Archive for January, 2010

My Callanish… a pilgrimage

My Callanish

A summer evening in Scotland. A setting sun in an emptiness full of mysticism.

Slowly the five of us – the small fellowship we formed early on during our Scotland Tour all the way up through the Outer Hybrides and Orkney Islands – slowly we walk into the Standing Stone formation of Callanish.  Each of us within our own cocoon of thought and reflection.

Callanish…. who are you ? Why are you here ? How long have been keeping watch over these lands ? Have you memories ? Will you share them with me ?

Callanish.. a cathedral that equals Notre Dame de Paris, Chartres,   Stone Henge and every  other place of worship build on the magnetic Holy Lines of this our Earth.  The builders.. they knew. As the animals still do, lying down in the fields.   So where did we humans of this day and age, where did we lose touch with You Mother Earth ? Lost respect for your lifegiving force ?  Started to use you instead of treating your with respect and love ?

With my back against one of those magnificent stones a stillness takes over. Touch it with my hands and begin to feel warmth. Love.

My mind goes back ages and ages. See people come and go. To celebrate, sit and enjoy. Care for the Creation around them. Solstices in summers and winters in flaming colours .. see people enter in reference and respect in rain and mist. Performing rituals I do not understand.

Feeling ancient and young at the same time. Wise and ignorant. Belonging and insignificant.  Sharing life with all who passed before me and will come after me.

“How” , I ask my Stone…”How did they worship our Creator ? In what way was He important. What answers did they get ? And how will I find Him ? ”

Sharing his ancient wisdom with me he answers me ..

“God Els… God is in and around and above us all. God is not one concept of Him. He is in All and Everything that exists with you on this His  Earth”.

“So then ..Be still and know that He is God…and He will find you”.

An eerie sweet songs floats around within the awesome stone formation..we join hands and I join in.    Connecting with Eternity..

My Callanish..

This pilgrimage was part of the  Scotland Tour organised by Kim and Jeff Saward (Labyrinthos) June 2008.  Published on The Labyrinth Society (TLS) and Labyrinthos websites.

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The Crockpot or Slowcooker

….if only I had known….

… but I am blessed with friends who give me many good ideas.  And the best thing to do then is … passing them on !

Just the same, if I only had known that this slowcooker existed when I was still working, rushing out of my small apartment at 6 AM to catch my train to Amsterdam … and dropping in at 7 PM, often too tired to even get around frying an egg for dinner…


Throw all kinds of nice things in your slowcooker on Saturdaymorning for – orcourse – the whole weekend.

Put it on SLOW ( = 6 hours in the morning) or FAST (= 3 hours in the afternoon).    And anytime dinnertime –  be it  early or late in the evening-  it is happily simmering along.  When hungry friends drop in.. there is always enough.  The KEEP WARM option proved very useful too .

Thank you Kimberly !

And they come in all sizes.  For big families, for bachelors.. fantastic.

As for recepies.. surf on the Internet. You will be surprised !

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All it takes..

.. Is a nice cold winterday… a sweet little dog to go out with.. a solid layer of cloths  and you will meet ..

a Fearce Dangerous Lion…

… and these sweet little dreamers….

… about Iceland… like me..

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In Memoriam

Starting a New Year means – at the same time – closing the passed one.

For me it feels different this time.                     For me it is closing a Book.

My Siberian Husky Sleddog  Life Book.

On the 5th of December Lew van Leeuwen passed away. We shared our sleddoglife together. Helping to get the breed well established in Central Europe. Our Anadyr Siberian shuttle of eighty dogs  (they say…never counted them myself) became legendary. Matching the individual dogs to their owners and genetically to their dogs was quite a challenge. Talking Earl and Natalie Norris (Alaskan Kennels, Willow Alaska) “out off them” a story in itself.

With our European sleddogfriends we build the trails, agreed, disagreed and competed against eachother in good comradeship. We founded breedclubs and sleddogclubs together. Put the sport on the worldwide sleddog calender together.

In time the trails of Lew and me took different directions. But the good memories will be there forever.  The dogs part of my soul.

My Thank You to you Lew!

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