My course with the Syrian refugees is also over. They were a truly lovely bunch and I became very fond of many of them. The only problem was that halfway through the course, it became apparent that many of them would not be studying in English at all, so there seemed little point in their continuing. As a result, I lost a number of them in quick succession. I just hope they get to study what they want in future and all go on to do well. It was a privilege to get to know them.
On Thursday, I had a full day's painting on the Vereeniging, which was wise as it rained during the night and also on Friday. I'm very glad I've made a good start and painted all the red trim round the roef, and the engine room. I also managed to freshen up the red stripe round the whole barge. It's called the boeisel in Dutch, but I don't know what it is in English. Does anyone know?
|The red strip, the boeisel in Dutch, but in English?|
This weekend, though, I've been taking it a bit easier as a result of having less marking to do and being a bit tired after my activities during the week, so it's been time for some good walks. We are so lucky at the crumbly cottage; it is a beautiful area with plenty of nature reserves, so walks are easy to find and there is rarely anyone else about.
Below is a selection of a few photos I took with my phone of this weekend's rambles. Koos took the top two of the enchanting piglets we saw today when we walked through an area of forestry smallholdings just across the border in Belgium. It was such a lovely discovery I'm sure we'll go back there again.
|Tiny tiny piglets, no bigger than a handful. So cute!|
|Mummy pigs, still pretty small, aren't they?|
|Below the dyke along the great sea canal|
|For the birds: a nature reserve dedicated to water birds not far from |
the crumbly cottage
|A working harbour on the sea canal|
|Not such a good photo, but I loved the sunlight dappled on the road|
|A misty morning on another nature reserve nearby|
|Stark contrasts across the polders. I love this landscape|
Have a good week allemaal! Where are your favourite spots to take a walk?