|Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint Jacques - Namur, Belgium|
This past week we helped Sister Schuiling move to her new abode in Jambes (Namur), Belgium. We are extremely saddened to lose such a faithful and important member of our Branch in Charleville-Mezieres. Sister Schuiling has a very strong desire to live on the water and is working to purchase a boat as her next home. Her quest has taken her to the Namur area where she has begun to take navigation lessons and where she hopes to maintain her home port. The Sambre and Meuse Rivers converge at Namur and thus there are some very nice port facilities for noncommercial boats and barges.
While in Namur we found our coq of the week above the Eglise Saint Jacques. Again, unique and interesting in its own way. We also found the Wallonie Coq through the city. Wallonie is a department of Belgium bordering France. The red coq is found everywhere - flags, signs, government buildings, etc. The Wallonie Coq is pictured below.
|Wallonie Coq - Departmental Symbol - Namur, Belgium|
|Spring Blossom - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
Signs of Spring
This week-end we were able to watch the 187th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We received Conference via internet and met with our members in our Chapel to listen to the counsel of our inspired leaders. We received inspiration on how to better live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and hope to put our learning into practice during the days and weeks ahead. We pray that you were likewise inspired.
Each Conference we are given a brief look at the beautiful grounds surrounding the Salt Lake Temple and the Conference Center. We find the beauty of Spring blossoms also inspiring as they present their signs of renewal and hope for brighter days.
We too have been enjoying the beauty of Spring here in Charleville-Mezieres. The tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other flowers are much the same as we enjoy in the United States. Others seem more unusual and but equally beautiful. We share a couple of the beautiful blossoms we noticed this past week or two.
|Spring Blossoms - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
There are signs of Spring that we see here in the Ardennes of France that are not seen in Utah and most other parts of the United States. Storks on the nest are one of these. These storks were nesting in the countryside near Charleville-Mezieres. The local members seem to feel that the Storks have returned and are nesting earlier this Spring than normal. We have had a week or two of very nice days but have since returned to a bit cooler temperatures and more rain. It is all good as the world turns more beautiful!
|Signs of Spring - Storks on the Nest - Ardennes, France|
|Pentanque? - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
We have plans to teach our young Elders the game of petanque - neither of them have played before. After all, they could use the "boules contacting technique" in their repertoire of tools. We are very much feeling the need to play and Spring feels like such a good time!
|Poor Man! No petanque today. - Charleville-Mezieres, France|