Museums and Microbes

February 6th, 2018|Amsterdam 2018, Travel|

February 6th, 2018 - Kirk headed off to ISE early this morning and I got a slower start knowing the museums tend to open later, mostly at 10 or 11am. Today was also my first day riding the tram system, which turned out to be very efficient. I grabbed a map and planned out my [...]

Palaces, Egyptian Geese, and Giant Bathtubs

February 5th, 2018|Amsterdam 2018, Travel|

An Egyptian Goose February 5th, 2018 - This morning we went down our three flights of very, very steep stairs to see what was on offer for breakfast. Stairs here are more like ladders. Alongside the most amazing automatic espresso/cappuccino/latte/hot water machine were poffertjes! One of my absolute long time favourite Dutch treats. [...]

Do you remember?

January 27th, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

January 27, 2018 - Do you remember these watches? State of the art, amazing things (in the 1980’s that is)!  Water resistant! A stopwatch! Even a sickly green light that shone a little bit across the face and sort of lit up part of the face enough that you could just kind of make out the time. [...]

Here we go again….

January 1st, 2018|118 Photos in 2018|

January 1st, 2018 - It's a bit of a ritual, a tradition, though I don't much go in for traditions as a general rule..... but I always try to find a cherry blossom on January 1st to share with my best and dearest friend, I don't think she really ever appreciates the effort though. :) So [...]


December 27th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

Shoes and bags, these are my kryptonite. I have a hard time resisting a nice leather bag, particularly when they are Fair Trade manufactured and ethically sourced materials. Like these lovelies, found in a little shop called Kasandy | Globally Local, in a mall across the street from where I work. Everything is Fair Trade [...]

And so I ask you….

December 25th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

....."When you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last? Do you suck them very slowly, or crunch them very fast? Eat those candy-coated chocolates, but tell me when I ask, when you eat your Smarties, do you eat the red ones last?" I’m dating myself there….. Only one more photo to go [...]

Burning the Midnight Oil

December 17th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

This entire weekend was spent on a marathon of marking, I barely got off the computer or off the couch. Thirty two term papers to get through, and thirty two final exams. I got through the term papers at last, and thought I had another full day to work on the exams, until I realized [...]

Art of Spice

December 12th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

Last year I went to the Make-It Craft Fair and saw a fabulous necklace that I fell in love with. I didn’t buy it because it wasn’t inexpensive. This year the artist was back and she had another iteration of the same bronze cast star anise. I still loved it. This time I didn’t not [...]

Caught in the Act

December 11th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

I had never heard of Elf on the Shelf until last Christmas when I was having a conversation with the manager of the engineering group. I have no idea how it came up, he was probably talking about his young son and how Elf on the Shelf was getting a little R-Rated around his house [...]

A Visit to Lee Valley Tools

December 10th, 2017|117 Photographs in 2017|

Lee Valley Tools is a bad store. A very, very, bad store. Because it’s hard to not spend too much money on too many things that I didn’t know I didn’t need. I rarely come out of there unscathed. Today I went to pick up a single item for a Secret Santa gift exchange later [...]