Goodbye Dick

Dick has been gone for well over a month now. In the meantime life for everybody else has continued. Nina and I went back to France, did our trip to Romania and returned to France for some motor rides once more. And now we’re back home…… and there is no…

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Tomorrow is the funeral

I know, not the sort of news you want to read when happily browsing blogs. And yes, I have more uplifting news too. But it doesn’t seem appropriate to tell you about that now. So bear with me and join me in wishing Dick’s dear wife, his mother, his daughters,…

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RIP my dearest friend

I don’t know what to do……. What DO you do when you get a call and hear that one of your best all-time friends deceased while on vacation !? What can you do but weep for his daughters and dear wife….. and remember the things you did together. And all…

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Folks keep peeping…..

…. peeping into my blog, that is. Although I haven’t written on it in ages ! Blame Facebook! Blame a chronic lack of time! Blame having to paint the house! Blame ME! So alright, I’ll try and pick things up again, if only to satisfy those curious about this blog.…

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Running = Fun ?

Let me ask you: How much fun is it to be passed by a fellow runner who doesn’t only go much faster, but is ALSO pushing a pram with his child along…… How much fun is it to be running with a dry mouth and out of breath in a…

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I really thought Iwas dying

Not a very positive title is it? Thing is, it’s true. Yesterday morning I woke up at 5:30 and started getting a headache fast. By 7 am I couldn’t get out of bed anymore and was just clinching my head. Took some paracetamol, even had a coffee later on and…

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Skiing at Méribel

  Today was anoter brilliant day and we stayed in bed late……..*grin*. Hey! This IS our vacation, remember? And I actually find skiing a major uncomfortable happening these days.On the other hand, since we’re still able, we HAVE to go skiing. So we did. Modestly. Below is (part of) our…

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Running and Skiing

Yes, I know this is boring, but I want to put it somewhere. So why not on my blog. To make it more interesting, maybe the added info that I now use a heartbeat sensor (thanks to daughter Vivian) and it showed that I had an average today of 124………

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Working less

…… don’t worry, only ever so slightly less. But still enough to do some OTHER things too, like walking along the North Sea shores at Den Helder, Holland’s naval base and ‘top of the province’. It was nice weather, cold, not too windy and mostly sunny. ‘Breughel Weather’. Will post…

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Find us in the Alps now…..

Yup, that’s where we will be the next 4 weeks, riding our favorite mountain passes on the BMW, hiking to see the marmottes and eagles, sipping coffee on a village square, enjoying the views from our balcony. So if you don’t hear much from us for a while….. that’s why…

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No I am not Mr. Niceguy anymore…..

In a discussion that ensued on another website it was declared that ‘we’ in western Europe should be MORE tolerant towards others. It all started after France ‘cleaned up’ some illegal gipsy camps in THEIR country. Well, I’ve experienced the gipsies, or Roma’s, ever since my first visit to Romania…

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Curiosity killed the cat…….

Not sure there are cats on Mars, that’s what we may find out soon though ! Been following the Curiosity Mars Lander program for a while and found this Youtube video to be one of the best. It shows what the lander looks like and WHERE it now has landed.…

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Airshow Méribel !!!!!

  Reason why things are a bit ‘slow’ usually in summer is that we move our office to a ‘better’ place, i.e. a tiny room in a chalet in the French Alps. I spend as little time in that room as possible, and instead head out into the mountains as…

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You know you’re in France……

  ….. when you open the fridge and subsequently faint from the cheese smell jumping at you ! Nina and I DO have some different tastes ! 😉 You also know you’re in France when you cannot get any international NEWS on tv. Local ‘summer festivals’ in St. Quoi are…

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The Icon doesn’t spin !

The all-new Icon aircraft caught my attention from the early beginning. Not only does it look really futuristic, it also lands on water! And it is a Light Sports Aircraft, i.e. relatively cheap *cough*. It also folds up to a small package and can be towed just about anywhere. The…

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Fast readers !?

This is funny !I actually usually read faster than this, but I was tired upon coming home after almost a day driving and talking, pocking up Viv and Menno from the airport. But Glenn’s challenge on Facebook intrigued me, so I tried anyway. 34 seconds…….. I seem to be reading…

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