Saturday, 21 May 2016

Saturday 21 May

Two days ago, I returned to Holland for a visit of several weeks. The journey was slightly delayed and diverted due to a cancellation at Stornoway, but I was only about 1 hour and 40 minutes late coming into Amsterdam. I was very tired on Friday, and have to readjust quite a bit. My dad and I went for a walk round the village yesterday, and around the Castle Country Park today.

I cannot get over the huge contrast in the progression of spring here, as compared to that in the Outer Hebrides. Over in Stornoway, spring is getting along only slowly, impeded by a harsh, cold spring. In Holland, the trees are in leaf, flowers are out in abundance and the birds are nesting happily. I am watching a family of great tits in a nestbox, just across the window, fluttering back and forth with grubs and insects for their greedily squawking young.

I am not going to make entries each day, but will share some pics every now and again.

P5210956 The feature after which this blog is named: The Shell Gallery
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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Tuesday 12 January

Overcast and showery today, with some pretty hefty downpours. Felt quite cold, well, 5C / 41F is NOT warm. Went to the cemetery to place flowers over my mother's grave, as I do before heading off again. Tomorrow, I shall travel to the Western Isles once more, so I'm now closing the Shell Gallery, until my next visit to Holland.

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Monday 11 January

Quite an overcast day. Had the opportunity to go into the church for some pictures, as it is unique. A protestant church with a mural, not often seen. The church was built in 1758, the current organ dates back to 1880. The texts on the mural read (left to right): Go forth and do likewise; All that draw breath praise the Lord; Veneration in spirit and truth.
Also took a few pictures elsewhere in the village.

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In the church
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Sunday 10 January

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Saturday 9 January

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P1099181 Fungus, 30 cm across
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Friday 8 January

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