We celebrated Pierre’s 76th birthday in Horst, with friends, in the GASTENDONK, a very nice restaurant, with a variety of biological products.
Our stay in Somerset, a short impression:
Memory, a short play (two person) featuring David Belrose and Gloria Dowton. Part of ten plays presented at the annual 10 x 10 showcase Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. Three performances of the plays over two days April 12 & 13 2019. Story revolves around a long married couple and the humour and drama in issues with regards to remembering things.
Photo by courtesy of Marty Mascarin.
David Belrose is the partner of Brian Holden. I know them since 1999. They were the first house guests we had when we moved to Nijmegen, back in September 2003. Pierre moved Friday 12, I moved Monday 15, and Brian and David were picked up at Amsterdam Airport Wednesday 17. Apart from visiting Dutch highlights, we had a house in Bruges (Belgium). From Belgium the two Canadians visited Paris, and returned to Nijmegen.
Amsterdam, 20 September 2003, after an exhausting “touristic” day: dinner at our favourite Mexican restaurant; from left to right: David Belrose, Brian Holden, Pierre Bormans and Luke Barkhuis.
Friday, 01 March 2019: birthday dinner at Ristorante Italiano “Libero”, with our neighbors Peter and Marie from Nijmegen, my sisters Clarijalke and Ninouchka Barkhuis from Amsterdam, my friend Bart de Boer from Amsterdam, Pierre and yours truly.
When Pierre had his 75th birthday, he invited his family for dinner in a nice restaurant in Geleen, a smal city in the South of Limbourg, as it is more practical that Pierre and I travel by car to the South than that his familymembers with husbands/wives travel to Nimwegen. We had that expierence ten years ago, when Pierre turned 65y and the whole family came to Nimwegen.
For inviting the family to dinner, Pierre got as a present a dining voucher of a very large Dutch hotel – restaurant chain. Their last project is a 14 stories high hotel – restaurant just across the river Waal, in Lent (Nimwegen-North). This hotel is very sought after by the participants of the Walk of the World: the hotel provides bus transfers in the (early) morning to the start location (Wedren) and the double rooms are only €99 (£87 / CA$149) per night.
Today we went to Van der Valk in Lent to cash the voucher and have a dinner party. The service was excellent, as was the food. Only… what a lot of people come there!!! The restaurant can accomodate 300 guests!
In the morning my duty in the St Stephan Church, from 10:ooam till 01:45pm. Pierre came over to the church to pick me up. Festivities in the city (and whole country!) because it was Kingsday, the birthday of HM Willem Alexander. He visited the city of Groningen, and there was also in the evening the Kings Concert. We had a stroll in the city and visited afterwards Erik and Ineke van Bronswijk.
Jan. 07 1978 – Jan. 07 2018
At 7 PM Pierre and I met for the first time. At that time I lived in a 2 room apartment in Amsterdam. Pierre had visited a patient of him in hospital in Amsterdam. I had prepared a 7 course dinner. The poor GP was so exhausted of all the emotions of the day, that he fell asleep after dinner. -> The expression “Ruby” derives from a congratulations App from Lady Mary.
Here are some scans of 40 year old pictures 🙂
Pierre at the age of 34
Luke at the age of 28