The Tostevin Clan Gathering

Dec 29, 12 The Tostevin Clan Gathering

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For the first time in many years we gathered the Tostevin clan together. It was a fantastic evening and great chance to catch up with Uncle’s, Aunts and cousins (1st & 2nd) many of whom I’ve not seen in years. A great laugh was had by all … and I’m hoping it won’t be so long until we all meet up again !...

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Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

Nov 01, 12 Dagtocht naar Amsterdam

Posted by in Holland, Travel

Dagtocht naar Amsterdam – “Day trip to Amsterdam” Yesterday we had a fantastic day trip to Amsterdam which took in a canal tour, a visit to the Rijksmuseum ending up with meal in Dam square.… lekker...

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Autumn in Holland

Oct 28, 12 Autumn in Holland

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We’re back in Holland again in time to see the gorgeous Autumn colours and landscapes … prachtig as they say here (beautiful) !! Also a chance for some of us (ie Annelies 😀 ) to partake of some good old traditional winter fayre … Pea Soup or “Snert” … so thick you literally can stand your spoon up in it...

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Tot ziens Norfolk

It’s time to say goodbye … Until the next time. We’ve had a great time especially with Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & Lukas. We miss them already 🙁 They gave us a terrific send off and as we zoomed down the runway we could see them on the other side of the field madly waving us off.

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Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Sylvan … or nearly happy birthday as it’s really tomorrow but we gathered along with the rest of the Andrew family to celebrate a day...

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G’day Norfolk Island

Mar 16, 12

G’day Norfolk … or should I say “Wat awey yorlee” which is Norfolks for welcome to you all. The Norfolks dialect is actually a rather unlikely mixture of Cornish and Tahitian. This has come about as the majority of Norfolk Islanders are direct decedents of the Mutineers on the Bounty. After a ‘brief’ flight of 2.5 hours and a further 1,043 miles to add to the tally we find ourselves back in the lovely island of Norfolk. Meeting up with Ma en Pa , Mariëlle and Sylvan and of course our cute 2 nephews, River & Lukas. It was fantastic meeting up with them again on our 3rd trip to the island especially as they were waiting just behind the gates alongside the apron where we exited from our plane waving frantically. So after a total of 22.5 hours flying time and 12,223 miles we’ve swapped one small island for an even smaller one!...

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Graduation!

Oct 12, 11 Graduation!

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The family’s all here in Cambridge to celebrate Julie’s Graduation!

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It’s a 1st !

Jun 08, 11 It’s a 1st !

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Congratulations to my ‘little’ sister Julie !!!! She’s been awarded a 1st Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design from the Anglia-Ruskin University in Cambridge. Am so very, very proud of her indeed...

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Terschelling

May 01, 11 Terschelling

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

We’re in the lovely, but windswept, island of Terschelling for a couple of days with Ma en Pa. It’s a totally charming place, “heel gezellig” as the Dutch would say (“very cozy”). It’s about twice the size of Guernsey but only has a population of 4,000 … most of it though is sand dunes! A speciality of the island is cranberries, believe it or not. During the 19th century a cask of the berries was washed up on the island. One of the locals who opened the barrel and tried the strange berries inside was so disgusted by the taste, as well as being disappointed that it didn’t contain brandy or wine, salvaged the barrel and emptied the contents into the dunes. Over the years they quietly grew and expanded to the extent that they’re growing everywhere now, in the sand dunes, alongside all the cycle paths as well as being cultivated on various farms. Of course a plethora of modern cranberry products are also now available aimed at all the tourists: cranberry cookies, cranberry candles, cranberry soap, cranberry wine and even cranberry beer. In true Dutch style we hired bikes and proceed to cycle all over the place like mad things. The network of cycle paths, as you would expect in Holland, is truly remarkable. It’s a cyclists paradise. The weather’s been great apart from a consistent gale force north easterly. As you can imagine cycling into that across flat open countryside and amongst the sandy dunes is tiring and has proved to be an excellent exfoliant! We all have new bright & shiny grit blasted faces...

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Gefeliciteerd

Apr 28, 11 Gefeliciteerd

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Gefeliciteerd (congratulations) to Ma en Pa on their golden wedding anniversary. We had a reception for (nearly) all the family members in Wezep, unfortunately Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & little Lukas weren’t able to make it over from Norfolk Island, way down there in the South Pacific 🙁 In the evening just the 6 of us went out for a meal to the totally “gezellig”(cozy) little town of...

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