May is here and that should mean spring and it has turned that way, we had a week with weird weather but now all seem to be gone and the sun is here. We are out sailing still and we have about 3 more weeks to sail before I need to start a new job in Amsterdam. That is going to be pretty exiting. today was one of those days with hardly no wind, sun high up and felt warm in the face, finally May is here. 🙂
Its no secret in today’s society that there are people that work on a daily basis with controlling the weather. the government in US has had HAARP for years and that’s scary stuff. I posted not long ago a post about CLOUDS and for years I have been thinking that they do not look the same as they done before. They look fake some times and just does not make sense with how it suppose to be. I cannot explain it but there is something strange going on. If you know more than I do about the weather please give me some comments so we all can learn whats going on.
Its end of April and its snowing, sunshine, hale and storms back and forward for days. A few days ago we went to our friends camping and took a stroll with the dogs and it was beautiful and okay weather when passing the horses and looking at the flowers blooming, now I have no clue what has happened?
Going through the canals a early morning is mystic and lovely. Here on our way seeing the most Dutch you can, a windmill, with what I think is a goshawk sitting on top looking for food. Please correct me if I am wrong here, birds are not my thing really. But this picture was cool.
My crew has grown and I am so happy to have these two guys on board. 🙂
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.
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?
Its not always you come across people that just instant puts a warm lovely feeling into your heart and all the way into the bones… But sometimes you do and make sure you keep them and treat them with all respect you can. Good friends are hard to find these days.
One of my very good dear friends has his blog right here and its lovely.
ARLENS BLOG HERE
For years he has written books and is an amazing author as well as blogger and his stories touches my heart as well as thousands of people every day and every time. Arlen, you are trula a dear vriend and this post is a tribute to you and all your hard work.♥
These 2 books was sent to me and today I opened the package. They are truly beautiful Arlen. Thank you. One is a childrens book called Ladybug friend and its just the cutest I seen. The other one a powerful books about the wild and lions on planet earth. Thank you again my friend.
I do miss Amsterdam a bit right now, we went up north for the winter to get some peace and quiet and now its been quiet enough. But its very nice and lovely up in Over Ijssel and I recommend any sailors to visit it when around. A bit more to do in the summer though… The best Harbormaster in Netherlands is located in Buitenhaven , Kampen, and that’s not a lie, he got an award a few years ago and he deserves it big time, his second assistant harbormaster is also the most humble man you can imagine. I think its his time to get the award next time.
We are planning our trip down south towards Amsterdam but we cannot make up our minds when to go. The winter came again with ice and minus degrees and that’s not what I had planned. So standing outside steering right now is not really one of my favorites options, but its the most cozy to be out as it is no one else out and the lakes are for ourselves. Buckle up with loads off clothes, warm tea, coffee and the heater on full speed and we should be alright.
When is your best time to sail?
Melvin showing off his gang plank.♥ Next pictures shows the construction.
When you live aboard you kind of have to be creative at all times and find solutions on stuff you never thought you would need to even think of when living on land.
We live with a Rottweiler onboard an even though he is the smallest one we ever had he is still 40 kg and to save his hips and our backs for the future I hereby present to you:
The dog gang plank a la sailing yacht style. 🙂
Now he can jump down himself when needed and it only took 20 candy’s to get him to understand what he was going to do :). I think he likes it. Well he can go up by himself to of course. 🙂
This one now functions as a gang plank, higher seat for the table and its also our massage bench. 🙂
I love animals and I love my rottweiler Melvin more than life itself. He his true to the gam ant anytime thats for sure. Happy, sad, down or hurt, he knows it and always helps you out. I love you Melvin.♥
Melvin and me. My absolute best friend. Picture from one of our dogwalks .