It’s been a fairly busy week: a bunch of visits, lots of noisy tractors in Brussels, lots of walking around sightseeing (pictures here), preaching this morning’s sermon. So what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon after all that than at a barbeque? The St. Andrew’s, Brussels annual congregational barbeque to be precise. Well, it’s meant to be for the entire congregation, but as it’s the Sunday School who largely organise it, it’s their outing and everyone who wants to come tags along.

It has to be said that when the service finished just after noon, the bbq looked like it was going to be a swimming gala instead. But, by the time we were at the venue, the rain had cleared, the sun had come out (it always shines on the righteous, apparently), the temperature was just fine and the bbq’s had been lit and were just waiting for all the scoff (and scoffers). And just to prove it was actually sunny, here’s the photographic evidence.



The venue that we used was St. Anthony’s church in Kraainem, just on the outskirts of Brussels. The main (landscape) pictures have the church halls in the background. The building in the background of the other picture is the church itself. Apparently it was built for a Brussels Expo and was originally sited beside the Atomium, but when the expo was over the building was moved here and is one of many RC churches. Here’s a better view.


Being a traditional church Sunday School outing, there were lots of games and it was slightly bizarre to be watching egg-and-spoon races, sack races and all the other usual suspects being played by such an eclectic mix of people. There was, of course, the obligatory game of football with somewhat flexible rules.

Lots of fun, lots of food, lots of chat (from Scottish politics to blogging to Dr. Who and everything in betweeen).

ps – about the tractors.

The Euro Parliament area has been inundated with German dairy farmers protesting at the price of milk (or at least their income from it being squeezed). Apparently there were around 550 tractors which had come all the way from Bavaria. Here are a few:



And just to prove the Belgian police were taking no chances, here’s one of several ‘crowd control’ vehicles I spotted nearer the Parliament buildings:


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