Sunday, August 7, 2022

Gilbert: Dinosaurs, Martini Church, and a Trip to Drenthe

Last Wednesday I got to try a new game: Dinogenics.
You get to create dinosaurs and make your own Jurassic Park. How cool is that!?

My first dinosaur was a Stegosaurus!

At the end of the game I had lots of dinosaurs! I didn't win, but it was tons of fun!



On Thursday we visited the Martini Church for work, but we took our time admiring it as well, of course.

I saw weird, but beautiful lights on the floor!

It turned out they were caused by the sun shining through the stained glass windows.


Hey! I've seen this painting before!
Last time I saw this painting it was in the church in Middelbert. I did a search and it turns out this painting is by Egbert Modderman, and he's the "house painter" of the Martini Church. So now I'm wondering if they temporarily loaned the painting out to the church in Middelbert, or if the one I saw there is a replica.

Here's another painting by Modderman.

It was cool to see the inside of the Martini Church.




On Friday we went to Drenthe.
We took a walk in the woods near Schoonloo.

I spotted this nice seat.

And I found a stylish hat as well.

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep"

It was beautiful weather for a nice walk in the forest.

There was a small lake/pond in the woods as well. 

Next we went to see a Hunebed!
I know this guy: I visited this place last year as well.


This Hunebed is partially restored so you can see a bit better how they used to look.

After our walk we went to Rolde for drinks, a popsicle, and...


French fries!
It was an awesome afternoon.



Friday, July 22, 2022

Gilbert - The Orchid Farm (part 3)

 

The butterfly habitat was really fun!

There were fish here as well.

That's not a real flower, silly butterfly!




Next we saw meerkats and tortoises!

The meerkats used the tortoises for relaxing and scouting the area.

More fish.

Outside they had flamingos!

I love flamingos.


There were also storks among the flamingos.




They also had lemurs. The lemurs had their own island.

They seemed to have a great time on their island,

After seeing everything we visited the gift shop and then went home again. It was a lovely day!

I saved our tickets as a souvenir and I got a special Lorikeet coin as well. I wouldn't mind another visit one day.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Gilbert - The Orchid Farm (part 2)

 

We continued our walk through the green houses and saw many beautiful flowers.


Hmmm... Left or right?

I picked right and wasn't disappointed. 
I found more turtles.


And I spotted these weird heads.

This turtle seemed to be napping.

Although... 

The turtles seemed to love it here and didn't seem to be bothered by people admiring them.

A statue of a hunter.


For the next part of our visit I dove into my owner's bag and kept myself hidden, because: 

My owner got to feed the Lorikeets!
They are very pushy and greedy, so I was too afraid they'd try to eat me if I didn't stay safe in my owner's bag.


My owner says it's lots of fun to feed the Lorikeets, and she even had one landing on her head. It sounded a bit scary to me.

She alos saw a Lorikeet taking a bath.

Once again outside of the Lorikeet enclosure I came out of hiding.

And spotted this mini pineapple thingy plant. Not sure if it's really a pineapple or something that looks like a pineapple.

Next we took a short rest and had rhubarb cake and something to drink.

After our break we went to the butterfly habitat.

There were lots of blue butterflies flying around, but those were impossible to get a picture of. Luckily these butterflies were more approachable.


Aren't they pretty?


next: more butterflies & flamingos