Monday September 24, 2012: My jubilee day

Daily stuff:
What a great day we had last Friday. Everything was so well organized (it was nice to be on the other side for once, usually I organize things and know what’s coming). Everything was kept a surprise till a few minutes before we arrived at the destinations.

We left with a bus at work at 9 am and drove for a little more than an hour. We arrived at a restaurant/hotel in Zuidwolde (Drenthe). There was coffee and lots of cakes and pies to choose from. We were split up in 2 groups. R. and I had to dress in a white overall and the other group in army clothes.

We went outside and there was an old English red bus (no photo) to take us to the next destination. We still had no idea what we were going to do. We thought maybe paintball or something like that. We arrived and it became clear: we were going to drive a buggy.




That was fun, not everything was in the woods which was a pity because that were the most fun parts. Riding through the woods made it clear why we had to wear the overalls: we had mud all over us when we returned. After 2 hours we were back and switched groups. Our group put on the army clothes (no photo) and we did a puzzle ride in a jeep with another couple.


This was fun too and took another 2 hours. After that the red bus was back and we returned to the hotel where we were in the morning. There we could freshen up and have a glass of wine and talk about the buggy and jeep rides. When it was time to leave there were 2 horse trolleys waiting for us that took us to the restaurant where we would have dinner. We never had been in one and it was fun.

We arrived at the restaurant that had 1 Michelin star which means it’s very good (One star indicates a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard). And it was good. We both loved it and we never had a dinner that was so good. Every bite was a pleasure and I ate very slow to enjoy every bite and taste the flavours. Every course had a special wine with it and the wines were so tasty. Not every pic of the food turned out that well but I want to show you.

First course: Filet American with hot peppers, red onion, pickles, goat cheese and quinoa.

Followed by: Cod fish with a cream of white beans, rettich, bacon and cauliflower.


After that a ravioli of Parmesan cheese and balsamico, a ragout of cabbage and sellery and sauce of mushrooms.


Main course was veal with bacon, earth pear (no idea what the English word is) en smoked lentils.


Dessert: Strawberries with lavender, wet cake of white chocolate and lime, sorbet ice of apple and basil.

During dinner our director called every jubilee up front and told something about him or her and we got a present: a beautiful pen with my name engraved in it.



We were home after midnight and tired of a busy but fantastic day.

 Weekly workout review:

I didn’t run at all last week. I was supposed to run this weekend. But last weekend I had signs that I catched a cold and after Friday where I had been cold the entire day, I didn’t feel all to well this weekend. Yesterday after dinner I got flu symptoms and was in bed around 9.30 pm. Today still not feeling well, I mostly have stomach and back cramps on and off.

Bella and Fran’s Summer challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Summer (Friday September 21): 67 days

Success: 38 days

Fail: 29 days

More walking days than non-walking days but for the Autumn challenge we are going to try to do better than this challenge.

Bella and Fran’s Autumn challenge: walk at least 30 minutes every day:

Days till the end of Autumn (Thursday December 20): 90 days

Success: 3 days

Fail: – days


10 responses to “Monday September 24, 2012: My jubilee day

  1. How lucky of you to have R the race car driver with you for the jeep ride through the woods! The whole day looks like it was so much fun. I think this is a fabulous idea that your company has and I need to suggest it to mine!

  2. Your jubilee day sounds like so much fun!! So very nice of them to celebrate your time at your job and reward you with fun and good food.
    I hope you are feeling better!!

  3. What an adventure, and how lovely to end it with such a wonderful meal and acknowledgement of your service!

  4. so much fun Fran! Looks like a great day. Congrats on your service award, well deserved I’m sure!

  5. ok
    the misfit thing isnt a joke.

  6. Wow, you work for such a cool company!

    BTW aardpeer = Jerusalem artichoke in English. It’s kind of a strange vegetable isn’t it? We used to have them in our garden and I think I made soup out of them once…

  7. How cool!!! What a fun day! I would love to ride in a buggy 😀

    That was a neat thing your company did.

  8. Roz@weightingfor50

    What a fantastic Jubilee day Fran. Sorry to hear you are under the weather though. Hope you feel MUCH better soon! Hugs.

  9. It was really fun! Glad you both had a great time! Feel better soon!

  10. Glad you had fun. You work in a very good Company.
    Great pictures.

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