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And Now For Something Oars-as-oars

Our leprechaun!

Our leprechaun!

Allerei kleine dingetjes waar wij mee bezig zijn, maar dan Oars as oars!

Little things in our lives, but then slightly different.


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The garden, update: late summer

korean veggies
Korean veggies
These are cabbages for our own use: chop choy, chinese cabbage and kale, up against corn.
To the left are a clover path and collards. To the right we’re growing Korean vegetables in different ground to see if it matters. According to the woman of the Korean supermarket Korean radishes don’t grow well in Northern Europe. We’ll see,
Beans. Lots and lots of beans. Some biggies (broad beans?) from Portugal.
Corn, looking a bit ragged at the end of a good season. Not too many birds, not too many mice, almost enough water, almost enough wind.
The Korean herb perilla, or shiso. I use it, cut fine, with spaghetti or I fill the big leaves with meat and veggies, fold them over and fry them, with or without a dip in eggs. Not bad.

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Nordern Ireland

From Belfast to Sligo and back again

4 – 19 June 2019

Our route from east coast to west coast, about 410 km (245 miles)

From Belfast to Portadown

Belfast was rainy. Norm of Norm’s Bikes was hurting, but helpful. Portadown has a thriving Orange Order.

From Portadown to Cookstown: Logh Neagh

 

Logh Neagh on a clear day
Even Ray can have a nice day

From Cookstown to Omagh

This part of the route goes through the Sperrin Mountains. On bicycles we didn’t take a whole lot of pictures. But during the breaks…

A picnic along the way
A wee bit of the Sperrins behind Ray. The big ones got away. They were in front of him

Omagh

Game of Thrones is right behind our B&B in Omagh (pr: oma)
Our ladySacred Heart Church, Omagh
Sacred Heart Church, Omagh

From Omagh to Enniskillen

Enniskillen is an island: a view from a bridge
At the corner of Queen Street and Darling Street, with St. Macartin’s left of center
The castle, Enniskillen, from the A4
The castle, again
The castle
And then Renske gets into the picture
One of the oldest pubs in N-I: Tiger Tiger, burning bright
Ground floor: Blake’s
Café Merlot, under pub William Blake
One last view from a bridge, but now with some sunlight

From Enniskillen to Manorhamilton

Logh Macnean, between Enniskillen and Manorhamilton
Logh Macnean
30 meters or so from the border North / Republic

Manorhamilton

Manorhamilton, Rep. of Ireland, castle
Manorhamilton, Rep. of Ireland, castle
Breakfast at Bluebell B&B in Manorhamilton
Gurn’s Milestone Bar, Manorhamilton

From Manorhamilton to Sligo

Glencar Falls
Glencar Logh
Glencar Logh
Ben Bulben:
Under bare Ben Bulben’s head
In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid
Drumcliff – On the other side of this church is the grave of W. B. Yeats with tombstone:
Cast a cold eye
On life, on death,
Horseman, pass by!

Sligo

Donaghy’s Pub, Sligo
The beach at Strandhill, Sligo
The strand. It’s beginning to drizzle and the water sporters are calling it a day
Coach Lane (restaurant) @ Donaghy’s, upstairs from the pub. Great food!

Back to Belfast by bus

Back in Belfast (by bus) I go bookstore shopping; This gem is No Alibi’s, with lots of crime!
In the University district
http://noalibis.com/

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The garden 2019

Half a garden
The other half
Snow peas and beans
corn
Garlic, shallot and onion, partially under net
Lots of cabbage. Anti-pidgeon nets.
Most of the tomatillo is dead
Perennials: permaculture
A combination of Korean persilla and devastated cucumbers
When slugs are absent, lettuce does well
Carrots and beets
Potatoes

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Izzy really?

And now for a few more pictures of Izzy, made in December and January.
By the way, we’re all getting pretty used to each other.

Ray is learning

Ray is learning


Sheĺl think about it

Sheĺl think about it


It's beginning to feel alot like...

It’s beginning to feel alot like…


Does it snow in Macedonia?

Does it snow in Macedonia?


By Jove, I thnk she's got it!

By Jove, I thnk she’s got it!


Cold and alone

Cold and alone


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Dogs and such

We’ve been quiet for a while: typical for an introvert. But let’s catch up. Our dog, Mik, died in April, but you already knew that. For the past few months we’ve been looking for a new housemate, but Cockers are so popular, they’re gone before they even get posted on a site. Mission Pawsible sent Renske two pawsibilities a while back. She responded to one of them, and that was Essie. And now Essie lives by us and we call her Izzy. She’s part terrier, so she loves to dig for moles.

Izzy at home

Izzy at home


Izzy outdoors

Izzy outdoors


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Two weeks of Bicycling in Portugal

Storks everywhere!

Plenty of rain our first week

Looking at carp in the gardens, Termas, Curia

The entrance to our hotel, Termas, at Curia

A break during cycling

Another break

The convent at Buçaco

Coimbra

Coimbra

Hang in there!

Anarchy!

Coimbra

Coimbra

Coimbra

Coimbra

Coimbra, garden

wooden bridge

Traces of forest fire 2017

Gulls, gulls, gulls!

Anti-erosie

Erosie

Stormy weather

Succulent

Mysterious tree

Sundown

Sundown

Fishers’ homes?

The Nice Hour Farm


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Goodbye Mik, We loved you!

Mik in the park in March.

Mik and crocus

Mik and crocus


More Mik

More Mik

A bit of the park

A bit of the park

The poet

The poet

Impatience!

Impatience!


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Antwerpen

Three nights in Antwerpen: a culinary excursion.
With two guidebooks in my backpack we went out for breakfast, coffee, lunch, pub and supper on two full days and two partial travel days. It was wonderful.

On our first evening we dined at de Arme Duivel. The best beef stew with fries in town. Two rows of tables, a dumb water going up to the kitchen, and good beef stew!

The next day we had breakfast at Domestic Cuisinette, where we watched the cook chop everything fine while we ate the breakfast he’d made for us. Checked out the MAS. Lunched at Bistrot la Popote. And then we dined at Au Vieux Port, where we both ordered eel in green and watched Belgians talk and drink wine for hours.

To keep the rest short, we ate at Tinsel, Staff’s Kantine and Carotterie 2000 and had coffee at Revista, Cronopio en Vitrin. We drank bier and gin and tonic at de Duifkens, In de Roscam and de Kat. We looked for, but didn’t find, Graanmarkt 13, a great restaurant, somewhat between Arme Duivel and Au Vieux Port. It was just across from de Duifkens!

I enjoyed watching people and eating and drinking great food.

No better place to start in Antwerpen than the Grote Markt.

Caught in thought on the Big Market

Renske waiting for the Giant, Druon Antigoon, to throw the hand at the Brabofountain.

Looking down from MAS, Antwerpen north

Looking down from MAS, Antwerpen, the Island

Statues on the MAS

Lunch

Lunch at La Popote, near the Zoo

Waterpoort, near the Museum of Photography

Hanging out our hotel window on our last evening


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Costa Balconia

Meanwhile, back on the balcony…

Christmas tree, sunflowers, lettuce and cabbage plants (for the garden)

Christmas tree, sunflowers, lettuce and cabbage plants (for the garden)


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A week with Gail and Steve

We spent our third week of vacation 2017 with friends Steve and Gail from Minnesota, US. We walked in Amersfoort, bicycled on the island Texel and enjoyed Utrecht. After us, they continued on to Paris and Bretagne.

Amersfoort

Amersfoort


Muurhuizen, Amersfoort

Muurhuizen, Amersfoort


Amersfoort

Amersfoort


A new sluice on Texel

A new sluice on Texel


The same sluice, a Renske photo

The same sluice, a Renske photo


Sunset, Texel

Sunset, Texel


On the beach, Texel

On the beach, Texel


Sunset

Sunset


Lighthouse, Texel

Lighthouse, Texel