13 march 2005 Continuing
on yesterday I wanted to mention that our very most
popular (ex)politician Erica Terpstra was at the
ceremony too. My mother ran into her when she parked
her car and they spoke for a minute. Erica Terpstra
was one of our greatest championswimmers ever in
Holland. She won twice the Olympics; in 1960 and 1964.
By coincidence she became a politician. She is a very
friendly and nice person and she is always very lively.
Now she still is the chairman of the National Olympic
Comite. She doesn't miss any sportevents.
12 march 2005The
"geuzenpenning" handed to Richard
Today was the day that Richard Gere came to my
town to receive the geuzenpenning. I can't believe he
was in our city and that we saw him. There are still
american people who probably never will see him in
their lives and it is very strange that he came to
such a little and unknown city. But for a little city
we have a very important award which is given every year
to an organisation which works peacefully for a good
cause in the world. "Geuzenpenning" stands
for the warresistance in worldwar II against the
germans. This year is for the Tibetan organisation ICT
of which Richard Gere is the president. It is
about Tibetan people and how
they had been dissipated, tortured and exiled from their own country. Almost
like the american people did with the
indians! I hope Richard realizes that too!
Whole morning I was watching my kitchenwindow to look
if there were yet people to be waiting. But untill
12:45 there was nobody yet to be seen. Last year with
Princess Maxima there was a whole crowd at 11:30. I
decided to go at 12:45 and find myself a perfect spot
to make pictures for my weblog. It was a very windy
and cold day and in the morning we had some hail and
snow. I stood next to a house built in 1500 and the
family upstairs who lived there invited me for 50 euro (ind.
coffee!) to watch upstairs; 75 with my daughter too. I
don't think they made any money this afternoon. All the
photographers and camera/tvpeople had their own
presspart. It was frozen cold with the wind and we had
to wait till 14:00hrs. Fortunately our friends Fred
and Ingrid came by with their daughter Caitlin and
they decided to stay and watch too. Although Ingrid
rather had seen Brad Pitt she said. Finally at two
o'clock the whole ceremony began and we saw Richard
right away, during the ceremony we could see him well.
Then at 14:15 they all went inside again and we had to
wait untill three o 'clock again for him to
come out again. Me and Rajacenna were all frozen at
that time. Finally he came out again to walk to the
church; I waited all afternoon to make good pictures
but when he came out he waved to the people at the
other side of us!! That wasn't good for the pictures!
When he went into the church everybody went away, we
did also and at home we put our feet in warm water
because they were frozen. At
15:45 we hurried back again to the church waiting for
him to come out again. This time we had a much better
spot then before and there were much less people. Then
he came out and walked with a big smile on his face
right in front of our row. Because of my mother Rajacenna
never could have
taken a picture so good as the close-up here under. He
stood right in front of our faces and while shaking my
hand! Well see the other pictures: we didn't stood
their for nothing afterall!!
11 march 2005Richard
Gere already arrived There were al a lot of camerapeople,
photographers and journalists this afternoon walking
by our house. We saw a wellknown female journalist
from the news who had parked her car in front of our
house. She took the time to let herself photographed
with her mini-car. Then she took of with the cameraman
to the cityhall in front of our house. Later that
afternoon Jaco run upstairs to me to tell me that Ivo
Niehe, a famous tv presenter in Holland, just walked
by his officewindow (which is downstairs in our
house). He walked to the entrance of the public garage
which is next to our house. His talkshow is running on
tv now for about 25 years. It seemed that Richard Gere
had already arrived in our town this afternoon so we
saw on the news. He gave a press conference. In
fact the pers conference was a few meters from me and
I didn't even noticed he was already there. Tomorrow the Geuzenpenning will be given to him
Rai is learning fast how to be a webdesigner like me.
She wants me to teach her and she does very well.
Although soon she will need a faster computer also
because this one is working to slow.
10 march 2005"mother
picture is taken last saturday at the open day of the
new (high)school Rai is going to.
Pretty looking duo don't you think?
9 march 2005"baby
The day started at 07:20 when Rajacenna came to
sit down on my bed. She said: "when I was little
I never wanted to have babies........but now I like
them very much!" Well goodmorning to you too.
"Well" I said "you have a free midday
from school, then we are going to buy one this
afternoon!". At that moment we did'nt know yet
that her little cousin Jordan (3 months) was coming this
afternoon. How lucky she was. Rai liked it very much
to hold her and to feel her tiny little fingers.
8 march 2005 "preparations
The snow is all gone and our parc looks green
again. I'd rather saw it a little bit longer covered
with snow. In front of our house they had been made
some preparations for Saturday when Richard Gere has
to receive the "geuzenpenning" at the
cityhall. Last year we had our Princess Maxima coming
to our town and in the past we had our queen too. Last
year there had come a lot of people to the cityhall
and there were all kinds of photographers of the
wellknown dutch magazines parking in front of our
door. So I guess with Richard Gere coming I think
there will be a lot more people coming to watch.
Although you never know if he cancells at the last
minute but I don't think that.
Rajacenna's went to the dentist because for the last
year and a half there had been stuck an old tooth in
her mouth that didn't wanted to come out. It was stuck
betwee two new ones but finally now it's out!
7 march 2005 "Teachers
One week before you go
register your child at a new school you are getting
the "advice" of the teacher. Well nothing
new the advice is exactly the same as we thought and
if that was not the case we still would have stuck to
our own thoughts about Highschool choice.