Giethoorn Cottages

Giethoorn Cottages – The “Dutch Venice”

So, you’re probably wondering how I found these beautiful Giethoorn cottages? It’s simple. I go surfing on Pixabay almost every day just to find some inspiration. I have a fondness for cottages anyway, especially the kind found in the western part of England in the Cotswold district. Stone buildings, flowers and charm, some of my favorite things.

Giethoorn CottagesAs I was cruising the extraordinary photos, I found a pic of a lovely cottage on a canal and I was hooked. Before this week, I’d never heard of Giethoorn. But I soon learned its nickname as the “Dutch Venice”, or the “Venice of the North”, is with good reason. This picturesque area in the north Netherlands is full of canals and can only be traveled but punters or small motorboats.

The history of this charming village in the Netherlands is fascinating. There are canals here because through the centuries, the inhabitants began digging out and making use of the area’s deep reserves of peat. The peat was spread over the land, more peat was dug out, and so on. The result were deep ditches everywhere as well as rising land levels in what became islands. Eventually, wooden bridges needed to be built just to cross the ditches. Then it made sense to connect the ditches with nearby lakes for easier water transportation and voila, you have Dutch Venice. 800,000 visitors head to Giethoorn each year. One-fourth of those visitors are Chinese and many of the signs in Giethoorn are in Chinese!

Giethoorn CottagesOn an unfortunate note, from one blogger’s point-of-view, there were a lot of ‘For Sale’ signs in the yards. He suspected the tourism was taking a toll. Could you imagine living in these homes and people constantly cruising by in 20-foot tour boats? Most of the cottages pictured are situated very close to the canals. You would have no privacy and if you wanted to work in your yard, you’d be waving to an awful lot of people or being shouted at by a few drunken tourists. (Source.) (Source.)

Giethoorn definitely has a fairy-tale appeal so it’s easy to understand why so many people would enjoy visiting this Netherlands treasure.

Here are some FunFacts about Giethoorn, Netherlands (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • A village in the Netherlands known as the Venice of the North.
  • Established in 1230 AD by fugitives from the Mediterranean area.
  • The name refers to goat horns. When the fugitives arrived, they found a bunch of goat horns, the goats having died in a flood 50 years earlier. ‘Giet’ is goat in Dutch. It was first Geytenhorn then Giethoorn
  • The village has no roads, no cars, no buses. Canals connect the people and residents own boats and bicycles. Wooden bridges cross the canals, but only foot-traffic and bikes are allowed.
  • Some of the boats used in this village are called ‘punters’, which, as in Venice, are pushed along by means of a pole. 
  • There are 180+ bridges in the village.
  • The population is a little over 2600.
  • Some of the cottages are over 200 years old.
  • There are many island farms here as well.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at Giethoorn.

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Venice of the Desert Southwest7/24/2017 ~ UPDATE from Buckeye, the Venice of the Desert Southwest, lol! A steady rain that lasts part of the night and half the day is very rare here in the Phoenix area. But that’s what we had today. For those of you who follow my garden, you know that I have islands and paths. Well, the paths filled up with water and my backyard has officially become: The Venice of the Desert Southwest. And yes, it is a joke. The photo is of the south path that travels between my self-planted palo verde tree and my tallest young Mesquite! 

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Freesias

Freesias

In a previous post, I featured roses mostly because my shrubs had stopped blooming given our hellacious Phoenix heat! One of the commenters mentioned freesias and I knew I had to go in search of some beauties to share here today as well as to collect a few FunFacts.  It’s said that placing a bouquet of freesias near you can change your mood! 

FreesiasFreesias are an elegant flower and add a delicate line to any bouquet. They come in a wide variety of colors, from white to red, yellow, and pink to purple. They can be solid or multi-colored and are a favorite of florists. 

And now, here are the freesia FunFacts: (Source.) (Source)

  • Freesias are named after a German physician, Friedrich Freese, who studied these plants.
  • Freesias are native to South Africa and belong to the iris family.
  • Freesia meanings and symbolism include trust, friendship, innocence and passion (the red ones, of course.)
  • They are difficult to grow in the average garden because they have specific temperature requirements. But they are a favorite flower of florists.
  • There are approximately 14 freesia species. But having been crossbred extensively, there are over 1400 species of cultivars ranging in a variety of colors.
  • Freesia plants are zygomorphic, which means that their flowers only grow on one side of the stalk.
  • Freesias are often used in aromatherapy for stress relief.
  • Narcissus and daffodils shouldn’t be put in vases with Freesias. They release a substance that shortens the Freesia vase-life.
  • Freesias are a popular wedding bouquet flower. They are also used to celebrate the 7th wedding anniversary.
  • Their delicate, sweet fragrance makes freesias one of the most popular flowers in the world.

I hope you enjoyed this brief look at freesias…

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Freesias

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Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

If you recall from last week, I did a post on Temples that featured Buddhist religious sites and customs of Myanmar (Burma). One of the temples was so incredible, I decided to continue the topic here. Several of us were intrigued by the Shwedagon Pagoda because of its complexity and size. I couldn’t help but wonder how it was built, when and how many years or decades it took to finish.

First, a pagoda is a tiered tower with multiple eaves, common in various parts of Asia. (Source.) The Shwedagon Zedi Daw Pagoda is also known as the Golden Pagoda or the Great Dagon Pagoda. It is considered the most sacred pagoda in Myanmar and is located in Yangon, a city with seven million inhabitants. (Source)

TemplesBoth historians and archaeologists believe the pagoda was built between the 6th and 10th centuries BC, or somewhere between 2600 and 3000 years ago, if I’ve done the math right. The legend, however, is a bit different. Two merchant brothers met Lord Gautama Buddha some time in 400 BC and were given 8 of the Buddha’s hairs. They took their prize possession back to Burma. The king, Okkalapa, had been hoping for the arrival of an enlightened Buddha. When the brothers brought the treasure of the Buddha’s 8 hairs to the king, all kinds of miracles occurred, giving the king confidence that a new age was on the horizon. (Source.)

Okkalapa took the 8 hairs to Singuttara hill where relics of three earlier, holy Buddhas were kept in a shrine. The king then built a pagoda around the shrine to protect and honor these relics, including the Buddha’s 8 hairs. This pagoda is the earliest reference to what is now known as the Shwedagon Pagoda (Source.)

History seems a bit sketchy as to when building began on the pagoda but it was fully visible and well known by the 11th Century. Over the years, various kings and queens renovated and enlarged the pagoda. From Wikipedia, here is an excerpt concerning the ‘gold’ of the pagoda. “The gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates, covering the brick structure and attached by traditional rivets. People all over the country, as well as monarchs in its history, have donated gold to the pagoda to maintain it. The practice continues to this day after being started in the 15th century by the Queen Shin Sawbu, who gave her weight in gold.”

The pagoda is said to have been originally only 8 meters in height and now stands at over 110 meters (360 feet). (Source.)

Originally, I thought the pagoda might have been built all at one time, like the great European cathedrals. But from what I’ve read, it began as a small building and increased over the centuries in size and grandeur.

I hope you found this as intriguing as I did.

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Italian Towns at Sunset

Italian Towns at Sunset

Having moved to the Arizona desert a couple of decades ago, I’ve learned a little of the history here. I even wrote a Western historical many moons ago that Kensington published. The story was set in Phoenix, in 1880, when the population was 2000. (We’re now at 4 million, at least during the winter when the Canadians arrive.) But what struck me, having lived only in southern California and in Arizona, is how thin our history is compared to Europe. 

Italian Towns at SunsetI did have a UK resident tell me I was not valuing the history of our land here in the western United States. Perhaps not. But having traveled in Europe, from which all my various ancestors have come, what I come back to time and again is how so much history has passed through all the towns, villages and cities. If you go back 4000 years — granted, the European landscape looked very different than it does today — you would find all kinds of ruins and excavations. But in my part of the world, you might find the remains of a saber tooth tiger and a few ancient tools in a handful of caves here and there. 

So, it’s no surprise that I’m drawn to Europe. And when I come across a series of photos that I’ve called Italian Towns at Sunset, my mind begins to weave a whole bunch of stories about these towns: Who were the first people to lay the stone foundations of these communities? How long ago did they live? Were they Etruscans? Romans? Greek immigrants? How many wars have these small towns seen? What was their commerce like over the centuries? The millennia? How many children were born here? How many young people got itchy feet and left? How many stayed behind to raise families, to grow old and to eventually be buried in the local cemeteries? 

Then of course, as a writer, I’d want to tell the story. When you see photos like these, of a distant land with a long history, where does your imagination take you?

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Water Lilies and Lotuses

Water Lilies and Lotuses

First, as an aside, I apologize that this blog is a bit late coming to you today. We had an extraordinary monsoon storm hit our part of Buckeye last night. It brought amazing rain but it also took out the electricity for hours so my blog was delayed.

But it also cooled everything down this morning. So much so, that I was able to work on Emerald Flame while sitting outside on the patio! Absolute heaven. Of course, I was using my notebook and my favorite pen. 

When the power came back on, I headed here to finish up my blog on Water Lilies and Lotuses.

Water Lilies and LotusesI had no idea there was a difference between them. I don’t think the photographers on Pixabay did either because all the photos I collected were marked as lilies, while all the flowers that aren’t floating on the water, are actually lotuses. Isn’t that interesting? Who knew? These flowers to the right, according to my research, must be lotuses because they emerge out of the water. If any of you know differently, leave a comment below!

Whatever the case, I think these are such beautiful flowers that I wanted to showcase them. Of course, I’ve never grown water lilies or lotuses, though I probably could once my Mesquites grow up and create a shade canopy over the yard. Apparently, water lilies can grow in tropical regions, which would mean I just need to provide shade and water. I doubt I’ll do it, though. As much as I admire their beauty, keeping a healthy pond in the desert would e a huge challenge.

Here are some FunFacts about Lilies and Lotuses: (source) (source)

  • Lotuses and water lilies belong to two different families. Lotus leaves and flowers rise above the surface of the water, while both the leaves and flowers of water lilies float on the surface. There are other differences, but this is the most significant.
  • The lotus flower is considered sacred in Buddhism.
  • Because the large leaves, or pads, of the water lily float on the surface of the water, they provide resting places for frogs and dragonflies.
  • Lotus blossoms, stems, rhizomes and young leaves are edible.
  • Though water lilies can bloom in both shade or full sun, lotuses require full sun to bloom.
  • Both plants provide shade for fish in ponds.
  • The leaves of the water lily and the lotus are attached to the soil at the bottom of the pond or lake by a long stem. The roots are fleshy tubers called rhizomes that store nutrients for the plant.
  • The Victoria amazonica water lily is the giant version with pads as large as 6-feet across.
  • If you feel inclined to plant lotuses, this blog had some very specific and interesting information, like 6 to 12 inches below the surface and best in pots. 

I hope you enjoyed this look at lilies and lotuses! 

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Temples

Temples

I’m not familiar with the Buddhist religion or the culture of Myanmar (Burma).  Of course, these drawbacks only made the subject of Myanmar’s Buddhist temples all the more intriguing to me. 

I was first drawn to the temples having seen the lavish gold structure below. Like European cathedrals, I have a hard time comprehending the amount of labor and years were involved in the construction of something so complex and so enormous.

TemplesMyanmar is slightly smaller than Texas, which will give some of us an idea of its size. It has a population of 55 million and then some. A devout Buddhist country, it’s home to thousands of temples. (Source.)

Buddhism was founded in the 6th Century BC by Siddhartha Gautama (“the Buddha”), an Indian prince. It is the 4th largest religion in the world. The spiritual leaders are monks, or in Tibetan Buddhism, lamas. If you want to know a few more facts about the religion itself, go here. Very interesting and succinct.

Here’s an interesting fact I didn’t know. Myanmar is one of only three countries that have not converted to the metric system. Guess who the other two are? Liberia and the USA. Hmmmm…

You’re probably wondering what my paranormal romance books have to do with temples. But I promise you that at some point, one of my worlds will probably be home to hundreds or perhaps thousands of temples. They won’t be exactly like the Buddhist temples, of course. But what translates for me is that the building of places of worship and meditation is a very human thing, and therefore can serve any good story. If you’ve read a number of my books, you know I try to include a spiritual element no matter the world. 

Enjoy the photos of Myanmar’s temples and others that reflect the Buddhist faith and rituals.

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Pasta

Pasta

Do you love to cook? How about pasta? Yes, I’m gluten intolerant, as many of you know, but there are a lot of terrific gluten-free options out there. DH and I have pasta twice a week. Yum.

When I was pulling the photos together for this blog, I admit I got crazed and had to stop and fix a small meal of spaghetti.

PastaSo be warned, these photos will probably send you racing to the kitchen to pull something together. And that’s what is so great about pasta. It has to be one of the most versatile dishes around. In fact, I’d say my favorite is a cold pasta salad with celery, minced onion, parsley, kalamata olives, mozarella cheese, salt and pepper and served with a mild vinaigrette. Okay, mouth is watering already.

Here are some FunFacts about pasta: (Source)

  • The Chinese were ahead of us all and are on record as having eaten pasta as early as 5000 BC!
  • Marco Polo didn’t introduce pasta to Italy after all. It appears the Etruscans, forerunners to Italians, were eating pasta in 400BC.
  • In the 13th century, the Pope created a whole set of standards for pasta.
  • It was Cortez, the Spanish Explorer, who brought tomatoes back from Mexico in 1519. But it took 200 more years before Italy embraced the daring possibility of the red sauce.
  • The average Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year, while the corresponding American only consumes 15 pounds per year.
  • Italy produces 2.75 million tons of pasta each year. (Okay, cannot fathom…)
  • There are over 600 pasta shapes created worldwide today. Here’s a link to the best-known pasta shapes.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Every once in a while, I like to watch the House Hunters International show on TV. The most recent one I saw featured housing in Amsterdam. I won’t go into the prices, but let’s just say I couldn’t afford to live there, lol. 

But it was so fascinating to see a few parts of the city, especially the canals. The city is very beautiful with lots of old buildings jammed up against each other and everyone moving on bicycles. The canals are lined with houseboats and adorned with bridge after bridge. (Yes, one of my favorite things: Bridges)

Amsterdam Paranormal RomanceI did visit Amsterdam once. I was young, only 21, and have just a handful of memories. But the most significant was traveling to the nearby city of Haarlem and visiting the Hiding Place, where Corrie Ten Boom and her family hid Jews from the Nazis during WWII. If you’ve never read or heard of her story, it is truly inspiring. (Source)

Here are some amazing FunFacts about Amsterdam. In this case, most include numbers! (Source)

  • There are 165 canals in Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam has over 1200 bridges.
  • Bicycles are one of the main transports through the city and nearly 25000 bicycles end up in the canals every year.
  • The number of bicycles in Amsterdam is approximately 881,000. The population is almost the same at 800,000. Explanation? Put it this way, my DH at one time owned four bicycles. If you love bicycles, you LOVE them…
  • There are approximately 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam gets twenty million visitors a year.
  • Eleven million wooden poles support the city.
    • “All of the structures in the city are supported by 15 to 20-meter-long wood poles that sink through the mud and are fixed in a sandy layer that is 11 meters deep on average. A typical house has around 10 wooden poles keeping it out of the muck, but Centraal Station is supported by nearly 9,000 houten palen.” (Source)

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*** This week’s giveaway is now closed! *** We have a winner! Congrats, Shannon C.! 

Recent Winners: Susan S. and Pansy P.

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, July 13, 2017.

And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

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*** This week’s giveaway is now closed! *** We have a winner! Congrats, Shannon C.! 

BraceletTo be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Thursday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. 

Recent Winners: Shannon C., Susan S. and Pansy P. New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, July 13, 2017! On Friday, July 14th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection!

*** This week’s giveaway is now closed! *** We have a winner! Congrats, Shannon C.! To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about Amsterdam. Have you ever visited there? Have you ever traveled in Europe or the Netherlands? Could you live in a houseboat? Which photograph did you like best? Feel free to share whatever comes to mind and share from the heart. 

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