This was the spot. The cache makers [or whatever the official title is] have confirmed that we were in the right place, the cache was frozen in the ground. We can mark it up as a successful first cache, the kids weren't too worried that we didn't find anything. We'll go back and look again when its warmer, they decided.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We've had snow and ice for so long this winter that it's beginning to feel normal. Today we walked for 6 plus kilometers in the frozen North, doing our first ever GeoCache. We found all the clues and the location of the cache but couldn't find the prize.
Never mind, we gave ourselves a prize; warm chocolate, mulled wine and 'bitterballen' in Café Hammingh.
Thanks to TeamPraat for guiding us firsttimers and TeamJip for being there.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
.... for a few days anyway. Claudia's white phone has a mind of its own when it comes to making noises so we decided to send it back to Apple within it's first year to get sorted out.
My black phone then became Claudia's phone, almost worth doing just to see how effortlessly it all worked.
Top marks to T-Mobile's ProAssist for coming up with a temporary iPhone [arriving Thursday] while ours is in the shop.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I drove down to Lelystad on Thursday evening to have supper with David. As I drove home very small snowflakes fell.
This morning we woke to a white world, 3 inches of snow had fallen.
The forecast for next week is for nights with minus 8 or 9 degrees. Are my ice skates sharp?
Monday, November 15, 2010
Eric steers the 'Vriendentrouw' away from our wharf and back to his mooring in Heerenveen, following the 'Watergeus', who left us yesterday morning.
This leaves us with a couple of days work aboard the 'Harder' in the foreground, then off to No Limit Ships for this winter's 'away game'.
'Harder' is a North Sea fish and the name of the tjalk belonging to colleagues Willemien and Siebe.
With a new addition to the family just around the corner it's all hands on deck to get things done.
I'm working on a place for the washing machine and fridge, cupboards and a desk.
It's fun, more like a relay race than work; pick up where someone else left off, do your bit then hand over again.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
From left to right, 'Harder', 'Vriendentrouw' and 'Watergeus'. I'm not going to make the mistake of trying to identify the province they were built in. I did that once before and got myself into trouble.
The two on the outside are ready to leave us through the Antwerpen bridge, the first on Friday morning, the second on Saturday. The Watergeus will be back in spring so that we can finish the rear cabin.
Now a week's work has to be done aboard the Harder before we pack our tools into the trailer and start our new winter project, 'on location'.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday morning I took the 'Watergeus' owners shopping for insulation. I spent the rest of the day putting plywood strokes in with the Hilti nailer or PowerBond. The interior panels will be hung on this wood after insulation. The Dutch word translates as 'ground wood'. What is the proper English term?
Thursday, October 28, 2010
What a pleasure to watch these youngsters coaching, and watch the sailors getting better by leaps and bounds and all of us out in the open air all day.
In the picture Em gets the hang of the 'extension behind your back at the end of the tack', another big step forward.
I wish I didn't have to work tomorrow, and miss the third and final day.
In a post on apparent wind 'yarg' writes 'You gotta love those people who can’t get enough of the things they are passionate about'. Thats just about sums up what made my day so good.
Jelmer and Thomas are this weeks trainers at the DTP Optimist Autumn Camp. Both of them sailed Optimists at National and International level, now they are passing it on.
Here they have a chair on the table to demonstrate to the kids the wrong and right way to sit on the edge of the boat. They have obviously learned how to keep the attention of a bunch of young Optimist sailors.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
It took until late last evening before we heard from
Em how well the DTP optimist training had gone.
Far more important was baking a large batch of cakes with last year's main rival/this year's sparring partner Pim.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
These last couple of [almost computer free] weeks Peter and I have been aboard the Vriendentrouw working on the owners bedroom. I've been getting the floor sorted with heating under the pine floorboards, while Peter has been working on the hull sided.
Now we'll turn our attention to cupboards and a bed.
When the keyboard on my MacBook started to misbehave I polished my credit card and headed for the Apple shop. Replacing the keyboard means a whole new top case, the Apple guy said. I could feel my credit card shaking in my wallet.
Is your computer less than three years old? he asked. I opened CheckBook and found that I had bought it on the October 22nd 2007 - not quite three years. Then it is eligible for a new top case. Wow.
Six days later I'm the owner of new keys and trackpad. I've upgraded to OS 10.6.3 and it literally feels like a new computer.
Thanks Apple for a great bit of service.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Seven of us sat round the new table to round off the project and say goodbye; Em, Sietske, Lieve, Senna, Claudia, Eric and I. Polo was under the table and Herman should have been there but was called away.
We drank tea, ate biscuits and said thank you's back and forth, a fitting way to wrap up this job that we have been involved with for nearly three years.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This weekend we took Kwark over the IJsselmeer to Hoorn where Em was to sail in the National Combi finals.
Saturday the kids trained in marvellous conditions - sun, wind and big waves. Em came in with a grin from ear to ear, 'Dad I was completely upside down'. Not possible on our muddy puddle.
The four races on Sunday were not easy. Less wind and sloppy waves left our lake sailors pointing too high and struggling for speed. They were sailing against the top Optimist sailors from the seven Dutch regions too. Em had to fight for every point of her 23rd. place.
Next year more big wave training, was her conclusion.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
On Saturday we towed the Watersportverbond trailer with six Optimists to Assen. Eva, Lillian and Hans Jurgen [in the yellow shirts] introduced forty-something youngsters to sailing and the Optimist while Gijs [already afloat], brother Pim [in the green shirt] and Em [where is Em?] showed them how it's done.
Work on the Willem Johannes is coming along nicely. We have a list of things to do in the next four weeks and we are working our way steadily through it.
Here is a removable bench for those moments when ten people come to dinner. Now we know how big the table has to be.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
The DTP kids at the fourth and final Combi event wave their silverware. Em is holding her plate for fifth place in the Optimist B fleet. This means promotion to the Optimist A's for next year's events and that she qualifies for the National Combi finals on the 12th September in Hoorn.
This weekend Em had to really fight for every point. Nothing went her way but she never gave up and was so proud of her overall fifth. [Me too!]
Hats off to the Schildmeer team who succeeded in getting the full five races in on a weekend beset with squalls and thunderstorms.
Full results at: www.jeugdwedstrijdzeilen.nl
More pictures and Dutch report on www.vwdtp.nl
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It's a funny, muddled last week of the holidays. Doing things with Em, getting the workshop sorted before starting up again next week, running errands there will be no time for when work and school starts again an doing a bit more building at home on the barge.
Coming weekend we're back on the Schildmeer for an Optimist Regiotraining then Monday it's back to the real world. It's been a great summer break.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Em spent the best part of a week with at Camp Praat in Heeg, Friesland.
She had a great time there with Pim, Gijs, Djurre and Jitse. It sounds as if they spent most of their waking hours in or on the water and Sandra's training seems to have paid off as they took the first four places in the Optimist class during Saturday's Brekken Race at Oudega. Jitse, who was determined not to be last in his first ever Optimist race, wasn't! Great sailing all of you.
Thanks to Charlotte and Hans, and Sandra and Gerard for making this all possible.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
While we were dressing up in sunglasses and silly shirts, Erwin [L] and Dennis [R] Bouma were battling it out on the Sneekermeer in the Optimist B's.
After an exciting week with all kinds of weather Erwin's consistent sailing brought him another first place, well done Erwin.
It was close though; Dennis' fighting finish of two bullets in the last two races landed him a solid third place and means he's in form for the last combi of the season over two weeks, back on the Schildmeer. Well done too, Dennis.
Congratulations too to Wouter Vos for his fourth place, three Groninger Optimists in the first five.
The rest of the DTP sailors' results can be found here: Sneekweek 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
One of the first things Em would say every morning that we were away was, 'do you think Yoghurt is still there?'
No need to worry, one rattle of the cat food bag and Yoghurt appeared, as if by magic. [I hadn't seen that Em had opened the side of the bag until I had uploaded this photo :) ]
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Another great Hanneke Gillessen picture during Sunday's only race on the Schildmeer.
This was our weather and we proved it by sneaking into first place on a long run down the lake and not letting go.
This first place in the Groninger Seaports Race was Claudia's first sailing prize ever, and we made the newspapers - an Englishman winning at Schildweek making it an international event.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
We took the whole fleet to the Schildmeer for the 65th Schildweek regatta.
We anchored the barge in front of 'Camping de Otter'. We thought that this was out of the way of the racing but during Saturday's racing we sneaked round the breakwater and then had to tack to clear our own anchor line. Strung up on our own rope.
Not that it made much difference. We were struggling in 16 to 18 knots of wind, an unusual course and a fleet full of talented sailors. We learnt a lot though and what marvellous weather for sailing.
Thanks to Hanneke Gillessen for this beautiful photo. More to come.
Back from our sailing trip to the Schildmeer and back to work on 'Op Hoop van Zegen'.
Having built a new wall and doors further down the hold it's time to dismantle the old wall, now in the middle of the room. This was one of the first things we put in about fifteen years ago; strange to be taking our own work apart.