The real reason.......
...a white Christmas; Gouda by Candlelight; meet schoolfriend, Piet; Christmas, with Gerda; visit Egmond on Sea; Gerry and her 'men' and ......
Why go to the Netherlands, at Christmas time, when it's so cold?
To enjoy a white Christmas, was my reply.
It became a running 'gag'!
I 'asked' for a white Christmas and I certainly got one.
But it wasn't JUST because I wanted to attend the lighting of the Christmas Tree, on the market square, in front of Gouda's town hall.
It wasn't just because I wanted to share Christmas with our family friend, in The Hague.
It wasn't just so that I could visit the KInderdijk to see the mills.
I had a real reason.
Was it their wish?
They never said so.
But I knew!!
Born in Gouda, the Netherlands. First books owned and loved: Alleen Op De Wereld; Erfenis van Eeuwen and Piggelmee. First book that made me aware of how books 'work': Juffrouw Bunkel Schrijft een Boek. Primary School teacher-retired. Living in Sydney, since 1956,