Archive for October, 2007

Autumn in the Netherlands & a different me!

We spent last week in the Netherlands, it was a very nice week! We were mostly very lucky with the weather. We went into the dunes near my parents house for an autumn walk. I like going to this part of the dunes in autumn, as there are incredible numbers of mushrooms!

I first took some photos of the passion flower in my mum’s garden, so beautiful!

Passion Flower Passion Flower

Passion Flower Passion Flower

Passion Flower

And here are the photos taken in the dunes! It was truly a wonderful walk, I could have spend many more hours there, so much to see and to photograph! It was full of ladybirds, at some point I had about 10 of them on my coat!

Autumn in the Dutch dunes Autumn in the Dutch dunes

Autumn in the Dutch dunes Autumn in the Dutch dunes

Autumn in the Dutch dunes Autumn in the Dutch dunes

Autumn in the Dutch dunes Autumn in the Dutch dunes

The reason we were in the Netherlands was the PhD defense of my friend Gert-Jan. I was part of the ceremony, as a paranimf, together with Richard. In the Netherlands, the defense is public so all his family, friends and colleagues were there. Richard and I sat next to Gert-Jan for the whole ceremony. Richard was asked to read on of the hypotheses out loud, but I didn’t have to talk at all. Just sit still, which I did, though once I got a itch in my throat and couldn’t get any water and didn’t want to make noise, I thought I would die!! Anyway, Gert-Jan did really well! There was a reception afterwards and then we all went for dinner. I’ve never worn such smart clothes before, so of course we had to take some photos πŸ™‚ I am not made to walk on high heels all day, I found out you use all kinds of weird muscles doing that, they all hurt the next day!

If you’re interested, you can see all of the defense here: WURTV.

This is me with Gert-Jan (in the middle) and Richard, and a photo of Celia and Gert-Jan:

PhD defense PhD defense

One of Celia and me…

PhD defense

And Paul and me πŸ™‚

PhD defense PhD defense

It really was a special day and I think everyone really enjoyed it. We stayed until the next day, it was really nice to spend some time with Gert-Jan and Celia again!

That’s all for now, I have lots more photos of the Netherlands, but they’ll have to wait. I hope to place some more before leaving to Norway next Wednesday! Paul has a job interview in Tromso, and I decided to come along and see what it’s like. We’re staying for 6 days, so we’ll have some time to explore the surroundings, I’m very excited! We might even see northern lights, fingers crossed πŸ™‚

Till next time!

Hanneke

Some days…

… are such a surprise!

On Friday morning I discovered several pieces of laundry missing from our washing line. About 4 long sleeved shirts but also my favourite pair of jeans!! I am still really annoyed about it. Who would do such a thing?? I kept trying to understand… bored kids? someone needing dry clothes? a criminal on the run? πŸ˜‰ I still have no clue!

But as if the universe wanted to make it up to me, that night, in an empty parking lot we found a beautiful (and huge!) pot of pink orchids, all wrapped up. Obviously a present, and I guess somebody forgot to load them in their car and left them standing there. Was it bad to take them home? I somehow felt I was given a present after loosing stuff that morning πŸ˜‰ I hope we can keep it alive, orchids are quite difficult to keep.

What a day!

And what a weekend, Paul is submitting his thesis on Wednesday so it’s very hectic. I worked really hard all weekend helping him with spelling/lay out/plot checks. I hope it will be ok. Only two more days to go! I’m looking forward to no more stress… πŸ™‚

Hanneke

PS As of today, I am a 3rd (final!) year PhD student… a very scary thought!!