Connections

There is something about water that connects…..

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New meetings

In the boat world you meet a lot of different people and I love that. people you never would talk to otherwise you hang around with and have the same interest, boats.

You have the stressed vacation sailor, the old couple that been out for decades, the young boys and girls with loud music and the rentals….. Yesterday was no exception when we met a German couple that were adorable. My German is crap and my understanding is so and so and their English was the same as my German, so a mix of German, English , Dutch and the body language we had a nice chat and a coffee. 🙂

After that we left the harbor and tied up outside one old classic boat called a Skutsje. Two gentlemen form the little club was very friendly and invited us in and we sat down for a while and got some history about the boat and how the life was on board 100 years ago when a family live there with as much as 10 children! these were old school bulk carrier for inland water use and especially canals ways and shallow waters. It was like a tiny cabin and one of the cutest boats I ever seen inside. There are 14 clubs that owns one each of these and every year they have a big sailing competition where they sail from town to town.

Thaifood tonight

Rose and Leif which we sail with at the moment came over and Rose was a Thai food chef and her food is just amazing. She started to cook the most wonderful chicken soup and her food shows up now and then in Happy Six. Almost like we have our own cook as I have not cooked dinner in days now. 🙂 Som tam and some other names I don’t remember, lovely and very spicy.

New family member

During the last winter we took care of a dog called Cola, we are now proud owners of Cola and today we got him home. He is a schipperke and are 5 years old and such a sweetheart. These dogs were from the beginning dogs chasing rats on the Belgian barges on the rivers. This is a true friend to Melvin as well and they are lovely together. I call them big and small. A new chapter in life begins with Cola as well by my side.20151227_114731

Gaudi of Urk

It was a different morning walk with Melvin this morning. Going through the alleys of Urk we met Geert Weerstand a local artist, a real Urker that has a gallery and a workshop in Urk where he makes art of glass on nature stone. It was beautiful and what a lovely man, he invited us with all his heart and gave us a exclusive tour of the workshop and the gallery. Geert mentioned that he was a bog fan of van Gogh and showed us  a gallery dedicated to va Gogh. Very beautiful and nothing I ever seen before. Geert is called locally ” Gaudi van Urk” Gaudi of Urk. If you ever come here make sure you take a look at the gallery, its truly an inspiration and so is Geert. Thank you Geert for your wonderful hospitality. We be back soon again. See an interview with Gaudi of Urk HERE. Its unfortunately only in Dutch and no subtitles but in the video you get to see his artwork and the beautiful Urk.

Bring back the child in you

Its important to never really grow up, especially not in the mind. At least that’s my opinion, it just seems like that kids have more fun, exploring the world and all colors from a total another perspective. a more open perspective. I still try to explore and try out new things and see for myself. Never forget who you are and and always be you and no one else or who someone tells you to be.

So when I heard that Kermis was in town I decided I must go there. Its a tiny travelling amusement park for kids but I felt I needed a boost of some kids fun. So I met up with my dear friends and their 2 kids and we spend money on totally unnecessary things like winning stuffed animals, and you know what? We did. 🙂 The kids were happy as ever and when a kid is happy, I am happy.

 

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The greatest sailor of us all

Thats Melvin I talk about, my beautiful strong, lovely rottweiler. My best friend and follower in life. Thought I would share this video on him while get knocked out on Bay of Biscay on our crossing. How good can you sleep on the waves?