#105 Christmas Dinner

Today R, G&F came to church and S preached, he’s the husband of V who we’ve visited during the week. I think it’s helpful when you know the preacher as a person, isn’t it?

He was talking about the armour of God, some quite good reminders there.

Then we went to McD as usual. Then there was hardly time to get home before C picked  up me & Lola to go to a free Christmas Dinner in Aalsmeer. Like the ‘Goede Genade Eetkamer’ it was quite similar to many a meal I’ve helped at in SBC. So I am happy to be on the receiving end! A few people came over & spoke to us, and Lola sat next to a concert violinist who chatted to her quite knowledgeably about various things. We had a nice time & there was even a vegetarian version of beef wellington! I am really struggling & a bit annoyed that I am finding it so hard to understand anything anyone says in Dutch! But I think it’s possibly a combo of thick local accents and the flowing irregular nature of the language. So I need to talk a bit slower & more haltingly, to give people a clue that I’m not going to understand their answer!

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As someone who has a compulsion to speak all the time it is very strange to sit at a table full of people and …not really say anything… When C & I are in the car she only uses 1 syllable answers and I still have to get her to repeat! (Dutch is not her native language you see).

SO a beautiful Monday morning, I cycled to Aalsmeer to the bank. It’s 30 mins cycle, but who could begrudge the ride when there’s so much to see on the way! (Also buses are available!)

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miffy is Dutch, so school signs often feature miffy characters.
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red, pink & gold baubles on the bushes

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The Lion. There’s another windmill at Aalsmeer that I haven’t been to yet.

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These lads live within baaing distance of the house.
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this tiled bench

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cheerio!

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