The last November days

The last days of November were like the days before that - mostly gray. However the very last day of November was beautifully sunny and frosty again. It was a lovely bright saturday with polar stratospheric clouds at the sky that could be seen almost all day long but especially during dusk and dawn! But…

Cracks in the ice

After 2 more days I finally returned to the lakes and now the snow was entirely gone, giving away an amazing view on the cracked ice. It was a really dark day. Thick layers of very deep hanging clouds took away most of the little daylight that we have. At the moment the sun rises…

A period of warm weather

The temperatures have risen and frost and snow are long gone. Instead we have been left with wet/dirty roads, incredible amounts of puddles and ice still on the lakes with a thick layer of water on it. It does offer some really cool views, especially for thos with a drone. On one of the dark…

Sick – again!

What can I say? Working with kids has its very own risks and with my sinus issues I am predestined to catch a cold more easily. I have been sick at home for a few days again, resting, drinking tea, drinking water, trying to stay warm and trying to get better. Day after day I…

Times in between

At the moment we are stuck in between seasons. It is not quite winter yet, but not autumn anymore either. The trees have lost all of their leaves after a few windy nights and the days have become incredibly short. At the moment the sun is only up between around 7:30h and 15:30h, so just…

Aurora Borealis

Finally finally finally I got lucky!I got to see the aurora borealis "dancing" over the sky. Bright and clear without and clouds in the way and I even got lucky that the moon is currently not shining at night and there was only starlight in the sky. It was amazing and I will never forget…

Late autumn hikes

Recently I went hiking a few times in Ratingen. I found this great website with hiking routes in the area, so it was easy finding a good place to start. On most of the hikes it was raining and cloudy, so I didn't take as many pictures as I usually do. The ones I took…

Arrival in Groede

Yesterday I started my journey to Groede in the very south of the Netherlands. It is a tiny village that I have known since my childhood and I have spent countless vacations with my family here. There are numerous childhood memories connected with this place for me, that made it almost unbearable to think I…