Thursday, May 10, 2012

How did I get to be 60?

The first day of my 60th birthday started out great.  Rob and Sharon who came to be with us in Amsterdam and to celebrate with me came over and we all went to the Van Gogh Museum.

Stopped at a tree on our way home. 

We had a typical Euro lunch at our apartment....olives, CHEESE, sun dried tomatoes, great baguette, beets, beer and wine.   We had organized that we meet at the American Hotel for the beginning of the Birthday celebrations....the four of us walked over and met up with Rob and Rina.  As Rob and Rina were trying to figure out our table at the restaurant we said..."surprise it is a canal boat trip".  So we all jumped on Paradis and met our captain Ronald.


Captain Ronald

Arnt driving boat

                   We picked up some lovely snacks to go with our Champagne and white wine!

                                    The gang cruising the, bridges, architecture!

NEMO the Science centre
Amsterdam architecture
Film Museum
Canal View

Typical Dutch Boyer
Indiaman Amsterdam replica
Canal work boat

After the canal boat ride we went back to our place and Arnt and I made supper for everyone.  I received great gifts...maple syrup from Canada, tomato, parlsey and marjoram plants for my deck, spices for my cupboard, homemade jam and sauce, a Van Gogh puzzle of the Almond Blossom painting to keep me amused, two purses, a journal and a great book, ...spoiled!  60 is not so bad....thanks to everyone for all the good wishes and fun times!


  1. Yes, Happy Birthday Beautiful lady. What a FANTASTIC day!!

    All our Love The D-Vics xx

  2. Val, Happiest of birthdays to you. You are always my inspiration as an artist. And I swear you look exactly the same as when I met you twenty years ago! Possibly even more stylish ...