Windmills and Tulips
The search for the Holy Grail was easy compared to my search for a Dutch language course. Finally I tried a dusty little bookshop, I repeated my request for a Dutch language course, the young gum chewing assistant frowned then smiled.. Suddenly she said ‘Dutch. Yeah, that’s the place wiv de windmills and tulips right’? She went off toward the back of the shop made a dive into a very crowded bookcase and after a quick search she came back with a dusty package containing a book and cassette tape that had the title Teach yourself Dutch. We packed our belongings, children and the dog and moved to a small town in the northern province of Friesland in the Netherlands. We spoke no Dutch and had no idea of what awaited us, this is the story of how we coped.
My Dutch Diary
My Dutch diary is a light-hearted look at my view on life month by month. It’s all the things you won’t find in a guidebook.
From the village fair in summer to the mud that cakes the roads in harvest time the seasons play a big role here. I also think that a country isn’t just about language and geography it’s about the food, and while I’m not a professional chef I do like to cook and I love to eat so I’ve included a taste of The Netherlands by including some of my favourite Dutch recipes in this book. Read, cook and enjoy…