1. This first photo was taken June 9, 2003
about 8pm - showing the evening sun's effect on lighting in the back garden.
Facing west. In foreground see that green beans are about 6" tall - they
sprouted a week ago.
2. Dusk on the summer solstice, 10:10pm,
June 21, 2003. (See light on in workshop on right wall.) I went to sleep
about 12:30am so I could see how long dusk lasted which I estimated to
be 12:10am. The sun again rises about 3:15am now. For about a month we
will hover in this long daylight - so unless one gets up midnight till
3am we go to bed and rise in daylight. I had a problem with this at first;
Stan said just pretend you're taking a nap - that worked.
3. Pictures 3. through 12. were taken in
the middle of the day on June 7, 2003. All the flowers are from our front
and back gardens. This photo shows the blackberry bush blooming.
4. Baby grapes on garden shed wall in backyard.
5. Our plum tree is producing good looking
6. Right behind the plum tree on the back
fence is this honeysuckle vine. 6/7/03.
7. Large marigold in vegie patch. See ant
near bottom of bloom. 6/7/03.
8. Violas waiting to be transplanted from
front to backyard. 6/7/03.
9. Cosmos in front garden. 6/7/03.
10. A new variety of daisy called "strawberry"
from back garden. 6/7/03.
11. A perrenial flower in front garden. I
don't know the name. 6/7/03.
12. A bumble bee enjoying the blue Felicia
in back garden. 6/7/03.
13. Photos 13 - 20 were taken during a visit
by our friend, Aloys, on June 22, 2003. We had lunch in the back garden,
then Stan and Aloys went for a bike ride through the dunes to the North
Sea a couple of miles south of Castricum. (Aloys rode his bike to our house
from downtown Amsterdam.) Then we all had a barbecue and enjoyed watching
the bluetit (called pimpelmezen in Dutch) parents go in and out of their
nest bringing worms and insects to their babies. See photo collection http://www.susankramer.com/birds.html
Stan and Aloys on back patio, June 22, 2003.
14. Susan and Aloys in garden. June 22, 2003.
Blue tit nesting box near top of wall on right side of terrace.
15. Aloys in dunes in front of a field of
wildflowers identified below. June 22, 2003.
16. Aloys in foreground walking toward North
Sea a couple of miles south of the Castricum beach - low tide. June 22,
17. View of the rolling dunes just east of
the North Sea. June 22, 2003.
18. The lavender flower is an orchid. Aloys
said there must have been 150 of them in the field here in the dunes. June
19. Again in the dunes, these are called
ratelaars. June 22, 2003.
20. In the dunes facing the North Sea; these
are teunisbloem (originally out of North America) and the slangenkruid
family. June 22, 2003.
21. July 26, 2003. Front garden - I sewed
the window shears this week. This summer I redid this courtyard first removing
17 pavers each 15"x24" and putting in bushes and annuals - in the center
in front of the picture window is a magnolia 'susan' which is winterhardy
22. July 26, 2003. We have been enjoying
green beans every other day for a week now - 7 weeks from sowing to harvest.
23. July 26, 2003. The grape vines are taking
over the wall and more. In the bottom left corner is the herb garden. In
the center are the vine crops.
24. July 26, 2003. And here are those vine
crops. The pumpkin vines are spreading up the wall and along the ground
under the plum tree. We have cucumbers and yellow zucchini; we're just
beginning to eat the zucchini which took 8 weeks from sowing till first
25. July 26, 2003. A view of the 'forest
section' looking toward the back of the house. The tomatoes located in
the background on the left wall are green but none have ripened. Next year
we (I mean Stan) are going to build a mini greenhouse in the spot where
the tomatoes or the pumpkins are and grow the tomatoes in it all
season. (I may grow the vine crops against the front wall of our house.)
It is too cool at night for the tomatoes to ripen well in our climate.
I watched a gardening show on the BBC and they showed a glass greenhouse
for tomatoes and peppers in the midst of the vegetable patch. Not a single
one of our pepper plants even sprouted from seed. These 5 pixs were taken
about 11am. We have daylight till 11:15pm now.
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Family in Chicago 2001 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix2.html
Family and Travels in California 2001 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix3.html
Photos of Paris 2001 http://www.susankramer.com/parisphotos.html
Christmas in The Netherlands, December 2001 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix4.html
Family, Friends & Views in America and Europe http://www.susankramer.com/familypix5.html
Kröller-Müller Museum sculpture garden, The Netherlands http://www.susankramer.com/sculptures.html
Dolls & Bunnies http://www.susankramer.com/dolls.html
Trip to Emmen, The Netherlands http://www.susankramer.com/familypix6.html
Memories from the Past http://www.susankramer.com/familypix7.html
May 2002 - Birthdays, Polly and Greg, Chicago and California http://www.susankramer.com/familypix8.html
May 17-23, 2002, Santa Barbara and Goleta, California http://www.susankramer.com/familypix9.html
May 17-23, 2002, More Events in California http://www.susankramer.com/familypix10.html
Western Europe and the USA http://www.susankramer.com/ourworld.html
Summer Vacations 2002, Part I http://www.susankramer.com/familypix11.html
Summer Vacations 2002, Part II http://www.susankramer.com/familypix12.html
Stan's Family in The Netherlands http://www.susankramer.com/familypix13.html
House in Castricum http://www.susankramer.com/familypix14.html
Hoffman and Melocik Family Photos http://www.susankramer.com/familypix15.html
Christmas in The Netherlands 2002 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix16.html
Christmas (and more) in America 2002 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix17.html
Castricum, March 2003 and Beyond http://www.susankramer.com/familypix18.html
Castricum, House and Garden, April 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix19.html
Castricum, Gardens, Aloys, June and July 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix20.html
Bluetits - Pimpelmezen http://www.susankramer.com/birds.html
Rice family visits The Netherlands http://www.susankramer.com/familypix21.html
Trip to Family in America, September 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix22.html
Garden and Birds in Castricum, November 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix23.html
Christmas in Castricum, December 2003 http://www.susankramer.com/familypix24.html
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