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So Many Books

Many of you will know books are a great love of mine. I can’t get enough of them. I love books, the more the better.

One of my hobbies is reading, another is BookCrossing. BookCrossing is a site where I have registered more than 700 books to this date. The idea is to read (if I like them) and release those books. So people can find them and read them. And later hopefully release them again for the next reader.

I’ve been a BC member for 4 and a half years and I love it. I had heard of it before, but never gotten around to try to find the site.
But one day, when I was at work I found a book. I remember clearly I saw it, but couldn’t stop at that particular time. I hoped it’d still be on that bench by the time I got back. And it was.
From that day I was hooked. The idea of releasing books and reading people’s notes is so rewarding. People are mostly very happy when they find a book.


If you like a book, let it go!

The first few books I released were from my own bookshelves. Books I had read, books I didn’t particularly like and books I bought from a charity shop. The first box was from CreativeChaos. After that I’ve been getting boxes from anywhere and everywhere. I’ve got friends, family, colleagues, even complete strangers giving me (boxes of) books. Just because they like the idea of BookCrossing.

In the 4 and a half years on the site I’ve been fairly active. I released hundreds of books, I’ve registered hundreds more. I’ve read more books than I ever could’ve dreamed. And I’ve met some wonderful and generous people. Many of them I call my friends. I hope to be part of this community for a long time!

This post has been made for the Weekly Photo Challenge.



My father in law made this photo yesterday. I think it’s a lucky shot!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

You really can’t get much fresher produce then the produce from your own garden. I have posted lots of pictures of the garden before, so check those out too.

These are some new ones:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern


Our street borders onto the fields. This is how the fields look right now. The dandelions are really starting to take over. And, in the process my garden is full of them too. I just mow over them to prevent them from spreading too much. But I love the view right now.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Bumblebee in the garden

A few days ago, when I was pulling all those weeds from the garden, I heard a buzzing noise. A bumblebee had hidden himself in the ground ivy. I wanted to post this photo, but hadn’t gotten around to it. This weeks photo challenge is perfect.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

I’ve wrote about kaatsen before. Kaatsen is our national (Frisian) sport. The biggest event on the Kaats calender is the PC (Permanente Commissie, which means standing committee). It is held in Franeker, or Frjentsjer in Frisian.

(text is in Frisian, sorry)

Photos are not my own, but are from Sicco2007.
For more information on Keatsen, please visit PC Franeker or Wikipedia.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward


You may find this a strange picture for this weeks’ challenge, but let me explain.

We’ve moved house in October 2011. We had 2 rooms ready. The living room (wallpapered and flooring down) and one of the bedrooms (wallpapered and flooring down). We had bare concrete floors in the kitchen (open plan to the living room) and the hallway. The landing and the other two bedrooms had bare concrete floors and no wallpaper on the walls.

Since then we’ve managed to lay tiles in the kitchen and hallway, wallpapered one other bedroom, laid laminate flooring in that same bedroom, wallpapered the hallway and the landing plus the walls next to the stairs.
Last Wednesday we’ve started attaching the skirtingboards to the walls of the livingroom. I wanted to do this for ages, but since there’s still so much work to do, we hadn’t had time to do this. We haven’t finished yet. There’s one more wall to do, but most of it is (finally) done. And I’m so happy with it. It looks great!

So that’s why this photo say forward to me. Forward, progress, making the home we bought ours. Step by step, little by little.

For any of you wondering, the laminate flooring and skirtingboard is Balterio AUTHENTIC STYLE PLUS Olive 539.

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Unique Industrial Heritage

This weeks’ photo challenge is themed unique.

I’ve blogged about this before and promised to share some more pictures. So here they are. I think they fit in nicely with the theme.

The Woudagemaal is the worlds largest steam-driven pumping station in the world still in use. Even today the monumental pumping station ensures that the people of Fryslân keep their feet dry during high water. When that happens, the ‘cathedral of steam’ pumps up over four million litres of water per minute from the Frisian ‘boezem’ (drainage pool) into the IJsselmeer.
Since 1998 the Woudagemaal is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This list includes monuments of such exceptional value, that they rank as the common heritage of humanity. Among others UNESCO calls the pumping station ‘a highlight of the Dutch hydraulic engineering’ because it shows in a special manner how man controls nature by steam power.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

When I think of a surprise the first thing that pops into my mind is one morning in March 2005. Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw when I opened the curtains that morning…

The weather forecast didn’t say there was snow coming. So when I closed the curtains the night before I didn’t think they world would’ve changed so much the next morning.
I woke up around 7 AM. It was awfully quiet outside and the light was a bit diffuse. Like it always is when there’s been a nice layer of fresh snow…
I slipped out of bed and went to the livingroom. I peaked through the curtains and looked out. It was snowing quite bad. I closed the curtains again and then realised I had seen something odd. I peaked again. My eyes registered what I mind just couldn’t cope with. Our garden had disappeared. Completely!

Everything was covered in a lot of snow. I ran to the bedroom and told Jay to come and look. He looked out and couldn’t believe it either. We grabbed a tape measure and went outside, in our PJ’s. The outcome of the measuring was astonishing. 52 Cm of snow…

I turned on the radio and listened to the local news. Schools closed, roads closed, people who couldn’t get to work as their car was snowed in. People calling in with the own measurements. 25, 30, 40, even 70 Cm of snow. All over the province.
Later, the local weatherman called in to explain. The previous night a band of clouds crept up from the east and covered our province entirely. And instead of moving along it decided it liked where it was and stayed there. Releasing it’s snow steadily. Slowly but surely the ground got covered in snow, more and more snow.

So when the world woke up the following day, it woke up to a world filled with snow. A world where, suddenly, everyone greeted each other, talked to each other. Even though they had never met before. I wish the world could always be covered in snow.

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