Two nights ago I must have slept in a bit of a strange position because I woke with some serious back-pain of the type I haven’t had since for more than ten years.
(Raising the height of our bed was a requirement of the Dutch maternity visits and when we raised it my back pain disappeared, so we built the bed permanently higher with a solid extended frame and it’s been great… until two nights ago)
Instead of enjoying my annual leave and getting stuck into a long list of things to do (we have a lot of exceptional events going on with family and friends at the moment) I spent most of yesterday moving very slowly or flat on the bed with hot water bottles to relieve the pain.
I think I just have pinched a nerve or stretched a muscle or something… it’s definitely getting better but I’m not quite out of slow motion mode yet.
Unlike my foot, which I know I can’t rush, I’m finding this frustrating as I have so much to do this week.
At least over the long weekend I had been busy sorting though some archive photos and writing posts, so I’m doing to document one of our previous adventures… Several years ago one of my New Zealand cousins visited The Netherlands with his new wife and his two pre-teen sons from a previous marriage.
During their stay we managed to pack in a heap of activities … luckily it was mid-May when they visited, so our kids were also enjoying their school holidays and after being picked up from the boat at Hoek Van Holland and spending a great evening eating, drinking and catching up, we all hit the sack for a fresh start the next day.
The following morning found us at Central Station, about to take a train.
The visitors all excitedly discovered something new already … a “double decker” train!
Just the kind of thing I had forgotten had also startled and fascinated me years ago when I arrived in the Netherlands.
Soon we are speeding out of the city and past the Dutch landscape…
…some of the religious buildings show how Dutch culture has diversified very nicely over the centuries… other things like canals and farmhouses seem to never change.
Our journey won’t take too long… so in the meantime, sit back and enjoy the view…
This is the view when another train passes in the opposite direction at more than 100 kms per hour just as you are clicking the shutter…