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The View from Nethen Bridge

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Growing up with Spag Bol

June 25, 2013 by NethenBob

Cyprus, late 60s.  I was a kid, a forces ‘brat’ and my Dad was in the RAF.  It was idyllic on so many levels.  My earliest food memories come from… Read more…

Categories: Uncategorised

June 5th 2013 – Sorry Rick

June 5, 2013 by NethenBob

A month without posting but back in the saddle.  Not really. Anyway, Rick Stein.  I’ll come straight to the point, I had what I can now see as an irrational… Read more…

Categories: Fish, Vegetables

Ding dong bell, pussy’s not very well

May 12, 2013 by NethenBob

Last week I spoke about battles, albeit of a horticultural nature.  Sadly this last week has reminded me that violence in all forms is never far away, even in Nethen,… Read more…

Categories: Cheese

Slugs and Snails and a Jack Russell’s tail

May 5, 2013 by NethenBob

The weather was fine for the Fête de St. Georges, the dragon was slain, good triumphed over evil.  Now I’m not sure how much I can read into this but… Read more…

April 23rd – St. George’s Day

April 23, 2013 by NethenBob

It’s St. George’s Day.  I realise it’s not widely celebrated in England, but here in Grez-Doiceau it is.  He’s our patron saint too and here we have a 3 day… Read more…

Categories: Bird

Green Shoots

April 21, 2013 by NethenBob

Last Sunday we had my wife’s four brothers and one of their wives around for lunch.  I won’t bore you with ‘why’ or ‘what we ate’, suffice to say a… Read more…

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The Spring cometh.

April 10, 2013 by NethenBob

At school today a friend of mine told me they had seen a couple of swallows not far from me near Wavre.  I’m dead jealous, I’ve been looking out for… Read more…

Categories: Cheese, Vegetables

Respect for Bread and Potatoes

April 3, 2013 by NethenBob

“The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there” is the opening line from L.P. Hartley’s ‘The Go-Between’ and living here in Belgium sometimes makes me feel as… Read more…

Categories: Vegetables

March 24th 2013 – Things fall apart

March 24, 2013 by NethenBob

 A couple of weeks ago I saw three hares running across a field just outside Hamme-Mille.  Apparently Oestre, the pagan Goddess of dawn, fertility and rebirth had a hare as… Read more…

Categories: Cakes etc

A page of mystery

March 19, 2013 by NethenBob

It seems that the Grand Feu (a yearly festival in Nethen and other villages held towards the end of February, where the spirit of winter is chased away by an… Read more…

Categories: Eggs