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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Maundy Thursday, Religion

In our Dutch churches we observe Maundy Thursday by having Holy Communion together and  a short church service.

Maundy Thursday - also called Holy Thursday, is the beginning of the three day celebration of Easter - the most important time in the year for Christians. This period ('The Triduum') is one big celebration, remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and the death of Jesus, and the Resurrection to new life.
Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.
The Last Supper

The Last Supper was probably a Passover meal – the meal which Jewish people share together to celebrate the time when God delivered Moses and the people from slavery in Egypt.
The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.
 cross When is Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. It is one of the lesser known days of the Christian calendar.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

ABC Wednesday, N for Nicodemus

 In this week, which we call Holy week includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Saint Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin. Nicodemus, according to the Gospel of John, showed favour to Jesus. He appears three times in John. Nicodemus visits Jesus one night to discuss his teachings with him.(John 3:1–21); The second time Nicodemus is mentioned, is when he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (John 7:45–51). The last time Nicodemus appears in the Bible is Crucifixion, when he assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the corpse of Jesus for burial.(John 19:39–42)

                            And there came also Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds in weight.

40 Then took they the body of Jesus and wound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the manner of the Jews for burial.

Jesus and Nicodemus (John 3:1-21)

1 Now there came a man of the Pharisees whose name was Nicodemus, a member of the council. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could do the miraculous signs that you do unless God were with him.”

3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?

5 Jesus answered, “I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” 

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Sky Watch, Cyclone in Queensland

This morning I heard that my daughter and family and friends are all safe! I want to thank everybody who was thinking of us, praying for us and comforting me! You are all great friends!

My daughter came home and saw that her house was not much damaged. There were some trees up rooted and one of their little sheds was blown upside down, that was all. The roof was still in tact and there was no water in their house.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sky Watch, Australia, North Queensland II

Cyclone Ita: north Queensland residents told to prepare or evacuate

Cyclone has been upgraded to the highest possible rating and is expected to make landfall about 7pm on Friday

Cyclone Ita
Cyclone Ita approaches the north Queensland coast. Photograph:
More than 9,000 residents of far north Queensland coastal communities in the path of tropical cyclone Ita have been warned to expect “very destructive winds” and possible flash flooding as the giant category-five weather system bears down.
The severe tropical cyclone, which was upgraded to the highest possible rating on Thursday afternoon, is expected to make landfall between Cape Melville and Cooktown about 7pm on Friday.
The mayor of Cook Shir, Peter Scott, has urged residents in the area to secure their properties by noon before gales of 125km/h are expected to hit.
"People should be making their final preparations now," Scott told Australian Associated Press. "The big message is that people need to stay indoors once those strong winds start."
Residents of Cooktown, a town of 2,300 people that was last hit by a cyclone in 1949, said strong gusts had already picked up on Friday morning.

 Lots of people left town this morning, got their family out of here. And everyone who can is up at the evacuation centre.”
 Residents of low-lying areas as far south as Cairns were urged to be ready to evacuate should Ita suddenly change course. They were warned the cyclone could produce storm surges up to two metres high.
Newman told a news conference in Cairns on Friday that cyclone shelters in the two towns in the path of the cyclone, Hope Vale and Cooktown, were still open and had plenty of room.
Residents of these towns should be prepared for cuts in phone services and power outages that could last as long as four weeks, he said. Disaster recovery officials had formulated plans to house people, "assuming a large number of houses are rendered uninhabitable".
He said all the possible preparations had been made. "It's not in our hands. It's in the hands of the gods."
Newman also warned of “very intense rain causing quite severe local flooding”. "We could see hundreds of millimetres of rain in certain catchments. Fast-rising rivers and creeks and also the problems in some suburban areas, potentially as far south as Cairns," he said.

Though the eye of the storm is expected to focus on a remote, sparsely populated stretch of the Queensland coast, the Bureau of Meteorology warned that destructive winds of up to 125km/h, or faster, could extend as far south as Port Douglas on Friday, and onto Cairns and Innisfail on Saturday.
“The cyclone is expected to be weakening over land overnight, however, there remains the possibility that Ita will track southwards close to the coast tonight and maintain cyclone intensity for longer during Saturday,” it said.
“Should this occur destructive winds with wind gusts to 150km/h are possible at Port Douglas and Cairns during Saturday.”
Heavy rain and the risk of flash flooding will persist into the weekend, the bureau said.
A cyclone watch extends to the far inland communities of Laura, Kalinga, Palmerville, Mareeba and Chillagoe.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Australia, Floods, Queensland, Sky Watch

    Evacuations begin as Cyclone Ita bears down on Queensland coast

    Premier Campbell Newman cuts short visit to China to oversee preparations for storm which could bring 240km/h winds

    Cyclone Ita churns off the coast of Australia.
    Cyclone Ita churns off the coast of Australia. Photograph: Cyclone Ita

    It poses a significant threat to sparse communities between Cape Grenville and the Lockhart river, with strong gusts, storm surges and heavy rain beginning on Thursday.
    The storm comes three years after category five Yasi ripped through Queensland, causing $3.5bn worth of damage and lost tourism earnings.
    Yasi unleashed its wrath about 1,000km south of where Ita is forecast to cross.
    "The winds won't be as strong as Yasi, but it will be the worst we've had since," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Andrew Cameron said.

     I rang my daughter in Australia yesterday ( Wednesday), not knowing that they were busy putting up shutters and securing the things around the house, because they are expecting cyclone Ita. They live near Cooktown. I am praying that they survive and won't lose their house and that they won't be flooded. They will all hide in the smallest room when it arrives on Friday, four pm.I follow the news on Face Book.

    All staff and guests have been evacuated off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef as a precaution. The last time the resort was evacuated was during Yasi, although the island wasn't affected.
    Premier Campbell Newman has also cut short his Asian trade mission with prime minister Tony Abbott and will fly home on Thursday to oversee preparations for Ita.

    Those in the small Cape York communities likely to be affected spent Wednesday stocking up on supplies and clearing yards.
    Peter Scott, mayor of Cookshire council, which covers 80% of Cape York, says Ita could be one of the worst storms to hit the area in decades.
    "Residents need to be ready and have somewhere safe to shelter," he said.
    He said there was a good supply of food and fuel.

    Meanwhile, local district disaster management groups are holding meetings across the state's far north on Wednesday.Far north district acting chief superintendent Brett Schafferius says there are no plans for evacuations but extra police will be sent to affected areas.
    Staff from Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), including a swift water rescue team, will head to Cooktown on Thursday.
    Road and electricity resources have also been sent to the state's north.
    Before forming into cyclone Ita, the tropical depression led to 21 deaths in Solomon Islands last week.

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    Tuesday, 8 April 2014

    ABC Wednesday, M for Marsupials


    Marsupials are an infraclass of mammals living primarily in Australasia and the New World. A distinctive characteristic, common to most species, is that the young are carried in a pouch

    Well-known marsupials include kangaroos, wallabies, the koalaopossums (colloquially possums) , wombats and the Tasmanian devil. Less well-known species of marsupials include the numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, the bilby, quolls and the quokka.

    They are characterized by giving birth to relatively undeveloped young, often residing in a pouch with the mother for a certain time after birth. 

    The birth of a kangaroo




    Close to 70% of the 334 extant species occur in Australia, New Guinea, and nearby islands, with the remaining 100 found in the Americas, primarily in South America, but with 13 in Central America, and one in North America north of Mexico.

    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 M.                                                                              

    Some marsupials, like the wombat and Tasmanian Devil , have pouches  that

    open backwards to avoid getting the pouch contaminated by sand and dirt during digging their burrows.

    Tasmanian Devils.


    Possum feeding by night.

    Friday, 4 April 2014

    Weekend Reflections, The Netherlands

    Weekend Reflections was started on 27 September 2009, by  James. You can join this meme at some time during the weekend.  If you click on the badge in the sidebar you can see more weekend reflections.


    Not far from where I live are these lovely places. This is a Dutch polder: a dry place surrounded by canals or rivers and kept dry by electric engines, which pump the superfluous water into the river. This work was done by windmills in the early days

    Thursday, 3 April 2014

    Sky Watch, The Netherlands


    The sky is always different. These shots were taken from the same angle on different days in different years. They are all photos of sunsets


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    Tuesday, 1 April 2014

    ABC Wednesday, L for Library,Queensland, Australia

    This library and meeting room is a joint project of Cook Shire Council and Queensland Government Rural living Infrastructure Program.
    Officially opened 13th December 1995 by Steve Fredhauer .

    In January 2014 I stayed with my family in the sweltering heat of Cooktown.It was great to be in the library of Cooktown for this was good to keep cool.

    The front of the library is adorned with this piece of Aboriginal art.

    My daughter behind the desk, works several days in the week in this library

    These three flags are important for Australia. The Aboriginal flag in the middle

     between the Torres Strait Islander  flag and the Australian flag. They are  three 

    official flags.

    This painting shows what is important for all the customers 

    who borrow books and all visitors





    The children can keep themselves busy reading books or playing with all kind of toys. The smallest children can lie on a couple of cushions if they are tired

    I had my i-pad with me and got a code for wifi. There is a special room for computer workers.

    Another room is for those who want watch TV.

    While inside the air condition was producing a nice  cool atmosphere, outside it was so hot and humid that the lens of my camera was steamed up, as if there was a dense fog. Lateron my camera could take a clearer photo of the surroundings.

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    Sunday, 30 March 2014

    Weekend Reflections, Windmills, Our World Tuesday, The Netherlands














    Weekend Reflections was started on 27 September 2009, by  James. You can join this meme at some time during the weekend.  If you click on the badge in the sidebar you can see more weekend reflections.


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     These photos were taken in Kinderdijk, near the windmills.The name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Child's Dike". In 1421 during the Saint Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder remained dry. It is said that when the terrible storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas, to see what could be saved. He saw in the distance a wooden cradle floating. There was no hope that anything would be alive in it, but when the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water could come into it. When the cradle eventually came near the dike, someone took it out and saw that a baby was sleeping in it undisturbed and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat. This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle" in English.