Happy Queen’s Day (for some)

Today is Queen’s Day in the Netherlands.  It started out as a lovely sunny day of celebration with events planned all over the country.  Sadly, just before noon, as the Royal Family was traveling through Apeldoorn, some crazy man drove his car at full gas through the crowd and then rammed himself against a monument.  That put an end to the festivities in Apeldoorn.  So far 5 people are dead and many are wounded.  Today was supposed to be extra special because it is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the mother of Queen Beatrix (Queen Juliana).  We watched a lot of the news on tv this afternoon.

What were we doing at home on such a sunny festival day?  We were having our own kind of celebration I guess – the opening of the finished bathroom!  We cleaned house all day and we’re still not done.  I spent 4 hours scrubbing the new bathroom of the construction crud.  We put film on the window.  We moved our stuff in.  Starting tonight I can brush my teeth in the bathroom rather than in the kitchen.  Here are a few photos of the finished product:

Mooi (pretty) isn’t it?!  I’m really happy with it.  There are still a few teeny tiny things to get right, but 99% is done and fine.

We started cleaning at 10:00 this morning and at 4:00pm this afternoon I stepped out of the new shower, all done.  I’ve got very sore muscles.  The photo above was taken while I was waiting for DB to finish making dinner.  He made nasi *, which he makes really really well!  I love his nasi.  I was starting my Primrose Path sweater with the orange spaghetti cotton yarn.  It seemed appropriate on Queen’s Day to wear orange and start knitting an orange sweater.  

I hope that Queen’s Day is a bit cheerier next year, that no one who is celebrating dies in a horrible way, and that people act normal, which on this day means wearing big orange funny hats, orange shirts, drinking lots and lots of beer and walking around looking at everyone else doing the same.  Happy Koninginnedag allemaal.

* The nasi in this wikipedia link looks nothing like the nasi served here in the Netherlands.  Nasi is so common here that it’s almost the national dish.  It’s served with peanut sauce and with chunks of meat that has been marinated in spices for a while.  The Dutch brought it here from the time that Indonesia was a Dutch colony.

8 thoughts on “Happy Queen’s Day (for some)

  1. Cassandra May 1, 2009 / 08:50

    The bathroom looks terrific! Sounds like you spent the Day of the Female Monarch in just the right way, especially the knitting part.

  2. Cybèle May 1, 2009 / 09:38

    I just can’t get my head around why someone would want to do something like this. I have felt very far away from Holland since yesterday lunchtime! Thank goodness for nu.nl for keeping us up to date.
    We still had a little picnic with all the Dutch people from work but somehow I think Koninginnedag won’t be quite the same again.

    Your bathroom looks stunning, really sleek.

  3. Cybèle May 1, 2009 / 09:38

    PS Are the flipflops orange too? 😉

  4. Lorraine May 1, 2009 / 18:06

    I had to laugh when I saw you wearing that orange top from Twain Harte in California. It looks so tiny before you put it on.
    The bathroom looks great!!

  5. Malia May 1, 2009 / 20:19

    Wow, I love the new bathroom. So fancy! It must be nice to finally have it back.

  6. underdutchskies May 2, 2009 / 13:27

    Yes, the flipflops are also orange! The top is one my mom brought me last September, kind of as a joke. It’s about 6″ around when laying flat, but it stretches to fit just about anyone.
    Thanks for the comments about the bathroom. I’m lovin’ it!

  7. louise May 2, 2009 / 21:15

    I’ve always wanted to be in amsterdam on queens Day but haven’t made it so far. I was quite shocked by this years events which we saw on the news. On a brighter note the bathroom looks fab…and so clean.lol.

  8. Claudia May 4, 2009 / 05:17

    The bathroom looks beautiful! I recognize the orange top you have on. Looks cute on you. Your hair is blonder. You look great.
    Sorry to hear about the tragedy on Queen’s Day.

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