Another beautiful bike ride

We’re having gorgeous spring weather for a few days before it gets chilly and wet again over the weekend (if the forecast is to be believed). Mr. Esther and I went for another bike ride this evening after work. Our clocks changed to summer time last weekend, which means it’s light longer in the evening and this past evening was very beautiful!

Also made a few gifs from a few short videos I made (you can see our shadows as we bike)…

I have a day off tomorrow, if the weather stays this good I might do a longer ride on my own.

Snowdrops

The ‘Mach’ Was’ theme this time around is to do something with snowdrops (in German “Schneeglöckchen” – such a sweet word!). “Easy!” I thought as I had seen one in our front garden. That snowdrop had been trampled but I figured I’d find others around everywhere. Alas, I did not! For the past few weeks, during every walk, I kept my eyes peeled to the ground in the hope of finding some snowdrops. Last week I finally found a remnant of the last few snowdrops…

… but mostly I found daffodils and hyacinths and even the first tiny daisies…

… but no more snowdrops! Spring has started here, leaving the snowdrops of the end of winter behind.

I figured I should find something more constructive to contribute to this challenge than not finding any snowdrops so I did a little online search and found this video…

For once my ‘Mach’ was’ contribution has something to do with actually making something. However, I’m not a crafter myself, I never have been and I have no patience for it, but this does look like something that is quite easy for someone else to make. So, happy snowdrops crafting, should you be so inclined!

Sunset biking

No Yannick Bissoning (biking and filming) this evening, just biking with Mr Esther this time and stopping for an occaisonal picture.

We were supposed to do just a quick little bike ride after work but in the end we took a far longer route than anticipated beforehand. Part of that route I had never biked before and it was beautiful. It was a little chilly but there wasn’t a lot of wind and there were clear skies and the world was going orange in the sunset. We stopped at a lock along the way for some pictures…

… and it was all just glorious. I love good weather biking, I’m so glad I’ve started doing this.

Yannick Bissoning it

I’ve been a bit of a downer of late and by of late, I mean that it’s been going on for a few months. The vertigo I had (thankfully all gone now) didn’t help, depressing weather and shorter days in wintertime didn’t help (I always have a bit of the winter blues), job dissatisfaction didn’t help, a year in lockdown didn’t help and not moving enough probably didn’t help either. Now with the days thankfully getting longer again, I try to get out more, like during the walk I posted about earlier this week. I’m getting tired of walking, though, and so today I Yannick Bissoned it (yep, I invented a new verb)!

Yannick (him with the dreamy brown eyes) is a mountain biker. He bikes on The Murdoch Mysteries

… but most of all he’s a biking nut in real life…

On his social media he posts little biking movies…

… and, inspired by Yannick, I found myself thinking that with the weather improving a bit, I should really go biking again as well. It’s something different than taking all the same old walks all the time. I don’t do the adventurous mountain biking that Yannick does but The Netherlands isn’t anything if not a biking country and it’s easy to step on your bike and just go. So, Yannick Bissoning it (biking and filming along the way) seemed the way to go.

Lockdown measures have been prolongued here to mid April at least (Corona cases are on the rise again and vaccinations are not moving quick enough), which means we are all still limited in our movements. Biking is not limited, though, and so at the end of the afternoon I stepped on my bike again for the first time in many months and biked into town. I have no leg muscles left to speak of, so I decided on a leisurely pace. I have also not been into our town centre for months, so it was nice to just bike to and around there for a bit. I made some gifs from the few short videos I made (had to hold it in my hand, don’t have a camera fixed on me like Yannick does).

I plan on Yannick Bissoning it way more often now as the weather improves. It will be good to build up a little stamina again as well and, as I do so, maybe I can take some longer bike rides by the time the weather really gets warmer. Time will tell…

What happens when we die

The other day I came across this profound moment of truth, stated so beautifully and simply by Keanu Reeves.

I had seen it before but it popped up again for me just as I was remembering my dad’s passing on March 12th and today my oldest brother’s passing 52 years ago at the age of 7, a year before I was born.

My brother is buried in a convent’s graveyard in Israel, just outside of Jerusalem. The Hebrew inscription on his grave (“The Lord is my banner”) is the same as the one we also had engraved on my dad’s headstone here in The Netherlands, forever connecting my brother to my father who had always missed him.

I miss my father and my whole life I missed my oldest brother, always wishing I could have known him. Keanu Reeves is a wise man, knowing this profound truth about the human condition and internalizing it in such a way that he could express it so beautifully and succintly on a talkshow. It’s a nugget of wisdom to remember for the ages and additionally a reminder to me that missing the people we have loved and lost will also always keep them alive in our hearts.