Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photo hunter - beautiful

The last beautiful photo's (at least to me) of our summer holiday in France. Today is a beautiful day here in Holland (sun, blue sky, hot: summer at last for just one day) and there is this song singing through my head, perhaps you know it: "It's a beautiful day......".


Friday, August 29, 2008

Mmmm.... delicious

On this last day of our summer holidays my daughter and I went into Arnhem to do a little shopping.

For lunch we sat down outside this breadstore where they served various kinds of bread with all sorts of delicious snacks (tunasalad, olives, feta, garlic butter, pesto, etc.) to go with it. Mmmm....it tasted good and it felt great to be sitting outside snacking and watching people go by.

Even the sun popped out of those thick clouds to send us a sunny smile!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Summerholidays over....where was the sun?

Summerholidays are now nearly over and as from Monday life will be back to normal again. Today I spent several hours in the office to catch up on things. It felt good.

Must say it doesn't feel as if we just ended summerholidays for the sun didn't show itself very much this summer. This always makes me feel slightly depressed. For me the sun makes life so much brighter and colourful and I really missed that nice sunny weather. But what to do about it? There is nobody who can change a thing about the weather.

Lucky for us we did discover a whole new part of France and saw many castles. Besides that we have a holiday to look forward to as within a few months we shall be spending a week in my beloved Malta.

Guess I will turn blogging back to a lower level so you won't be seeing much of me around here. Work and study will keep me occupied the coming months and besides that I am at a loss at the moment what to blog about. Even taking pictures is dull in this area where we live. Though I always keep an open eye for things to share with others via my blog. Again it is the sun that makes everything look dull on this side of the globe.

Lucky for me there are many others that live in interesting places which they share via blogging and lovely photo's. I will surely come and visit your blogs to read your stories and see your photo's. Keep it up.

Have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

CIHODA

CIHODA = Children Holidays

Yep the last week of summer holidays is here and in the town where we live there are the children holidays. Three days filled with fun for all primary school kids in town.

And this is how it always starts with lots of wood and clean kids. The tent you see in the background is for the play that is always interwoven in these days. This year it is about magicians.

At the end of the first day this is how they come home: paint everywhere!! Yak!

Clothes and shoes will be worn another 2 days and after they will end up in the dustbin. But underneath those clothes he was completely smeared with paint. Lucky for me hubby came home when our son was standing in the shower. He just had a look there and came down again to take a hard brush upstairs. It took him quiet a while but afterwards at least our son was paintfree!

Good thing the coming days there will be no more playing with paint. Tomorrow they will do water games and the other day will be spend in the forest.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Amusement park

Unexpectedly I went to De Waarbeek yesterday with my mum and dad. They were taking their youngest grandchildren to this amusement park. This is the nostalgic swing mill. It is standing still because they had a lunch break. Later the kids swung merrily around again.
In these type of cars kids could drive through special lanes. Oh what joy to see how proud they were driving a car on their own. This is a picture of the roller coaster. Oh they had great fun in this roller coaster and when it made a dive they would all scream their heads off like in a grownup roller coaster.
Our youngest nephew really loved this colourful carousel. He sat in many different kind of "seats" like a plane, a bike and a schoolbus.

It was a delight to go along and see how much fun they were all having. Every time again they ran to the next attraction as if they hadn't been in it before. The queue was short so they could go as often as they liked. The park is not very big and is very suitable for children till about 12 years of age. Thanks mum and dad for taking good care of this stowaway, I had a great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Hortensia flowers

This time of year I love to see the hortensia flowers everywhere. We have a little plant in our garden but that's nothing compared to this whole corner filled with hortensia's we saw somewhere in France.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Photo hunter - wrinkled

I missed out on photo hunters the last few weeks because of holidays. This week I thought I would do so again for at first I just couldn't think of anything wrinkled to take a picture of. After ironing away loads of holiday wash I was so glad with my own blouse for no ironing is needed because it simply has to have a wrinkled look! Ah that's just great and I should go and look for more such clothing as I hate ironing clothes!
In fact the little card attached to this blouse says you have to twist it into a rope to restore the crushed look. The fabric has been treated so as to have a permanently wrinkled appearance. Isn't that just great?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Butterflies

On our last camping there was a butterfly tree on the pitch and I saw these lovely butterflies flying around. It was difficult to take a good picture of them but I just had to give it a try.
This butterfly amazed me most for it looked really nasty while sucking pollen from the tree but when it flew away it really had lovely bright colours.
This really stunned me so I tried to capture it while flying. When I didn't succeed I took a picture from its underside and here you can see a little what a nice colourful butterfly it really was.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

We did more besides sightseeing

We had a drink on a sidewalk cafe
We cycled
We relaxed
We swam
We read
We played midgetgolfWe played pool

Monday, August 18, 2008

Castle of Brézé

The castle of Brézé is the last castle we visited these holidays. The boys liked this castle best because of its underground passages.
These pictures underground are taken by my hubby because I didn't want to walk through underground passages. I preferred staying in the courtyard and later I walked around the castle.While walking out of the castle over the bridge all of a sudden I heard well known voices and looking down I saw the boys walking way below in the dried up ditches.
While I took a picture of them my hubby took a picture of me. If I had known that I was standing on a bridge so high and narrow it would have frightened me, but I didn't know so I felt safe and sound.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fontevraud Abbey

One of the last days of our holidays we visited Fontevraud Abbey.
In the immense Abbey church there are four statues (tombs) that greatly impressed me.
One of the courtyards with galleries all around.
This is the 16th century kitchen.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Chateaux everywhere

We saw many castles in the Loire area.
Above you see the castle of Azay-le-Rideau. We walked around this castle and even went inside.
This is the castle of Ussé which we passed on our way back to the camping.
This is the castle of Chinon towering over the Vienne river. It was very cloudy weather when we visited and it even rained while we walked through the old town.
And last but not least this is the castle of Chambord, the largest of the Loire castles.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Award

This morning I checked my mail and I was really flattered to read that Starnitesky has given me an award for my weblog. It really surprised me as all I like doing is placing photo's I take of places I have been to.

Thank you so much Starnitesky for giving this award to me. I shall cherish it!


Now as to the rules that go with passing on this award, here they come:

1. Put the logo on your blog;
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you;
3. Nominate at least five other blogs;
4. Add links to them on your blog;
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blogs.

I enjoy reading many blogs but there are several I read nearly daily so the first two awards are definitely for Sabine and June.

The third award goes to Anina for I owe it to her that I realised how lovely the Faroe Islands are.

The fourth and fifth blog that come to mind for an award are Clarence's blog and the blog of Dina with a daily photo of Malta.

There are many more blogs I enjoy reading and would like to give an award so don't be disappointed if I didn't pass the award on to you. Perhaps someone else will do so. In fact all bloggers deserve an award for keeping the blogosphere active. Time is the only thing that keeps me from reading all weblogs.

Internet and blogging are definitely an enrichment to life so keep it up!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Candes Saint Martin

After our picnic next to the Loire we continued driving and all of a sudden we saw this interesting church with statues decorating its facade. We decided to park our car and take a closer look. When we came nearby we noticed that many statues missed a head.
Here our daughter stands near the entrance of the church and I simply love this picture.
This is an altar in the church and I particularly liked the white Maria statue with child and the little angel with golden wings above the statue.

Later I looked in my book to see where we had been and it was Candes Saint Martin, a little village near the Vienne river at the confluence with the Loire river.

These kind of discoveries mark our holidays for we prefer such small historical places to large tourist attractions.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008