Double Dutching.

Relationships. Something that I have discovered, over the past five years of living in The Netherlands, is that the Dutch do things differently in this department. It’s common knowledge that the Dutch are known for their tolerance, equality and “freedom of everything” attitude, compared to that of many other cultures. Whilst this may sound likeContinue reading “Double Dutching.”

Straining towards the light.

This afternoon’s homeward drive south from Friesland, after a blissfully peaceful couple of days in my dear friend’s warm and welcoming home, I once again took to marvelling at my new home country. Of course, the picturesque pastoral scenes of the rural areas always give my heart a happy flutter. Passing the homes and shedsContinue reading “Straining towards the light.”

The way of the ancients.

Perhaps I have an overactive, romantic imagination? So often, when driving our little car or riding my trusty bicycle, along a small road, generally through one of the many forests in NL, I feel somewhat transported back through the ages. I could link this directly to the history of art lessons that I took forContinue reading “The way of the ancients.”

Socio-economic leveller.

This title makes me think of smart people like economists, business people, and dare I say it, politicians, none of which are me! My take on such an intellectual title is on a far more day-to-day angle… the bicycle! How does a bicycle fit into the picture? Well, for a “local” living a wonderful new-life-adventureContinue reading “Socio-economic leveller.”


Beautiful hymns keep coming to mind as I spend gentler times with my elderly clients. What a privilege it is to sit a while and listen to the chatter of their memories as they recount the days of their youth, marriage, children, careers and holidays.  The first being “It is well with my soul” –Continue reading “Soul-filled.”

Dancing through the dahlias.

Around the corner from our new apartment home, is the quaintest little cobbled road that leads one along the edge of a canal, on one side and the edge of the forest on the other. Part way along this little lane is a flower farm that boasts some of the most magnificent dahlias that IContinue reading “Dancing through the dahlias.”