Aunty and Jill
Trying to prepare a meal, but not making much progress!
Saturday 16th. Goodbye to Scotland: We left Kinloch Rannoch at 5 am as planned and arrived at Edinburgh airport at about 7 am. The Easyjet flight was interesting - we could sit anywhere we wanted. We were met Schiphol airport by Jill's aunty Sjaan then caught the train to Utrecht and Ermelo - about 2 hours all up. The weather was warmer than Scotland which we appreciated.
Sunday 17th. In the morning we went to Sjaan's reformed church in Ermelo. The service was in Dutch and very formal but we recognised some of the tunes. The church was built in about the 1600's with brick/cobble floors and well-polished brass chandeliers. We did some obligatory cycling around Ermelo in the afternoon.
Monday 18th. There had been thunderstorms and strong winds and rain during the night and early morning which had disrupted train travel. (They don’t get them much so are likely not prepared to cope.) It was still raining fairly heavily in the morning by Holland standards. Sjaan strongly advised that we delay a planned train trip to Delft until Tuesday but we decided to go anyway. We travelled from Ermelo to Amersfort then from there via Amsterdam
Jill and uncle
Jill dressing up Kees. He is recovering from a bout of shingles. Nothing like some Jilly medicine to "shock" him into recovery. Works for me!
to Den Haag and Delft. By the time we arrived at Delft the rain had stopped and we had a lovely time in the quant old city. We visited several churches built in the 1400's, and the lovely shops, cafes and canals.
Tuesday 19th. We woke to a lovely sunny morning and had coffee on the lawn in the sun. We convinced ourselves to cycle to Haardivejk on the coast and ignore the sore butts we got from our Sunday cycle. It was well worth the effort - it is a bigger town than Ermelo and with more history. It started as a fishing village several centuries ago and still has a harbour with old and new style Dutch boats. That night Sjaan cooked a typical dutch meal with boiled potatoes, fried potatoes, witlof and deep-fried fish. Lovely and nostalgic, and an appreciated farewell dinner.
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