Off to New Orleans!

12 11 2011

We are leaving for NOLA. I have to share an interesting phenomenon about men: have you noticed that they always complain. laugh at, and ridicule our tendency to pack preparing for all contingencies? And then boast about how they pack simply and travel light?
And then they come to you and say: ”Which bag are you packing? Have you got room for this? And That? And carry this fore me…”
Yeah, right… that way I can travel light too!





The Q and I saved the world!

9 11 2011

Armageddon did not happen, I am convinced this is because the Q and I got married right before!

Yes, that’s why I was away from my blog for a long time! I was preparing my wedding! And I did it all myself. I arranged the marriage in Denmark, because of the paperwork. So, marriage license, paperwork, place to stay, invite a few people, became more people, arrange for places to stay, look up planes and trains, arrange a wedding brunch, decide on dress, buy material for dress, make dress, more people are coming, so arrange for a wedding dinner also, make coat, try to find fabric for coat, order a bouquet holder for the flowers, etc. etc.

So here’s a view of what I did,

Wanna see it all? Go to my art blog!

We got married in Denmark because the paperwork in the Netherlands made it impossible to get married in my country, and the process was horrendously complicated and we could set no dates aside and it was too problematic to get married in America. Also it took way too long!
In Denmark, EU country, Schengen country, it is very simple to get married. Very simple paperwork, very simple process, and I got in touch with a Danish Wedding planner who made the whole process a wheeze, as well as being very helpful with all the extra arrangements because we had a lot of friends and family coming.

So anybody who wants to get married and has too much hassle with paperwork and silly rules in their own country, or if you just want a beautiful, super romantic destination wedding, contact Rita at Wedding Denmark.





The Stockyards

25 03 2010

The Q and I went for a bit of tourism: we went to the Fort Worth Stockyards and had a great time! It is very touristy, but not too slick. There are some amusing shops, and some gorgious but rundown buildings!

Of course the Stockyards are all about cows. This is the touristy bit.

Now this works for me! What a beautiful building! Unfortunately it’s just a shell. I wish I could have photographed it without the car!
Whished I could have made a better photo alltogeter actually…

A bit more tourism. This building, with lots of different small shops, reminded me so much of Camden Town in London! The corridors were wholly covered in these lovely murals.

A bloke collected money with his menagerie!
Successfully of course; they were too cute!

Then there were a lot of shops selling ”cowboy furniture” and bric-à-brac.

I loved the ”Cross eyed moose” But not all shops were open, so I haven’t seen all.

This shop was full of great crazy stuff! Stuffed animals, boots, cutlery, number plates, saddles, books, furniture, fish…

The list goes on. Anything you can imagine!

I was allowed to make as many photos as I wanted!

It was as good as a museum 😀

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Look at all those boots! They are works of art and quite expensive, even if heavily worn.

There were a number of beautiful vintage saddles.

And lots of stuffed animals

Fish…. Lots of fish….

Beautiful vintage cinema, also empty and unused.

This is one of these things which makes me worried about the Americans…

I mean: house number 2408 1/2????

Anybody wants to try a Harry Potter here?

The Q treated me on a great dinner at the H3-ranch.

Just some reminders of what you are eating in Texas

This must have been the best steak I have ever eaten! It was a cold day and we sat near the roasting fire, 😉  As always in Texas the staff were very nice as well!

As we came out we saw this cool dude on a longhorn! I had been telling Q I wanted to see real longhorns!

But it gets even better!

And better and better!

What do you think? Should I swap the Tarq for a Longhorn?

And one last brilliant view at some of the buildings





A really huge daunting project

14 02 2010

I am preparing for my ”Ladies sidesaddle weekend” another fun weekend with my friends and this time we are going to be taught in sidesaddle riding. And when we are not having lessons we hope the weather will be good enough for our usual sport of dashing at mad-speeds through the forest!!!

But if the freezing weather holds, (and it’s next weekend!) we will have to resign and behave as ladies all the time instead of half the time as we planned….

Anyway, there’s going to be no fun for me if I can’t get my trailer fixed. I have a great trailer, I brought it with my savings many years ago and it was allready old then. In the years it is mine I have repainted it, replaced the pulling thingy, made a new floor, and replaced the axels, and now the walls have become so rotten that if I don’t replace them is ”Adios trailer”!

My trailer

The holes in the walls:

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In the summer all kinds of interesting musrooms and toadstools grow on the rotten wood…

I painted the rotten parts whitish to make them less noticeble from a distance. But some parts you can stick your finger through!!!

But this is a really huge job! Not just the job, but the taking apart of the trailer! The fiberglass hood is attached in a very bizarre and complicated manner and it took us quit a while to find out how. Also there are so many Screws and bolts to take off, and they are all rusted and rotten and fixed together with all the rust. Also they tend to swivel around because most of the wood is rotten!

The screws and bolts, which ones belong where and how many we need

I was not really sure I could ever do it, so i was thrilled when my friend J offered me to stay the weekend and I could use her barn and she would help me take the thing apart and rebuilt it!

My hands hurt with the cuts and abrasions, and my back aches, but at last! late at night we figured out how to get the hood off! Without J’s help I would never have managed to get this far! (Which isn’t far at all)
Here you see J cutting through one of the bolts we couldn’t get out so we have to destroy it to remove it.

The attachment of the hood, There must be a weld between the folded strip and the U-profile on the inside. Here you can see it after we bend it to open, so we could loosen the fiberglass hood. If the fiberglass cracks I can throw the remains on my trailer on the dump!!! It’s a stupid construction: it holds a lot of water. I was hell to drill out the 45 special bolts!!! J did most of them!

So tomorrow we will remove the hood very carefully, and store it in a safe place. Then we will try to see how to remuve the metal strips and get the wooden panels out. Hopefully in one piece so we can use them as a template to cut the new oned. I brought the special plates yesterday. We need to do two big walls, to small ones, and one narrow strip in the front. We plan to do one piece at a time so as not to make the whole thing fall apart.
We think that putting the trailer back together might actually be a lot less work as taking it apart! We still aren’t quite sure if we will succeed.
In case the suspence is killing you, I will continue the Saga of the Trailer tomorrow!





Riding in the snow

4 01 2010

Today was a day of such beauty, it was magical! Beautiful! Everything was white, with the sun going down there were beautiful colours everywhere, and there was a snow-mist softening the landscape!
Al Tarq was happy to be out. Not much to amuse him at the moment.
It very cold of course. For tips on dressing and drawings of what to wear, and a drawing of an angry, fluffy Tarq, see my art-blog!

This is how I look when fully dressed for winterriding:

Sundown behind the trees

The world looked a very mysterious place

Zora in the snow. She walks fine in the snow, actually has less trouble with her elbow.

Within half an hour all our hairs were covered in a thin layer of ice.

Tarq wanted to go ludicrousspeed here, and although I loved a fine trot, I did think ludicrousspeed was a bit too dangerous. The icy slippery frozen remnants of the last snow period are still hidden under the fresh snow.

Zora’s hairs are also covered in ice!

Back at the village





Roadtrip, To California!

5 10 2009

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We left Vegas, drove across Death Valley, which wasn’t as awsome an experience as I had thought. Except from the air being very, very dry, I was sitting in an airconditioned car enjoying the landscape…..

My battery died on me so the photo’s are from my camera.

So this is death valley… Other then it being very hot and very, very dry, that’s it. I had imagined something more scary.

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Sometimes I wonder about the Americans. Sometimes I wonder very much…

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Q told me some bozo had built a ”Water fairground” here… In the middle of the desert… Sometimes I wonder about the Americans…

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Look at all that sand just blown onto the sides of the mountains!

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We arrived late in the afternoon in Los Angeles, There we were going to stay for two weeks. Q had booked a large studio room with kitchen, but…
That is another story  🙂





Roadtrip, Las Vegas 2

28 09 2009

Walking around the Las Vegas strip is like a 10 minute tour around the planet.
Monte Carlo….

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New York….

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Statue of liberty….

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Egypt….

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erupting volcano’s

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Q loves this watergarden.

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Venice….

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In the doge’s palace,
Again…

I visited the doge’s palace before
in Venice,
Europe  😉

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We had a lovely dinner in that restaurant, to the upper left 😛

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Another spectecular waterfall near my favorite casino/hotel of all: The Encore

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We first went to the Wynn’s, Q complained: he thought it too girly

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He was sooooo right: This place was meant for women!

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I really loved it, it is designed in a sort of modern Art Deco style, very bold, very imaginative, very amusing, and very detailed.

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Entrance to one of the restaurants, the ceiling recess is decorated with cutlery and plates! 😀

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The Wynn and the encore have their own theme, flowers for the Wynn, and butterflies for the Encore.

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It has some great shops.
With lots of blingy stuff!

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I loved the lamps everywhere, every detail in this casino was perfect.

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They also have the very best, poshest loos in Vegas

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A Ladytree
or Treelady

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I immediately had to think of Achelois when I saw these white peacocks with cristal tails!

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A crystal dragon in the Chinese restaurant!

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The lobby

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Even the gambling areas were beautiful, often they are a bit messy. In the Venice they were very disappointing, very cheap-looking and ugly.

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Because I liked Vegas so much we stayed another day! We did some shopping, and we went to Paris where I wan $100,- playing blackjack. I brought dinner with my winnings. Paris actually looked even better as Venice. Because of more ceiling hight perhaps? I made photo’s but they seem to have disappeared.

Their buffet is the best ever, and you eat it on a Parisian courtyard which makes you feel you are on a set for a movie about the Grimm Fairy tales!

We later went ”down town” to the cheaper casinos. Playing blackjack in the Golden Nugget was even more fun, but perhaps that was because I got away with another $200,- there  😉
Sadly that was our last night 😦

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Roadtrip, Las Vegas 1

22 09 2009

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Q loves Las Vegas. To me it was not my dream-place-to-visit. But being together means you have to compromise a bit here and there. We arrived at dark.
Naturally I was falling asleep again, but I did manage to snap a few photos from our room!

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We stayed at the Rio.
We entered the hotel, with lots  of luggage, and got a porter, and we went through the casino to the masquerade tower where our room was. I was really tired, and the nois, and flashing lights, and the show which was on at the time almost became too much for me. I longed to be in our room and to be quiet. So we entered the room, and the (very friendly) porter showed us the room, I thought it was going to be a double room, but kept on showing is the ”room”, and on, and on…. That place was bigger as my apartment! and half of it was windows! WAW!!!!!!!
I naturally perked up immediately, and the res of this post is about the ”room”.

And the view….

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At night…

You enter in a small vestibule, with a wardrobe for coats,

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And a loo

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Then around the corner there is a dining area, with a small service area, with a tap, and marble countertop, and a fridge.

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There are 180” of windows!

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The lounge area… there is a huge flatscreen in the wall.

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And then, aften a fairly long hike, you enter the bedroom, with, naturally, another huge flatscreen…

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There are two door leading into the Bathroom area… There is anothe loo, a shower, a walk-in closet, and an enormous bath! I took four baths during my stay!
Bliss……

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The make-up table, also marble. Managed to fill that with my stuff in 10 minutes.

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And the two washbasins

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And always…
The View!!!!!!!

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Roadtrip, day 1

14 09 2009

We left on our roadtrip, the first day was to be a very long day as we tried to get as far as possible.

From Texas through new Mexico, to Arizona. We spend the night in a motel in Flagstaff.

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Q told me that if you stick your arm out, and make a pullin motion when passing a truck, the trucker will hoot his horn….
So the first day I amused myself with asking every second truck we passed to sound his horn!
COOOOOLLLL!!!!!!!

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We went from the comparitively lush landscape of Texas, right through New Mexico, and into Arizona. Where the landscape turns more and more dry.

Except when you drive a Dutch person around, then the customary Dutch influence makes it rain….

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We arrived in Flagstaff after dark, had dinner at a Sizzler, where you have a great vegetable buffet, and I had a very nice small steak with it. Q was all happy with a huge steak and felt a real man (Neanderthal)….
We slept in a real motel, a ”Super 8”. It was very neat and clean and not at all what you see in Hollywood movies. Q assured me that it is very rare for people to get killed/abducted/dissected in American motels nowadays.





Roadtrip – Biblebelt

11 09 2009

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I’m in the middle of my roadtrip with the Q!
More posts soon! Expect lots of photo’s. I had problems getting online at the hotels we visited, but now I can write all I want 🙂
I am having a wonderful time, and seeing so many new, weird and fantastic things it seems I have been in America for a month at least!

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A lot of the photos are ”drive-by-shooting”, and Q’s car’s windows are tinted, it took me a few days to get the brilliant idea to lower the window when taking a photo, still, they are a bit shaky, but you will still have to look at them :mrgreen: