Tulip of the day 6

I’ve saved the best for last! This simply stunning tulip was one of the bulbs I bought when I visited Amsterdam last summer. I planted it a bit late, January to be precise, when it was still very cold, and hoped that something would grow. And it has!









It’s called ‘Orange Parrot’ , isn’t it beautiful?! It reminds me of a Chinese dragon, the red and orange ruffled petals are so vibrant and richly coloured. I think this might be my tulip of the year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful tulips in the garden, they have brightened these last weeks, and I’ve looked forward to going outside each morning to see how they are faring.

All photos were taken using my iPhone.

2013 review: Places

2013 was an interesting year for travelling, both in the UK and abroad, both for business and pleasure. I’ve included Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, Amsterdam and Bregenz in this collage.


Arty Amsterdam

Some of the things we saw at galleries and museums in AmsterdamIMG_0517Chagall self portrait at the Stedelijk Museum

IMG_0557Magnificent collection of artefacts amassed by the artist himself at Rembrandt’s house

IMG_0507Unusual handbags at the Museum of Handbags and Purses

IMG_0535Colourful and aromatic display at the House of Bols

Quite an eclectic mix of sights!

Cruising on the water

One of the nicest things to do in Amsterdam is take a canal cruise. One can see the tall, elegant canal houses

IMG_0525and house boats


and see places you want to visit.IMG_0523and the panorama of the cityIMG_0526

3 days in Amsterdam

IMG_0542Back home from a short break in the lovely city of Amsterdam.


It’s a great place to visit, and I had a wonderful relaxing time. More photos to follow soon!