Saturday, May 23, 2020

Gilbert - Catching Up


Now that I finally finished my posts about our trip to Germany, I think it's time to catch you up on everything we did the last couple of months.


At the start of February we had a friend over for dinner, and we had a delicious oven dish with potatoes, vegetables, and cheese.


After dinner we had a drink.
It was a fun evening.


We also went to a games night in February and played Shadows over Camelot.
A cooperative game, but there can be a traitor!


The Picts and/or Saxons attack!


In March the whole stay at home thing started and we got a lovely care package from a friend.


At the start of April we received a beautiful and sweet card from Hammie!


We baked a bread!It was really yummy!


Sullivan and I played games together.


On the first day of May we tried to bake a Bundt cake, but the cake didn't come out of the tin in one piece...


We put the broken piece back on the cake, and the cake still tasted very delicious, but it wasn't how it was supposed to be.


So a few days later we baked another cake!
This one did come out in one piece


Photo-bombing Mister Blue.


This cake was even more yummy than the first!


And we did not just get cake that day, but pancakes as well!


On May 14 we ordered a game online from the store of our owner's best friends. When it arrived the next day there was an extra game! Thanks K&E!


On the 16th we had to visit IKEA. Luckily IKEA has great rules in place to make shopping safe. After our shopping I got to try chicken meatballs with mustard.


I also got to try a bit from this yummy veggie hotdog.


On Ascension Day it was lovely weather, so we went for a long walk.
This place was supposedly the inspiration for some painter's painting.


I don't know if that's true, but it was beautiful there.




We had a rest and a snack next to a bridge with a lock.


It was a beautiful day for a walk and we had lots of fun.


And today I found a bottle of special Coca Cola. It has lime, ginger, rosemary, jasmine, and jalapeno in it! We haven't tasted it yet, but it sounds strange and exciting.


That's all for now. I'll try to keep you more regularly updated from now on.

Stay safe and healthy everyone!


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Gilbert - Lots of Animals


It's already May and I still haven't finished recounting my adventures in January! Sullivan says these are strange times, so I shouldn't worry too much bout it, but still.

So today I bring you the last part of our January Trip, and I'll try to post a bit more regularly from now on.

Where were we....

Ah, that's right: we were at the Orchid Farmstead which also had lots and lots of animals.


Like these meerkats.


I think they're fun animals. Very inquisitive as well.




There was also a big aquarium with fish.


One of them thought we were interesting to watch as well. Maybe he thought we were an exhibit meant to entertain him.




Next we saw flamingos!




I just love flamingos. They look so regal and festive at the same time.






This is an alpaca I think. She was very mellow.


Night of the Living Dead Kangaroo!
It was just a statue luckily enough, but a creepy one, I think.


There were ring-tailed lemur as well, but they thought it was much too cold on their open air island so they were chilling indoors.


Next we sat down in a beautiful indoor flower garden for something to eat.


After lunch we went back to the Loris, because feeding them was so much fun!




Such colorful birds.






Finally we left the farmstead after looking around their store. Lots of beautiful things, but we only bought a few cards.


Next we went on an excursion into the wilds of the Noordoostpolder. Our owner was born in this region of the Netherlands, but she was only a few months old when she moved, so she had never seen the place she was born (that she could remember at least).


We found the street she was born easily enough. There were meadows and farmland all around.


And here it is! Our owner wasn't 100% sure, because some houses in the street were gone and new ones had been build, but most probably this is the house she was born! So cool to see where she came from.

After this trip into the past we went back to Germany, where we had a really fun evening with yummy food together with Diana. We would return home the next day. Time had gone fast. After breakfast and getting all our stuff packed, Diana drove us back to Groningen.


In Groningen we had lunch together.


Diana had a weird bluish drink that looked pretty.


I managed to convince my owner to get hot chocolate. It was very yummy!

After lunch and drinks Diana drove us to our home where we said goodbye. It was an awesome trip, and I hope we get to visit her again somewhere in the future, when things are less crazy than they are right now.


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Gilbert: Birds and Butterflies


The Orchid Homestead had birds as well.


These are Lori birds and we got to feed them!


Lots of orchids as well of course.




A banana plant in bloom.


Next we visited the butterfly garden.


That is not a butterfly!


It sure was a pretty garden.


If you were careful you could get close enough to take pictures.


I spotted this dead butterfly, a reminder of how fragile these creatures are.






This one had just transformed!




What a beautiful garden for the butterflies.


A butterfly with glass-like wings.










There's the statue again. Beautiful, but a butterfly garden is a weird place to put it in my opinion.




So cool to see them from so closeby.




After the butterfly garden there were more orchids to admire.








What a beautiful place.

I wonder what more we will get to see.

Next: more animals