Mysterious Moses Bridge

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During our stay in The Netherlands, we made so many travelling plans with Lady A, that it is not a surprise in the end, that we could not visit them all. We should have been travelling several days a week to see everything. I am especially sad about all the beautiful castles we didn’t see in the end, but at least now we have many reasons to go back. I had actually made relatively little planning beforehand, and there was only one place I had decided to visit. And that place was mysterious Moses Bridge.

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One cold Sunday morning we took a train with Lady A to Bergen op Zoom, and continued our journey with a bus to Halsteren. From the bus stop, we had to walk about 15 to 20 minutes, before arriving at Fort de Roovere. And there it was, Moses Bridge. Middle of nowhere, kind of hiding and surrounded by silence and peace. So simple, yet so miraculous.

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Moses Bridge is work of RI&AD Architecten, and designed to blend in with the outlines of the landscape. This makes the bridge kind of invisible from many directions, as the water comes all they way to the edges. You get the feeling you are walking middle of parted water. The sunken bridge is made from sustainable Accoya wood which is reducing environmental impact but still is high in performance. I always like this kind of solutions and find it interesting to read details after visiting interesting places.

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As you can see from the photos, the weather was amazing the day we visited the bridge. It was little chilly, but the sun was shining and luckily we had enough clothes with us. I can imagine that the bridge is attracting most of the visitors during the summer season, as it is an outdoor activity. And for this reason, it was actually kind of perfect time to go there, as there were only a few others visiting the bridge same time. To be honest, it is not that easy to reach this place with public transportation, so I am not sure how many tourists, in the end, visits the place. There is not too much more to see than the bridge, and I think most of the people were locals doing their Sunday walk.

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Even though it took us a lot more time to travel to this place than we ended up spending time there, I am extremely happy we did it. It was fascinating and I could have just enjoyed the silence there and gaze the frozen water. I understand the design of the bridge, but same time I keep wondering why the water does not flow over the edges. Or maybe sometimes it does? How cool it would be to see the bridge when it is raining?

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The forest around was by the way so beautiful as everything was little frosty. I love the fact, that spring is here and summer is coming, but nature is SO beautiful when there is soft frost everywhere. And who wouldn’t love those soft tones also?

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Lady A. thank you for the trip, will always remember it!

xoxo,

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Details of this adventure

Moses Bridge – Fort de Roovere
Schansbaan 8 / Halsteren 4661, The Netherlands

Accessable with car and public transportatio

Taking care of your potted plants

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Crazy plant lady here hi! My small studio apartment has currently ten, yes ten, plants. Some could say that´s quite a lot, but I actually like the green around me. And it is good for the room air also, so win-win situation. But tell me, when is the last time you have changed the potting soil of your plants? If you can´t remember, please dedicate an hour or two this weekend to take care of your green family members.

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We don´t have to put new potting soil every year, but it is good to do so every few years depending on the plant and its condition. I try to do this every two years, and spring is said to be the best time for new soil. As I know this is something that most of us easily forget, I wanted to write few tips for you, and hopefully, your plants will be greener than ever after little extra love this spring.

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There are few easy steps you can follow:

  1. First, the plants should be watered thoroughly so that the root ball can be kept better together later in the process
  2. It is good to choose a new pot which is few centimeters wider than the old one
  3. Water the new plant soil in a separate container before placing it in the pots. A suitable ratio is about 50-100 ml water per liter of soil
  4. You should place the root ball in the center of the new pot and then fill the edged with new potting soil. Be careful with compaction
  5. Remember to leave little space to the top if the pot does not have a underwatering system.
  6. After the process is good to protect the plants from direct sunlight
  7. To avoid wilting you can spray your plants with water
  8. Give the new soil dry for a couple of days before the first watering

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I am definitely not an expert when it comes to plants, but I have few tips and tricks to share. You should keep the potting soil moist, but not wet. If the soil is too wet or too dry you can end up damaging the roots. Check always how much watering is required for different plants. Underwatering pots are from my experience easier when you are not sure how much watering is good. Don´t move your plants around a lot, as plants are actually quite sensitive to changes. They adapt slowly to their new environment and have different preferences when it comes to the amount of sunlight. Plants also do not enjoy temperature changes. Remember to prune your plants regularly. This helps to keep the plants healthy and you don´t have to replant so often.

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I am wishing you a weekend full of good moments!

xx,

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Travel plans – autumn 2016

 

This summer feels so long and so short same time, as the autumn is bringing so much change in my life. The last six weeks in Finland started for me today, and finally it is starting to feel real that I am moving to Netherlands next month. I got my one way ticket, I got room from shared apartment and everything else starts to be also ready. I will be writing later about the practical arrangements you need to do when moving abroad, but today I want to concentrate on something more fun. As Netherlands is situated in a perfect location in Europe, I am planning to visit many other countries this upcoming fall. So destinations 2016 – Where to go this autumn? destinations2016 (2)

I did a map to highlight some of the destinations I am planning to visit this autumn. I marked Netherlands with black, as it is where I will be staying most of the time. I am planning to travel around Netherlands and get to know the country well. With red I marked those destinations I am sure to visit, and with purple I marked those which are still a question mark. Of course you never know what will happens once you get there, so this is just a plan – but I can assure you that this autumn my blog will be full of travel stories from these, or some other places.

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I marked as a sure to visit in my map Belgium, Luxembourg, Paris, October fest in Germany and England. Breda is so close to Belgium that it would be stupid not to visit it while living next to it. Also Luxembourg is so close that I feel it is an obvious destination for me. October fest in Germany is something we are planning together with my friend as there are few of our German friends who would love us to go there with them. Also knowing that you can go to Paris (my all time favorite) with a train only in 3 hours makes Paris a sure destination for me. This is something why I love Netherlands already, everything really is so close. And then there is England as we have some friends / relatives there who would like us to visit them, so why not to go when we are so close to them?

Beside these I added Switzerland and Denmark to my map as these two are countries I would like to visit some point in my life. But as they are not that close to Netherlands I am still not sure my timetable and budget will allow me to visit them. But we will see, especially now when we have talked little about spending January traveling and coming back home little later than originally planned. So lets see where I will end up!

Which destinations are you planning to visit this autumn?

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