Sunday, September 30, 2007

"Square party"

Today they celebrated the "square party" here in the village. A name that was given to it many years ago when everything took place on different squares here in the village. You could take a little train to go from square to square.

Nowadays everything takes place in the centre of the village and there are lots of stands selling all kinds of things. It has become something like a market. Besides that local clubs show their thing. I just walked over it to see what is happening and to take some pictures.
These two guys presenting this program do lots of shows for children and really invent crazy, fantastic things. The kids just adore them for they always make the kids take part in the show. Here you see the real bottle orchestra. And it didn't sound bad at all.
After that they sang a song about spending time at their grandparent's with all their cousins. They sang that they used to play with a ball on the bedspread and all cousins would take hold of the bedspread and make waves while trying to keep the ball on the bedspread.
Of course they had the bedspread with them and a ball. So all the kids joined in the fun making waves with the bedspread trying to keep the ball on it. If you look well you can see the ball and the bedspread on the following picture.
The local folklore group made music and danced in traditional Dutch clothes. See the wooden shoes they are wearing. Au, they already hurt me just thinking of dancing with those on.

Here you see the local "swab"orchest meaning that they play music to make fun.

And last but not least there were several living statues. The following was my favourite: "Ode to the housewife".

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Making lace

I did try!!! My friend send me the bobbins and the cushion to make lace. It looks so easy seeing others making lace and throwing the bobbins over each other. For me it is not easy at all!!! But I did try!!!

First I held the cushion in the length. The bobbins and thread ended up into a big mess and I didn't know how to keep them in place!!! So then I decided to try on a table and turn the cushion. In that way I can place the bobbins on the table to keep them in place and see what I am doing.

Now I have to start following the pattern by crossing and turning the bobbins. Don't know if this is going to work for me. It already kept me occupied the whole morning so I am a little fathup right now and in for something else. Well if it ever becomes lace I will show you here.
But easy??? No for me it is not easy at all and I guess I have to go and find a teacher to help me. It has given me respect for all those people that make lace.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

The small woman

Just now I finished reading The small woman by Alan Burgess.
A biography of Gladys Aylward, a missionary responsible for leading many children over the mountains of northern China to safety during the Japanese occupation of World War II.

Though small she was a great woman!!
She was born in England and wanted to become a missionary in China. She did certain exams to be allowed to go to China for the mission but she didn't pass. She so wanted to go that she finally decided to go on her own. It was a difficult passage but finally she managed to reach China.

There she travelled to a little place in the mountains to go and help an elder missionary woman. When that woman died she stayed there and became one of the villagers. She even learnt to speak fluent Chinese. She adopted many children and later helped them to cross the mountains to rescue them from the Japanese. It was a daring trip with nearly 100 children, even more so because Gladys was ill during that trip making it very hard on her. Luckily she made it and brought the children to safety.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Beautiful Sunday!

Wow, we had a beautiful Sunday ! Lots of sun and the temperature was just right. We spend the day around the house. The balcony still needed a lick of paint and so far this summer the weather just wasn't right for painting. At least not when my husband had some time off to do so. This weekend was just perfect for painting so he took the chance and managed to finish painting the balcony.

As for me I was recovering from a sneezing and snottering bout and had to catch up on some homework (the house and my studies) so I spent this lovely day doing much needed household chores. In between I managed to do most of the preparation for tomorrow's colleges.

With such good weather it looks as if it gives you energy to do things. At least it made me feel good today. In the afternoon I even found some time to enjoy a rosé d'Anjou with some twisties (a Maltese snack my cyberfriend Sabine send my way). Besides the twisties she also send some helwa ta'tork, another Maltese sweet I used to love. I enjoyed a little bit this past week and lucky for me my kids don't like the look of it, so it's all for me! Jippie!!

We also did a little shopping this weekend and got some autumn flowers for the pots in our garden. Now that de fuchsia's and the geraniums are not flowering so nice anymore it's time for something different as you can see here on the photo's I placed with this blogpost.

See that lovely blue sky on the picture where my husband is painting the balcony. Guess it will take a long time before we see it so nice and blue again. The weatherforecast is not so good for the coming week. Anyway we'll see what the weather will bring.

Wishing all of you a good week!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Spiders!

Spiders everywhere this time of year. They make me shiver! To take these pictures I had to hold the camera quiet close but I managed. They were in different places these two "beauties" but they look like family of each other just looking at the similar colours and the "cross" they have on their bodies. If you look close you can see the second one is enjoying a "good" meal.

I saw a little spider
with the smartest spider head;
she made-somewhere inside her-
a magic silken thread.


She made it look so easy
I wished all day I knew
how I could spin a magic thread
so I could dangle too.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Container registration

Yesterday we all had to place our containers outside so that local authorities would be able to registrate the number of containers we all possess. Every household in our town pays taxes for 3 containers: 1 for paper, 1 for vegetable, fruit and garden garbage and 1 for other rubbish.

If you want an extra container you have to pay more tax. The paper container is emptied once a month. Every week they come to empty 1 of the other two containers.

Most normal households will find 3 containers more than enough. Well at least they are enough for us. We even have 1 container less as we don't have a paper container since we prefer bringing our paper to the underground papercontainers here in town. In that way we save space in our garage and we have something to do which sees to us getting some much needed exercise every now and then.

But what I don't understand is why you have to pay for an extra container when they don't give you reduction for having 1 container less. In that way they win on both sides by safing the costs of collecting the paper containers from every doorstep and they see to a more healthy town for people move a little more and socialize in that way too! Bingo!

P.S. The pictures here show also that we live in a very quiet part of Holland. Besides that we are so lucky that the streets surrounding us are not filled with parking cars!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Autumn!

Already 2 years ago I made this card of photo's taken in the forest. Autumn! And now it is nearly Autumn again. Hard to believe when the weather hasn't been very summerlike here in Holland this year. In a way we still seem to be waiting for summer to come and yet summer is over. Don't misunderstand me for we had lovely summerholidays and the weather wasn't too bad. But we missed out on that real summer feeling with hot, humid evenings. Nothing to do about that now so here is a welcome to Autumn and with Autumn in mind the first part of a poem of John Keats, I studied long ago for English literature, comes to me:

To autumn
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shell,
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'erbrimmed their clammy cells.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

3rd Tuesday in September

This is the Ridderzaal in The Hague where the Dutch queen addresses a joint session of the upper and lower houses of Parliament on the 3rd Tuesday in September. This day is called Prinsjesdag in Dutch, literally translated meaning Day of the prince.

The photo on the right shows the seat in the Ridderzaal where the Queen sits when reading the speech of the throne setting out the main features of government for the coming parliamentary session. To go to the Ridderzaal the Queen uses the golden carriage (see here on this picture I found on internet).

This year when I was home for lunch I was just in time to see the Queen getting into the carriage before making the ride through The Hague to the Ridderzaal. The ride in the golden carriage is so traditional for the 3rd Tuesday in September. Besides the golden carriage the hats of the female MPs are tradition too. They try to outdo each other with extavagant hats.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Traveling around the world

Just now I finished reading this book "The shape of water". Not really my genre and it couldn't catch me at first. After a while I got in the story and I couln't put it away before I knew the outcome. But it isn't the book itself I wanted to tell you about but the way I got it. This book I found while on holiday in France and there was this sticker inside telling me:

Howdy! Hola! Bonjour! Guten tag!

I am a very special book. You see I'm traveling around the world making new friends. I hope I've met another friend in you. Please go to http://www.bookcrossing.com/ and enter my BCID number. You'll discover where I've been and who has read me, and can let them know I'm safe here in your hands. Then ..... READ and RELEASE me!

And that's just what I'm going to do now that I read it, RELEASE it for the next reader and I might just give it a little hand in traveling around the world. So watch your postbox!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dutch countryside

This morning we went to Winterswijk to visit my mother in law who is now out of hospital and staying in a recovery room of a residential home. She is still very weak and tired and it looks as if recovery will take a long time.

It is so good that there are these rooms where you can stay when there is no longer need to stay in hospital. But oh it does hurt to see her there, not being able to do anything and so terribly weak.

On the way back home we drove through the lovely countryside surrounding Winterswijk and here I took some nice and sunny photo's.

This is truely a wonderful part of Holland. There were lots of people walking and cycling for it was a perfect day for that.




Saturday, September 15, 2007

Happy birthday mum!

Happy birthday mum! Have a daisy of a day and see you later today.

Glad you're back home and had a safe trip. So nice of you to have send the sun in advance for so far it has been shining bright today and for tomorrow they are promising the same kind of weather. Really great!

Now that dad surprised you with such a lovely and useful birthday present you can start a blog of your own!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Colourful garden

This morning I was feeling much better again. Yesterday I did call the doctor and according to his assistent it was a coincidence that I got sick after taking that tablet. I spend the whole day in bed and was sick several times during the day. In that way anyone would loose weight quickly. But I don't think it was supposed to happen in this way. This morning I doubted whether I should take another tablet. Bearing in mind what the assistent said I did and so far I am feeling fine.

While inside yesterday I did notice the sun shining most of the day and it was simply a lovely day. So this morning when outside I also noticed how colourful the garden is at the moment and here are some photo's to share. It shows also that Autumn is approaching and summer is definitely behind us now.
















Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Grumbling stomach

Now I understand why those tablets make you loose weight. This morning I took the first tablet and I have been sick the whole morning. Really awful. Within half an hour after taking it I noticed my stomach grumbling and before long I was hanging over the pot. Is this supposed to cure something?? Well it is surely making me eat nothing right now.

Good thing that happened this morning is that my friend Alda from Gozo gave me a phonecall and let me know she is doing well. As I have been wanting to learn how to make lace she is sending me some bobbins and thread so that I can give it a try. I should have taken lessons from her and her mum many years ago when they lived across the street from us. Now I shall try to learn it with a little book I bought last month in Bayeux, France.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Me a sporty person????

Wonder which of these sports I shall be doing in a few months time when my body is working in its normal tempo again.

This morning I had an appointment with my doctor and indeed my thyroid is still not working well so he prescribed tablets for me. He told me that I would loose weight and become very fit after taking these tablets for a while. I might even become a very sporty person though I can hardly believe that.

The bad part is that I am back to taking a daily pill and the good part is that maybe finally after all these years I will become a photomodel.

Hope I will keep on recognizing myself in a few months time. For I have never been one to be very sportminded even when my thyroid was still working normal. So it is hard to believe that I will be doing one of these sports.

You might have realised that I was just joking above. Must say it is very difficult to accept that something is not working properly in my body. And then this is nothing for it is easily taken care of by taking a pill every morning. So how must people feel when they hear they have some terrible thing like cancer. Oh, how I feel for those people and I wish them loads of strength to bear it.