Monday, February 26, 2007

Dutch Pea Soup to the rescue! - Nederlandse Erwtensoep schiet te hulp!

OMG! The most pitiful couple on the street are coughing, wheezing, moaning, groaning, etc. !!
Not us, silly readers, I'm talking about our humans!! Yep, they are now BOTH sick!!

So look! We made a big kettle of Dutch Pea Soup (Nederlandse Erwtensoep) for them - it's just as good (or maybe better), than chicken soup for what ails you! :-)

©2007 Judith Nijholt-Strong
The recipe came from our human Dutch "oma" (grandmother). It's so yummy (lekker) .

This soup is so good, even Finn likes it (it's not just the pork & sausage he likes, he really likes the split peas ... rofl) Look, I caught him licking the bowl ... naughty cat! (stoute kat) .

©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
I sure hope our humans get better soon because spring is here ( a bit early, but there ya go) -there already are crocus (krokus) blooming in the back garden (achtertuin) !

©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
And I'm not a very good nurse!! I'd rather be outside ...

©2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Are you listening "moeder en vader" ?!!
Tot kijk, (see you)

Sunday, February 18, 2007

She has the flu - Zij heeft de griep

Our "mom" is sick ... :-( Poor mom (arme moeder).
Sick - ziek
Cold - verkouden
Flu - griep
Headache - hoofdpijn
Cough - hoest
Sneeze - proesten
Tired - moe
Ok, so we're giving her our mousey souvenir toy from Paris ... hoping to comfort her while she gets better.
Do you think it will work? lol

©2007 J. Nijholt-Strong, "Finn & Sacha's Paris Souvenir"

We'll return when "mom" is feeling "human" again ... she has to do the typing, you know?!
If we did it all by ourselves, it would look something like this:
akjb pioéuH agoi as Mbópe 0i-08☼6bJmb

:D heh heh

Get well soon "mom"! Word gauw beter, "moeder"!
Finn & Sacha

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day - - - - - - - - - - - - - Fijne Valentijnsdag

"Dutch Chocolates" ©Judith Nijholt-Strong
3"h x 4.5"w, Colored pencil on Sennelier La Carte Pastel card

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
It's time for chocolate
From "us", to "you"!

And now the very loosely translated Dutch version, with some
'poetic license' taken!

Rozen zijn rood,
Viooltjes zijn blauw,
Het is tijd voor chocolade,
Van "ons", voor "jou"!
(What a sappy poem, but Finn made me write it * eye roll* Finn is the romantic in the house.)

"Dutch Chocolate is Good!" ©Judith Nijholt-Strong
7"h x 5"w, Colored pencil on Sennelier La Carte Pastel card

Of course, as you might suspect, our "mom"did these drawings of chocolates. We don't draw, we're cats, although we can walk through ink & paint and make nice paw prints everywhere ... hmm, we like to think of ourselves as 'purrrrformance artists'. *grin*

She used Primacolors, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d'Ache Pablos colored pencils on both of these drawings. Although the Primacolors are wax-based pencils and the Polychromos & Pablos are oil-based pencils, they do work/blend well together... never fear!

The support used is La Carte Pastel card made by Sennelier (a boardlike, abrasive, surface - aka "sanded"). "Mom" likes to use this surface even though it can be tricky to work on because you can not, under any circumstances, get this paper wet - it will become a mess! The surface is made up of tiny bits of pH neutral vegetable flakes - thus, no water can be applied. However, "mom" likes the range of colors the La Carte Pastel card is available in and the sanded surface is not as rough/abrasive as other similar papers (i.e., Colourfix and Wallis), so it is not too bad at wearing down the penicls.

The chocolates were drawn from life and we were amazed at her ability to not gobble them up when she was working on these pieces!! If they had been fishcakes and we had to draw them, forget it, they'd not last very long... probably would have only the remainders to draw... hee hee. If you'd like to see a step-by-step 'WIP' ('work in progress' in english; believe us that you don't want to know what 'wip' means in dutch...we're not telling either) of the "Dutch Chocolate is Good" drawing, then click on this link to the thread in the Colored Pencil Forum at WetCanvas! "Did you want chocolate?"

We hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with loads of sweetness in your lives ... today and always!

Liefs, (Love)
Sacha & Finn

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Paris Trip, Part Two (the photos) - - - - - - - Reis naar Parijs, Deel twee (de foto's)

In this post, we are not going to be translating into dutch ... because we have all this French to translate! Now, where did we put our French language dictionary?? (Waar hebben we ons Franse woordenboek gelaten??)
You already know that our humans spent some wonderful days in Paris last month (Paris Trip, Part One - where you can see "mom" sketches of Paris ). They came back with over 500 photos this trip! So, as per request of some of our friends out there in "blogland", we've put together some of the highlights of what 'our humans' saw and did while in Paris ... easier than uploading 500 pics, don't you think? Here, we present you a virtual tour of Paris ... enjoy.
Views of Paris -The Photos!
Kijk op Parijs - De Foto's !
The Sainte-Chapelle
This is the 'hidden jewel' of Paris! Located within the confines of the Palais de Justice, the Sainte-Chapelle was built in the 13th century for King LouisIX (St. Louis) to house the relics of Jesus' Passion and the True Cross. These possessions catapulted France into the forefront of the Christian world of that period in history.
Whether you are a follower of the Christian religion or not, this is one truly magnificent little cathedral not to be missed (in "mom's" opinion). Certainly a place to visit if you are a lover of Medieval stained glass, architecture, sculpture & decoration.
(click image to enlarge - may load slowly if you are on dial-up).
"Views of Sainte-Chapelle - Paris, 2007" © 2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Musée du Louvre - selected views, as you can't take pics everywhere!
The Louvre houses 35, 000 works of art from eight departments, displayed in over 60,000 square meters of exhibition space dedicated to the permanent collections. Plan on spending a day in one can never do the whole museum in one day. "Mom" tells us that to thoroughly appreciate the Louvre and its treasures, you really need a week! What?! A week in an art museum!?! YIKES! No way are two cats going to spend a week in the Louvre, unless there are plenty of still-lifes & sculptures of fish in there, and the café has paté - wait, it's the Louvre, what are we worried about?!! *cats giggling*
(click image to enlarge )
"Views of the Louvre - Paris, 2007" © 2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Montparnasse - views from Tour Montparnasse (Montparnasse Tower)
The Tour Montparnasse is currently the highest skyscraper in the city of Paris, rising 196 meters (over 640 feet) above the area of Paris known as Montparnasse. Visitors can take the fastest elevator in all of Europe up to the 56th floor where, on a good day, you can see out over every direction of Paris - full 360 degree panaoramic views. The tower is also open for night views. Our humans had fun trying to locate the various Paris landmarks that they have visited.
(click on image to enlarge)

"Views from the Tour Montparnasse - Paris, '07" © 2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Musée de l'Orangerie & Jardin des Tuileries
It was a cold day (our "mom's" birthday actually) when they visited l'Orangerie and since this is also a popular musem, there was a line to get in. All was not so bad though, as there was a clarinetist serenading the people in the line with classical clairnet solos - and he wasn't bad either! But we don't know the names of the songs he played, because our humans didn't tell us.
L'Orangerie is located in the Tuileries garden which is part of the area that makes up the Louvre complex - it is at the opposite end of the garden from the Louvre with a spectacular view over the Place de la Concorde (where Louis XVI lost his head! Ooops! Maybe his wife, Marie-Antoinette, should have suggested fish rather than cake!).
If you love Monet & the Impressionists, then you'll be thrilled at the renovations they have made on l'Orangerie and the beautiful way in which Monet's famous "Nymphaes"are presented.
(click on image to enlarge)

" l'Orangerie, 2007" © 2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Various photos around Paris.
You must be bored by now. This is a bit like your Uncle Bob & Aunt Ida showing slides of their summer holiday to "fill in the blank", or endless slides of Cousin Jimmy's last birthday party (Ouf!, borrrrring, unless there are photos of fishcakes)! So this is the last group of photos from "our human's" Paris trip we're showing you ... besides, we're getting frustrated with the computer today.
(click image to enlarge)

"Around Paris - January, 2007" © 2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sometime, we don't know when, we'll show you what 'that frog' ( the one that always travels with them... ) did in Paris. We don't own watches (or calendars), because we're cats, we don't need to - so you'll just have to wait until we feel like posting Paris pics again.*meow* purrrrr* rubbing up against you, like such sweet kitties* big cat grins on our little faces* purrrrr* meow* *WINK*! ;-)
Tot Ziens!
Finn & Sacha

Thursday, February 8, 2007

What is that white stuff? . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wat is dat witte spul?

Finn looked up and saw this today! :-)

Like he's never seen snow before! Silly cat! (Gekke kat!)

Our back garden was quickly getting covered in a soft blanket of white. (oh how poetic of me! lol)

And the pots with the "precious" tulips were soon covered.

A view of the back gardens of our neighborhood, from our upstairs window.

Alas, the snow is melting, but the weather will remain cold.
Hmmm, I'm going back to sleep. (ik ga weer slaapen.)

Kusjes (kisses),

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

The Weather - Het Weer

Hey! This post has nothing to do with Paris, vacations, sketching or anything you may even care about (LOL), but at this moment it is snowing outside!! Snow (Sneeuw) !!! It's light and probably won't last, but finally SNOW! (Eindelijk, sneeuw!)

Why are we happy, you may wonder? Because our humans planted expensive tulip bulbs and those bulbs have had a rough time in the mild winter we're having this year in the Netherlands! The bulbs need the cold and they don't need all this mild temperature, rainy weather. We know other places in the world have had a really rough winter - we read the reports and we are sorry people are having to go through such cold. But at the moment, how ever brief it may be - we're happy. (Wij zijn blij.)

We're so happy we're not even consulting our dutch dictionary (nederlands woordenboek) to check if we're getting the translations correct...hahaha.

Ok that's all we have to say... no pics, we're going outside to enjoy this brief weather moment.

Doei (bye),
Finn & Sacha


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