July 3rd, 2010

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Saturday July 3rd. Getting ready for family visitors

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Daughter #3, Jeannine and granddaughter #2, Gabrielle are on their way to the Norfolk, Va. airport and arrive at Schiphol on Sunday morning. It is 11.45 and the Monnickendam carillon is playing a welcome song. The carilloneur plays every Saturday between 11.30 and noon. It is also market day on Saturday morning in town. This week there is a summer festival here. A large stage is erected over the inner harbor canal. Thursday night there was a rock band last night an Irish folk band was on stage. Historical boats and Navy ships liven up the waterfront. With the World Soccer cup victory and the start of the Tour de France in Holland today there is no dull moment in this country.

The last picture of the Geese was taken on the Fluessen between Heeg and Stavoren, last Tuesday. It took me for ever to figure out what type of Goose this is. Also called Nile Goose, this bird is not native but just like the Canada Geese spreading its wings beyond Canada, this Goose came from Africa.