Friday, November 30, 2007

Illuminated Motorways

rain - Regen - pluie ...

... surrealistic effects (NOT photoshopped)...

Did you know that the only two man-made structures
that can be clearly seen from the moon are the Great Wall of China
and the Belgian motorway system?
The Great Wall, I could have guessed
but the Belgian motorway system - what’s that all about?
The reason is that Belgium’s motorways
- part of Europe’s finest transport system -
remain, uniquely, floodlit throughout the whole night.
So, when the rest of Europe is in darkness,
Belgium’s motorways shine like a beacon towards lonely astronauts.

source: Why can't we be more like Belgium?
by David McWilliams

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Asse

Tuin van Café De Koekoek:
een estaminet sinds 1875
met de 'fifty-fifty' als huisdrank.

Kruisborrekapel (1622)

Description of Asse (EN)
by Flags of the World

Kruisborre wandelpad:
Lengte: 8 km waarvan min. 1/2 onverhard
(bij regenweer zijn laarzen aangeraden).
Geschikt voor kinderwagens.
Vertrekplaats: Hopmarkt (in het centrum van Asse)
Bezienswaardigheden:
de gezellige markt in het centrum van Asse;
de "weg-oem", een bedevaartsroute langsheen
diverse kapelletjes verscholen in het groen;
Hof ten Eenhoorn en gotische Sint-Martinuskerk
die verbonden is met de legende van de H.Kruisen.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

St Gertrudis Pede

Molen van Pede (NL)
by molenechos.org

De molen 'tot Sinte Geertruyden Peden
onder Sinte Mertens Lennicke" was een
van de banmolens in het land van Gaasbeek.
Hij wordt voor de eerste keer vermeld in 1392,
toen Sweder van Abcoude hem kocht van Arnoul,
zoon van Willem van Pede. De huidige molen is,
volgens de muurankers,
gedateerd 1774


the former brewery Goossens....
... local beers : Lambic, Gueuze, Kriek...

The Lambic beers (EN)
by Peter Van Osta
Lambic beer is made with an ancient style of brewing,
depending on spontaneous fermentation to produce a bone-dry,
profoundly tart, and naturally effervescent drink
that improves with years in the bottle - much like wine.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

St-Pieters-Leeuw

by Pajottenland

The 'Paul McCartney' rose (EN)
by rose-roses.com

The Coloma Rose Gardens (1995-2000)
harbours a fine collection of over 3000 varieties of roses
from the 5 continents.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Hallerbos

I didn't expect to find a Sequoia forest...

Redwoods in Belgium, the Nederlands
and Luxembourg (EN - NL)
by Tim Bekaert

Larix decidua - European larch
nearly half a century old

To settle the endless neighbour quarrels, the owners of the forest
made a survey in 1779.
They placed 24 boundery stones,
marked at one side SW (Sint Waltrudis) and at the other side
AR (Arenberg.) There are only 19 boundery stones remaining.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Ittre


Château et hara de Beaudémont - 17th century (FR - NL)
by Ittre Tourisme

Saint-Rémy church (1896 - 1898)

Forge Museum

Bois des Rocs Ittre - Fauquez (FR)
by biodiversite.wallonie.be
- ses affleurements rocheux, sa faune, sa flore
et sa Table des Sorcières -


Info Ittre (EN also NL-FR-DE-IT-ES)
by wallonie-tourisme.be

Friday, November 23, 2007

Garden #8

Urban Tropics - a Freezing Morning

Urban Tropics
stunning exotic and contemporary garden designs
for the cooler climate

London based Landscape and Garden Designer Peter Phillips


Tropical Garden II , 1945 - Elizabeth Wright
by easyart.com

Palm trees photo gallery
Palm Trees, Cycads, Bromeliads & Tropical Plants
by junglemusic.net
Site with 1000's of large, high quality photos of palms and
associated flora.
Includes information on habitat and cultivation.


Thursday, November 22, 2007

At the Violet Hour ...

... touched by the Sun's last Rays ...

... a phrase borrowed from the "The Fire Sermon" section
of T.S. Eliot's examination of spiritual isolation,
The Waste Land,
for today's pic.
by University of St. Francis, Ill.

The Waste Land
from PedroAlonsoLopez - video 05:06
TS Eliot reading The Waste Land.
Recording of the poem by the poet himself set to some pictures.
T.S. Eliot (1888–1965). The Waste Land. November 1922

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

ne Stroese

"ne Stroese"
Thanks Paula & Maurice for the generous welcome

Presentation of Diepenbeek (EN)
by Flags of the World

Diepenbeekse Graanjenever (NL)
“ne Stroese” wil zeggen, “ ene sterke, een krachtige”.
by streekproductenhaspengouw.be

De meeste jenevers worden gemaakt op 35 à 36 graden.
In Diepenbeek kunnen ze echter makkelijk aonjaogen
(de zaken overdrijven), daarom wordt de Diepenbeekse jenever
gestookt op veertig graden. Hij doet zijn naam dus alle eer aan.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Roman Wall

Cymbalaria muralis (EN also NL-FR-DE)
by KuLeuven-Kortrijk.be/bioweb


EN: ivy-leaved toadflax - NL: muurleeuwebek
FR: cymbalaire - DE: Zymbelkraut

Campanula rotundifolia (EN also NL-FR-DE)
by KuLeuven-Kortrijk.be/bioweb


EN: harebell - NL: grasklokje
FR: campanule à feuilles rondes
DE: Rundblättrige Glockenblume

The original defensive Roman wall, dating from
the 2nd century,
still visible on more than 1,500 meters.

Atuatuca Tungrorum, capital of the civitas Tungrorum,
the actual Tongeren.
A city wall was built in the first years
of the 2nd century A.D. (A century after the work of Vitruvius).

It has a length of 4.544 meter
and a thickness of 2,10 meter (or 7 Roman feet).

The layout is rather irregular and follows the area of the city.
It is inforced by round towers on irregular distances
from each other.
These towers have a diameter of 9 meter.
The foundation of the wall is sligthly thicker with
a gradual transition to the wall proper.

The height must have been 5 à 6 meter.

This layout approaches the Vitruvian rules.
The construction on the other hand is totally different.
Here the wall is composed of an inner and an outer parement
of regular silex blocks,
filled in with silex
and other rubble joined together with mortar.


source: VITRUVIUS, BOOK 1, CHAPTER 5
On the foundation of walls and the establishments of towns

Monday, November 19, 2007

Bevingen

wachtbekken 'de Dorpsweide'
by belgischewijn.be
Volgens de kronieken cultiveerden de abten van Sint-Truiden
sinds 1487
in deze wijngaard hun eigen wijn.
Nu maakt men er 2 droge witte wijnen

onder de naam 'Blanke Haspengouwer'.


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