Monday, 31 August 2015

ABC Wednesday, H for Home, House

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 H.




Last Friday morning I came home again. I felt being home as soon as I stepped into my (humble) abode!

There were flowers  and a "welcome home" card, telephone calls and "welcome home"e-mails.

 In spite of the great time I spent with my daughter and family, it felt good to be back home.




 My home is my castle even if it's a terraced-house in a narrow street. Sometimes I am asked: " do you want to live in Australia?", then my answer is: Perhaps, if I can take my family, my friends and neighbours with me!"



Welcome Home
 An  Australian man sings about his home.


Home among the gum trees

I've been around the world
A couple of times or maybe more
I've seen the sights, I've had delights
On every foreign shore
But when my mates all ask me
The place that I adore
I tell them right away

gumtrees



Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front 

And an old rocking chair.


You can see me in the kitchen
Cooking up a roast
Or Vegemite on toast
Just you and me, a cup of tea
And later on, we'll settle down
And go out on the porch
And watch the possums play


Give me a home among the gumtrees
With lots of plum trees
A sheep or two, a k-kangaroo
A clothesline out the back
Verandah out the front
And an old rocking chair



There's a Safeways up the corner
And a Woolies down the street
And a brand new place they've opened up
Where they regulate the heat
But I'd trade them all tomorrow
For a little bush retreat
Where the kookaburras call

Kookaburra

Monday, 24 August 2015

ABC Wednesday, G for Gate

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 G.

In the previous posts I have used words which were linked with travelling by plane, which I have been doing a lot this year.

Of course there are other gates, which are far more beautiful. They don't give access to a plane, but most of the time they are movable frames, which open or close an opening in a fence or wall around an estate  or park. And they are sometimes very beautiful.



St. John's College, Cambridge.



Wikipedia says: "A gate, or gatehouse, is an area of an airport that provides a waiting area for passengers before boarding their flight. While the exact specifications vary from airport to airport and country to country, most gates consist of seating, a counter, an aircraft entry or exit doorway, and a jet bridge."

 

The Dutch Palace Het Loo, built by King William III 

 and Queen Mary of Great-Britain.

 

Monday, 17 August 2015

ABC Wednesday, F for Flying




 Travelling to Australia before the war, or even a long time after the war, meant travelling by ship. Now it is normal to fly to all distant countries and also to the not so far away places.

But a flight in a helicopter is still quite exciting. I have been in a helicopter when I was in New Zealand in 2005. Together with my two eldest grandchildren we flew over a glacier on the South Island.
These two photos were taken in Cairns.

















  This was the helicopter that took us
to the Franz Josef  Glacier in New Zealand in  January 2005.

It actually landed on the glacier and gave us plenty of time to play in the snow.













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 F

Monday, 10 August 2015

ABC Wednesday, E for English

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  E.

Even if we don't like to admit it, English is the most important language in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and last but not least Australia. In the Netherlands French used to be the language for the upper walks of life. The man in the street spoke a  Dutch dialect, and when he met a foreigner he spoke Dutch with the same accent only a bit louder, thinking: the louder I speak the more I make myself clear.

After WW II English became more and more popular. We thought: "Oh, English is not so difficult, if we only learn a lot of words we can translate everything".No wonder that there were a lot of hilarious anecdotes to be told of Dutch expressions literally translated into English, which changed the meaning of the expression completely, Fortunately British citizens also have problems with their own language. Here are a few exemples:


What shall I complain about now??

These are apparently genuine excerpts from English letters to local councils. We all know that English is a complicated language and not alone for non-English speakers. I think that we do not need to feel embarrassed if we read these letters of native speakers

Council complaints ( which one is your favourite?)

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1.This is to let you know there is a smell coming from the man next door.

2.I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is running away from the wall

3.I request your permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen.

4.Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces

5.Can you please tell me when our repairs are going to be done, as my wife is about to become an expectant mother.

6.The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared

7.The person next door has a large erection in his back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous.

8.Will you please send someone to mend our broken path. Yesterday my wife tripped and fell on it and now she is pregnant.

9.Our kitchen floor is very damp, we have two children and would like a third, so will you please send someone to do something about it?

10.This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broken and we cannot get BBC2.

11.I am very annoyed to find that you have branded my son illiterate. This is a dirty lie, as I married a week before he was born.



Tuesday, 4 August 2015

ABC Wednesday, D for Declare, Anything to Declare?

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 D





Anything to declare ? How often did we hear this in the past? And always I answered :"No, nothing to declare". Nowadays all hand luggage will be scanned, we have to take off our coats and put handbags and small articles in a basket or small container. We ourselves have to be searched and pass through detective gates. There are dogs who smell food hidden in a bag or suitcase. My two years old  grandson had an apple in his little bag, the dogs smelled it and my daughter was advised to throw it away before boarding.

Not so long ago a father tried to smuggle his son in a suitcase into the country.



Another strange case was the prisoner
 who tried to escape in a big suitcase.





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.