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After we moved to the east of the country, we are very much getting used to the quiet and wide country side. With everything that comes with it: farmers busy on their land, deer running around the house, nice walks in the forrest across the road, etc.
And then all of a sudden, our neighbour tells us a pair of flamingos have been spotted in a local area, where farmland was converted to a nature area.
After getting to the Kruger Park and immediately were confronted with a large group of elephants, just by the side of the road, in a dried river bed. We knew then, that we would see lots and lots of animals, during our time in the park. Spectacular!
Of course we wanted to see the big five, but we had to wait and see if we were that lucky. But what we never expected, was that we would get so close to these wild animals.
Never expected this, and South Africa was for sure not on top of my list for a holiday, but it has been spectacular! The birthday of a friend brought us to Kruger Park, and we truly enjoyed it.
When driving into the park, and you are almost immediately confronted with about fifteen elephants… What else would we then see, in the week ahead? Well, it turned out we saw many, many more animals, and had such a great time with friends we had not seen in a while - totally worth the trip!
On a break in the Eastern part of the country, on the edge of the park we were staying in, it was a frenzy with birds. Great and blue tits all over the place… And the party got even bigger when we bought some food for them - there were more tits and woodpeckers than I had seen in a while. Just a joy to sit there and watch them!
Yet again happy news in our family. D. and T. were born in the very early hours of January 18. Welcome, little ones!! Congratulations to mommy S. and daddy W.
Congratulations to L. and L. on their wedding, on September 7!
Yesterday we were talking about zoo’s… It has been a while since we been to one… These photos are from a visit to the Apenheul, Apeldoorn, where smaller monkeys are walking in between visitors, climb on your shoulders, and if you are not careful, steal stuff from your bag… This orangutan was just observing… Not us watching the animals, but also this fellow was watching us as we walked by… We should visit a zoo again sometime soon!
Last full moon of 2017 - Shot inbetween the clouds and showers… The atmosphere was not completely clear, so this is the best we could do tonight…
A number of weeks ago we were at the Open-Air Museum near Arnhem. It has been decades since I was there - I can remember it having just a few of old farm houses, an old mill, and cottages. But these days, it was a lot larger, with more mills, and many more old houses, in the large open-air museum park. It shows how the Dutch used to live in the past, and it was nice to see that many of the staff of the park were actively playing their roll, of miller, post man, blacksmith, etc.
In the Eastern part of the Netherlands farmers have special borders around their corn fields with a wide variety of wild flowers. Amazing how many different flowers are growing here, and the amount of insects are attracted to them. This is cropped from a larger image.
October 2010, New York. After a visit at the New York Cord Blood Bank, we had diner with Jon and Pablo. Both well over their age of retirement, it was amazing to hear them asking questions, and looking for answers, talking about research proposals and making plans, as if they had a whole career ahead of them. His drive to continue asking questions was amazing.
Last week Prof. dr. Jon J.
You do not need to go far away, to have a nice holiday. Although in our country you can never be sure about the weather, especially in summer, it can still be warm enough to go out sightseeing and have a great time. This week, lots of rain was predicted, but so far we have only seen some showers. Skies were spectacular though! Even the cows think so!
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Instead of going to a zoo, we decided last Thursday to go to the Oostvaardersplassen, a relatively new national park, that is known for the movie “The New Wilderness”. We had not yet been there, so we were not sure what to expect, but since we had seen parts of the movie, we were hoping to see some wildlife.
We got to the North entrance to the park with a bit of a detour, but the weather was great and the coffee with apple pie was good, so we were ready for a hike.