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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND THE LATEST ON THE LURGY

I Said Face Down

COVID 19 Belgium – Situation Dire And Getting Worse

Belgium is a land of just over 11 million souls. As I write this, on Saturday 24th of October, the average daily new infection rate for the disease is over 10 thousand people a day. This means that 1 percent of the population is being infected in less than a 2 week period. You can read more about this in…

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Average daily infection rates are expected to breach 20 thousand before the end of next week. You can read about this in…

THIS LINK

One week ago, the new government imposed new measures to help curtail the spread of the virus. These included a return to home working for those that can, closing all bars and restaurants, imposing a curfew from midnight until 5am, banning the sale of alcohol after 8 pm and limiting everyone to having one close contact outside of their household.

As of 24th of October further measures have been imposed nationwide. These include professional sports games can still take place, but without an audience, amateur games for everyone over 18-years-old will be prohibited, games for youth up to 18 are also still allowed but only one person per family can attend, a maximum of 20% of students is allowed to be present in an auditorium or classroom and no more than 200 people are allowed at the same time in theatres, cinemas and concert halls. You can read more about this in…

THIS LINK

Even stricter measures are being enforced in Brussels and Wallonia. You can see more through the following two links.

BRUSSELS

WALLONIA

If anyone has friends or family in Belgium and they want to have an idea of how things are going where they live, you can follow the link below, scroll down the page, type in the name of their municipality and that will give you a figure for how many people have tested positive for the disease in that area over the last two weeks.

REGIONAL CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS IN BELGIUM

Personally, I am still in good health but am feeling very weary of all this. It feels like the virus is doing to Belgium what is happening in this GIF.

Everybody stay safe and do the best to protect yourselves and those around you

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TUESDAY’S TANTALIZING TUSHY – AND CYCLING ALONG THE RIVER OURTHE FROM DURBUY

What Light From Yonder Window Breaks

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CONTEMPORARY LIFE

With A Bicycle Along The River Ourthe

Above is the River Ourthe as it flows through Durbuy where once a watermill stood. From Durbuy there is a very good cycle path that runs along the river. I spent my last full day of holiday exploring the river and thought that I would show you some of the views that I saw.

There had not been much rain in August and September in Belgium and like most rivers, the Ourthe was a little low but still very pretty. Lets play “Spot The Little Devil” (my campervan), it is mostly hidden by a tree in this shot.

And on down the river, with my trusty folding steed.

That last view reminds me that I have to save my pennies for some sort of small river craft.

I broke off the trail at Bomal Sur Ourthe, in search of an ice cream and found this old building. Unfortunately it’s historic interior is no more. It is now for hire as holiday flats.

And that concludes my posting of holiday snaps from my September tour. I hope that you enjoyed them.

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND A VISIT TO DURBUY

Feel The Rage Of The Machine

Durbuy, Arguably The Smallest City In The World

I think that there will be other competitors to the title “World’s Smallest City”, It’s a bit like “England’s Oldest Pub”, there must be more than twenty of those. Durbuy is tiny though, if you judged it on size it would only count as a village. It is a beautiful little place to visit though, located on the banks of the River Ourthe with many tiny, ancient streets to explore.

There is a stately home in the city but this is not generally open to the public

And an amazing rock formation that has been turned into a feature, with the addition of a large pond and fountain

I finished my day of sauntering around this little burg with a visit to the topiary gardens

On Tuesday I will post the last of my holiday snaps that where taken as I explored the River Ourthe

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THURSDAY’S THRASHER – AND ARE YOU LOOKING AT MY BIRD?

Undressed To Impress

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CONSENSUAL SPANKING

The Bird Show At Bouillon Castle

Whilst visiting Bouillon Castle I got to see a very interesting Falconry display. I found it difficult to get pictures of the birds, as I had to remain seated and could not move around but I did get to grab a few shots that you might like to see.

I am usually a little wary of live animal shows but all the birds got to fly free and came back of their own accord. So I assume they are happy to be there. The one in the picture below even made a little snack of one of the small lizards living on the castle walls

It was a very interesting display laced with some information about the birds, in Flemish and French

And those are the last pictures that I have for you from Bouillon. I just have a few more snaps from one more location, from my recent travels. Hopefully I will be posting some of those on Sunday.

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TUESDAY’S TANTALIZING TUSHY – AND THE CASTLE AT BOUILLON

An Easily Bared Tushy

I thought that these would be great for any spankee. But I found three problems with them. They might be uncomfortable to sit on, they could possibly scratch wooden seating and no matter how hard I searched I could not find any for the boys 😦

The Castle At Bouillon

The castle at Bouillon sits on a high rocky outcrop and is surrounded on three sides by the River Semois There have been defensive structures here, of one sort or another, for over a thousand years

The castle is half built on and half dug out of the rock peak

And inside is traversed inside by low tunnels

A sign lead me to the “Torture Chamber” which turned out to be more of a photo opportunity for tourists, rather than the real thing

There are some great view points from the castle

It is an extensive castle and hard to give an impression of the whole of it without a drone shot and I do not own a drone. On Thursday I will show you some pictures of a demonstration that I attended at the castle.

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THE SUNDAY SWISHING – AND A VISIT TO BOUILLON

More Fun Than Last Week’s Coffee Morning

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First Pictures Of Bouillon

The next destination on my recent travels was the beautiful little town of Bouillon. The campsite here has an amazing location on the River Semois

Time to play spot The Little Devil, my campervan. I will give you a clue, The Little Devil is the van wearing the blindfold 🙂

There are two nice walking paths along the Semois. Down stream is a challenging rough path (unfortunately I did not take the camera on that walk) and upstream is a more civilized 1 kilometre path that leads to the town and the castle

More about the castle in Tuesday’s post. For now I will leave you with some views of the lovely town of Bouillon and it’s surroundings

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