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Drink T, you fool!

Yesterday was a special day in the Netherlands.

I doubt anyone here really noticed, but it was National Tea drinking day

I am sure many of my British friends are sniggering at the thought alone!
What do you mean? Are there any days you don’t drink tea?!

Anyway, the Medical Research Center in Utrecht found out that daily drinking of tea reduces coronary artery disease.

Pfff. I have always known that drinking tea is good for the heart…

(I am even more proud now  that my nieces and nephews call me Auntie Tea…)


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It is rare that expatriated Dutch people long to come back to their ‘little cold frog country’. (NL: Ons koude kikker landje).

But a picture like this surely brings up Dutch patriotic pride and homesickness:

Skating into the sunset...

On the other hand I only have bad memories of being on the ice.
Gargantuan blisters in my skates, bruises a-go-go… and all my friends disappearing in the distance, while I fall yet again on the cracks…
No, alas. I fear I will just enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of it, seated next to the fireplace…

Making the cold bearable...

PS. Sadly the epic skating tour along 11 Friesian towns (NL: Elfstedentocht) has been cancelled. The ice was not thick enough after 11 days of frost… Pity of all those extra gallons of Beerenburg they had distilled beforehand, just in case…
Better luck next year, hic!

PPS. On a happy note, may be my tulip bulbs will make it through to spring after all!

Oh, I love Holland!

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Wedding flowers?

Last weekend we celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary by having the children organise a weekend in London together for the.

We really had a most amazing time being together in our old family set of 5 (2 parents, 2 daughters and 1 son), without the new husband, wife and 4 grandchildren.

It was great to spend time alone with my parents and siblings after so much time.

They mostly knew me as the youngest with a pony tail and glasses, so now I had a chance to show them what had become of me.

During this weekend a lot of memories from our mutual childhood came back.
So over the coming days I will have plenty to write about things I miss from Holland…

Roosvicee classic

The firs t thing I would like to mention is Roosvicee.

This rosehip based cordial is probably not known outside of Holland, but I feel it really should be more widely available. The best thing about the flavour of this drink is that as a cordial you can make it as sweet or light as you like, while rosehip generally is not too sweet.
This allowed me to drink liters of the stuff. Supplying me with ample hydration for all kinds of mischief in the woods, and an overdose of vitamin C to keep away the frequent children’s colds.
(it came in handy in a similar way as a student or yup…)

I miss it most in the summer… When there is absolutely nothing better than making a large batch and drinking it in the sun.

Luckily I found a good/almost better replacement in the UK.

Freshly made...

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial

Elderflower Cordial… This stuff has a similar talent to make me drink gallons of the stuff without ever tiring of the flavour…
Some brands are better than others… Some taste more like lemon, others are too sweet.
My favourite is Belvoir Organic Elderflower cordial…

I hope to source some once I come to the States. Alternatively I will have to learn to make my own
So back into the woods I go, to find some Elderberry shrubs in Cambridge MA…

PS. Please see the latest Roosvicee TV add… ‘Komt wel goed schatje’ (transl.: You’ll be fine darling…)
Compared to the tongue-in-cheek original: ‘ Mamma mag ik pompen’ (transl.: Mummy may I do the pumping?)

Nothing really changed…

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