All posts for the month May, 2015

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.



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


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






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.


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.


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,


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.



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.


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


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.



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


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.


So we went for the good dutch favourite of ……


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.


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.


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


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


We put our burgers on 2 at a time.


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


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!

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