Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sacha - she's 10 today!

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"Sacha is a real Dutch Masterpiece"
Tenth birthday pic. :o)
August 6, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

Gefeliciteerd / Happy Birthday to our little "kat in klompen" !


:o)
Judy

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Pink & Green

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"Pink & Green"
Pen & Ink with watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
July 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been a good year for the hydrangeas (hortensias) in our garden but, alas, they are fading fast now!

Despite all I did to keep watering things in the garden, after a few very hot and dry weeks here in the Netherlands, the once vibrant colors of the hydrangeas have pretty much disappeared. Oh well, they were gorgeous while they lasted. 

The good news is that autumn is just around the corner, (my favorite season), and I can't wait! :D



tot ziens,
Judy
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Struggle & Survive

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"Struggle & Survive: 
Climbing Rose in Château-Chervix, France"
pen & ink with watercolors in Moleksine sketchbook
June 10, 2014 ~ Château-Chervix, Limousin, France

Oh my, it's been awhile since I've posted to my blog - err, life has a way of getting in the way. We're back from a few weeks vacationing in France ... and then the days filled-up with house cleaning, having the outside of the house painted, clearing/cleaning our over-grown garden and well, all the other stuff of life. Oh, and watching time fly by and not blogging!

The drawing/watercolor above, in my Travels in France (vol.6)  moleskine, is of a climbing rose on the outside of the rental house in the Limousin region of France. We stayed for three weeks with small day trips around the region and into the Dordogne region as well. The rose, struggling to survive against the stone wall of the house, is an old rose. It's been there a long, long time, but it's managing to still climb & bloom.

My Kermits also had a great time in France, as they always do. We took them to a hamlet fête, in Lageyrat. They've been here before, but this time they really didn't want to leave.
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"The Kerms at Fête de Lageyrat"
May 25, 2014 ~ Lageyrat, Limousin, France

Alas, good times do have to come to an end (I told them, but I don't think they were listening). It's all about struggling and surviving. :o)



tot ziens,
Judy
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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Volunteers & Visitors

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"Volunteers by the Wall"
pen & ink w/watercolors, in Moleskine sketchbook
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

I don't know how the seeds of these orange poppies found their way into my garden. Since a lot of the garden is full of 'happy surprises' which we didn't plant, these lovely little poppies are welcomed to stay.  The orange poppies seem to like the tiny space between the brick wall and the patio ground, so we're not moving them. :o) We have some large purple poppies that have 'volunteered' too, but they aren't blooming yet. I think next month the purple poppies will be in full bloom. 

We also have some welcomed 'visitors' to our garden ....
A bumble bee, with a very heavy load of pollen on its leg, enjoying one of our pansies.
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. All rights reserved.
"Bumble on a Pansy"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

A swan couple paid us a visit. They probably have a nest, not too far away, at the end of our canal.
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"Mr. & Mrs. Swan"
May, 2014 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands

It's been many years since we've had swans in the canal. It's really nice to see them again. :o)




tot ziens,
Judy
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