Mulled wine or Bishop's wine is very easy to make. The sweet and spicy flavor of homemade mulled wine goes very well with home-baked New Year Eve doughnut balls. It's not expensive, you only need cheap wine, an orange, a lemon, cloves, sugar, and an old kettle to cook it in.
Canine degenerative myelopathy is an incurable disease that can affect dogs. The progression of this disease looks very similar to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
I used in this poem the rhyming scheme which Edgar Allen Poe used in his famous poem 'The Raven' which was partly inspired by the pet raven of Charles Dickens.
You're privileged if you can fall back on happy childhood memories. I had the luck to be one of those and I thank my parents for that.
Sonnets are a beautiful form of poetry. Shakespeare wrote a lot of them.
Living in open country land is something I cherish very much. One can really feel each season passing by and sometimes silence can be heard.
Poetry doesn't have to be serious all the time, sometimes poetry can make you smile .
Living in the country means living with spider webs all over the place inside and outside the house.
I love all seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each has its own specific beauty.
Turning 18 is the first big step when growing into adulthood. Overnigt you are held responsible for your own actions. Scary but also exiting.
The beauty of nature is nurture for my soul. Nature inspires me and makes me happy
Pollard willows are beautiful trees and very inspiring to write about.
There’s a difference between blind cats that are born blind and cats who suffer from sudden blindness caused by disease or accident. My cat was born blind and this is how we coped with that fact.
Addison's Disease is a fairly unknown auto immune disease that can affect humans, dogs, and cats. If not diagnosed and/or treated well, it will lead to death in the end.
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 tomatoes. Easy to grow and delicious to eat.
A rich, nutritious banana walnut cake that will taste delicious any time of the day. It's very easy to make and it takes not a very long time to bake. Walnuts are good for you and if you like them than you should bake a cake with them.
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 again that they will drown.
My Dad, who was an artist, served in the Dutch Army during the Indonesian Independance War from 1946-1949 . He never told us about this war, but we got an impression through his drawings.
Most roses need a bit of protection to survive the sometimes harsh winters. Most of the time they make it through, but sometimes they need a bit more caring.
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 in the Fall in the early 1980's.
It is a Dutch tradition to eat peppernuts at December 5th, the traditional birthday celebration of Saint Nicolas. I found this 18th century recipe and I'm sure you most likely will do a better job than I did, so I turned them into cookies
In my country - The Netherlands - it's unthinkable to eat green split pea soup without the special smoked sausages. So here's my homemade recipe
Thanksgiving: an American family celebration and a long term tradition.
My delicious applesauce recipe with variations (including walnuts) to calm the nerves and sooth the tongue. I just love making applesauce this way, and I think you will, too. Enjoy!
This story was written and drawn by my dad some 70 years ago after he gave my mom a little dog as a weddinggift . N
The aspects Dutch people encounter because of the fact that one third of the country (the Netherlands) is situated below the level of the sea.
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 II 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.
You really don't need a special vegetable garden to grow nutritious food. A lot of plants, commonly known as weeds, can be eaten as a vegetable or can be used otherwise.
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 specifically nature and landscape photography. In this article I'll show you a collection of photos I made, all related to circles.
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.
Abstraction in photos has been described in many ways. There is not one and only commonly used definition available. Abstraction can either be made while shooting photos or by a photo editing program
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've raised these sheep for over 30 years now and they're beautiful.
"In Flanders 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 - who wrote down his feelings after the death of his friend Lieutenant Alex Helmer.
You have to trim roses occasionally if you want the 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 using the wind in many different ways, but how do you photograph the wind.
I've always been fascinated by spiders and specially their 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.
Small wildlife creatures can be very useful in your garden because they clean up a lot of organic garbage and harmful insects.
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.
My dad, Synco Schram de Jong, was an artist who never went on vacation without his pencils and scetchbooks. In this article you'll find some of the drawings he made in France in 1960s.
Earth Day is about promoting ecology and awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Everybody can contribute to a better earth.
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.
Bird feeders: Who doesn't love to feed the birds in winter when most of the natural resources are not available to them. You don't even have to have a garden to feed the birds. There are feeders you can stick to your window.
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.
Rosette cookies are easy to make and very tasty. While most people make these cookies for Christmas, my family tradition is to make them for New Year's Eve, along with dough balls and apple fritters. They are crunchy, sweet, and kids love 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.
Rain has always been fascinating for me, like everything else in nature actually. But...what is rain and where does the rain come from. I'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 set of 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 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.
Zeelandic Flanders is part of the province Zeeland in the Netherlands. It has history, nature, the sea, agriculture and a beautiful landscape.
I wrote many poems to my mom as a tribute to my Mom, Muys Schram de Jong-Meijst, who reached the age of 100 years on August 24, 2011
From Bach to House is just a playful stroll through music history in my effort to show you the music that mostly hit my heart. Just beautiful music to listen to.
Homemade Rag Dolls are the most precious gift a kid can get and they don't ask great sewing skills either.
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 Rhyming Images. Images trigger feelings and I've always expressed my feelings through writing poetry.