Waxweiler hike

IMG_5728IMG_5740We were in Waxweiler again for some hiking / Scotland training with Andy & Mika yesterday.  We even had decent weather and walked the ‘Devonpfad’ which is really a great walk, 16km and 500m of ascent with some great views.

 

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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 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 👌

Botrange forbidden Zone C


  
 Because Ria is taking the ‘Zone C’ exam to be allowed to lead select groups through the forbidden C zone on the High Fenn, we got the chance to go with her into the Fagne de Cléfaye.  The duckboards are rotten, but the nature is completely unspoilt. A very interesting little walk

Fridge balance

 Beer balance in the fridge looks about right now. Having tracked down a crate of the elusive Duvel Tripple Hop 👌🍺⚠️

We also have ‘Team Ironing’

  Winner takes half 😜😊

Kirmes in Atzerath

  Everyone is welcome for a round of ironing 😎💪 winner takes all ⚠️

Malmedy trails. RDHF

   
 Had a great ride out with the @Zooks Cycling team. I guess it was about 80% single trail. We had to do some portage too due to fallen trees and a few places where you couldn’t  ride at all. 

A good 40km and over 1.200m of ascent and to crown the day we found the elusive Duvel Tripple Hop for a well earned drink after the ride 🍺 🚲 👌