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My mother is not feeling very well for a while already, she has a cough since many months now which drives both herself mad and tired, as its exhausting but also drives my dad and anyone else around her to the brink. In 2 weeks she will be taken into hospital, for further observation and investigation. Being the only Son and having all their grandchildren in Hong Kong, its a time where you start to think…..I am now thinking maybe it will be a good thing to try and go home this summer for holiday again. Its always a costly thing though, a drain on the account with 5 people needing to fly over. Anyway I hope she gets better soon and hopefully then some time soon they can come and spend some time here with us instead. I leave you with some pictures from last years holiday in Belgium, Holland and Germany!

 

What better to then bike and scooter, in HK this is almost impossible

What better to then bike and scooter, in HK this is almost impossible. I love it how my kids are lined up here, from left to right, from big to small under the watchful eye of Mom

 

Emilie, Alex and Jens in Antwerpen Zoo, King was hiding?

Emilie, Alex and Jens in Antwerpen Zoo, King was hiding?

Opa and Oma in the voortent of de Caravan, enjoying a good glass of wine!

Opa and Oma in the voortent of de Caravan, enjoying a good glass of wine!

 Emilie, me and Jens slept in the Caravan as Jens was still a bit a difficult boy and needed his own routine/timing and we dindt want to deprive Opa and Oma of their sleep!  Jens loved to sleep there, maybe its because he is used to Hong Kong shoebox sized flats? Anyway I have to admit its a caravan with all the comforts!

 

Opa turned 70, opening presents at Breakfast

Opa turned 70, opening presents at Breakfast

Its always such a joy to see Opa busy with his hobbies, his animals and his garden with 100s of fruit and vegetables are his life!

Its always such a joy to see Opa busy with his hobbies, his animals and his garden with 100's of fruit and vegetables are his life! Can you imagine he was a Jeweler before?

 One of the thing I love about my parents is their love for hobbies, nature and natural things, they keep chickens, bees, a dog and have a garden that accommodates at least 4 different kind of apple trees, plum trees, pears, cherries, walnuts, Kiwi’s, Peaches, Raspberries, crossberries, and a huge vegetable and fresh herb garden in which they produce things according to seasons!

 

Lots of people came to celebrate his 70th birthday! Guess who was cooking?

Lots of people came to celebrate his 70'th birthday! Guess who was cooking?

 Its nice to see over many years how friends grow and stick together, there were people which i knew when i was a small kid, it was a great time to catch up with everyone, brothers and sisters (not mine, i got none) , uncles and aunties, old and new friends were all there!

as always bussy bussy bussy, replacing a old fence with a new one to keep the dog, Cotton in!

as always bussy bussy bussy, replacing a old fence with a new one to keep the dog, Cotton in!

 Pa loves his Garden and space, as well as their awesome house, which is really great, lots of wood and glass, they almost like live in their garden! but what I love most is my Dad and Mom together do almost everything themselves, its their hobby, need a new fence, need painting, need some new fruit trees, or some trees to be cut down……they just enjoy this kinda stuff.

 

Oma teaching Emilie Knitting

Oma teaching Emilie Knitting

 Emilie never really took up knitting yet, what for in a tropical place like Hong Kong? I am not particularly waiting for a pair of knitted wool socks, but one day, I am sure it will coem in handy when we move to colder weather.

The three wild boys on the trampoline

The three wild boys on the trampoline

 The Trampoline is my parents neighbours, they went for holidays anyway so asked if we could borrow it……..I can tell you if you have kids and the space, get one! never seen any of the kids, my wife and myself and even Opa and Oma happier then on the trampoline! Little Jens couldn’t be kept off of it!

 

Jens never got enough of the trampoline, till this day he still talks about that, was the right choice Mom!

Jens never got enough of the trampoline, till this day he still talks about that, was the right choice Mom!

 So here he is under the watchful eye of Mommie!

Beauty of a day, beautyful people and 2 real Hongkies out of place in Kinderdijk

Beauty of a day, beautyful people and 2 real Hongkies out of place in Kinderdijk

 Kinderdijk was great going into the windmills etc, we had some awesome but very windy weather, hey its Holland you know its like always windy, but we all enjoyed, I just like this picture a lot as those two big honkeys could never loose their Hongkines, of needing to wear big shades and look cool all the time!

 

Market Place in Antwerpen, Belgium

Market Place in Antwerpen, Belgium

King driving Opas lawnmower

King driving Opa's lawnmower

 I particularly like this image, as King who is my stepson, had trouble to get the lawnmower going, as he is so tiny, skinny and light, we had to prop several bricks on his seat first so the safety switch wouldn’t keep cutting power to the motor! He had great fun driving it and I had a great panning shot instantly!

 

What an awesome BBQ is that!

What an awesome BBQ is that!

 What  great BBQ we had, my Mom and Dad picked this one up for very little money and it swings, great for slow cooking!

Opa and Jens doing some well needed bonding!

Opa and Jens doing some well needed bonding!

King never got enough of Belgiums delicious strawberries!

King never got enough of Belgium's delicious strawberries!

 

Jens in 2006, on Omas home made Quilt

Jens in 2006, on Oma's home made Quilt

 

A rather unflattering picture from 2006 of my wife but its so Dutch!

A rather unflattering picture from 2006 of my wife but its so Dutch!

Miss you guys, hope we can come to you this summer or you can come to us!

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5 responses

  1. Dear Marco!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    You seem to have had a great trip back in Europe!
    I sincerely hope your Ma feels better quickly!
    You seem to like sushi. Plenty to talk about,then!
    Cheers
    Robert-Gilles

    (http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/ Just in cae WordPress takes you my Fantasy blog!

    March 27, 2009 at 9:22 am

  2. Dear Marco!
    Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
    You seem to have had a great trip back in Europe!
    I sincerely hope your Ma feels better quickly!
    You seem to like sushi. Plenty to talk about,then!
    Cheers
    Robert-Gilles

    (http://shizuokagourmet.wordpress.com/ Just in cae WordPress takes you my Fantasy blog!
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

    March 27, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    • cosmopolitanblog

      Thanks yes I hope so too that she will feel better soon!

      March 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm

  3. Good!
    Best regards!
    Robert-Gilles

    March 28, 2009 at 7:12 am

  4. Sorry to hear your mother is not feeling well. It’s time like these that make the distance such a long way, right?
    So funny that you dad is having bees as a hobby! It’s seems to be a almost extinct profession in Holland…:) Great photos!

    March 29, 2009 at 8:52 am

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