Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Don't have much time right now but just wanted to let you know that in our house more got infected with blogeritis in Autumn holidays. In fact even my daughter and my husband gave it a try. Just have a look at their blogs.

Click on this banner to see my daughter's blog:

and click on his picture to see my husband's blog.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday, monday

Autumn holidays are over. So it is back to the office. Meaning also that I won't be able to find enough time to post daily. But I'll be back, so watch this space.

The office is only 5 minutes by bike from where I live.

This is where you can find me during working hours.

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Today we went to Emmerich, just across the German border from where we live. We walked along the Rhine promenade en enjoyed seeing boats with all kinds of cargoes passing by.

Here you see the Rhine Bridge in Emmerich
Being a major European river there is always a lot of traffic on the Rhine. We saw all kinds of boats passing by, coming from places in Holland (mostly Rotterdam) and going to places in Germany or even further into Europe. Of course there were also boats going down the Rhine on their way to Holland to deliver or pick up freight.

Here you see a boat filled with containers
This boat is filled with coal
Here the boats continue further up the Rhine into Germany or they can turn into the harbour of Emmerich.

The Rhine promenade

Before we went home we bought Deutsche brötchen to take back home with us.


Saturday is football day as our youngest son has to play a match every Saturday. Yesterday I decided to go and watch so that I could take some pictures to share with you. Good thing it stopped raining just before they started playing.

The match ended in a draw (3-3)

While watching the match I also noticed that it is really Autumn.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

St. Monica School

See here what memories (or is it my age?) bring along.

These are the boarders of St. Monica School in Birkirkara, Malta (christmas 1979).
You might be wondering why I placed this photo as it is not made with my own camera. There is a reason though. I lost contact with most boarders but am quiet curious to know what has become of them. So if you are on this picture do place a comment to let me know or send me an e-mail. Let me know where you are living now and how you are doing.

Guess it is not difficult to spot me on this picture?


For those who know me they might have expected something like this to come along.
Today I went through our house to take pictures of all those things that remind me of a time long ago when I used to live on a lovely island in the middle of the Mediteranean Sea called GOZO.

This painting shows the harbour of Gozo. Always my favourite view when returning home after spending a week at boarding school and later when I returned for a holiday.

Mary Help of Christians overlooks our staircase and watches over us.
The Salesian Sisters in Gozo gave us this picture when we got married in 1990.
When my parents first moved to Gozo in January 1975 I went to the Salesian Sisters' School in Ghasri (Laura Vicuna School).

One of my dear Maltese friends, who went to boarding school with me,
gave me this little statue of a Maltese woman wearing a faldetta.

Malta lace always reminds me of seeing Maltese women sitting outside their front doors working lace. It also reminds me of the family living across the road from where we lived (in Victoria). They made a lot of Maltese handcrafts and they thought me how to weave.
If you click here you can see my friend Alda weaving.

Malta stone

Malta glass

On the following picture you can see a Gozitan bus. In Gozo I hardly ever travelled by bus but I did travel by bus on Malta from the ferry to boarding school. What I shall never forget is that one day driving up a hill near St. Paul's Bay the bus had to stop because of traffic and started rolling back slowly. The busdriver yelled that somebody had to put a rock behind the wheels. So someone jumped out and quickly picked a rock from the side of the road and placed it behind a wheel. In that way the bus was able to pull up and move foreward again.

These books about Malta and Gozo can be found in my collection.

A recent book I read about Gozo is Angelina's Ghost and I really enjoyed reading it. It is not in my collection yet but whenever I go to Gozo for a holiday I shall surely buy it.

Friday, October 27, 2006


While in Arnhem we also visited the Watermuseum.
In the museum there are many things to discover about water.

Here we got to know that experiments are still done to see how water used for washing and for showering could be used again to flush the toilet.

I even entered a sewer pipe to look inside.

The Dutch wouldn't be Dutch if they hadn't invented a bike to inspect the sewer pipes in the past.

There were lots of things to see and learn, all concerning water. Here you can see a man and his son cycling along the riverside. The son asks questions and you have to give the answers.

By standing on the weighing machine you can see how much water is in your body.
Approximately 60% of the human body is made up of water.


The weather was nice and sunny so we decided to go to Arnhem. Our youngest son really wanted to travel by train so we took the train.

We hardly ever travel by train so the ticket machine was a quiet new experience.

But of course we succeeded and got our tickets.

Here we are in Arnhem, these buildings overlook the trainstation.

Ah, that looks like a nice place to go and have a coffee.

It was delicious and this time I did eat the chocolate mushroom.
After relaxing a bit we walked into town.

Arnhem is red at the moment because Marco Borsato is giving several concerts
Symfonica in Rosso in Gelredome.

A flower kiosk, you see them at every street corner.

We finished the day with something typical Dutch (and his favourite food) before taking the train home.