Spring please?!

Crikey another month has passed… where does the time go?  Honestly the time just seems to slip by and every day feels like a marathon to run, a mountain to climb!  I feel exhausted on most days but the boys keep me going.  I should try and reduce the number of things I attempt to fit into my awake time but there’s always something to do — a birthday card to write, a tax form to fill in, a dentist appointment to schedule, a friend from far away to re-connect with.  I know parents have been busy since time began but I wonder if life was always this manic?  I am convinced life before the smart phone was far simpler.

Luckily I only work four days a week so I don’t feel like I am totally missing out on Morgan’s youngest years.  And it also means I’ve been able to enjoy some settled February days when the sun actually shone on the garden!  A welcome break from the horrors of November, December and January.

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In February we went down to Devon to help tidy up Willowdene, Uncle Martin’s house.  Uncle Martin passed away last June and the Evans family has been on quite a journey since then, working hard to ensure his collection of stamps and postal history books made it to the right libraries, museums and auction houses.  His memory lives on in his brother, his five nephews, their wives, and his philatelist friends around the world.

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The other mildly interesting thing worth mentioning is our trip to the Netherlands last week.  As you may remember, I am currently working on a project at the International Baccalaureate and I attended an architecture summit in their Hague office.  Since Aled is still a stay at home Dad, we decided to make a trip of it.

We flew over on the Saturday before the conference started and stayed in a house down in Scheveningen (a small town right next to the Hague), which is both close to the beach and within easy cycling distance of the IB office.  We headed into Amsterdam for a whistle stop tour on Sunday morning.  Morgan loved the trains but thought the canal boat tour was just ok.

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Mommy was far more enthusiastic… I mean just look at these buildings!  And bridges!  I love Amsterdam!  Just love it!  Look how quaint it is!

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We had lunch with my old neighbour Frank (from Weesp) and his partner Joke.  It was so nice to see them and brought back some really fond memories of writing my masters thesis in 2006.  I finished it when I was living above Frank’s office and I was so flattered when he asked for a copy of it.  I’m not sure how many other people bothered reading it, hahaha!

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Yup — I love this place!  I’m not sure why, but I feel really at home in the Netherlands.  I love the Dutch and I love zooming around on my bike.  It’s all so… convenient.  Perhaps this is a reaction to my daily commute here in Cardiff — in the car on the motorway.  I’m hoping to find a cycle route when the weather gets nicer.  Fresh air is good.

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Here I am getting ready to cycle to work in the Hague… very stylish no?

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So the boys had an awful lot of fun while I was slaving away.  They explored the pier…

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And the beach…

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And of course, they watched some cranes.  Like most boys, Morgy loves watching all sorts of construction and destruction.

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We were blessed with another beautiful sunny day on the Saturday following the conference so we headed over to Madurodam, a model village in the Hague.  Well maybe it’s more like a model country.

 

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I’ve only been to one other model village at that was in the Cotswolds last year, in a little town called Bourton on the Water.  Since then, I’ve become a huge fan of model villages.  Look how cool they are!

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Here’s Morgy and Dadda trying to prevent a major flood!

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And look, we couldn’t have a post about the Netherlands without some windmills!

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I will sign off with a Chocomel — which I dedicate to Fieke H, my Masters study buddy.  Without countless cups of Chocomel, I’m certain neither of us would have finished our theses on time.

IMG_7741PS — to all of those whom I did not manage to see while we were in the Netherlands, I am sorry!  Travelling with a toddler on a work trip is hard work.  Hope to see you next time!  Or… come visit us in Cardiff!  XOXO

 

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