Sunday Sevens ~ 15th September 2019.

I haven’t done a Sunday Sevens for a while, so maybe it’s time to recap my week with 7 ( or more) pics from the last 7 days.

Last Sunday we were up at the caravan and because it was sunny I managed to persuade Wil that it was the perfect day to drive to the seaside . We are about an hour away from Allonby on the Solway Coast. What a lovely little place! I must admit the trip was partly inspired by fellow blogger Eunice’s very informative post about the village, which she visited over the Summer. I love that Allonby and it’s surroundings have inspired so many artists over the years and writers Charles Dickens & Wilkie Collins stopped here on their tour of Cumberland. For us it was just the perfect place for a stroll on the beach with Hugo. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve managed to cross a couple of items off my 40 Things To Do Before I’m 50 Bucket List this week. Well kind of! One is to go to the remote farm in Yorkshire where Amanda Owen ( the Yorkshire Shepherdess) lives. She makes cream teas for the walkers that pass through. However she was actually doing a talk in nearby Longridge on Wed eve, so I got to see her there. She’s very down to earth , very funny and pretty awe inspiring. I got my book signed. I’m very chuffed!

Also on my bucket list is Eat Dutch Pancakes in Amsterdam. Well at the moment we are in Amsterdam! Having a bit of chill time so I thought I would upload some photos.

Canals & Bicycles.
Wils fave snack!
Spider Sculpture Rijksmuseum.
Poffertjes ( Dutch Pancakes) .
Stilt walking angel.
Dam Square.

It’s my first time in the Dutch capital and I love it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Observations ~ Everyone rides bicycles, sometimes wearing flipflops or high heals, often carrying baskets of shopping, boxes, dogs, babies, etc

~ It’s a miracle that I didn’t get run over by a bicycle.

~The canals are full of noisy coots. These are small black water birds with white bills that build nests in boats and under canal bridges.

~The local drink is Jenever , a liqueur made from Dutch juniper berries. The term ‘Dutch Courage’ comes from soldiers taking a flask of this to war, for courage. I didn’t like it!

~ The outdoor markets are amazing. So many cheeses, mushrooms, stunning cut flowers etc

~ The Red Light District actually has a church in it ( The Oude Kerk) and the architecture there does make it an attractive place to visit.

~The rooftop on the Science Museum is a fantastic outside space with a free exhibition called Energetica .

~ There are lots of crooked houses….even if your not stoned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Outside space on the Science Museum rooftop.
Jenever Bottles.
A saucy brass sculpture outside the Oude Kerk.
The Sea Palace Floating Chinese Restaurant opposite our hotel.

Thanks to Natalie at Threads & Bobbins for devising Sunday Sevens. X


28 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens ~ 15th September 2019.”

    1. I know! It’s crazy how many bikes there are. I knew about this of course, but I’d never been before, so it was still surprising. Must be fun visiting your daughter. Id love to explore more now. X

      1. I’ll go all Matrix on you now and agree that knowing the path and walking the path are never the same thing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think it’s the speed they come at you along with the shear number being nothing we’ve experienced before. It reminds me of that bit they used to do sometimes in the 60s The Prisoner series where a whole rush of people on bikes would suddenly go passed him.
        We are very lucky she lives there. Such a lovely country to visit. Although – of course – would also be great also if she lived down the road and I saw her more often.

      2. It does remind you of the Prisoner, your right there! I’m sure oneday she will settle back home. Sounds like she’s living the dream right now. Xx

  1. Oh, Iโ€™m envious. I was there for a very short visit last October and loved it. I will definitely go back for longer. Many people who havenโ€™t been think itโ€™s sleazy, but itโ€™s really very beautiful. Have a great time! ๐Ÿ˜

  2. Sunday Twos.
    1. Wish I had known about Amanda Owen’s talk in Longridge.
    2. Just a block away from De Oude Kerk is a hidden Catholic church in a merchants building, now a museum worth visiting – Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder [Our Dear Lord in the Attic] I got married there, it was strange walking through the ‘red light area’ to reach the service.

    1. If your on Facebook like the palace cinemas FB page. News of all the latest films, talks, events etc on there.
      That’s amazing that you got married in the Red Light District. Actually we did see a beautiful bride and groom having their photos taken there last night. They might have well got married in the same church as you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’ve been the Amsterdam many times. Great place. I know of the Oude Kerk, and also the Neiuwmarkt just to one side of the Red light, Love it around the Neiuwmarkt, such a great place to eat and drink

  4. As my daughter lives just down the road in Haarlem and in Amsterdam for a year before that (for several months on a houseboat on the Prinsengracht, Iโ€™ve been several times recently!
    Donโ€™t like the Red Light zone myself, but Iโ€™d recommend another church there. Look out for Our Lord in the Attic. I think youโ€™d like it.

      1. Many Houseboats are really rather like floating caravans! So probably not that different than yours ๐Ÿ˜Š
        There is a houseboat museum that you can visit. I think itโ€™s on the Prinsengracht not far from the Westerkerk towards the Rijksmuseum

  5. Amsterdam! You certainly have the travel bug, though it is good to see you crossing items off your bucket list. You saw Amanda without me…..boohoo. So glad you got to meet her. She has a new book out which I saw in the information centre at Sutton Bank, where we had a short walk. My friend J.Mac is Dutch & she has told me all about those yummy dutch pancakes. Enjoy the rest of your stay & take care.

  6. Amsterdam looks and sounds wonderful. I’m glad you got to tick the pancakes on your bucket list. Enjoy the rest of your stay:)

    1. Yes the pancakes were yummy. Nice for a treat! I didn’t try anything from the coffee shop. We had the Saturday night drinking in this local bar near where we were stopping. Turned into a bit of a crazy night! I’m no good at big nights out these days. Lost half of my Sunday….x

  7. Just back from Ireland and saw this. I’d love to go to Amsterdam, keep meaning to but somehow never get round to it, I will one day though. I’m glad you liked Allonby, it’s a lovely little place isn’t it, and thanks for mentioning my post about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hopefully you will oneday. I didn’t think I’d ever get abroad again. A combination of getting Hugo ( though that’s an excuse really, he loves his dog sitter!) and two bad past flights that kind of put me off flying , stopped me for a while. Hopefully flying to Amsterdam has kick-started some more trips abroad. It’s a great place to visit and only an hour on the plane. X

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