Lambing season 2016 shows all the lambs of my old and rare Dutch native sheepbreed called Drenthe Heath Sheep born in 2016.
Lambing season 2015 is about the birth of the lambs of my very rare and oldest Dutch sheep breed called Drenthe Heath Sheep. Spring is in the air when lambs are being born.
If trees could speak, we would hear a lot of happy and sad stories. Sometimes however trees show their stories in a clear and visable way and that's what I tried to capture in my photos.
Flat beans (those long, flat running beans) are a very common vegetable in my country. I've developped my own way of preparing them in combination with tomatos. Easy to grow and delicious to eat.
A rich nutricious Banana-Walnut cake that can be eaten not only as a dessert, but at any time of the day. I used fresh walnuts from my own garden.
If you're looking for some special gifts, then maybe you will find them here. Friends are special and if you have good friends, be sure to keep them and give them a gift once in a while.
I raise an old an rare multi colored sheep breed called Drenthe Heath Sheep, the only horned sheep native to The Netherlands. In this article you'll find the newborn lambs of 2014.
Maybe not everybody knows that sheep can swim, it's only when they get stuck in the mud or can't climb the bank that they will drown.
My Dad, who was an artist, served from 1946-1949 in the Dutch Army during the Indonesian Independance War. He never could speak to us about this war, but we got the story through his drawings.
Disaster hit my roses when in 2011 temps were so high in January (7 to 10C) that most roses began to sprout and then - overnight - temps dropped till -18C. Result: 3/4 of my roses died that night.
The Belgium Ardennes are beautiful, specially in the Fall season, when all the trees on the mountains are turning to yellow. We used to go camping with the kids each Fall in the early 1980's.
It is a Dutch tradition to eat pepper nuts at December 5th, the traditional birthday celebration of Saint Nicolas. With this 18th century recipe you most likely will do a better job than I did.
Kids just love Christmas candy tree decorations. You can either buy them, or you can make them yourself.
In my country - The Netherlands - it's unthinkable to eat Green Split Pea Soup without the Smokes Sausages. So here's my homemade recipe
Thanksgiving Napkins, who doesn't need them when the day is there to celebrate harvest and be thankful for all that the land is providing. A family celebration and a long term tradition.
My delicious applesauce recipe with variations (including walnuts) to calm the nerves and sooth the tonque. I just love applesauce my way(s). Enjoy!
Farm animals and their plush namesakes, cows, horses, sheep and chicken, geese and more.
Nightfall bedtime stories is about a little booklet my dad composed with his words and drawings some 60/65 years ago. The story is about our dog Omar.
Some people love to have gnomes in their garden. I placed some of those gnomes in my own garden, so you can see how it looks.
My Halloween dream is about how I would decorate my home if Halloween was a celebrated Holiday where I live.
In 'Living behind the dykes in Holland' I'll show and tell you a bit about my country of which the greatest part is laying below sea level. Illustrated with a lot of my own photographs.
Oddities, everbody knows them, have seen them one way or other. This article is about the 'out of place' or 'weird' natural things you come across sometimes.
This article is about my mom and dad surviving World War 2 with three kids and sheltering Jewish people in their home. Swapping Dad's paintings for some potatoes. It wasn't easy, but we all survived.
There are lots of plants, trees and flowers in my garden that are edible or carry edible fruits. Besides edible, they are beautiful too. Some are even considered weed, like the stinging nettle.
My mom aways said: "Always look for the light behind dark clouds" and that's why I show you the summers of my mom , captured in photographs during her 101 year lasting life. Mother's day tribute.
Photography is my hobby and special nature and landscape photography. In this article I'll show you a collection of photos I made, all related to circles. After reading you'll see circles everywhere.
My mom was a young woman in 1930, she was born in 1911. Through her pictures and those of my aunt Greet, I show you the way young women dressed back in the 1930's. My mom made most of her own clothes.
Smoking your own trout is what this article is about. I do like to fish and catch trout and smoked trout is the best thing to eat.
In How to make Abstract Photos, I show you how I do it. I'm an amateur photographer who like to play with image, light and form and my photo editing program PaintShopPro.
My mom and dad Geertje (Muys) Meijst and Synco Schram de Jong, got married just before WW2, this is their love story.
Lambing Season 2013 will show you all the new lambs of my old and rare Dutch sheep breed Drenthen Heath Sheep. They're named after my internet writer friends.
The Drenthe Heath Sheep (Dutch: Drents Heideschaap) is the oldest sheep breed of The Netherlands. Both ewes and rams wear horns. I'm raising these sheep for over 30 years now and they're beautiful.
"In Flander's Fields the poppies blow'. Who doesn't know the first line of this beautiful, though sad poem by John McCray. A soldier - who fought in the 1st World War - wrote down his feelings.
You have to trim your roses occasionally if you want your roses to bloom , but don't prune them too much. I've grown many roses over the years, until deep winter frost in 2011 took most of them away.
Chocolate has been around for quite a while and is loved by many, but do you know how it's made and where it comes from?
My dad, Synco Schram de Jong, used to make little books for us and illustrated them with his lovely drawings. They often had a message of some kind. This one 's about listening to your parents.
We - humans - have always been fascinated by flying. Whether it be with kites, balloons or airplanes. Some animals use the wind too to transport themselves through air.
I've always been fascinated by spiders and their spider webs. I love to photograph them. We have enough of them on the old farm we live in. None of the nativve spiders in my country are dangerous.
Critters can be very useful in your garden, they clean up a lot of organic garbage. I've build a friendly environment for all the critters who want to live in my garden and we share fallen fruits.
Giant Hogweed: dangerous or acceptable. I think it's both. It's beautiful, but you certainly have to handle it with care. It's an invasive plant which spreads rapidly, so you have to control it.
Looking for a nice Mother's Day gift? How about giving your mom a poetry book. Maybe not the obvious gift, but I'll bet a lot of moms would be surprised but love it.
My dad, Synco Schram de Jong, was an artist who never went on vacation without his scetchbooks. In this article you'll find some of the drawings he made in France in 1960s.
Earth Day is about gaining consiousness about the environment we all are living in. Each individual can contribute to a better earth just by being aware of using less poison in your garden.
Lambing season 2012 was a good season. Beautiful lambs of the Dutch old and rare sheep breed Drenthen Heath Sheep (Drents Heideschaap) were born and named after my internet writing friends.
It's so much fun to feed birds in winter when their natural sources are covered in snow or ice. I'll show you five ways how you can do that and it's such a joy seeing them eat their food.
Kids love poetry and once upon a time when I was a kid, my dad made a little booklet with poems and drawings about a collission between St. Nicolas and Santa Claus.
As long as I remember my mom made Rosettes on New Year's Eve. When she got too old, I took over her equipment and every year I fry rosette cookies. They're crisp and delicious, you should taste them.
The Vintage Fisher Price pulling toys were and still are one of the best invented toys I've ever seen. Kids love(d) them. They're unpretentious, safe and honest toys. They're collectables now.
Three recipes for Wild Mushroom Soup with mushrooms you can either search for yourself or can buy at the groceries.
Rain has always been fascinating for me, like everything else in nature actually. But...what is rain and where does the rain come from. Í'll give you some short interesting facts about the rain.
I turn my van into a temporary camper within 30 minutes whenever I have to go away for more than one day. I have a standard equipment which covers all that I need on my many trips through my country.
Taking care of lambs that have been rejected by their moms is a time-consuming job. Here are some signs of maternal rejection to look out for and detailed directions to bottle-feeding lambs.
The fact that I love chocolate is an understatement. I mean if I let myself go, I would BE chocolate. I would certainly be proud to be the Gift that brings happiness and sparkles in one's eyes.
The old and rare sheep breed I'm raising - the Drenthen Heath Sheep - is what we call a multi colored breed. It means that we never know what color the lambs will have. Meet the lambs born in 2011.
There are differences between tortoiseshell and calico cats, but they are not two separate breeds. The differences lie in their color patterns. I'll show you exactly how they differ with pictures.
Visiting The Netherlands? In this article I'll give you a tour through my country you'll never forget. Holland through the eye of my camera, with suggestions for Art, History, Nature and much more.
Sealandic Flanders is part of the province Zeeland and it's the place where I have lived for the most part of my 70 years. It has history, nature, the sea, agriculture and a beautiful landscape.
Are you looking for a birthday gift for young grownup girls who's turning 21 years of age? In this article I'll give you some ideas and maybe there's something you like.
A tribute to my Mom, Muys Schram de Jong-Meijst, who reached the age of 100 years on August 24, 2011
Have you ever been mistaken by the Easter Date? I was once and I set my table on the Saturday before Easter Sunday!
Homemade Rag Dolls are the most precious gift a kid can get and they don't ask great sewing skills either.
This article is about me and I like to refer to myself as Just A Dutchie. It's a compilation of the articles I write and through them you'll get to know me better. That is, if you're interested.
Making Popcorn Hands for Halloween is so much fun and you can make them as spooky as you want them to be.
Will insects become part of our normal daily nourishment?
Poetry and Photography - two arts I love to express myself in and I often combine both into which I call 'Rhyming Images'. Images trigger feelings and I've always expressed my feelings through rhyme.