Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Mystery Geese

As you all know, I love birding, so I am always excited to see new birds I don't recognize. Heck, I am excited about seeing any birds, even if I do recognize them :)

When we were visiting family in Long Island, we were having dinner and noticed these geese:

Cool! I had never seen them before. What could they be? The only American geese I know by heart ironically enough are Canada geese and also snow geese, but these weren't either of them.

I took pictures to identify them later and we resumed our excellent meal at the White Cap Fish Market.

A few days later we were there again because we loved the location of this restaurant and were looking forward to seeing 'our' geese again. They still did not look like Canada geese...

Nope, they looked very different indeed. As in they were with their parents and suddenly the mystery was solved!

Yup, they were baby swans! So much for seeing exciting new geese! Oh well, I guess it confirms that I still have a lot of room for growth in my birding skills.

Check out some of my older posts about geese:

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Statehouse Selfies Update

Good day to all! This has been a long and busy summer, but hopefully there will be more blogging time available now that the kids have gone back to school. Sylvia is a freshman, Erik is a senior in high school! Jane is a junior at Hamilton and Cees is at the University of New Hampshire using his GI bill benefits.

Massachusetts state house

Meanwhile we have been visiting family in Long Island and explored some New England state houses. We are trying to visit all state houses in the USA.

Massachusetts state house interior

New Hampshire and Vermont were easy since they are practically in our own backyard. We did Boston on our way back from a family visit in Massachusetts and found out that their liberty bell replica has been locked up! If you ever go visit the state house in Boston, make sure to ask about that bell, since it's supposed to be publicly available. The more people ask about it, the more I hope they will make it their priority to stop locking it up.

At the Maine state house in Augusta

We were able to visit one more state house and our first capitol on our way to  and from Rhode Island. On our way there we visited Hartford, Connecticut and on the way back we took the Orient Point ferry, so 'almost' were in Providence Rhode Island. I haven't written about either of these yet, so you'll have to be patient for me to catch up.

Augusta, Maine

Have you visited any state houses or capitols? Which one was your favorite?

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

High School Freshman!

Sylvia started high school this year! We must have blinked, when did this happen???

She is smart, strong and confident, I am looking forward to watching her grow and enjoy high school life and opportunities. I hope she takes chances, makes mistakes and gets messy!

Have a super school year, Sylvia!

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Whale Watching!

When we went to Quebec City, we went on a whale watch on the St Lawrence.

Read all about it!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Arrived in Maine!

Yesterday was crazy, with tons of driving in circles, dentist appointments, badly planned last-minute errands. But we eventually made it out to Maine!

Fondly remembering my first time in Maine, when I got naturalized! It is even more special to me now that Tom proposed to me here, four years ago, and naturally I said yes!

Too bad we already did Augusta, otherwise we could cross that state house off our list during this visit!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fun Europe Trip!

We spent two weeks in Europe, first visiting friends and family, catching up with both my brothers, then off to do our own exploring.

We used points to stay at Hilton Hotels in The Hague, Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris, thanks to our favorite American Express Hilton Honors Ascend card. Between these and good friends, we managed to minimize our out-of-pocket spending. We lucked out and were able to visit the l'Orangerie for free!
Wonderful way to start the summer!

Monday, July 02, 2018

We Got to See The Goldfinch!

We went to the Netherlands for family day and stayed in The Hague. We were excited to find out that we were really close to the museum with The Goldfinch and other famous paintings (like 'The Girl with the Pearl Earring)

It looks totally different from this one!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Statehouse Selfies and More US Fun

We have been exploring the USA in our own backyard and started a quest to get selfies at every US State House. We started in our own state, and then moved to Vermont.

We only need 48 more, a nice motivation to travel more. We also aim to see all the Liberty Bell replicas that are often at the state houses.

Carpe Diem!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grandkids are back in the States!!!

We had a great gathering with kids and grandkids now that they moved back to the States! The weather was perfect and the girls loved exploring flowers and frogs.

Looking forward to seeing a lot more of them now that they are here, but we will miss travelling to the UK :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


We spent a few days in Paris and were happy to get into the Orangerie for free.

Monet's water lilies are displayed in a panoramic view and I love visiting them and imagining Monet painting them, conveying a sense of peace to all who see them.