Happy New Year!

Winter in IJsselstein

Despite having an annoying ear infection for most of my time in Holland, I did enjoy my holidays and the lovely winter weather. A few days of frost and the Dutch massively come out with their skates. This is a picture of the ice rink in my hometown IJsselstein. It doesn’t get any more Dutch than this, there is even a windmill in the picture!

Give me some Love, Actually
We had to baby sit my brother’s dog and look at his dog treats! We fed him a lot of love, actually! He is a lovely dog, with very sharp puppy teeth chewing on your toes when you got out of bed in the morning.

It's a dogs life

He was easy to please just let him lay on your lap and he was fine. He is really tiny so it’s not a burden to have him lounging on your legs.

Bored to death I am ...

With his huge ears he reminds me of Yoda. And this photo also really shows how I feel on my first day back in the office. “Bored to death I am …”.

I also spend some nice days in (a very remote part of) Ireland where they, on New Years Eve did not fire a single piece of firework. Quite remarkable. Now I am trying to get back to the pace of life in London, which is a bit of a culture shock but I am sure I am used to it again in no time.

And as a last – Happy New Year to all of you out there! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.
May 2009 be a great year filled with exiting things and lots of love, actually!

(NOTE: A part of my non-xmas-cards is slightly delayed (in fact I will post them latest tomorrow), but I can guarantee you that they will come to you soon! I have already received the first bunch of cards in return and they are lovely and definitely made me smile, so thank you very much!)

7 thoughts to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Very Dutch indeed. I haven’t skated for years but there is nothing like skating on a real frozen pond for sheer exhilaration (and fear!)
    Happy New Year to you.

  2. Happy new year to you, too :) That little fella is one of the cutest dogs I have ever seen! My cousins just got a schnauzer puppy and I am so jealous but he is a little bitey.

  3. Happy New Year. I got your card last week, so my wishes are on their way to the UK. I hope it fits in your mailbox.
    Yes, it’s quite a winter here in Holland. You won’t see me on skates but I’ve already made pea soup with lots of ‘rookworst’ in it.

  4. @Joachim – no did not do any skating this time unfortunately!

    @Anna – this one is very bitey too! And those puppy teeth are so sharp :)

    @Pedro pea soup – that is so very Dutch too, forgot all about that! I ate boerenkool with “rookworst” when I was in Holland, my favourite dish :)

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