I am mostly without any access to Broadband until the telephone engineer comes on Tuesday afternoon. I did manage to post the photograph below, which is of the Keukenhof Gardens - a seventy acres site just outside Amsterdam, which is wholly devoted to tulips. Our visit there, after mooring overnight in Amsterdam, was greatly enhanced because we met our Dutch friends, F and R, who took us all round the gardens; I must say that the gardens were a sight to behold.
The cruise went through the rivers of The Netherlands and Belgium, taking in Antwerp (magnifcent cathedral with three Rubens), Bruges, Arnhem, Veere, Volendam, Edam and Hoorn and a lot of very pleasant (flat) scenery between. Apart from Arnhem ( which I found very upsetting and yet felt I needed to go) everywhere was lovely.
I found Arnhem most interesting but it just underlined my abhorrence of war - its futility and its waste of so many lives, often (as in the case of Arnhem) at the sayso of one man (Montgomery) who had the idea that if it worked it might shorten the war by as much as six months and save many lives in the process. But of course it didn't work as the cemetery points out.
Our ship was beautifully appointed, the crew (mostly Eastern European as that is where the ship does most of its cruising) were a delight - charming and full of good humour- and our fellow passengers, almost all British apart from a smattering of American, Canadian and Australians, made pleasant company.
Now we are home again, washing and ironing done, food cupboard stocked again and back to normal. The walking season starts tomorrow for the farmer and friend W and I have booked lunch out - and so the lunching out begins again.
See you tomorrow.
Incidentally, in the War Cemetery were the graves of three young Jewish men. They were identifiable by the Star of David on their headstones. But each headstone also had a line of pebbles placed on the top. Does anyone know the significance of this?