Thursday, 1 November 2012

Eco-friendly Silver Tie Clips for Your Guy

TV shows like 'Mad Men'  and others have influenced the business men attire.  On a recent holiday in Amsterdam, i saw many men were impeccably dressed in suits, brief case in hand, riding their bikes to work.  And most of them wore tie clips.  I should have had a suitcase full of tie clips and I could have sold them while sipping a  capiccino in one of many cafes.
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Friday, 19 October 2012

Amsterdam, Venice of the North

Windmills and canal boats are synonymous with the Netherlands and have been part of Amsterdam’s landscape since the 14th century. Back in the Golden Age, during the 17th century, city officials decided to build a series of three concentric semi-circular canals around the old city center.  Eventually, hundreds of narrow streets and smaller canals fanned out from the old center. As the city became   Although there are thousands of canal boats in the country, Amsterdam has approximately 2500 houseboats.  A houseboat can consist of one or more stories or it can be an old converted freighter. Each boat usually has everything a normal house has; a living room, bedroom(s), kitchen, toilet, bathroom and often a small outdoor space or terrace.
Living on a houseboat is becoming fashionable and tourists often prefer to rent a houseboat since they are larger than a hotel room.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Amsterdam Bike Parking

I just returned from a great holiday in the Netherlands. Yes, that lovely, little Lowland commonly known as Holland.
This is a typical 'gracht' (canal) in Amsterdam. Residents often park their bikes on the bridges over the canals because bikes will be taken away when they are parked in front of stores or home windows. People in this lovely country ride inexpensive or old bikes in the city in case they get stolen and many do get stolen everyday.
Bikes also get tagged by the bike police and if the bikes are left untouched for a few weeks, the bikes get taken away. 
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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Jewellery Designed by Vera

                                                 One of the many bracelets you can find in my Etsy Shop 
This is one of my many hobbies and has been for a very long time.  Designing jewellery from found materials and then mixing various mediums can produce wonderful, unique body bling.
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Dave's Goat Walk

                                                Old car at Dave's Goat Walk, British Columbia, Canada

In June, 2012 we were driving to Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada and came across this great Goat Walk.  We stopped at the farm to watch the goats, which was a great break from our long interesting drive from Canmore, Alberta. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Cruze Night, 66 Mustang

                                     Funds raised for a great cause by the members of Cruze Night.
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                                 One of the great vintage cars at the show held at Hutches on the beach
                                 Hamilton Ontario, Canada.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Frogs in the Pond

Just thought to share this great picture of our frog with you. Backyard ponds sometimes have wonderful surprises. Where did these frogs come from? No lake or stream near by only Lake Ontario about a kilometer north. But we have a male and female frog in the pond this year and they love sitting on the lily pads. 
I wonder what kind of frog this is? How many different kinds of frogs are there anyway?