Monday, 29 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, H for Hydrangea

Every summer I look forward to seeing my hydrangea getting bigger and more beautiful when it's in full blossom.



                                    Hydrangeas and geraniums

                                    are doing well together.




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Monday, 22 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, G, for Greed and Gluttony




                                         Gluttony




Greed and Gluttony.
When a friend of mine became a widow more than a decade ago, she was really devastated. Not only had she lost her partner and best friend, her mate to whom she had been married for 36 years, but she had to handle financial situations, such as making her tax declaration, managing bank accounts, and selling all her husband's shares, for she didn't want to lose money on shares. She didn't know anything about them. Then a friend of hers asked her, if her son-in law was allowed to do her bookkeeping, because her daughter and son-in-law were in rather needy circumstances. The widow was delighted! Of course! Now she got the help and advice she needed of somebody she knew well. The bookkeeper and his wife were friends of the widow. He helped her repair things in her house, all kind of things her husband and children used to do. After some time the bookkeeper asked something in return. Would she be so kind as to lend him some money? He wanted to buy a property for his wife in order to insure her of a regular income, when he had died. He was more than 20 years older than she was and not in good health. Of course the widow lent him a large amount of money. And the grateful bookkeeper did more odd jobs in the house. Later on he asked for another loan. In the beginning he paid the interest and repayment of the two mortgages, but after a while he stopped paying the repayment of one of the mortgages. He now was in full control of her bank account. She didn't know how much she owned as the bank didn't send bank statements any more, for he did internet banking. He promised her to copy the statements, and so he did twice. He remained kind and helpful and the widow trusted the bookkeeper without any doubt. Years later it was found out that he had embezzled a very large amount of money for his own good. This was a real eye opener. And the widow found herself a good lawyer and summoned the bookkeeper to appear in court.
Greed is an excessive desire to possess wealth or goods with the intention to keep it for one's self. Greed - like lust and gluttony - is a sin of excess. Greed is inappropriate expectation. However, greed is applied to a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of wealth, status, and power.

As a secular psychological concept, greed is an inordinate desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth.

Gluttony, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, intoxicants or wealth items to the point of waste. In some Christian denominations, it is considered one of the seven deadly sins—a misplaced desire of food or its withholding from the needy.


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Monday, 15 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, F, for Fog, Fermain Bay

 In May 2006 my sister, her husband and I were in Guernsey for a week. We walked a lot and went to see the blue bell forest.



 After having walked in this forest,

 where we admired the beautiful blue bells, we reached Fermain Bay.

We found a bench and my sister, brother-in-law and I decided to treat ourselves to a delicious ice-coffee with a lot of ice-cream and whipped cream on top of the coffee.


 My brother -in-law went to fetch it, but no sooner sat we down,

 when there was a fog coming up from the sea.

It came so fast, that we couldn't see him coming back with the coffee.

 


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Monday, 8 August 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, E for Eye of London

 

Opposite the Houses of Parliament


In the factory of Hollandia in the Netherlands.

After 2000 the Eye of London became a landmark of the City of London. At that time I happened to teach English to a group of adults,of whom several men were involved in the construction of this enormous wheel. Every week they informed me about its progress. I even got  newspapers with the latest news. Enough material for my lessons.


Wikipedia says:
"The wheel was constructed in sections which were floated up the Thames on barges and assembled lying flat on piled platforms in the river. Once the wheel was complete it was lifted into an upright position by a strand jack system made by Enerpac. It was first raised at 2 degrees per hour until it reached 65 degrees, then left in that position for a week while engineers prepared for the second phase of the lift. The project was European with major components coming from six countries: the steel was supplied from the UK and fabricated in the Netherlands by the Dutch company Hollandia, the cables came from Italy, the bearings came from Germany (FAG/Schaeffler Group), the spindle and hub were cast in the Czech Republic, the capsules were made by Poma in France (and the glass for these came from Italy), and the electrical components from the UK.[27]"

On our last day in Great Britain in 2007, we were in London, where we made a short trip on the Thames. Here I saw for the first time the Millenium Wheel or The Eye of London. The guide told us that the construction of  the Eye of London was sponsored by British Airways. I was waiting to hear that he would tell where it was constructed, but in vain..



It was made in Holland at the factory where my eldest daughter was a draughtswoman, who had actually drawn a small part of the Wheel.At that time we were very anxious to see if it could be constructed at all.


 It was designed by David Marks and Julia Barfield, who were architects. 


 A well known Japanese company was first asked to do the construction, but they turned it down. Too difficult!! Then Hollandia in the Netherlands offered to do the job, after the engineers studied long and hard on the project.They even made a model of it. It was going to be the biggest wheel in the world. With a splendid ceremony the green light was given on January, 28th, 1999.The work had to be finished before the beginning of the new millenium.It was an enormous challenge.

The wheel was finished in December 1999 and opened on 31st December.




 

This photo shows the assembly of the last section

 on a special platform in the river.







The above photo shows one of the four rim sections, which had to be taken to London from Holland. The right photo shows the first section arriving in London.


The London Eye stands 135 metres (443 ft) high on the western end of Jubilee Gardens, on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England, between Westminster and Hungerford Bridges.


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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

ABC Wednesday, D, of Dreamtime

The Milbi Wall


Deamtime stories





Australia - Aboriginal Dreamtime: " All peoples of our world have a concept of how the world was formed. The Aboriginals believe that, in the beginning, the earth was featureless, flat and grey.

 There were no mountain ranges, no rivers, no billabongs, no birds or animals - in fact not one living thing.

 Then long, long ago came the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime was a time when giant creatures rose up out of the grey plains where they had been slumbering for countless ages.

These mythical Beings looked like animals or plants or insects, but they behaved just like humans. They wandered across the vast grey wastes, digging for water and searching for food and as they searched, because of their giant size, they made huge ravines and rivers in the land. Thus the world took on the shape it has today."




In Cooktown there is a great example of Aboriginal art. It's called the Milbi Wall. This is created by the inhabitants of Cooktown and the Aboriginal compound of Hopevale, under the direction of the Hopevale artist Roy McIvor, who is an uncle of my daughter's ex- husband.Milbi is the Guugu Yimithirr (local Aboriginal language) word for story. The wall is meant to be part of the reconciliation project and a memorial to show history from an Aboriginal point of view.


The wall concists of three parts. The first part tells about the Dreamtime, the second part about the first contact with Europeans and later Asians, these contacts were disastrous for the Aborigines, then the third part shows us the present time which hopefully promises reconciliation of differences.The stories are told in beautiful ceramic tiles.The Wall is built right at the spot where, in 1770, Captain James Cook and his crew first set foot.

On top of the wall lies the Rainbow Serpent, one of the creator spirits of the indigenous people of Australia.


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Monday, 25 July 2016

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, C for Coffee

Coffee! A magical word for a tired traveller! Especially a Dutch one. For us coffee is very important at ten o'clock am.

The only Dutch words my daughter's partner knows, are: Koffie drinken! ( drinking coffee!)

There is much to tell about "Koffie", but not now, as  I am terribly busy!


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Monday, 18 July 2016

ABC Wednesday, B for Babies

 Babies are from another world.

                                                   Our first baby.

It's been a long time ago since I had my first baby, that was almost 50 years ago. Now my children are having theirs. They grow so fast...I often think of the time, that I was worrying about them, especially in the weekends, when they came home late after a night out. Sometimes they woke us up,sometimes they didn't. But I was always awake and could only sleep, when they came safely home at last.



Zondag=Sunday


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Our son

Our eldest grandchild and Marjolein's son


Eldest son of Karien's


Our second grandchild and Karien's son.

 

 




















Erryn the first granddaughter

 and daughter of Karien (18months old)



Erryn is a great mother"s help at 18 months



Benjamin  third child of Karien's

   

Benji 2 years old


The latest edition of Karien's family, second daughter