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April 5, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Dutch family history

2014-04-04, Rotterdam (19)I hope the lamb cookery club went well today with Henry Yates talking about the Field to Fork process of rearing lamb, which he supplies to Apley Farm Shop’s butcher Mark Lowe. I missed it, as we’ve been away in Rotterdam meeting numerous 2014-04-04, Rotterdam (18)Dutch cousins (my grandmother was Dutch but spoke French & English). Fascinating. Lovely boutique hotel, then we drove to the coast for a quick seaside walk before supper – sandy beached, warm & sunny. Back for a delicious seafood restaurant this evening – Dutch whelks & winkle then North Sea shrimps were worth trying but are really too fiddly. I’ve decided my love of biking everywhere is in my genes – they’ve everywhere, no helmets or bike lights needed here.  There are even indoor bike parks, like multi store car parks. Gavin’s also thinks my preference for having everything clean & tidy comes from my Dutch genes !

It appears the majority of Dutch are very tall – must be all that milk – with mousey brown straight hair ! During lunch this massive crane ship passed under this [disused] bridge, now seen as a symbol of Rotterdam. We basked on the deck of a boat in which we had lunch, cruising the River Maas, admiring the shere scale of activity & development in Europe’s biggest port.

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