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Visit to the island of Texel.

Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 3:19 pm

We left the mainland in Holand and took one of these ferries over to the island. It was a wet and blustery day but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as there was such a variety of bird life to see.

Here are just a few of the species we spotted whilst on the island.

Nesting cormorants.

Black tailed godwit.

Lapwing with three babies.

Greylag goslings, oystercatchers (back left) and shellduck (back right).


Marsh harrier. Not the best of photographs but I didn't want to scare it off so took the piccie from inside the car.

Best of all - a spoonbill!!

Here are a few more piccies from the island.

The lighthouse at the most northerly point of Texel.

Ina told us that she'd always wanted a plastic cow for her lottie - well look what we found for sale on the island. I must send her a copy of this piccie!!

I just has to take a picture of these too to show you all - every single flower is a flag iris!!! There must have been more than 5 acres of them altogether simply growing wild.

Last but not least a beautiful sunset to finish off a great day.

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Everyone visits garden centres in Holland even..............

Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Wed May 23, 2007 2:48 pm

....... truck drivers getting married - here's a piccie of the groom's truck:

The bride's car:

The wedding took place inside the garden centre where they have a special area, complete with organ, set aside for weddings. Such a pity I left my camera in the car when we went inside.

Another visitor to the garden centre was this Macaw. He's probably making sure that his owners didn't forget to pick up his supplies from the pet section. LOL

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Anyone for cheese?

Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:55 pm

Ian and I visited a town called Alkmaar while we were on holiday.

Every week they hold cheese auctions in the town centre and have market stalls lined up selling almost every kind of cheese you can think of.

We arrived too late to see the whole of the 1/2 acre site covered in cheeses but these piccies give you an idea of what the auctions were like.

By the way, Ina's father used to work as a chesseman and carried the cheeses the way these two men are doing.

The costumes aren't just worn for the sake of the tourists these are the actual uniforms of the Dutch cheese workers.

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Some beautiful Dutch houses.

Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Sun May 20, 2007 11:47 pm

This first house was, by far, my favourite as it had almost everything you could wish for.

The houses in Holland are just so pretty that I couldn't resist taking a few more to show you.

Of course no Dutch pictures are complete without at least one windmill!!!

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Sculptures at De Tuinen.

Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 10:55 pm

As we all walked around the gardens at Appeltern we saw these wildlife sculptures. All were for sale but, sadly, were well beyond my means.

I think my favourite is the frog bird bath.

Here are a few more photographs from the gardens that I thought would be of interest to you all.

This seems like a great way to give the impression of more space in a garden. The wall with the mural certainly makes it appear as though the garden just goes on and on.

Pretty, perfect, pink waterlily.

Solomon's seal.

A gorgeous orange honeysuckle.

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Category: Holiday pics 2007. | Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 10:49 pm

While in Holland Ian and I visited De Tuinen at Appeltern with Clint and Ina. There were some gorgeous peonies there that I simply couldn't resist taking photographs of. I'm afraid there were no name tags on any of the plants but it makes them no less beautiful.

Here they are:

Peonies were never one of my favourite flowers (the blooms never seem to last very long) before visiting Holland but I'd love to have just a few of the ones above wouldn't you?

Last edited: Sat May 19, 2007 11:35 pm

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All things bright and beautiful.

Category: Around our garden. | Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 2:12 pm

Just before Ian and I leave on our trip to Holland I thought I'd post a few photographs for you all of some of the plants and flowers in our garden.


Water buttercups in our pond.

Little pear tree.

Grape hyacinth and white anaemone.

Euphorbia. Can you spot my little Dooley?

Red acer.

Strawberries in flower.

Quince bush flowering VERY early.




Bleeding heart.




Peony rose.

Some of my clematis ready to flower.

Lily, iris and others.

I think I'll leave it there before I bore you all too much.

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