I've no idea how it is that weather forecasters are getting to keep their jobs.
It's one mistake after another with them. Anyone else would get the sack if they made even half of the mistakes these people do.
Yes, I know that even with the latest technology, the weather can still be pretty unpredictable, but then what is the use of pretending that it is and pulling the wool over people's eyes?
We'd been promised a little bit of sunshine all week, but the weekend had come and gone and still we were left high and dry.
Saturday was such a dark and dismal day that we had to resort to taking outfit photos inside the house again.
It was far too cold to take off my coat and show you the dress I was wearing underneath in our usual spot.
I'd chosen a dress I'd forgotten all about until I suddenly remembered it last week.
Only, I couldn't find it anywhere.
Turns out I hadn't hung it up in my wardrobe yet, as I was still deciding whether to keep it or not!
It's made from a rather coarsely woven fabric and just a tad on the big side, but I like its groovy pattern so I'm not going to part with it just yet!
I added my burnt orange tights, a brown cardi to which I'd pinned the orange flower brooch I bought at last weekend's flea market, and a strain of amber beads.
It started snowing lightly when we ventured outside but we wanted to make the most of the available daylight to make the rest of the outfit photos.
Nothing new here: I chose my fake-fur jacket which is light and comfortable to wear while providing me with the necessary warmth at the same time (best buy ever!), my burgundy woolly hat and my purple crocheted scarf.
The buildings with the chimney in the background used to be part of one of our village's breweries - all of them long gone - which were converted to offices and housing many years ago.
Where we were off to should come as no surprise: it was time again for our favourite indoor flea market in nearby Mechelen.
Although there were quite a few treasures to be found, we were very restrained and only made a couple of small purchases.
So, what did we get? Well, several brooches, of course. I bought five in total, four of which, including the celluloid Edelweiss, for € 1 each.
We weren't going to buy any more Lourdes souvenirs, but then I saw this miniature holy water font. With its Art Deco design, and priced at only € 2,50, it would have been quite silly to leave it behind.
These empty metal photographic film canisters, from three different manufacturers, including Gevaert, which was a Belgian company, are interesting little additions to our collection of old cameras and accessories, which I must tell you about some time.
Here's a closer look at the Gevaert one:
Gevaert is a local company, which was renamed Agfa-Gevaert in 1964 after a merger, and I'm passing its factories each day on my way home.
In addition, both my grandfathers spent their entire working lives at Gevaert.
The company has dropped the Gevaert part from its name in the meantime.
How sweet is this vintage Gevaert ad?
Tying in with the photo at the start of this post, this German ad for Gevaert isn't bad either.
I can assure you that the little man living inside our weather house doesn't have a camera, though.
In fact, he is quite a lazy so-and-so, hardly venturing outside his little cottage, and letting his wife do all the work.
Our final purchase was made from a huge pitch full of boxes containing old bottles in all shapes and sizes. While we were admiring the many quirky and colourful inkwells, codd-neck bottles and assorted perfume bottles, the seller told us they had been dug up from landfills, and he filled us in on the the time consuming task of cleaning and sorting them.
I selected this pretty little bottle with a weathered Bakelite stopper, as I liked its flower design.
I'm quite ignorant when it comes to perfumes, especially vintage ones, but as the name Mury was mentioned at the bottom, I soon discovered that it used to contain Narcisse Bleu, which was first introduced in 1925.
In fact, although I found pictures of Narcisse Bleu bottles in various designs, I only came across one or two pictures of mine, and so far I haven't been able to find out its age.
By the time you are reading this, the sun has finally made her long awaited appearance, restoring my belief that Spring is now definitely around the corner, bringing with it the first of the ... daffodils!