Phosphorus Fertilizer and ‘Prepping’

I have quite a few houseplants in my living room. On my tiny balcony, in addition to ornamental plants, I have plants for consumption too. I purchased the spathiphyllum specimen shown here over ten years ago and it did produce some flowers every year. Inspired by my ‘microscopic‘ horticultural activities and observations, a few weeks… Continue reading Phosphorus Fertilizer and ‘Prepping’

Kinds of Zen in a roller coaster

>> August 21: added important update. See below. So glad I made this ride in Walibi [1] roller coaster ‘Goliath‘ but not sure if I will ever do it again. My eldest daughter, eldest granddaughter and eldest grandson had challenged me by asking how I would pose for the action photo that is taken of… Continue reading Kinds of Zen in a roller coaster

Botanic behaviour – II

In January this year I made a video about Botanic behaviour and at the beginning of March I wrote an update. When I had already planned to write a new update, I met someone who graduated from Wageningen University quite some time ago. We met because of the most important political topic of today (trans-genderism)… Continue reading Botanic behaviour – II

Diversity: Houses under the Hammer shows bright side of integration

Presenters of Houses under the Hammer: Dion Dublin, Martel Maxwell and Martin Roberts

The long-running BBC TV program Houses under the Hammer is also broadcasted in the Netherlands (Here it is titled with the literal translation: ‘Huizen onder de hamer‘. I would prefer Villa’s en bouwvallen geveild‘, but okay). It is one of only two television programs not meant to be funny I regularly view. It is packed… Continue reading Diversity: Houses under the Hammer shows bright side of integration

Perfection, beauty & shifting perspectives

Perfectionism and beauty

Perfection can’t be wrong, can it? But perfectionism, obsession? Surely any form or degree of OCPD (Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder) is bad isn’t it? Ordering my cutlery drawer this way started a couple of months ago. I gave the pair of scissors a very precise place in the drawer: not only in its own compartment, but… Continue reading Perfection, beauty & shifting perspectives

Chimney design by stubborn architect

Chimney near North Sea, Wassenaar

There is something really special about this chimney. Apparently the fire place just HAD to be on the outside wall. And thus required extensive provisions to ensure that the thing would not fall over; Especially close to the sea where it can blow hard. I am not sure: was the architect a particularly stubborn one… Continue reading Chimney design by stubborn architect