Monday, August 15, 2016

Ocean Bound...

Ocean Shores, WA...

We spent three days at the Pacific Ocean last weekend, a final hurrah before the kids go back to university again... (what, already?!)

We arrived Friday just after lunch (the drive takes a little over three hours with all the traffic etc) and the weather was just perfect! We knew the other two days were not going to be that great weather-wise, so we enjoyed every minute of the sunshine. We had bought a second kite and added a striped tail to our old one and off they went. No swimming for anybody, the Pacific ocean this high North is notoriously cold...









Mr. G. and Miss M. wanted to do some sunset fishing and boy, what a sunset we got! And fish too! {smile}



Fish On!









Saturday morning we woke up to a thick marine layer (coastal fog) that never really went way again. We played 36 holes of put-put golf (mini golf) which was something I couldn't remember the last time I did that, fun!



We tried a different beach in the afternoon, but the wind picked up even more and almost became a storm. Not very pleasant with all the salty sand blasting your skin...


Yes! Here you can drive and park right out on the beach!




Miss M. really wanted to go on a horse ride on the beach so she did that Sunday morning in the fog before we returned for home. At least the wind had died down a little bit. She loved it!


Miss M. is on the black and white horse in the front...


We drove half an hour through the fog before we hit the blue skies again and man, it was hot out there! It would have been nice to have a bit of that heat on the beach, but oh well. Great times were had anyway! {smile}

... in two weeks time both kids will be off... 
{no smiling there}



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Ramblings...


After days of being barely able to breathe after the loss of our beloved Olive, our rib cages are expanding again and we're starting to exhale...

We've been keeping super busy to keep the tears at bay. We've cut down two trees and did lots of other heavy duty garden stuff. A good thing we have a pick up truck: many trips to the green dump were made.
Half of the tree on the left had fallen down overnight,
by the end of the day, both trees were gone...

Master C. & Mr. G. sporting twins-y shirts
that we brought back with us from The Netherlands...
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We also rented a 'rug doctor' (a shampooing machine for all the carpets in the house) and Mr. G. cleaned all of the carpets, downstairs, upstairs and the stairs themselves. A lot of 'schlepping' with the furniture was involved, but again, trying to keep busy. 
After this we decided to move things around in the office/ sewing room. This was where Olive's crate used to be and where she spent a lot of time. Every time we walked in we would look at the empty space and our hearts contracted. I now have a clean  and fresh work space with all the great memories still preserved...

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We decided  to go on a little road trip of sorts to Mt. Vernon and La Conner, just for the day last Wednesday. On the way up we stopped by the veterinarian to pick up Olive's ashes, surprisingly heavy. Her remains also gave us a surprisingly  warm feeling, a sort of home coming if you will. She came with us on our road trip and now has a special spot back in our home, where she belongs with us always...

Looking towards the Cascades in the Skagit Valley...
La Conner, the smell of salt water always gets to me.
Inhale, exhale...
Beautiful weather with a nice breeze...

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I'll leave you with this happy picture... 
{smile}






Friday, July 8, 2016

O, O, Olive...


Olive, the morning before she passed away. So so tired...

Our sweetest Chocolate Labrador Olive passed away a couple of days ago: fifteen years and five months to the date. We are so incredible sad...

But we are also so incredible relieved that she went the way she went (in her sleep) after only one day of pain and misery. And relieved that we were all home: Miss M. and I back from The Netherlands and Mr. G. back from his week long fishing trip in Canada. Master C. was here as well and so were all able to say our goodbyes...


We cried for days and the tears still fall down our cheeks. And at the most unexpected moments, waves of sadness overcome us...

Olive's last visit to the Pacific Ocean, February 2015. She loved it there!


Olive, we love you so...


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Back Again And Ready To Embrace Summer!

We came upon this frame on one of our bike rides.
A local farmer got off from his poop-spreading tractor and offered to take our picture.

You can see the Muider Castle in the background...

Good morning everybody! A little less than a week ago, Miss M. and myself returned from our three week trip to The Netherlands. The jet-lag has finally subsided (although I'm still waking up at 5am) and after a few days of cloudy and wet weather, summer has returned and I am so ready!

Amersfoort, taken from a small tour-boat...

So many pictures were taken, I don't know where to start. I hope you follow me on Instagram because that is where you can find the best ones. They were all taken with my IPhone and most of them only have two filters on them: Snapseed Drama Bright 2 and HDR Scape People. This way they all sort of belong together as a series.

Racing home on our bikes to avoid the big storm!
(near Muiden)

We spent several days at my dad's house in Muiden, then 10 days at my sister's in Amersfoort, several days at my mom's in Zaltbommel and the last few days we were back in Muiden again. In between we also spend a weekend in Zeeland (Burgh-Haamstede) for a fabulous cousins reunion and spent some time with friends in Zwolle and Utrecht, my old hometown...

Oudegracht, Utrecht...

We visited the Zuiderzee Museum, an outdoor museum in Enkhuizen featuring several villages around the IJsselmeer and their fishing and living traditions. We also walked through the windmills in Kinderdijk, another place I had never visited before and we spent time on the Westerschouwen beach, a childhood favorite...

Great times and so many new memories were made!

Kinderdijk.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

A Road Trip Of Sorts...


This last Saturday Mr. G. and myself went on a little road trip to Anacortes, WA. Our school's Baseball team was playing there for State and we thought it would be fun to go up there and support them. It took almost two hours to get there so the name 'road trip' was in order I thought. We did have to leave just after eight in the morning, a tad bit early for my liking...

Anyway, in our rain gear and some knitted woolies, we watched the game and they won! This meant we then had a four hour wait for the next game which would qualify them for the State Finals.  We first spend a couple of hours walking around in town admiring all the old houses (built around 1900, very old for the Pacific Northwest!). I just love that old style with all the different paint colors etc. Fantasizing about that future house...

Do you see the Poppies from the picture above all the way at the end?

Brick buildings are pretty rare here in this area...





After a hot coffee (the weather wasn't really great to be honest) we drove across the island to Washington Park. What fabulous views of the San Juan Islands, so calm. We even had a visit of a seal and maybe even some porpoises! 

Click! to enlarge...
Spot the ferry in the background...






Our team also won the second game with three runs scored in overtime (!) so they're off to Yakima next weekend for the  State Final Championship: Hurray! 
We didn't get home until 8pm so that was a pretty long day, but so nice to get out of the house for a bit, be part of our community and see some beautiful nature while we're at it!  {smile}

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