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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

ABC Wednesday, F for Fun


Fun? What fun?


 Would it help if I stared hard at her?


Or put my face closer to hers?

Come on, you know that sharing fun is double fun!!


This is not what I meant!

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 read and comment on their posts. For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with F.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, E for Europe.

In Greek mythology Europa was a Phoenician woman of high lineage, from whom the name of the continent Europe has ultimately been taken. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a white bull was a Cretan story. 

 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.

This legend is always very attractive compared to the Europe we have to deal with now. As a true European I must know more of her history and countries. Just now I did a test about my knowledge  of the countries of this continent and I failed! 

The United States of Europe (sometimes abbreviated USE) or Federal Republic of Europe is an idea that was thought about a long time ago. The Romans tried to create one great empire , Napoleon tried it and so did Hitler.The problem is that the unification of Europe as a single sovereign federation of states, similar to the United States of America, is not possible as we have too many cultures, which are unique in themselves but cannot mix. All those 47 independant countries have their own governments. There are 7 kingdoms, some principalities and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The rest are republiques with a president. None of these countries wants to become part of another country and give up its language. There are so many languages, whereas the USA has only one common language. We have Dutch in the Netherlands as our main language, and most of us have to learn one or two foreign languages.English, German, French, Spanish or Italian. All of them with their own grammatical problems. Fortunately half of our neighbours in the south, the Flemish Belgians speak Flemish, which is very much like Dutch. We watch  the same programs on TV. The other half of the  Belgians speak French.

 The USA has one national flag and one national anthem. Europe has 47 national flags and 47 national anthems.

Well as you see there can never be a United States of Europe, but....we can and must work together, help each other and understand the foreign cultures.


 

 

  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.!

 

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

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

ABC Wednesday, D for Dingo


Photo by Steve Parish

Whenever I was in Australia, I never saw a dingo, but I heard then howling at night and my daughter's dogs answered them by barking , which seemed to keep them away.They don't  show themselves easily, but friends of mine told us that they were once on the beach and then they saw a group of several dingoes coming towards them and it was rather scary.


Wikipedia:The dingo  is a wild dog found mainly in Australia, as well as Southeast Asia, where it is said to have originated. It is currently classified as a subspecies of the grey wolf.
A dingo's habitat ranges from deserts to grasslands and the edges of forests. Dingoes will normally make their dens in deserted rabbit holes and hollow logs close to an essential supply of water.
The dingo is the largest predator in Australia on land. The dingo is seen as a pest by sheep farmers due to attacks on livestock. They also hunt rabbits, kangaroos and rats, which is seen as a  benefit to cattle stations.
 Dingoes have a prominent role in the culture of Aboriginal Australians as a feature of stories and ceremonies, and they are depicted on rock carvings and cave paintings.





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 in the new round.


Monday, 4 August 2014

WW I

In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.
by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

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Today, on the 4th of August 2014 
we commemorate the fact that 
a hundred years ago the first world war 
broke out.
More than 10 million people died.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

ABC Wednesday, C of Cairns Crystal Cascades

 

The last days of my stay in Australia, we spent near Cairns in a holiday park called Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park. There are various types of cabins from simple to very luxuriously equipped villas with a bath. All of them are self contained. We saw also grass campsites for those who love camping, like we did when we were young.

 

There is a pool for the swimmers and we did some bushwalking in the late afternoon. It's a beautiful park and it offers a lot of possibilities to do birdwatching, bicycle riding, horse riding,  a game of golf a snorkelling or diving expedition with one of the local tour operators. 



My daughter and granddaughters






 The park was very peaceful and quiet when we were there.




Some bushes still had beautiful flowers.




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



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ABC Wednesday, B for Botanic Gardens


Cooktown Botanic Gardens. Established in 1878 the Gallop Botanic Reserve encompases 62.3 Ha (154 acres) on the edge of Cooktown and contains the Cooktown Botanic Gardens and walking trails to Finch Bay and Cherry Tree Bay.


Natures Powerhouse


Natures Powerhouse

Nature’s Powerhouse is an innovative building located in the beautiful, heritage listed Cooktown Botanic Gardens and includes the Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre, Vera’s café, a shop, Charles Tanner Gallery and the Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery.

The Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula Visitor Information Centre provides comprehensive visitor information and accommodation and tour booking services.

The Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery displays the only collection of original botanical illustrations of flora from the region. Many plants can be found in the gardens.





 Walking with my daughter in these gardens is always a wonderful experience. She tells me about the trees and bushes. In all the years she has lived in Cooktown she has learned a lot about the vegetation of Queensland .
Foxtail Palm

 Everywhere we see those signs with extra information. The gardens have changed every time I came to see them.


Vanilla Orchid, the vine of which grows in a zigzag pattern.


Like many orchids, the vanilla bean orchid is an epiphyte, and lives on a host tree without drawing nutrients from it. The vine clambers up to the treetops in a zigzag fashion, exhibiting long succulent lance-shaped leaves. Each blooming branch will bear one to two dozen creamy blooms, for a total of several hundred flowers on a mature vine.

Native Country
Mexico
Size
In its native habitat, a mature vanilla orchid vine can grow to 300 feet or greater. However, you can keep your vine to a manageable 20 feet in greenhouse conditions. Training the vine laterally instead of straight up allows you to get more vine in a smaller space.
Growing Conditions
The vanilla orchid grows best in bright filtered shade and high humidity. Ideal temperatures are between 60-70 degrees F at night, and 80-95 degrees F during the day. The plants are not frost tolerant.




Corkwood tree






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Bush Food of the Corkwood, Freshwater Mangrove.





With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with B.

We often have a meal here in the Nature Powerhouse


 This is my favourite part of the Botanical Gardens


Friday, 18 July 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has crashed in Ukraine, on the border with Russia, with 298 people onboard. Ukraine's interior ministry says the plane was shot down by a missile.



 

 

All day long Dutch TV has been dominated by the news that a passengerplane had crashed in the Ukraine. 298 People were killed, among them 189 Dutch. But also people from the UK, Australia, Phillipines. These were all innocent people, going on a holiday, even on a honeymoon, or to a conference in Australia. The plane flew at a height of at least 10 or 11 kms. This was permitted.

I don't understand why we are now involved in the war between the two groups in the Ukraine.The leader who can stop this conflict peacefully deserves all possible honour and a statue.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

ABC Wednesday, A for Annie's Song


 

John Denver - Annie's Song

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again


Come let me love you
Let me give my life to you
Let me drown in your laughter
Let me die in your arms
Let me lay down beside you
Let me always be with you
Come let me love you
Come love me again


Let me give my life to you
Come let me love you
Come love me again


You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses
Come fill me again


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

Monday, 7 July 2014

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, Z for Zierikzee in Zeeland

Townhall of Zierikzee

Zierikzee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈzi.rɪk.ˌseː]) is a small city, located on the former island of Schouwen in the Dutch province of Zeeland.
Zierikzee received city rights in 1248 and was an independent municipality until 1997. The city is connected to the Oosterschelde by a 2 km long canal.


In 1953, Zierikzee was damaged by the catastrophic North Sea flood of 1953. The English town of Hatfield sent help and a friendship has developed. The two towns have been twinned. 
                                                                               
                                                               In 1953 and 1954 I was asked to spend part of my holidays in Zierikzee to help cleaning houses , removing the mud and dirt caused by the flood in the winter of 1953. We were with a group of students from all over the world in a workcamp, working side by side during the day. In the evening we sat around a campfire and each of us sang a song of our own country. It was great  fun.  Every morning we worked from breakfast to lunch. In the afternoon we were free to do our own things. Like walking, swimming, discussing all kind of subjects concerning traditions, religion, politics....We also made trips and were invited to join some mussel-fishermen, catching starfish, because they are the enemy of mussels.

In the second workcamp in 1954 we had a terrible accident, which caused the death of one of the two Danish brothers. Some of the campers were swimming, while they didn't know that some places in the water were rather deep and if you got into one of those holes you had to get out by swimming . Our Danish camper got in such a hole, but couldn't swim. Other campers tried to safe him but in vain. He was 18 years old  and his brother was 21. He and his parents came to Holland several times and stayed with us. They died several years ago and their other son died in 2007.


Pump in front of the townhall






Zeeland

The tower (Sint-Lievensmonstertoren) of Zierikzee was planned to be twice as high as it was eventually built. Lack of money was the reason that the building was stopped.

 With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . Thank you Roger for all the work you are doing for us.This week we are looking for words beginning with Z.

 

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.!