I’m so happy how many of you participated in the Virtual Pink Dress Run this weekend. It’s great to know that people all across the world were doing this run. We had people running in Holland, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, USA and Maui. Isn’t it amazing how running unites so many people.
Yesterday we did something fun. We went to a palace called “Soestdijk” for a guided tour, my Mom went with us. A little history about the palace:
Soestdijk Palace is one of the four official palaces of the Dutch royal family. It consists of a central block and two wings.Although named after the village of Soestdijk, which is largely in the municipality of Soest, the Soestdijk Palace is just north of the border in the municipality of Baarn in the province of Utrecht. It was the home for over six decades of the late Queen Juliana and her husband, the late Prince Bernhard until their deaths in 2004.In the middle of the seventeenth century the Country house on the Zoestdijk was built for Cornelis de Graeff. After the rampjaar his son Jacob de Graeff sold it to Stadhouder William III. Then the palace originally started as a hunting lodge that was built between 1674 and 1678 by Maurits Post, who was also involved in building two other royal palaces, Huis ten Bosch Palace and Noordeinde Palace. William left the Netherlands in 1688 to reside in London as William III of England.During the french invasion in 1795, the palace was seized as a spoil of war and turned into an inn for French troops. When Louis Bonaparte became King of Holland, he took possession of it and had it extended and refurnished.It was presented to William II of the Netherlands in 1815 in recognition of his services at the Battle of Waterloo. In 1842 its contents were enriched by the addition of the neoclassical furnishings of his former palace in Brussels, today the Palais des Académies.
Soestdijk became the property of the State of the Netherlands in 1971, though it was used by Princess Juliana (Queen of the Netherlands from 1948-1980) and Prince Bernhard as their official residence until both of their deaths in 2004. Soestdijk Palace then remained empty and unused for over a year before its opening to the public. Since spring 2006, it is possible to visit, pending a decision about its future use.
It was very interesting, we got to see a few of the official rooms and a few of the private rooms of Juliana and Bernhard. After and before the tour you could walk in the gardens that surround the palace. It’s funny that we do these kind of things on our holidays but never in our own country while this palace is only 20 minutes away from our home.
My mom had dinner with us. I’ve made a “pie” of potatoes, spinach, mushrooms, tomato, pork tenderloin and pepper sauce.
For dessert we had backed apples with golden syrup with custard.
Steak tartare, potatoes and the spinach that was left over from yesterday.
Daily summary Saturday October 30th:
Watching:. True Blood and Two and a half men.
Reading: Women’s Health
News of the day:. Read something interesting in Women’s Health: See yourself fit.
You’ll be more motivated to move if working out is part of your self-image, according to a study. So, if you identify yourself as a runner, you’ll be more inclined to lace up your sneakers than someone who sees herself as a couch potato. People who saw physical activity as a core part of their identity were more likely to engage in longer bouts of exercise.
I find this interesting, I don’t often think of myself as a runner although I know I am. Maybe I should try this out and say to myself each day: you’re a runner and maybe it motivates me on days when I don’t feel like working out.
How about you? How do you see yourself?
Shoes of the day:
Daily summary Sunday October 31th:
Watching:. Desperate Housewives
Reading: Women’s Health.
News of the day:. Leave Charlie alone!
I’m a big fan of Two and a Half men and Charlie Sheen is my favourite but the past day I’m really annoyed by all the
negative news the press is telling about him. Yes it could be he is an alcoholic or maybe even on drugs but the way they are spreading rumours about him now irritates me. Leave the guy alone. It looks a bit like the witch hunt they did on Britney Spears a few years ago.
Shoes of the day: