Thursday, July 28, 2011

A little of this and a little of that

Last evening we had a little pre-departure party.  Because Dieuwke and family were leaving today on holiday, we had to gather last night.  Wouldn't you know, I forgot to take pictures of dinner, itself, but we had a "real" American summer meal: cheeseburgers with all the fixins', potato salad and baked beans.  [I do give myself a pat on the back for managing the last two with quite different ingredients available - but they were tasty.]  We finished up with strawberry shortcake

  Dieuwke, bless her heart, even brought us gifts - aren't we lucky?  I got one of the Stophorst "vests" that is hand painted on black satin,

Elaine, the elephant lover, got some terrific new dish towels for our kitchen at home,
and for the both of us, to remember our holiday, a lovely picture book from the Staphorst community. These are folks who are VERY camera shy and so it's nigh onto impossible to get photos of them in their attire.  A wonderful collector's item,

Today, Thursday, is market day and it was quite pleasant out.  Certainly one of the big things we will miss is sitting in the square, drinking coffee and taking in all that is going on.

We had to laugh at one point, the caliope was playing, the fellow selling CD's had those blaring and the church carillon was pealing.  Cacophony!  We followed up our market shopping, with a trip to our ever popular,
we're there almost everyday for groceries.  We will miss a.h., too.  As it is nice, we did a little neighborhood walk - we often do each dry afternoon.  next blog.

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