Wednesday, 21 June 2017


Today is the longest day in the year.
UT date and time of
equinoxes and solstices on Earth[1]
event equinox solstice equinox solstice
month March June September December
day time day time day time day time
2010 20 17:32 21 11:28 23 03:09 21 23:38
2011 20 23:21 21 17:16 23 09:04 22 05:30
2012 20 05:14 20 23:09 22 14:49 21 11:12
2013 20 11:02 21 05:04 22 20:44 21 17:11
2014 20 16:57 21 10:51 23 02:29 21 23:03
2015 20 22:45 21 16:38 23 08:21 22 04:48
2016 20 04:30 20 22:34 22 14:21 21 10:44
2017 20 10:28 21 04:24 22 20:02 21 16:28
2018 20 16:15 21 10:07 23 01:54 21 22:23
2019 20 21:58 21 15:54 23 07:50 22 04:19
2020 20 03:50 20 21:44 22 13:31 21 10:02
The Solstice occurs twice each year (around June 21 and December 22) as the Sun reaches its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The seasons of the year are directly connected to both the solstices and the equinoxes.



The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the day when this occurs. The day of the solstice has either the most sunlight of the year (summer solstice) or the least sunlight of the year (winter solstice) for any place other than the equator. Alternative terms, with no ambiguity as to which hemisphere is the context, are June solstice and December solstice, referring to the months of year in which they take place.

At latitudes outside the tropics, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun's path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Our World Tuesday, ABC Wednesday, O for Opening


 The name of this month is derived
from the Greek word for "opening". In many European countries the first of April is observed as a custom for which no satisfactory origin has been assigned. Ignorant and unsuspecting persons are sent on bootless errands, which is supposed to be great  great fun. These people are called "April Fools".
Therefore April 1 is called "April Fools'Day."

All day I have been looking out of my windows and enjoyed the blooming  Japanese cherry-tree and Crab-apple.

In the garden there are daffodils, tulips, crocuses. The yellow forsythia was so beautiful and full of bloom, but now it's losing its flowers.




Japanese cherry-tree



                               I don't know the name of this shrub. Is there anybody who does?  

Welcome to Our World Tuesday! This meme continues in memory of the work of Klaus Peter, whose "that's My World" brought people together from around the world every Monday to share the wonders therein--big and small.Please click on our  logo for "Our World Tuesday" in the sidebar.

With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with O.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Good Friday

Jesus captured. He was innocent.
What happened on
 Good Friday
about 2000 years ago?
                                                                    Jesus mocked and flogged
Judas didn't want the money anymore

Peter :"I will  never deny my master"

Drawings by Rien Poortvliet

Thursday, 23 March 2017

ABCWednesday, Keep Calm.....

During WWII many quotes were used to encourage the British population to keep cool and drink a nice cup-a-tea. I saw a big poster with this quote: 


This is an advise we can use living in a world of racisme and struggle against poverty, diseases and starvation.

This week we are looking for words beginning with "K" in the ABCW meme. If you want to take part in this meme, please refer to mrs Nesbitt who started this ABCW meme.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ubi Caritas and Polling-day

Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est!

Polling-day! I returned an hour ago from the polling-station

to vote for one of the 26 parties we could choose from for new M.P's.

The election campaign was harsh and full of promises, none of the politicians can prove. I didn't vote for one of the three

Christian parties, because they are rather small and have some 

ideas, I cannot support.

This week we had some unpleasant encounters with the Turkish government, which caused a lot of hatred. This is not the way we should treat each other and build a strong and happy Europe. And hatred is the worst adviser.

I agree with my government that we  cannot allow foreigners to use our country as a platform to fight their political problems.

We are not a province of any other European country. We are an independent state with our own constitution and a king as head of state. We abhor dictators.

I believe that where love and "caritas" rule, God is present.

Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas ibi Deus est.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

International Women's Day 8th March

On 8th March we celebrate International Women's Day by supporting those women who are  living in very difficult  circumstances all over the world.


  • .Women celebrate IWD because even if your country and mine might treat men and women as equal partners, there are many women who are considered to be inferior to men. In many African and Asian countries women don't get equal schooling, sometimes no education at all. The Taliban in Afghanistan forbids girls to go to school. They, don't get medical help, they are not allowed to work. This is so stupid, for women are half of the population of the world, they have the same talents, brains and potential powers as men. Even in my country we have to deal with religious groups who forbid women to vote, to work outside the house, to study more than only elementary education. In Africa women work hard they have to look after their husband and children, to walk miles to fetch water, to walk miles to go to market and sell products of their fields. We celebrate IWD because we support  women all over the world. It's not so long ago, that it was discussed if women had souls.In the women's concentration camp we noticed that it was normal for soldiers to beat women. And we felt it ourselves. One of our women didn't take it lying down and beat the soldier back.That was bad for her. The soldier was surprised and not used to that. Greece and many European countries are better but the fact that you say:" I don't understand women, because they have equal rights".. means that you have never realised, THAT THIS ALL HAPPENED BECAUSE WOMEN  HAVE FOUGHT FOR IT.
  • If you don't understand women, you can't understand men either. When do humans see men and women as people, who are two equal parts of humanity, who have to work together , and therefore respect each other. Respect for women! That's what we miss..
  • Some time ago a young woman was raped in a bus by a group of men . Nobody helped her and she died.
  • Does it matter where this happened? No! It happened!! Some days later a six-year old girl was raped by a group of men and left on the streets more dead than alive. Does it matter where it happened? No! It happened!
  • At Christmas my Australian daughter gave me a book. Its title is: Return to Dignity. written by Marilyn Skinner.
  • It deals with stories about brave  women who were abused by soldiers or were trained to fight as child soldiers.
  • All of them managed to overcome their problems and terrible memories. All of them are now strong, caring and  loving women, mothers and worthy members of society .

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    A Polish member of the European Parliament showed himself to be a sexist hater by  saying the following words:"women should earn less because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent". 

    An investigation is underway, and a decision to ban him, could be made any moment. On International Women's Day, let's show the EU this isn't just an internal issue anymore -- people *everywhere* want them to ban this sexist hater.

    This isn't just about one man -- this is about people coming together and showing our politicians we completely reject the Trumps of the world normalizing hateful, misogynist and xenophobic rhetoric. To make matters worse - he's even given a nazi salute inside the chamber!

    Mr. Korwin-Mikke's hateful speech violates the EU parliament's regulations, and they have the responsibility to hold him accountable with the highest possible sanctions. He can be suspended directly by the President of the Parliament, and if 2/3rds of the MEPs agree, even kicked out permanently!

    Let’s use this International Women’s day to stand together and kick sexism out of the European Parliament, and politics everywhere! Then share this with friends and family who also reject sexism and xenophobia -- let's make our call impossible to ignore!

    Just a few weeks ago, Avaazers all around the world joined a global women’s march all around the world. Let’s make sure our political leaders stand with women against hate.



    Wednesday, 22 February 2017

    An Anniversary worth to be celebrated!

    Birthe from Denmark and Ginger( USA)

    Ans     Anneke,    Ida                       Han
    I was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from John and Han Will to remind us of the fact
     that 60 years ago we all met in Zeeland, where we started work in Kapelle- Biezelinge.
    We came from various countries. My sister Anneke, my friend Bep Smit and I had been
    travelling for hours. We came from Soest and the distance to Kapelle-Biezelinge is great. .We were so happy to finally arrive at our destination, where we could have something to eat and where we could freshen  up.
    I remember the first day vividly. Of course there were more Dutch campers than foreign
    I am still in contact with Han and John ( H.) Will. I remember Ida( Han's sister ),
     en Joke( Han's friend ).Then we also met Ans Postma, who was ill.Sadly enough she
     had a sore throat and had to gargle. We all had to do that by way of precaution.

    One morning Liz came in our living area in order to fetch her working shoes, but all
     of the shoes were gone. I still don't know where they had been, who found them and
     who had taken them away.

    Well missing your workshoes was quite annoying, because the work we had to do was
     mainly picking beans. And the beanplants were all dirty and muddy.The same was the
     case with strawberry planting.

    If you want to enlarge the photos, please press once on them .

    Our daily rota :
    6.15          Boys getting up
    6.30          Girls getting up
    6.00          Breakfast
    6.30          Morningservice
    7.00          Off to work
    9.00-9.30  Second Breakfast
    12.00         Lunch
    1.00           Back to work
    4.00           Stop work
    5.00          Badhuis-Singing
    6.00          "Dinner"
    7.00-7.15  Quiet time
    7.30           EveningProgramme
    10.00         Evening Service
    11,00         Lights Off
    1.00          Sleeping

    Evening programme with the locals

    After work clean and fresh in front of the badhuis.

    Joke, Han, John B
        Our camp was an ecumenical  workcamp, where young people from all over te world
     came together and worked for a month or longer at a project like picking beans or other vegetables, building houses (like we did in Wiesbaden ).

       We saw a lot, talked a lot and had a lot of fun,
     We also sang  a lot. One of our favourite songs was  :

    "The eyes of Texas are upon you
      all the lived long day.
     The eyes of Texas are upon you,
     you cannot get away.
     Do not think you can escape them .
     From night till early in the morn.
     The eyes of Texas are upon you
     Till Gabriel blows his horn."

    Our Texan Campers: John H.Will and ....Weejee?


     Another favourite song was:

    I love me, I think it is grant.
    I go to the pictures and hold my hand
    I lay my arm around my waist.
    I got so fresh that I slapped my face,

    My sister  Anneke is thirsty! And Elias from Greece pours  some drink in her mouth


    We'll all be forsaken if we're always right and end up an old maidNot my words, but John B's

    Here endeth my letter, although I have some vivid memories of Elias from Greece among
     more funny situations.
    I am afraid I don't know any addresses of campers apart from my sister Anneke's.
     Her husband passed away  in August 2014. My husband died in November 1999.
    Anneke has three children, and so have I. Of course I have your address Han and John.
     Thanks for your very interesting x-mas letters.I am looking forward to seeing the
    booklet about this workcamp.
    And if any of you visits the Netherlands, you are very welcome to stay with me.
     I'll show you the windmills of Kinderdijk.
     I also remember visiting Birthe in Denmark, and  Bent in Copenhagen also in August
    1957 .

    The auction building

    May 2006
    Anneke is telling me a joke, while we are resting from our walk
     in Sausmarezpark in Guernsey

    Anneke May 2006 Guernsey

    To enlarge photos tap on them once.

    My eldest daughter and me  on my eightieth birthday 2013

    Karien( 43), me(80) Marjolein(46)

    My Australian daughter    myself  and  my eldest daughter, who
    will turn 50 this year.