Category Archives: the Dutch

even one bee makes a difference!

I think I saved a bee over the last two days…

When I was playing ball with the dogs, I looked down and saw a huge bee wriggling on the ground. I picked him up, he was covered in ants! It looked like he was struggling to get them off of him, so I helped him.Once all the ants were relocated, the bee calmed down. Well, it seemed like he did.

Worried about him, because  he wasn’t flying away, I let him hang out on my hand. He was very woeful.

I plomped him in a few flowers to see if that would revive him.

DSC00900 copy

DSC00902 copyMostly, he liked the hisad beebiscus. He climbed right on in there and came to life within seconds.


Sofie finds another backyard beastie

Today, it was a frog!!
I’ve never seen one in our backyard and M says he’s never seen one either.
I had him in my hands for awhile, but I was concerned that i might be freaking him out, so I let him go. He was too hoppy to get a photo of him in my hands, but here he is on a chair. He even made froggy noises, which made me gush. I hope to see him again some day…Frog day afternoon


My beautiful, beautiful Sofie

My beautiful, beautiful Sofie

She’s getting so big! She’s seven and a half months old now.


Pokey. I helped a hedgehog today.

He was having a bad day. He got stuck between the wires of our backyard fence. I think he must have been there for awhile because there were lots of struggle-claw-marks in the ground. Sofie knew he was in trouble and barked a few times to get me to pay attention. When I got there, Sofie calmly stood there and looked between me and the hedgehog. She may have shrugged her shoulders. (she also may not have)

Hedgehog stuck in the fence

Hedgehog stuck in the fence

Well, we have to do something, I said.

I got the bolt cutters…only thing I could find in a hurry. Bent a wire back on the fence and the little guy shimmied back and rolled into a little, spiky ball. Awwwww

I checked him out and he didn’t have any fence or dog damage. Phew. I held on to him for awhile because I just wanted to. Then he slowly started to unfurl (but not completely). I took him out of the yard and found him a nice safe space in the vacant yard beside us—in a great little natural den made of blackberry branches. He was once again safe.

Hedgehogs are very patient…I kept checking on him and he was still in ball-form just waiting it out. Then, on one of my hedgehog checks, he had scampered away. Yay!

 

Pokey the hedgehog

Pokey the hedgehog

Pokey the hedgehog

Pokey the hedgehog

Pokey the hedgehog

Pokey the hedgehog

Here are a few little videos of him.

After release from the fence

Such a handy animal…rolling up all tiny-like

Biding his time


Sofie in the fresh snow!

We had so much fun in the snow today!


Cats in trees and Sofie (not in a tree)

 


Some Rudy, Lois and Sofie!

Here’s all my beautiful creatures…


We’re going to have a king here!

Koningin Beatrix

Koningin Beatrix

 

The Queen of the Netherlands, Koningin Beatrix, will be 75 years old on Monday. Tonight she addressed the nation announcing abdication for her eldest son, Prince Willem-Alexander in April.

Queen Beatrix has been head of state since 1980, when her mother abdicated.

People love her here. Her role in the Netherlands is mainly ceremonial, wielding little power compared to the Eerste Kamer (Senate) and Tweede Kamer (House of Representatives), but she is very popular here nonetheless.

She has tons of great hats.


huisdierenverzekering

This is the Dutch word for pet insurance.

It makes sense now that I know more Dutch words, but it’s still a mouthful. Sheesh!


I’m pretty sure it’s time for some more photos of Sofie…


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