So, while I try to finish processing the last of my Malta pics, I have two quickie posts this week to keep myself current on Life as we know it in our neck of the woods. After all, Life does go on, doesn't it!
It so happens that we had dear visitors from England last week, stopping by on their long camper-van trip from England, by ferry across the Little Pond, and then into Germany. Lucky for us, we got to be with them Monday evening and all day Tuesday.
First, a reminder that we have several English friends due to our Shutterchance photoblog, of which I've been a member for 10 years and Astrid for 9 (that's where Astrid and I met, remember!). Over the years we have made many trips there to visit real people, making virtual reality...well, a reality.
Chad and his buddy, Chris, visited us in September of 2013, 3 years ago. But this was the first time Chad's wife Norma was here. We had spent time with them in their own cottage back in June of 2014...so this was a bit of a payback.
On both Facebook and Shutterchance I posted this snapshot collage of their short visit.
But I want to put a bit more flesh on the skeleton, to do it justice!
We have a camper parking lot nearby on the Merwede river, where they docked for two nights.
Since they arrived at 6:30 p.m. in Gorinchem, we wasted no time to greet them
and spend a couple hours "partying" with them (as Norma said).
In the top-right image you can see their view back to where we live near the Big Church.
The next day was full but leisurely.
First we did our citadel walk, to get the lay of our land.
We even looked back at their camper across our outer harbor from the citadel (bottom-right).
Then we drove out into the polder to eat pannenkoeken at our favorite restaurant...
WHICH WASN'T OPEN FOR LUNCH THAT DAY!
So we punted and found one near Kinderdijk, which is where we wanted to end up that afternoon.
By now you should know this place inside and out.
We can't help it. We want to take everyone there!
Yup. Kinderdijk and her 19 windmills.
At 30 km. away, it's a no-brainer for us.
Back home, we had some munchies and more great conversation before bidding our friends adieu.
It was a short and sweet visit...but so much better than nothing.
So, this is for you, Chad and Norma.
THANK YOU for dropping by on your way to Germany!