Rose-tinted spectacles.

What is it about a holiday that brings out the romantic in most, the nostalgia in some and the jaundiced eye in others? I guess it all comes down to attitude, along with a sense of adventure and a dose of wisdom in the mix. Having owned a gift & decor retail outlet on theContinue reading “Rose-tinted spectacles.”

Dutch dog-dash vs Swiss saunters.

High up in the rural slopes of the Swiss mountains we have found ourselves enjoying the cleanest air that is becoming a little fresher each morning on our walk – Autumn is upon us – and, apart from the obvious gradient difference between NL and CH, the other difference is of the canine variety, orContinue reading “Dutch dog-dash vs Swiss saunters.”

Opportunity of opposites.

A new chapter in our adventuring has begun, thanks to the incredible generosity of dear friends who own a holiday home in the rural regions of Switzerland where we have the privilege of basing ourselves for the next couple of months. We’ve arrived at a junction in our lives and so too the seasons: AutumnContinue reading “Opportunity of opposites.”

Workers/Volunteers

To be gainfully employed is more difficult than to work here in NL.  I’ve been offered more work here than ever before, the vrijwillig (volunteer) variety, of which there is plenty and this, I believe, is what makes the Dutch society special: their sense of community. National Monument Day comes about each year in midContinue reading “Workers/Volunteers”

The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.

Today, exactly three years ago, we arrived in The Kingdom of The Netherlands to a completely empty apartment on the Valkenburgerplein in the beautiful town of Heemstede. Our team of four, each bearing the airline’s maximum luggage allowance of two suitcases, began our Dutch adventure together: sleeping on the floor, eating off plastic plates theContinue reading “The Wandering (Travelling) Wilburys.”

The wonder of weddings.

These corona virus times that our tiny blue planet is in the grip of has messed with many a plan, not least those of the nuptial sort: more than a few friends and children of our friends have had to delay, postpone or re-hash their “big day” dreams which got me thinking about the wonderfulContinue reading “The wonder of weddings.”

Farming the Dutch way.

Whenever we’ve had the occasion to travel across the country to the east – believe me when I say that it takes only two hours and one is already at the German border – we venture away from the densely populated coastal region and into the more rural farming area which immediately makes me feelContinue reading “Farming the Dutch way.”