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Time To Show Your Face

As of Friday, October the first, facemasks are no longer required in many places, such as shops and restaurants in Flanders. They are still required in some circumstances, including, on public transport or when visiting a close contact professional, like a hairdresser. This rule change does not apply for the whole of Belgium. Wallonia and Brussels region are keeping the face mask rules as they are, for the moment. You can read more about this in the link below


Flemish Vaccination Centres To Remain Open

The decision to close all the vaccination centres in Flanders, on October 15th, has been reversed. Many vaccination centres will remain open until the end of 2021. This is because it has been decided to give the over 65s a third booster shot and the vaccination centres will be used for this, For more information follow the link below


For the latest figures on Coronavirus in Belgium, follow the link below


It feels good to show your face again 🙂



This Was Not The Horse Riding Lesson That She Expected

Get Your First Coronavirus Shot By The 10th Of September

The COVID-19 vaccination centres, in Flanders, are closing on the 15th of October. Therefore, if you are living in Flemish Belgium, you must book in for your first vaccination shot before the 10th of September, if you wish to use one of these centres. You can read more about this in the following link


I have no idea what the procedure would be for getting vaccinated after this date, but having been vaccinated in my local centre, I can attest to it being a simple and easy procedure. I would recommend using your local vaccination centre in Flanders, whilst the option is still available



At The Eleventh Hour On The Eleventh Day Of The Eleventh Month

In 1918 silence fell across the Battlefields of the Great War or First World War. At Eleven ‘O’ clock please join the two minute silence to remember those, who in times of peace and conflict, gave and still give their service for our protection and safety. Both for those who returned and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

This is especially important this year as many of us will have and are still seeing military personnel deployed in a battle on the home front.


The Last Post At The Menin Gate, Ieper 2020




Did You See This On Google Street View?

A Belgian guy “Jens Vrolijks” saw the Google Street View camera car whilst he was located at Bergstraat 1 in the municipality Meeuwen-Gruitrode in the Limburg province and decided to give it something fun to photograph. When interviewed about it he said “It is the best prank I have pulled this year”. The image appeared, like this on Google Street View for about a month but unfortunately has had the fun part blurred over now (shame). If you want to find out more about this prankster, try this link


Some Nice Drawings That I Found

I was tootling around a search when I stumbled across a web page from what appears to be a defunct website. The rest of the site seems to have disappeared into the internet ether and the page seemed to be an isolated remnant. I hope that the artist has found a new home for the work but if this is not the case, it would be a shame for the images to be lost to all and so I thought that I would post a few on this blog. The above image is the only F/m example, the rest seem to be all M/m which is not normally my thing but I liked these.

There are a few more. If you like you can check them out through




New Rules For Belgium

Post update – All rules and regulations in this post are in now in place until the 3rd of May 2020

As in this post


I have tried to spice up this post with a few interesting images but it is primarily an information post about the new restrictions that came into force in Belgium at 12 ‘O’ clock noon on Wednesday the 18th of March 2020. I am doing this to help anyone that might need or want this information because I have seen some mistakes made by the UK press, about the situation here in Belgium, at this time. Any rules mentioned in the last post about this, that are not covered here, remain the same.

All restrictions and information, in this post and the one linked above, are in force until the 5th of April 2020. Unless things are changed later.

Belgium Is Not In Lock down

This is the biggest mistake that I have seen in the international media. Although tougher rules have been put in place, people are not confined to their dwellings, as they are in Spain, Italy and France. Things are a lot more difficult here at the moment but to describe what is going on as a “Lock Down” is inaccurate.

Crime And Punishment

All rules in this post and the last one, about the COVID 19 restrictions, in Belgium are enforcible in criminal law and can incur fines of up to 4000 Euros and/or up to 3 months imprisonment.

Hospital Restrictions

As a work colleague of mine discovered last week, when he turned up for an appointment for a scan on his shoulder, all non vital treatments, scans and other non urgent or non life threatening treatments have been cancelled until further notice. Spoedopname (Accident and Emergency) units remain open.

Visits From Residence To Residence Are Banned

All doors need to remain closed to visitors, whether they be friends, family or any other persons. Each household is to remain separate from every other household.

Work Rules

Any one who can work from home must work from home. Other work places may remain in operation so long as they can meet a set of regulations, that include things like employees must be able to maintain a distance of one and a half meters from each other at all times and employees are not allowed to share a confined space. I have a six seater van all to myself, at work right now. There are more rules but they are too numerous to list here.

Shops And Shopping

Food shops, pharmacists, post offices and other essential shops remain open but entrance numbers of customers is limited to a number decided on by the square meter capacity of the store. All customers and staff must remain at least 1.5 meters distance from one another or be behind a protective screen. Some shops are refusing to take cash money, so card and smart phone payments are sometimes obligatory. All non essential shops are now totally closed, all week. On line shops and deliveries are allowed to continue operations.

Take Away Food

Take away food venues, frituurs (chip or fry shops), pizza, ETC, may remain open as normal. But no food is to be consumed on the premises. The number of customers on the premises is limited according to the size of the place. 1.5 metres distance must be maintained between queuing customers and staff.

International Travel

Don’t try and dock that boat. With a very few and stringently regulated exceptions, all international travel to and from the European Union is now banned. Some border crossings within the EU are allowed but these are mostly for international goods transport and people trying to return to their country of residence. All non essential border crossing is now not allowed.

Public Transport Within Belgium

Trains, buses, ETC should be running to their normal schedules. But cash payments are frowned upon and even banned by some operators. Pre paid tickets and payment by smart phone are recommended and in some cases obligatory.

Children And Play Areas

Children from different households are not allowed to meet or gather in groups. All child play areas, indoors and outdoors are closed. Children who have parents or guardians that are separated or divorced are allowed to visit and reside with both parties.

Tourist Destinations Closed

These rules are to apply to the Ardennes and the Belgian coast. Tourists and day trippers are no longer allowed to visit these areas. Permanent residents are the only people allowed at these locations. Anyone with a holiday apartment, house, static caravan or any other sort of non permanent residence is not allowed to visit it.

The Catholic Church

The Catholic authorities, in Belgium, are allowing funerals to go ahead. But weddings and christenings are banned until further notice. I have no information about other weekly or daily services. I have no information from any other religious authorities in Belgium.

Rubbish (Trash) Collection

Rubbish (trash) collections, from residential housing, should continue as normal. Recycling and container parks have however been closed to the public.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities, such as walking and cycling are not only allowed but are encouraged. The rules are that you have to take part in these activities alone or with a maximum of one other member of the residence that you occupy. A minimum distance of one and a half meters must be maintained from anyone that you pass or meet. I have seen some very shouty conversations going on, when people see their acquaintances, whilst they are out and about.


1 – I am not ill in any way

2 – I have phoned my doctor and he has informed me that I am not in the high risk group for COVID 19 (massive relief).

3 – Mind, body and soul seem to be holding together surprisingly well, considering the circumstances.

4 – I am running short of Jelly Beans and cannot find any in the shops, B@?>Y panic shoppers 😦

Keep you peckers up and keep washing your hands everyone.



Today in Belgium (Monday 11th November) it is Wapenstilstand Dag (Ceasefire Day). It marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Armistice and the end of the First World War.

And the troops of both sides could return to their loved ones.

Except for those that would never return at all. This day is also a day to remember those from all conflicts who paid the ultimate price to preserve our freedoms. Please take a few minutes to remember them all.

And also remember the families of those who don’t return and those that do return and may need help. You can help them by supporting the organisations, in your country, that help the veterans of conflict. Below is a link to one of those.

The Royal British Legion

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.