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Maurice Carême (1899-1978) is one of the poets celebrated here but in fact he never came to write at Mont-Saint-Auber, although he attended several reunions here. He wrote in and around Brussels and at Orval, where he often spent the summer. For more about Carême, see the link below.
It is so hot today that, after a short walk, we sit at a table on the terrace of Le Panoramique cafe and I sketch the view towards the old town of Tournai.
The next evening, Saturday, at about 9 p.m., a tornado sweeps through the northern quarter of the town, uprooting trees, damaging 300 hundred houses, lifting the roofs off many of them, but injuring only five people. It misses historic town centre and cathedral of Notre Dame.
But back to Friday; the Spindle berries are ripe here, ahead of ours at home.
A large blue and yellow dragonfly hawks around over a country lane and rests on a clump of elderberries. From its size and its blue and yellow markings I guess that it is the Migrant Hawker, Aeshna mixta.