vrijdag 6 december 2019


The Munttoren "Cointower" in Amsterdam on a winterday with bald trees and a wintersky.
Linking to "Skywatch Friday"

donderdag 5 december 2019


My daughter brought this beautiful velvet teabag filled with Indian tea for me from her travel to India. Love it.

woensdag 4 december 2019

Jigsaw puzzle

For my birthday I got this present of  a friend and former collegue of the library. A jigsaw puzzle of a library with 1000 pieces! I loved to puzzle in the past but hadn't done it for a long time. But the old jitters of puzzling  returned immediately, This one is the Rolls Royce in puzzle land, a real Jan van Haasteren!

I couldn't wait to start!

The outline is almost ready!

It looks a bit messy but hubby SC is also infected with the puzzle fever and we are both having our own methods.

dinsdag 3 december 2019

Light festival (3) Hiding in the Wolf's Lair

This was a special one, these are the silhouettes of hidden figures in the Artis Zoo. Despite the fact that it was a favoured walkabout among German soldiers during WW2,  Artis was also a safe haven for around 200-300 people in hiding. People were even hiding above the enclosures of the lions and the wolves.

 It was really very dark here to photograph.

maandag 2 december 2019

Light Festival (2) Big Bang

This illuminated bomb hangs threateningly in the air as though to hit the water. There is nothing that symbolises disruption  more as a bomb according to the artists of UxU Studio.

It turns slowly into blue light.

When you come closer you discover something surprising about the artwork. It's covered in soft feathers!

zondag 1 december 2019

Light Festival

The Amsterdam Lightfestival was a bit disappointing this year. The objects were not so spectacular as other years. This is the famous Skinny Bridge transformed into a mass of mixed lines by artist Krijn de Koning.

The Cracks made by Karolina Howorka in the Montelbaans tower.

zaterdag 30 november 2019


A reflection of a dog in a van of a dog walk service,  watching how one of his mates is brought back to his owner by the driver. A special service for working people during the day.

vrijdag 29 november 2019


The first ice skating rinks are in town again

With the help of a seal to stay upright.

donderdag 28 november 2019

Street Music

Playing the accordion with two companions in Amsterdam. The streets around the Central Station are in renovation with lots of machines and noices, not such a good place to play music I think.

woensdag 27 november 2019


Waiting for a (tram) streetcar  in Amsterdam that never came.

It was a dark drizzly day.

dinsdag 26 november 2019

Autumn walk

We made an autumn walk last Sunday in the woods of Almere, the weather was wonderful, no rains and no cold.

 Nice fungus together.

And I passed my header! Linking to "Our World Tuesday"

maandag 25 november 2019

Monday Mural

A mural I saw at the door of a disco in Amsterdam. Watch the peepholes in the door above.
Linking to "Monday Mural"

zondag 24 november 2019

Festive lights

The festive lights for the December season are hanging in the shoppingstreets in Amsterdam.

And here in the Central Train station hall.

zaterdag 23 november 2019


The climbing Pete's with golden faces this year, are back in the department store "the Beehive" in Amsterdam. 

They are the helpers of Saint Nicolas, the Bishop of Mira from Spain,   who's  birthday we celebrate December 5th in the Netherlands. That evening the children get gifts from him which are thrown through the chimney by the Pete's.
As you will understand that is a mythical story as there are not many chimney's anymore nowadays. 

vrijdag 22 november 2019


A reflection in Amsterdam. The woman was a portrait behind the windowglass. Linking to "Weekend Reflections"