Saturday, April 29, 2017

The good and the bad oil spill

I went to my Mustang today to change its oil. Everything went well until...

One of the ramps chucked out hydraulic fluid and locked in the safety latch. I wasn't under the car but let's just give a BIG thank you to the safety latch!

I didn't know what to do there and then except for re-enforcing the ramp just incase it would collapse.

I let it sit like this for the night. Tomorrow morning my neighbour is coming to help me to try and get it down again. Let's hope for the best (and no accidents!).

Friday, April 28, 2017

The little creature

I was at the computer a bit and in this house there is this little creature that just loves to be around me sometimes. It doesn't matter how or where ;-)

My new shoes arrived but I think I'm going to have to send them back. They are a little bit too small and I don't really like how the front looks (from above). Now I gotta find another pair coz I really need new shoes...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Kings-day 2017

Today it's King's day in The Netherlands. It used to be Queen's day but since we now have a king instead of a queen it's all changed. It messes with my head to be honest but oh well, we get a day off for it :-)

Larissa went to some festival and Simone, Milan and I drove to Alkmaar to see what was going on there, which wasn't a whole lot to be honest.

We walked around, did some shopping, I bought the best ice cream in the world and then we visited Ilse and Cassie.

And after visiting them we visited my parents.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Car stuff.

I bought this oil filter wrench today at Lidl. I saw it before but had no idea what it was and didn't plan on buying it. When I saw it in the store I didn't think twice because I'm about to replace my oil filter!

This is how you use it. Makes life very easy I reckon.

The original reason to go to Lidl was because I wanted a small magnetic torch. But when I saw it I found out it needed batteries and I don't want to have to change batteries all the time. And then I saw this big boy...

This torch can be pulled apart and it has a set of lights on the side. The back acts as a magnetic stand. Super handy!

In the evening Silver was being very cute again.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Texel, day 2

On this second day of our little Texel visit we started off at the lighthouse. The weather was nice but it was very windy and chilly.

The sun offered some nice photo-ops.

This time we went inside the lighthouse which has about 7 floors. I believe this old toilet is on the 3rd of 5th floor.

At the end of the second world war the tower was badly damaged and they built a new outer wall around it. On the 4th floor you can walk in between the old outside and the new outside wall and you can see where the shells and bullets hit.

The control room is not in very much use anymore I think...

The lighthouse has a website:

The beach at the lighthouse is also very wide. You wouldn't believe howmany ships sunk in these waters.

Driving down the island I wanted to make a stop at this windmill just to take a photo. Frankly I thought it would be a bit more interesting but this is it...

Then we drove to a sheep farm. There re lot of little lambs there around this time of year.

One sheep had just delivered two babies.

This one was trying to walk for the first time.

Trying to find milk.

But because mama sheep's milk factory wasn't up to speed yet, the lambs got fed from the bottle.

This mama sheep was resting with its babies.

Every farm has chickens.

More sheep.

Outside of the farm the view was lovely.

Especially when looking towards me of course ;-)

They really love building sheds like this. I quite like them.

The farmer was putting on a demonstration of sheep-herding with his dogs; 3 Australian Kelpies.

Introducing some of his sheep.

Fun with hay.

After the sheep we drove to an old fortress without having any idea what to expect which was good coz there wasn't much to see.

But, Napoleon did come to inspect his troops here once.

Driving a bit further we spotted these fields of tulips.

We drove down and walked through all of them to make nice pictures.

There was also a little field where you could pick your own flowers for 15 cents per flower. We picked 30 very nice ones :-)

When we were about done we drove back to the ferry and just missed it which meant we had to wait for an hour. We were the first ones though, woohoo! :-)

We had dinner in Den Helder at some Italian resto. It was VERY nice but portions were HUGE. I was unable to finish this Calzone...

Driving home through shower after shower. We had a very ncie 2 days out and about. Next time a bit less wind please!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Texel, day 1

So early this morning we drove to Den Helder to catch the ferry to the island of Texel. We are spending 2 days on the island. It's only a little island with not too many things to do and we haven't really thought of things beforehand so we'll see how it goes :-)

The ferry takes surprisingly little time. You get to the island in about 15 minutes. Just enough time to leave the car, get a cup of coffee, enjoy the view for 5 minutes and get back to the car. Oh, and I even went to the toilet!


Our first stop was at Ecomare, a natural history museum, seal and seabird sanctuary and a small sea aquarium. We were just in time for the feeding and training of two porpoises (Dutch: Bruinvis).

It was really nice to sea these creatures.

There were seals as well.

In the bird sanctuary there were quite a few Gannets (Dutch: Jan van Gent). Beautiful birds.

Feeding time for the seals. They have different kinds of seals there spanning all ages.


After our visit to Ecomare we went to our hotel "Tatenhove" to see if we could have an early check-in since it was only just afternoon. Thankfully our rooms were ready.

The hotel was lovely and recommendable!

After a coffee and room-check we drove up North to check out the light house. It was getting late and it was cold and rainy so Milan and I just walked up to have a look.

It's a pretty decent lighthouse!

The light was lit for the first time on November 1st, 1864.

We drove to a beach restaurant called "Paal 17". Inside it was very nice and warm and cosy. We had a beach view which was lovely.

The food was great and so was their homemade beer!