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Monday, 27 July 2015

ABC Wednesday, C of Captain

On one of my travels to Australia, I arrived rather early, as usual, in Cairns. I was to meet my daughter at the airport. She was alone while her kids were at home in Cooktown with her partner.

As it was still very early we went to a café to have a "brekkie". After that we went to a very small airfield to board an even smaller plane, which could accommodate 10 people. We were the only two passengers. After a while a tall young man with a cheerful face and a briefcase under his arm, came to us and greeted us with:"G'day ladies, how are you today? I am your captain!"

We answered with:"Hello, and how are you?!"

We took our places  on the back seats and he sat down on his heels and told us what we had to do in case of an emergency. It was kind of funny as we know the whole ritual by heart now, but he was obliged to read it out loud.

When he sat down on his seat in front of the plane, he started the engine, but in stead of taking off he drove round and round for a while. We asked him if anything was the matter. He said that he had no idea, but there was a red light on at the dashboard, and that he first wanted to consult his manual. Fortunately he found the problem and how to solve it. And off we went. We arrived safely at the airport in Cooktown.

 

While writing this post I am again in Australia. Have a nice summer!

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 C.

 

Monday, 20 July 2015

ABC Wednesday, B for Boarding

In the past 30 years I have seen a lot of airports, where I spent my time waiting for the sign to board. I was always happy to see the words "Boarding Now" appearing on the screens of the departure boards.  I have to wait at least three hours when I travel by plane. The longest normal waiting time was 19 hours. Sometimes I book a hotel room, sometimes I spent this time in one of the business class lounges, where I can read or work on the computer, while I am having a cup of coffee or tea.

 

 

 I also like to walk along the shops

 and see the interesting parts of the airports.



This is Schiphol by night. My eldest grandson and I were waiting for the flight to Tasmania, with a stop on Bali.


Then finally we got permission to go to our gate and board on our plane.


This is one of the ways to board, but sometimes we have to board outside the building.





The seats in most of the planes look very comfortable.


Business class seats


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 B.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

ABC Wednesday, A for Airport

Cairns /. My granddaughter on her way to Holland.2013
Schiphol/:We are on our way to Tasmania. December 2012

Schiphol

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. We are beginning to find another round for all the 26 letters of the alphabet. This will be now the letter A.

As I have been travelling a lot during the past 25 years, I thought it might be appropriate to start with Airport.

Hong Kong/ Waiting for the cyclone to be over



In January 2014, I had  to wait for 36 hours in an overcrowded airport building.

The whole population of Hong Kong seemed to have taken refuge in this enormous building. Outside the storm was still raging and it was  dangerous.


Flights were cancelled due to a tornado


My grandson was so tired that he fell asleep on the floor.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

ABC Wednesday, Z for Zeus



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 Z


Having been in Greece, made me wonder what the ancient Greeks believed , and then it is pretty obvious that Zeus is the person to go with the letter  Z! Who was Zeus?





Wikipedia:
"Zeus (English pronunciation: /ˈzʲs/, z(y)oos),  is the god of sky and thunder and the ruler of the Olympians of Mount Olympus. The name Zeus is cognate with the first element of Roman Jupiter, and Zeus and Jupiter became closely identified with each other.
Zeus is the child of Cronus and Rhea, and the youngest of his siblings. In most traditions he is married to Hera, although, at the oracle of Dodona, his consort is Dione: according to the Iliad, he is the father of Aphrodite by Dione. He is known for his erotic escapades. These resulted in many godly and heroic offspring, including Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Hermes, Persephone (by Demeter), Dionysus, Perseus, Heracles, Helen of Troy, Minos, and the Muses (by Mnemosyne); by Hera, he is usually said to have fathered Ares, Hebe and Hephaestus."

Well all those names are only interesting to those people among us who like to study the classical history. I was not  classically educated, so I find it difficult to remember all those gods and their names. Paul made it easier to the people of his time to tell them about the one God we believe in. 
Nevertheless, we couldn't escape Zeus. We met him in Delphi and later his statue in the National Archaeological Museum. We saw the ruins of the temples dedicated to Athena, Apollo and Aphrodite. He was also the lover of Europe.

Here follows the legend of  Europe and the bull.

 From  Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology: Europa - Mythweb

 Europa was gathering wildflowers in a seaside meadow when she came upon a beautiful white bull. This bull was uncommonly gentle and did not inspire fear. Decking its horns with flowers, Europa was at length emboldened to climb upon its back. Whereupon the bull - actually the god Zeus in disguise - took off at a trot and dove into the sea. Europa was carried off to the island of Crete, where she became the mother of King Minos.


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