My story? I have been to Pompeii twice. Once with a school group and once with my own tour group. Pompeii is actually quite big. There is the archeological town and then there is the current town. Yes, people are still living in the town, albeit not the old bit. Both times I was restrained for time and on my second visit it was so incredibly hot, I never even entered the archeology. That afternoon I drove up Mount Vesuvius and parked close to the top, but again I didn't see the crater itself. Definitely somewhere to visit again.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Last week's challenge saw us in a rainy Milan in Italy and it was the Duomo (Cathedral) there. Who knew? Well, the points go to Yamini and Hilary and Millie and Walter get a quarter point for naming the country.
My story? On my trip through the North of Italy (the same one where I first liked pizza) with a friend, we were staying in the youth hostel in Milan and visited the city. We were young, it was raining and we mainly checked out the shops. Which were filled with beautiful clothes we couldn't afford. But I also took this photo of the Duomo. We didn't see inside as we were also not interested in culture at that point.
Monday, 20 September 2021
|The pulpit walk|
However, most of the experiences were good ones and showed me what life in Norway was all about. It also showed Norwegians that I was willing to learn and led to more invites and friends along the way.
Moving back to the Netherlands, the first thing I had to establish was a life. Well, sanity was the first one, job second and then life. Which was then promptly put on hold by this little bug. However, things are now starting to look up, what with my own place and a job and that.
Then I got an invite by a charity I support: their annual meeting was taking place soon, would I like to attend? Well, yes, but no. I do have that day off, however, I will be in Northern Ireland then, visiting my sister, which I am really excited about.
Another union invitation arrived. Their annual meeting, would I...? Yes. As I have don't have to work then, I might as well. Then I saw a general invitation (local bill boards) about an opera choir having an open rehearsal. My singing skills are more Madonna than Whitney, but I would love to go. Until I realised it was on the same day I was heading to Rotterdam. Ah well, another time.
Sunday, 19 September 2021
Wednesday, 15 September 2021
|An outing with my Mum back in 2019|
|The curtains are up|
One thing that will definitely take longer than anything else is the garden. Several reasons for that. One is that I may have overdone it a bit prior to the actual move. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on both hands (right side the worst) and a likely case of RSI on my right lower arm (not diagnosed as yet).
The weather has been okay-ish, but the other day I was digging in the pouring rain. Not a good mood enhancer I can tell you! Having good weather and time off at the same time is important. And lastly it's finances. Of course I don't need money to remove all the weeds (and there are plenty of those), but I would like to put something in its place from simple flower bulbs to more substantial plants. However, even though flower bulbs are now slowly being put in, the rest will have to wait.
|Sorting the Christmas decorations: from 11 to 6 crates|
Tuesday, 14 September 2021
|Yes, I had removed the words to make it a bit harder |
My story? On a trip to the Frankenwald in Germany, we visited several cities in that area, one of them Coburg. The period between war and unification had meant that not much had been done about buildings and such in East Germany and they looked grey and drab. From 1989 onwards however, things changed and buildings were renovated, repaired, rehabilitated and whatever other re... you want. Colour was reintroduced and towns and cities alike started getting their glory and pride back.
Monday, 13 September 2021
here), I had only just started it and I found it a struggle. I am pleased to say I did finish it and I did like it a lot. How things can change in a few chapters! A bridge, a bank robbery, an apartment viewing and two police officers. Linked together by the people who were there. As I did find it hard to get into at first, I give it 4 stars for that reason, but still recommend it highly.
For me the continuing story about Elizabeth Cage is not so much thriller, more extremely unsettling, the first two books even more than the third. Elizabeth is going on a short holiday and does not want to 'see' things, but not even a day into her break, life has other ideas. More is revealed about her and where she comes from in the course of the book. I give it 4,5 stars and would recommend, but only as a third in the series (the others being White Silence and Dark Light).
Sunday, 12 September 2021
Tuesday, 7 September 2021
My story? Well, as I already mentioned, I lived in that part of the world for 14 years and every spring, the tulips would be pulled up (the ground would be covered in plastic sheeting to allow all the plants to come up at roughly the same time that is wanted by the farmer) and views like this would be there for all to enjoy! I actually did a couple of tulip tours as well, driving tourists around and giving them more information about the area as well.
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
|No hiding in the grass anymore|
|It still needs some tidying as well|
|Not quite sure what is left|