At the launch we sat for a moment together…
This blogger has some wonderful posted pictures of the Keukenhof. Enjoy!! THINK SPRING!!!
This week’s journey takes me back to one of the world’s most spectacular spring displays: Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands. Located in South Holland – south of Haarlem and southwest of Amsterdam – the so-called “Garden of Europe” is a bucket list destination not to be missed!
Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century, when Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jacqueline of Bavaria) gathered herbs, fruits and vegetables from the Keukenduin (kitchen dunes) for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass over 500 acres. The castle gardens were redesigned by father-son landscape architects Jan David and Louis Paul Zocher in 1857; those gardens, arranged in the English landscape style, still constitute the basis of Keukenhof Park.
In 1949, twenty leading flower bulb growers and exporters developed a plan to use the Keukenhof estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs. The park opened…
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Drone images from North Holland bulb fields.
The Cedar Journal is currently out kayaking/camping. We will return soon with more stories of our adventures.
This week we made a new addition to our fleet. After my first day of paddling this year, the hubby mentioned that maybe he would like to learn to kayak. After all these years, I was surprised but I knew how much he enjoyed learning to canoe last year.
I casually looked at used kayaks and found one online that was two feet longer than mine. It is also a Wilderness brand kayak. It was reasonably priced and showed it to the hubby. A couple of days later we were in Rotterdam picking up a new (used) kayak with a ton of other stuff.
We got a bag full of kayaking books, water maps, paddle, two PFD’s, a tarp, and a tent footprint! Plus, more stuff is promised as soon as a storage shed can be accessed. We both felt like we hit the lottery with all this quality stuff most of it was hardly used or new.
Now the back garden looks a bit like a dry dock harbor with three boats sitting waiting to be used on the water. It will be mid May before they get out on the water here.
More kayak/canoe adventures will be on the way…
This week was the start of the Spring bird nesting webcams here in the Netherlands.
I was excited when I saw these little snowdrop wonders peeking out of the ground.