Amsterdam – day trip

Published May 22, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes we went Amsterdam just for a couple of hours to see if my parent’s would like it when they come and visit in 6 weeks.
We’ve already done the Hague so we knew what that was like. So we thought let’s hit Amsterdam.

We got a train there it cost us about €8.
Then our famous wandering started. We decide on a direction and just go for it.

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Yes there was a batman to take pictures with but if you didn’t pay he hid his face.

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As you can guess we decided the weekend wasn’t the best time to go so we decided Monday or Tuesday would work fine.

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We even saw some “dirty” windows which are famous from Amsterdam,  but I’m honest the girls looked so bored.

Any way that’s my sneak peak.

Just one of those weeks

Published May 15, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

Well it’s official I’ve had, as you’d class it, I one of those weeks.
Last Wednesday, 7th May, I had an accident with a bike. Not a motorbike but a push bike.
I was crossing the road home from the supermarket and it ended with the bike rider and I flat on the ground in the middle of the road.
In normal me style I got up and said I was fine which I was and still am. Honestly. I’m just covered in bruises.
2 on my right shin
5 on my left hip
1 on or near my left knee
3 on my left lower leg
2 on either side of my left ankle
1 on my left elbow

But I’m still going like everything is fine.

Then Wednesday the 13th May I had to go for a fasting blood test at Diaconessenhuis.
I knew I’d get lunch from them after so all was good.
They did the original blood test.
Then they gave me a glucose water solution which was absolute rank.
Then the first blood tests.

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Complete with a wrist band, but you can see I had a bed.

Then my second test came and no matter how much I tried I couldn’t bleed. :|
So they changed arm to see if it would help.

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They did it on my forearm on my left arm but it bled.
They did 2 or 3 tests from this arm. And then finished. Phew.

I got my lunch as promised, I was at the hospital for 3 and a half hours for the appointment.

I’ll be happy if I never have another blood test or accident ever again.

Our first Koningsdag (King’s Day)

Published May 2, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes, we had a public holiday that is only celebrated in the Netherlands. Which celebrates the King of the Netherlands. He is called Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

Any way,  as you’ve guessed it was a huge party for the whole of the Netherlands which used to be on April 30th, when Queen Beatrice was in power.

We decided in the morning at 9 am to go and see what was happening down in the city.
We were greeted with a drink,

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Of the alcoholic variety. But it was free and fair enough it was 9am so we thought yeah why not? 

The marching band “The Band of Liberation” were playing and we both thought they were good.

I wanted to put a video up bit it won’t let me.

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Yes they had bagpipers,  so it made it more comforting.
Just by looking around the crowd I noticed a guy handing out free scarfs, so I went and got Christopher one.

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But I glanced behind me and noticed someone standing behind us……

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This ladies and gentlemen is the Mayor of Leiden.
The Band finished so we decided to go on a wander around as we knew a flea market was on.
It turned out to be more of a carboot sale but we thought let’s look any way.
It was too busy to take pictures, but it was fun.
We decided to go home for lunch before going back for more.

And so our afternoon events started.

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We noticed a couple of guys who were cool as cats.

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In his bright orange suit.

We decided as they were only playing the Dutch favourite of fame music, that we needed beverages of the alcoholic variety.

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So we went for the good dutch favourite of ……

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We soon decided when the dance music continued it didn’t matter how much we drank it was still bad music.
So we went home.

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You may have noticed the flags all being up.

On the way home we stopped and looked back at where we had been and ohy God the amount of people.

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So any way we walked home amd saw on our street people with the Dutch flag up

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Any way we got home and decided we needed a barbecue. We only had a  disposable one but it was better than nothing.

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We put our burgers on 2 at a time.

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Then when they were ready we put the next ones on.

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This is the burger all cooked.

We then put the sausages on but the barbecue had burnt out, so we cooked them inside. Oh well.

Holiday over but there’s another one this Tuesday,  then 9 days later and another one 11 days later!  Yay!

Our beautiful little garden.

Published April 23, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

When we moved into our ground floor flat I was just happy we had a garden. Yes it may all be flagged but it’s somewhere we can sit out it.
When we first moved in there were weeds between the flags and that was dealt with by Christopher.

I on the other hand had a destructive bee in my bonnet aimed at the ivy.

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I got cutting it with great pleasure

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And I keep it trimmed to this length.

We next waited for the weather to warm up slightly and I started planting double daffodils , tulips and mini pansies.

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I’ve even bought a calandiva and its not pink. I’m thinking of getting another in pink.

The landlord came around to check we were good and to look at the garden as he knew we’d been busy. He was impressed with the fact that we got the plants he planted blossoming as the last tenants did nothing to the garden.

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I even wrapped some wool around the next plant to make it grow better.

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As he was finishing here he asked me if knew about the other bit of garden that is ours. Of course my answer was a giddy no.

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So we’ll be happy to play around in there.

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But I’ve just found out that the other owner want to do something with it which is fine by me. We are happy with what we have.

Den Haag A.K.A the Hague day out

Published April 15, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

We decided as I am going to meet a friend there maybe we should go check it out first.

We got a train from Leiden Centraal to den Haag Centraal, it only took about 15 minutes. We were expecting a small station, but when we got to it there were so many shops at the station,  which kind of reminded us of Manchester piccadilly. :(

Any way we started the day going for a small walk, but it started to rain, well drizzle. But we decided if it rained to go find a starbucks and have a tea.

We got tea and sat in for a wee while,  then we went shopping. Yay!
We actually found the Primark and realised we had kind of missed it in Pasadena but Target was still better.
Talking of Pasadena we actually found some t-shirts with southern California cities names printed on them. Of course this made us miss Pasadena soooo much. 😭
We even found a Breaking Bad wallet for Christopher and a superhero belt for me, but we decided to go back for them soon.

We carried on with our walk and found the Department of Justice building.

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Different views around the building.

We continued the walk until we got to
Maurithuis, which is an art gallery.

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We saw some Rembrandt paintings, obviously we were gushing as he was Leiden born and bred.

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And now non-Rembrandt pictures.

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I was gobsmacked by the above picture.

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We then saw a lot of people looking at a picture.

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We then went further forward. And ……………

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Needless to say I was astonished by seeing The masterpiece The Girl With The Pearl Earring.

We then went on another walk outside.

To the Peace Palace.

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And a church (which I can’t remember the name of)
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Then we went to the British favourite Mark’s and Spencer’s! I saw one of the Easter favourites.
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Overall a great day was had, so we went home and I had the bramley apple hotcross buns. :)

The Lovely Irish Countryside

Published April 6, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

I was asked to get some pictures of the countryside whilst in Ireland.
So I did.

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⏫These are images from the car window on the drive from Belfast to Christopher’s parents house.

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These ones are all from a walk we went on with my father-in-law. ⏫⏬

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Yes and it’s all like this.

You got 13 pictures there. So I’m hoping that’s enough.

Total-ish Eclipse 20 March 2015

Published March 24, 2015 by theycallmemrstibbs

We got geekily excited on the lead up in Northern Ireland. Then we got up on Friday morning and it was stupidly cloudy.

Needless to say we were sad, sad, sad :|

After an hour of inside, outside trips and it looking like this

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It started getting darker as a result of the eclipse starting, so we checked even more until we noticed this

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A gap in the clouds. Yay!

So we got into position to watch that small gap.

Until we saw this

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The wee sun!

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The rest of the pictures all look the same.

These next ones are images my dad took from his work.

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These are images of the total eclipse and the moon continuing to move.
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