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In the words of our Dutch relatives regarding MH17:

“Can you imagine a whole country mourning? Yes of course you can, we came in October 2001, just weeks after 9/11, to visit and saw a whole country in shock.

Today the first 40 victims arrived by plane and were transported the last 60 miles in a convoy of 40 hearses. This was shown live on television and a lot of people gathered on the route. Very impressive and emotional, one of the victims is a women of nearly 50 years who was a member of our fraternity/sorority (we were mixed, boys and girls). She was flying with her husband and son.

The whole day there were no commercial breaks on television (a first for the Netherlands I believe).

The Sad Final Journey Home – Mail Online News

One can only hope that the people who did this will see the mourning and understand the grief they caused.

No hate in the world is as strong as the love we have for each other…That is what the parents wrote whose children died.

So, love to you both!”
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To our Dutch Family: Love to you all!

Nothing can take the pain away from the families of all the victims. Nothing can replace those lives lost. Nothing can eliminate the shock and horror that people around the world felt on hearing the news of what happened to those on flight MH17.

We can only hope that those who committed this atrocity will be brought to justice and made to pay for this crime against all of us!

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The World Within


One of the things that I love to do is take photographs of a part of the world few take the time to stop and see. There are so many tiny details that sometimes even surprise me! Today I thought that I would share with you some of the little things that I discover using my macro lens!

As we wander around the garden of days gone by I lay on the ground to see these fairies on a weed up close and personal!

Fairies

Fairies

One of our deer resistant plants is called Vinca. There is major and minor. I am not sure which this is, but look at the world that I discovered in the center of this lovely blue flower! Periwinkle is its common name.

Periwinkle Center

Periwinkle Center

Who knew that there is a cavern inside the center of a pansy?

The cavern in a pansy

The cavern in a pansy

Just like a helicopter has a landing pad, so does the center of this flower! Here is a landing pad for bees!

The landing pad for a bee

The landing pad for a bee

As daffodils emerge, the outer skin peels away to expose the flower. Here is a close up of this skin.

The skin on a daffodil

The skin on a daffodil

And looking down the center of a peach colored variety of this same type of flower, check out this amazing center!

Inside a daffodil

Inside a daffodil

Next time you are out in your garden, see if you can see some of these things in your yard! Have a wonderful day, and thank you for visiting today!

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