Escher and Rule Number One: Part 2

2015 seems like a good year to get fit and banish some fears, so I set off on a four day walking trip  with the intention of reaching Belgium. However, where I got to was somewhere a little crazier…

M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

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Escher and Rule Number One: Part 1

On Wednesday, I set off on a four day walking trip  “from A to B” or from Amsterdam to Belgium, which less neatly became a walk from Amsterdam to M.C. Escher

Escher in Het Paleis Museum, Den Haag.

Escher in Het Paleis Museum, Den Haag.

What do impossible staircases and Rule Number One have to do with walking? Let me tell you… Continue reading

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Spreading

Christmas, alas, did not bring me any snow. So instead I built snowmen out of royal icing…

Do you wanna eat a snowman?

Do you wanna eat a snowman?

Edward Allen and Danika at Christmas in Norfolk

Edward Allen and Danika at Christmas in Norfolk

…and then ate them. Mwahahahahahahaha.

Seriously though, my blog – the Spread – was supposed to be a way to document my travels rather than my waistline. However, I have a cunning plan to rectify both… Continue reading

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Ringing in the New Year with a three purrs, several thousand bangs and a couple of fires…

For the Shone-Marquis family, Old Year’s Eve was a day of excitement – we were finally reunited with our beloved cat babies (thank you Petwings!), who have been living with their grandparents in Kwazulu-Natal since July 2014.

But it was also a day of apprehension… We had heard horror stories of New Year’s in the Netherlands, and how crazy the fireworks-loving Dutch become. Continue reading

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Finding the Mountain in flat Netherlands

What drives you?

Using Neil Gaiman’s words, is there some fictional mountain that you are heading toward as a goal? Have you already reached your mountain?

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The quiet life

I confess, there has been no terra (terror?) incognita to explore, no brave deeds, and really not much of anything to do this week.

Waiting for Sinterklaas

Waiting for Sinterklaas

While Storm Xaver was wreaking havoc in other parts of Europe, we were quietly tucked up in our home, living the quiet life.

But, we did manage to venture out on Sunday, to hang out in Haarlem – an 8km cycle away.

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Delving into Delft

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle 50-kilometers in icy, torrential rain in “real feel” -1 degree weather?

No? I hadn’t either. But now I know. Continue reading

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