend.

Yesterday they went into Germany around Bleialf, today we went into the Fenn.  It snowed all day but the nature was still so beautiful and where we hiked was virgin snow.  Fantastic to break through fresh snow that sometimes comes up to your knees,but pretty hard work especially as the ground underneath was nor frozen but boggy.  Still it was a great weekend and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.IMG_5666 IMG_5665

New hobby

Having damaged my Achilles heel running for a plane I didn’t catch, thanks to AA [no, neither Alcoholics Anonymous nor the Automobile Association but American Airlines] I was looking for another sport to replace cycling and hiking while my heel mends.  Cut a long story short: skateboarding!

And here it is: my ‘born again’ sports machine all the way from Hawaii.  Superbly crafted and ready to take on the not so smooth Belgian tarmac.  I already feel 10 years youngerThe package The board boy Topside Bottom side

Night lights

Black hole

We had a beautiful night sky tonight, nearly full moon and thin scattered clouds turned the sky into something out of a sci-fi movie.

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The beginning of 4.5l Elderberry schnapps 

  Martha and Ria went out a lunchtime to pick the berries. The ladies in the old peoples home made the juice. Now just sugar, vanilla and a quick boil. Then add 2 bottles of rum. Ready to drink 👌