Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tuesday catch-up

Things have been busy, keeping me away from the computer.  So here we to recap:
Sunday we spent the morning sewing (please note, Ronda)  In the afternoon, Caro's parents came and we went to visit the gardens at Clingendael.
The weather improved as we walked around through the Japanese Gardens and the Dutch gardens.  Be sure to also check out Caro's blog for more photos of our wanderings.  The Japanese gardens are espeically lovely.  Most of the iris are gone, but there are lots and lots of rhododendrons which are very nice.  There are carpets of moss, and of course lots of water features.  We even got to enjoy a Coot mama and her rather funny looking child
We even got to visit the bee-keepers garden house and brought home a sample of his wares
On Monday morning we were off to the Peace Palace.  Sadly, when we arrived we were told we could not have a tour that day.  (This sometimes happens).  Because there was a trial still in progress, it is not open for tours.  Another day.

However, it was a georgous day, so we took advantage of this change in plans and headed for the beach at Scheveningen, on the North Sea.

This is a very well known beach-front town.  We had to stop and have a bit of lunch - the very traditional pannenkoeken
Pancake topped with ham and pineapple and cheese.  And being "echte" (real) Dutch, we even put a bit of stroop (their syrup) over the top.  Lekker (tasty)!  We wandered further down the beach where there were several sand sculptures

Tuesday, today, we went to Oegstgeest to meet the family with whom we are exchanging houses.  It was a very nice visit with a charming couple.  We got the full tour of their home and explanation of how things work.  We have left them a detailed book with all the descriptions of how things work.  Hope that is enough.  As is often the case, it is hard for them to realize the distances and time involved to get to all the places they wish to visit.  But we are trading cars, as well, so they will manage just fine.

Caro and I did a bit more work on the squares being made for an uncle's quilt.  Caro even got the design wall up so we will play this evening.

 Adventuires continue.  Aren't we so lucky?

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