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Sorry I’ve been quiet.

Published November 4, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Sorry I’ve been so quiet for a while. I think it’s the whole getting used to a new place.

But I’m used to it now, we will be going on days out soon, I hope.

I got a job at Sitel doing customer services for John Lewis. Nerves isn’t the word.

But I’ll soon find out how it goes.

Hopefully more fulfilling posts soon.

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Chapter 3 – A new start in Exeter, Devon.

Published October 23, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

That’s right we’ve started all over again in a new place.

Christopher got a new job at Exeter university as a Research Data Officer.

That sounds so important and it is.

Any way we left the Netherlands on September 27th and went back to my parent’s to pack all of our things up.
That was so stressful remembering where we left everything. Were they at my parents house, Christopher’s parent’s? Or Auntie Audrey’s house? But we found everything.

Easier than we thought.

We then just had to hire the van then make the journey from my parents in Lancashire down to Devon. A long way yes. Well 5 hours to precise.

So we packed the van and my mum’s car on the Friday night.

The time came of 4.30am and it was get up time.

We got up, had tea in good old Tibbs style and got in the vehicles.

The journey was going really well until Birmingham and we had to go through road works.

After the road works the car system said there was an error. So we went to the nearest service station. My dad checked over the car and found a puncture.

From that we did a search for the nearest garage and called them to check if they had the tyre in. They didn’t but they gave us another garage that might, luckily they did. So we went on our way out of the way to get the tyre fitted.

We carried on our way to the new flat.

We got there later than anticipated but still there.

We in unpacked the van and car them decided to go out for dinner.

I know this was lots of typing and we’ve been here for 3 weeks but it’s here now.

7th Anniversary weekend.

Published August 28, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Some of you may be aware I had been collecting coupons to get the offer of buy one three course and get a second free from Albert Heijn. I got this last year and was really hoping I would get the chance to have this again.

So obviously when the opportunity came up to get them again I changed my shopping habits and did half of the shop there instead.

When I got them we looked through the website to see where we could go. There was a large selection but we decided as we had been to the ones in Leiden that were included we would go to The Hague.

We decided we would go for a curry based on reviews. We thought we should go to Indian Bay Dreams. It sounded great and had seen great reviews.

Christopher had heard that the beach in The Hague was really good, so we decided we should go for a walk before meal.

We worked it out that we would as normal get the train to The Hague then the tram to the coast.

The beach was breathtaking.

We are going to try and go again as the sand looked so clean.

I was impressed there was an old tram there.

We decided after going for a small walk around the shops and realise that they were way better there than Leiden.

So we went to the restaurant a little early but they were fine with that.

The restaurant was really nice.

We were given the menu even though we had already thought of what we wanted.

Firstly we were given poppadoms with three dips, which were fantastic. Then we got our starters, I got mixed Pakoras and Christopher got Chicken tikka bites. But they looked so good I forgot to take a picture of them, but the bottom picture was when I remembered to take it.

For our main course we decided to get butter chicken and chicken korma with a garlic naan.

The food was amazing. I know I say that a lot but it really was.

Our desserts came even though we were very full. Christopher got vanilla ice cream and I got gulab jamun as my friend Anwara from an old job used to make them.

The death of our Museumkaarts.

Published August 16, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

It was a very sad day for us. We’d had a Museumkaart for 2 years. This got us into the majority of the museums in the Netherlands at no extra costs.

So we decided to go to one museum that changes every time we go. Of course that was Hortus Bontanicus, the gardens in Leiden. It is such a beautiful place to go to and very relaxing.

I found this plant which I found beautiful.

I know this sounds crazy but Christopher is hiding somewhere in this picture below.

Yes he was hiding behind the huge vase.

We then saw this heron in the river.

We saw a perfect photo opportunity. Showing how relaxing this place is.

We will miss this beautiful place of course but we knew were only going to be here for 3 years and at the end of September those 3 years finish.

AHOY,  Rotterdam. 

Published July 2, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

No, I’m not turning into a pirate.

This is the name of the arena where we saw my Christmas gift from Christopher: It was  tickets to see Blink 182, their support was SWMRS and A Day To Remember. I have put the videos of the bands so you know what they are like.

But the big day came.

Above are small images of Blink 182.

The image below is just as Blink were starting.

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Mark Hoppus doing his thing. Yes that thing is ROCKING and being totally cool.

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More from Mark above.

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Above is the most AWESOME drummer Travis Barker and their new vocalist Matt Skiba. I know what you’re thinking about Matt’s trousers. No not that he’s the Hamburgler but that they are so cool and he doesn’t care what people think.

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Mark doing a bit of dancing there.

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Matt doing the cool guitarist jump.

Needless to say this was a great gig. I know I said this after the Hollywood Bowl concert on my birthday 2011, but this felt different. That could have been due to actually sitting for a concert. However, I’m glad we did. I don’t think my MS would have liked me standing all night. We were stunned that unlike LA no-one in the seats stood. We were expecting the be blocked by people but no. Which was like phew.

Of course they played all of our favourite songs both old and new. From all albums.

Of course we got pictures of ourselves.

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Here’s me getting all excited with the people behind me thinking “she’s mental” but oh well.

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Here we are in our matching t-shirts. We don’t care as we won’t both be wearing them ever again on the same day.

I thought I should mention that some of the images were acquired via Twitter from @rotterdamahoy and @robertnoise.

Fun at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 

Published June 7, 2017 by theycallmemrstibbs

Sorry,  I’m a little late with this. But we went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam as I had been wanting to go for a while. This was due to a Rembrandt printing I had heard so much about,on QI. A great way to hear things. 

We love huge Hollywood style sign. 

The top picture is a copy of the painting The Nightwatch. This was the one I wanted to see. 

The top right picture is a self portrait of Rembrandt. 

As you’ve probably guessed, the vast majority of the paintings there are by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannesburg Vermeer.

The top painting on the left is of Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange and her husband William of Orange. They were young but this was an arranged marriage. 

This is the library at the museum, I found this magnificent. I’d love to explore a library like this. 

Finally the original painting, The Nightwatch and me. It is a slightly altered painting as it wouldn’t fit in through the door. So they cut it and placed it in the frame. If you compare this painting (ie the original) to the copy shown earlier, you can see the parts of the original that were cut off. The painting was so crowded with a security guard. 

With having seen so many Rembrandt’s and Van Gogh’s we’ve gotten very good at identifying them.

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