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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

ABC Wednesday, Y of Yggdrasil


I used all the words beginning with Y from my dictionary. I even used Dutch words beginning with IJ or ij. Now I am at the end of my imagination! Perhaps this?


                                Decoration on the outside of Rådhuset, City Hall,  in Oslo.

  Wikipedia says:

 

Yggdrasil: the tree of the Universe in Scandinavian mythology

Yggdrasil(/ˈɪɡdrəsɪl/ or /ˈɪɡdrəzɪl/; from Old Norse Yggdrasill, pronounced [ˈyɡːˌdrasilː]) is the tree of the Universe and center of the divine world in Scandinavian mythology. The roots of that big ash grow in the three underworlds: the world of the death, the world of the frost giants and the world of men. The branches spread over the world.The tree unites earth and heaven and the underworld.
If Ragnarok draws near, Yggdrasil will tremble and a man Lif and women Lifthrasir will survive the holocaust and flood. From these two people the earth will be repeopled and mankind will start a new cycle of time. Yggdrasil is the source of all new life.

In Norse mythology, Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

  We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words  beginning with Y.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, X for X


With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with X.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!









Now, x sounds like "ks" inside of a word!

So every time you see an x, this is how it's heard—

excite, exceed, extreme, extent,

explore, explode—that's excellent!


Now, when you see an x at the end of a word,

the sound of "ks" will still be heard,

as in six, fix, ax, and mix, flex, fox, wax, and ox.


 
X shaped wall anchors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now, x is a crossing, and x marks the spot!

If you want to know some more, this is what I've got:

When x starts a word it's got the sound of a z.

Will I give you an example? Most definitely!

 Xylophone, the instrument!

 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, W for Water

Water can be a blessing or a curse. Thanks to the water in Holland, we invented windmills to protect us from  floods. We use our rivers to convey goods by boat to Germany, Belgium and France, even farther across the oceans.

In winter we always hope that the rivers and narrow waterways are frozen over, so that skaters can go in for their sport.

 

 

Behind my house there are fields for cattle. In

winter the ditches are sometimes frozen over and fit for skating






                      

Water  can also be a pest. We have all seen that too little of it causes a drought and the danger of bushfires.

 


 Too much water on the otherhand, causes floods and dangerous landslides.

The photos of the flooded area were taken in Queensland Australia.

 

In the distance you see the suspension-bridge,  hanging over a small river

 where crocs live.



Driveway.Fortunately my daughter's house was dry.

 

We arrived at the letterW. Please refer to Mrs. Nesbitt and the ABC on Wednesday. You can also put the logo in your sidebar or post. If you have any problems please contact one of the team members. There are still people who don't mention ABC Wednesday , which is a pity because it is a nice meme, and  it is one of the two conditions you have to comply with. The other one is: you need a photo of an object the name of which begins with the letter of the week. It might also be the name of a person, an animal, or any other word beginning with the appropriate letter.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

ABC Wednesday, V for Venomous

 

 

Australia's snake variety

Australia has some 140 species of land snake, and around 32 species of sea snakes have been recorded in Australian waters. Some 100 Australian snakes are venomous, although only 12 are likely to inflict a wound that could kill you.

The most dangerous snakes belong to the front-fanged group, which in NSW include the tiger snake, brown snake, death adder, mulga or king brown snake and a few species of sea snake(.I personally think that the Taipan also belongs to this group).

Australia's other snakes are the solid-toothed non-venomous snakes (such as pythons, blind snakes and file snakes) and venomous rear-fanged snakes (such as the brown tree snake and mangrove snakes). All native snakes in NSW are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.



 However the Taipan is the most venomous snake, not even in Australia, but of the world.






 We thank Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC, and we must thank Roger too for the weekly job to find  ten bloggers for each of the ABC Team members  to visit and to read their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words    beginning with V.


Monday, 1 June 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, U for Uniform.

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with U.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!

 

 Queen Maxima, Amalia,

 Princess Beatrix( abdicated queen), Alexia, King Willem Alexander

 

 "A uniform is a type of clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity. Modern uniforms are most often worn by armed forces and paramilitary organizations such as police, emergency services, security guards, in some workplaces and schools and by inmates in prisons. In some countries, some other officials also wear uniforms in their duties; such is the case of the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service or the French prefects. For some public groups, such as police, it is illegal for non members to wear the uniform. Other uniforms are trade dresses (such as the brown uniforms of UPS)."( Wikipedia)




The King and Queen of Spain


The King and Queen of Belgium




King Albert of Belgian abdicates in favour of his son Philip

The wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden


On the day that our king was crowned we could see a great variety of uniforms. Some were worn by the royalty of other countries, but police and military men had to wear their uniforms.

However I didn't see any schoolchildren in their schooluniforms. I don't think that there is one school in the Netherlands where children have to wear schooluniforms, at least I have not seen them over here.

The Norwegian Crownprince and his wife

Monday, 25 May 2015

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, T for Tenella Plas in the Netherlands.




In 2008 one of my friends was celebrating her 84th birthday. Her sons had organized a party at a place of outstanding beauty near a small lake. Last year she died at the age of almost 90. She had been paralysed for 10 years. She had always been an enthusiastic sportswoman and in just a few minutes she was paralysed from her head to her feet. She managed to get use of her hands again and her speech.

 

A "Plas"is a pool or a small lake









We spent a whole afternoon in this park. The weather was fine and we all enjoyed walking along the lake, where we saw coots and mallards. 

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt,  who created ABC, and Roger, who took over from her. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with T.

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar. Thank you Team of O. W. T.!