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After we moved to the east of the country, we are very much getting used to the quiet and wide country side. With everything that comes with it: farmers busy on their land, deer running around the house, nice walks in the forrest across the road, etc.
And then all of a sudden, our neighbour tells us a pair of flamingos have been spotted in a local area, where farmland was converted to a nature area.
After many years, we finally had some real winter again. With a week of a strong northeastern wind, resulting in some serious freezing, and some 15-20cm of snow, it was really cold. Even during the day temperatures were well below zero.
All resulted in “Elfstedentocht fever” again, but with Covid still running wild, our government rightfully so decided that it was irresponsible to organize it - even though it was almost 25 years since the last race.
We had a very changing spring this year, with some rain, some days with a lot if sun, and apparently this helped a lot for our garden. The fig tree is bearing so much fruits, it is impossible to keep up eating them. So, we are making fig jam, fig chutney, fig liqueur… And even then there are figs left. Today we al of a sudden saw so many Atalanta butterflies coming into our garden - and we had not seen this many butterflies in years.
Seeing the riots in Minneapolis on the news, makes me sad. I have been to Minneapolis more than a dozen times, have great memories of being there, and have friends there. People in Minneapolis are friendly, helpful, and definitely not the people I see on the news today, throwing bricks at police stations, and looting shops. I understand people are angry, but why start destroying public properties? Our friends tell us, they have seen many more cars with WI-license plates in the neighbourhood… they live close to the epicentre of the riots.
After getting to the Kruger Park and immediately were confronted with a large group of elephants, just by the side of the road, in a dried river bed. We knew then, that we would see lots and lots of animals, during our time in the park. Spectacular!
Of course we wanted to see the big five, but we had to wait and see if we were that lucky. But what we never expected, was that we would get so close to these wild animals.