Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Old men on bench ...

... stuck sitting on a wooden bench
while waiting for their wives to finish holiday shopping
at the local supermarket ...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bierbeek ...

... farm 'Rachierhof' ...

... the bakery house ...

... the whitewashed residence (1753)
is the oldest part of the farm ...

... first mentioned in 1401, the farm was property
of the Cistercian Abbey Valduc in
and sold during the French Revolution in 1798 ...

... the barn (1832) ...

hiking: Het Schavaaipad (NL)

afstand/distance: 5 of 7,5 km

Monday, December 29, 2008

Kerkom ...

Brewery Kerkom ... (EN-NL-FR)
... we brew it here,
we drink it here,
and we sell what's left ...

...The brewery dates from 1878. During the first world war,
there were 127 breweries in Limburg.

In 1965 there were only 13 left.
Now, 6 of them are still active.

One of them is the brewery of Kerkom. ..

... A lot of this cycle routes traverse the village Kerkom.
The routes have a stop at the brewery...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Zoutleeuw ...

... Centuries ago Zoutleeuw, situated between Tienen and Sint-Truiden,
was an important little town in the duchy
of Brabant.
Bordering on the principality of Liège,
it was to fulfill a strategic role,
while its position on the
- at the time - navigable river Kleine Gete
favourably influenced its economic development ...

source: leaflet the Tourist Office of Zoutleeuw

... The showpiece of Zoutleeuw is the St.Leonard’s Church,
a monumental gothic building which was largely constructed
the 13th and 15th century. Wealthy citizens,
guilds and religious
brotherhoods endowed it with paintings,
statues of saints,
reredosses, copper- and silverware, mass
vestments and many
other devotional works of art.
The iconoclasm which devastated
so many churches during
the religious wars of the 16th century left
Zoutleeuw unscathed.
That is why to this day St. Leonard’s Church
has preserved
its treasures of medieval art and deserves its
title of 'The artistic shrine of Brabant'.

source: leaflet the Tourist Office of Zoutleeuw

St Leonard's Church ... (EN)

... Few if any other medieval churches in Belgium remain
in such
an excellent state of preservation as St. Leonard's,

which stayed clear of the widespread iconoclasm during

the Protestant Reformation. It also survived the French
intact, because three canons took an oath of
allegiance to
the French regime. The interior thus offers
an authentic glimpse
of how the churches of Brabant
were furnished centuries ago ...

... town hall Zoutleeuw ...
... The prosperity, which was achieved in the middle ages lasted
until the beginning of the 15th century.
After this, the decline began.
The cloth industry went
into complete decay and when, from 1525
the river Grote Gete was made navigable as far as Tienen,
the latter town cashed in on a great deal of
trading traffic.
However, this did not prevent
the citizens of Leeuw from building a
new town hall between 1530 and 1538.
It is a fine building of which
the gothic structure
is already influenced by the Renaissance style
which was coming into fashion at the time ...

source: leaflet the Tourist Office of Zoutleeuw

... Huis De Spiegel (1571) ...

In 1106 Leeuw acquired town rights and two centuries later, in 1307,
it was recognized as one of the seven “free towns”
in Brabant.
Trade and cloth industry were also important
activities here.
The hall on the Market Square still proves this.
source: leaflet the Tourist Office of Zoutleeuw

Zoutleeuw (French: Léau)
The name Leeuw means "hill", to which Zout ("salt") was added from
the 16th century
in recognition of the town's right to levy a salt tax.

... Artlovers on a visit to Zoutleeuw will have plenty to enjoy,
but there are also many delightful spots to discover in
the neighbourhood of the town. This can be done by bicycle,
for example, via the“Twee Getenroute”.
This route takes you along country lanes through the wide valley
of the Kleine and the Grote Gete, which join up in Budingen ...
source: leaflet the Tourist Office of Zoutleeuw

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thorembais-Saint-Trond / Grand-Leez Station ...

... the « Hesbaye Cross » is the name of the two
old railtracks
which crossed Hesbaye in the past,
from Jodoigne
to Namur (line 142) and
from Landen to Tamines (line 147).

This small station is on the 147 line,
between Gembloux and
Perwez and
was used to transport local agricultural products.

The old railway track should be transformed into
(a regional bicycle path network) in 2009,
closing the gap
between Thorembais-Saint-Trond
and Sauvenière...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

X-mas ...

~~~ merry Christmas ~~~

Christmas tree ... (EN)
... The Christmas tree is dated to 16th century Germany,
and it was popularised across the Western world
in the 18th and 19th centuries ...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Local school Christmas market ...

Christmas market ... (EN)
... also known as Christkindlmarkt and Weihnachtsmarkt ...
... The history of Christmas markets goes back to
the Late Middle Ages in the German speaking part of Europe.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Pheasant hunt for Xmas dinner ...

... as seen from my backyard ...

Taking flight with pheasant hunting (EN)
by Ray Sasser -
... Most of the pheasants that flushed in range wound up
in the bag, designated for Christmas dinner...