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Our local first division football club NEC presents itself this year in a very unusual place: the Saint Stephan Church:

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Four days ago we had temperatures of 36 degrees Celsius during the day. Yesterday the weather changed in a dramatic form: flooded railwaystation at Haarlem, nearly two thousand camping people near the coast had to be evacuated, an occasional thunderstorm. Today we have a comfortable 19 degrees Celsius, bit overcast, but two nice views to share with you:

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From a terrace on the Grote Markt: deep blue sky with towering clouds.

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From the same spot: the Saint Stephan Church.

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201807272054NL_Gwg219Three spectacular things on one evening…

 

This “Fleur de Lis” finally in bloom, after weeks of replacing, enriching the soil and waiting… waiting… waiting…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For tonight, 27th of July, a “Bloodmoon” was announced. The spectacle started at 10:30 pm with the red rays of the sunset on the earth reflecting on the moon.

 

 

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When the spectacle was over, a full moon appeared bit by bit.

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09:55pm

As the water pump of the pond shuts down at 10:00pm till 08:00am, you see here an impression at 09:55pm of our pond and backyard:

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Back to normal:

After the period of training, marches and house-guest, life returns to the regular routine. My volonteer work at the Saint Stephan Church opened a new perspective on the word “ART”.

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A.

The contract for the solar panels has been signed. The inspection in person had an unpredictable result: for Peter and Marie the roof is too soft to carry the weight and to anchor the panels. On 219 -Barkhuis/Bormans- the result was positive: there will be an extra (eigth) panel. The electrical installations will be on the ground floor.

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When Peter was having coffee with us, talks concentrated on new plants in the garden. He advised Trachelospermum Jasminoides (Toscan jasmine); we bought 2 of them and they are already put in the garden by expert Pierre.

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As herons take away a lot of the fishes in the pond, there should be a compensation in number:  five gold ides and five blue ides. The master of the pond -Luke- has already put them in the pond, to meet their new friends.