Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas)  arrived. 

Published November 23, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

Since this will be our 3rd Christmas in The Netherlands, and we have never witnessed Sinterklaas arriving in Leiden, we decided to see it this year. In The Netherlands Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) brings the children presents on December 5th. 

There was even entertainment,  including a band singing classic songs,  in Dutch of course. Since I recognised the tune, I was singing them in English.   

After standing around in the cold for a while, surrounded by lots of people, Sinterklaas’ canal barge arrived. It’s The Netherlands so of course he arrives by boat. 

If you go you’ll love the atmosphere as everyone is there for the same reason. 

A Day Like This 

Published November 1, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

We decided we wanted to have an us day on 30th October 2016. 

So we thought we should go and see the latest prehistoric arrival in Leiden,  Trix the T-Rex. She is named after the last queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. She was found in Montana state Naturalis bought her. 

Dutch news printed the following. 

Trix is being presented in a unique, low to the ground pose that will make her seem more dangerous and intense than other T Rex skeletons in museums around the world. The decision was a practical one. Unlike similar displays, Trix will feature her actual skull instead of a replica, which will require a substantial amount of support that can’t be achieved with a more traditional pose. As Schulp told The Chicago Tribune, ‘You can really look the beast in the eye.’ Oh, and in case you were wondering, her missing bones will be replaced by 3D printed replications based on previously discovered T Rex skeletons.


All of the models leading up until seeing her were all moving models which impressed us. 

Then around a corner we met the incredible Trix. 

To say the least we were just like wow. 

We decided it was time for a selfie. She looks as though she is biting Christopher. 

Of course I wanted a picture of just me with her and it kind of looks like she photobombed me. 

That evening we had arranged to go to a Nepalese restaurant as I had collected some vouchers from the supermarket to get a buy one get one free three course meal from selected restaurants. 

We thought it would take us a while to pick what we wanted. They brought us poppadoms with dips then we picked the starter of kebabs very quickly Christopher got chicken tikka and I got lamb tikka. 

They were great as you can see they looked great obviously we shared them.  

Then we ordered our curries.  Christopher ordered a chicken korma and I ordered a chicken dhansak. 

As you can see they looked great and tasted it too. We again shared some of each of them. We both really liked both of them. 

For dessert we decided due to the small amount of them and the fact that we were so full that we should have ice cream. I had mango ice cream with whipped cream and Christopher had vanilla ice cream with whipped cream.

We’ve both said we’d go again but no three course meal. 

By the end of the day we were singing this song – Feeder – A Day Like This. this is a link to the song.  

 

A week all on my own 2016. 

Published September 25, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

September 25. Christopher went for his flight to Rome for another conference this morning at 10.30 am. Well he got the train at that time. 

I saw he arrived and I started to relax because he got there. But then my MS decided to join in the “party” making my legs feel as if my nerves had tensed up and are twitching. Oh the joys! 

After a little while of feeling like that and eating they felt a lot better. 

I spent the evening watching TV and finished it off watching Phil the power Taylor on the Darts champions league then Country File. 

September 26. I woke up with a start from the alarm clock. Obviously I was very cosy. I only got up early as I had a dental hygienist appointment at 9am. 

I got myself to the hygienist for 9am and was called in very quickly. For a change that asked me about any medical conditions I have. So I had to mention my MS and my medication, which is Tecfidera. Surprisingly we ended up having a full conversation about MS. It felt good. My teeth felt great after having the work was done, my purse wanted to cry after payment of €71.10. 

When I was home it turned into typical Monday morning jobs of going to the supermarkets. It is a lot of walking so needless to say it felt as if my legs hated me. Once finished with all of the walking I decided it’s rest time. 

Rest time continued with my legs hurting so much that I just put my feet up. But my fun evening was waiting to start Eggheads, University Challenge, Only Connect and Ripper Street. 

September 27. Well I thought it might be a resting day, obviously going for a small walk which I do every day. I came home and rested until I realised I forgot something so I went back out to get it. However, before going out I got an email from Multicare asking when I wanted my medicine Tecfidera delivering. I thought Wednesday would be good, that is until I got an email back saying the date of delivery was the 5th October my brain started the alarm bells. I have an MRI on that day. Not good. So I swiftly emailed them back to say I needed to change my day and told them why. I was happy that managed to change it. 

After all the worry the funny feeling in my legs came back. So I’m back on a rest regime. 

As the day went on I thought I should watch some of the movies I borrowed from the ESTEC dvd group. So I watched  Tank Girl. My response to it was “oh my God!  Why have I never watched this before?” 

Then for dinner made hutspot it’s an Leiden dish which is made around October 3 or liberation day. When the Spanish who were holding Leiden were defeated. The hutspot was what food was found when the Spanish fled, leaving it hot so the people of Leiden ate it. 

September 28. I impressed myself over the first few days I ate no meat not even fish which I usually do. 

I decided today to go to the market which I haven’t done on a Wednesday for a while because it’s a little boring but I needed something to do. 

Well, I went to the market and it’s exactly as I remember a bit boring as it’s only half of the market. 

As I was going down Haarlemmerstraat I saw shops were putting their October 3 decorations up. 

But I went home and I watched X-Men First Class. I really enjoyed it. 

I just rested for the rest the day. 

September 29. I decided I should go for a walk around Leiden to look at the progress of the set up for October 3. I was impressed that most of the roads are already closed and parts of stalls and fair were being set up. Needless to say I was impressed it’s still 2 days before it starts. 

I watched a film that I really liked The Lady In The Van. It stars Maggie Smith. I’d heard some good stuff about it and I wanted to check it. 

September 30. For a “change” I was awake before my alarm this morning but I didn’t want to get up before the alarm went off so I laid in bed having a thinking and planning my day ahead. 

The plans were made and the main thing was to go to the supermarket Albert Heijn to get dinner for tomorrow. So this was a case of walking through the site of setting up October 3. But it was interesting. I was impressed with everything. I got the bits I needed so I went home. For a rest. 

After my little rest I decided I should make since refrigerator cake. This is basically melted chocolate, butter and syrup mixed with broken digestive biscuits with malteasers and marshmallows. I put it in the fridge for 2 hours and cut it up. 

I got a call from my Tecfidera pharmacy as they were checking which pharmacy I use for any prescriptions I had to tell them other than Tecfidera I’m on no others. I had to pick the pharmacy I would use, so I told them the only one I’ve had experience using and then it was for Christopher’s inhalers. They were happy with this. 

It was then time to watch my dvd for the day which The Imitation Game, I actually really enjoyed it. 

October 1. Well I went for my usual morning walk and to the supermarket. I got the basics we would need for the weekend due to Christopher coming home on this day. 

I’ve actually had a good week no huge MS flare ups. The tingling in my legs wasn’t really a flare up, they do it often but that’s a usual MS thing. I know a lot of people didn’t realise I have MS but I’ve been diagnosed for 7 years now from 09/09/09. Needless to say I’m good at hiding it and acting. 

So I’d say success! 

Black pudding stuffed chicken breast 

Published September 6, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes that’s right after having it so many times at the pub in the UK I decided it was time for me to make it. 

So I got my chicken breasts at the supermarket. 

Also the black pudding,  I surprised when I found it in the supermarket here. 

So I cut a small pocket in the side of the breast to stuff it with black pudding   

I decided to wrap it in parma ham. 

As you can see below it looks good before it was even cooked. 

I heated the oven to 200 degrees C. Then cook it for 30 minutes. 

It came out really nicely. I don’t usually cook chicken in the oven. So it was something different for me. 

We both really enjoyed it. I even got a review. 

Christopher Tibbs – it was very tasty and I’d have it again. 

My parent’s visit. 

Published August 31, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes my parents came to visit again we decided that we would go to Amsterdam and Rotterdam. 

In Amsterdam we went to the Dungeons. It was a fun day out but we were unable to take photos. We learnt quite a lot of Dutch history. 

Yes I put Christopher in a coffin and he volunteered. 

At lunch we decided to get a typical Dutch lunch of pancakes. I got a Nutella pancake. 

Then my mum gave me a bit of ice cream. 

As you can see I finished it. 

After lunch we decided to go on a canal tour around Amsterdam,  it was interesting how different parts of the city are defined. 

We went on a walk and we found the best shop for game characters and basic geeky stuff. 

The next day we went to Rotterdam. We saw the best boat in the harbour with am octopus on the side. 

We the went for a walk over our usual bridge Erasmusbrug. It gives the best views. 

As you can see the path was sparkly. 

We went to Bagels and Beans for lunch and my dad surprised me he got strawberry juice with his bagel.    

We decided we sounds show some of the sites in Rotterdam. Above and below are the cube houses. 

After this we took them to the church that we have visited several times before it was one of the only churches that survived World War 2 to an extent. It need some rebuilding. 

Flower Parade 

Published August 18, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

That’s right there’s a parade here just to show locally produced flowers in Rijnsburg. They even had some older cars to show too. 

The the parade of the flowers floats started. 

Yes that’s right, there’s Edina, Patsy, Saffron and mother. Absolutely Fabulous is really enjoyed here. 

We loved this one. 

I had to get a picture of Christopher in here somewhere. 

Out started raining so we decided even though it wasn’t the end it seemed like a good time to leave. 

It gently reminded me of the Rose Parade. 

Jam Oatmeal Crumble Bars

Published August 5, 2016 by theycallmemrstibbs

​I’ve had this recipe for months I keep saying I’m going to make it. 

So I decided that I would make it this week. 

Ingredients. 

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2½ cups quick-cooking oats
  • ¾ cups butter, melted
  • 1 cup blackberry preserves or jam
  • 1 Tbls water (optional)


Above are the ingredients that I used obviously I melted the butter. 

Firstly I put the cake mix into the mixing bowl. 

I then added the the oatmeal. 

Then I added the butter and mixed it together. 

I then pressed half the mix into the dish. 

After adding the jam on top of the mix I then added the remaining mix to the top of the bars. 


I cooked it for 24 minutes at about 180-200 degrees. 

When cooked I cut them into squares. 

After tasting them they were a bit sickly even for me. 

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