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What a great start to the year! I can now reveal the cover for Amanda in Holland-Missing in Action. I am so excited about this cover as it depicts exactly the colour and excitement of Holland that Amanda experiences. My publisher designs the covers of my books and she always gets what the book is about.

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Amanda is in Holland to see the tulips with her best friend, Leah. She is busy travelling the canals of Amsterdam, visiting Anne Frank House, checking out windmills and a wooden shoe factory, and taking pictures of the amazing flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. She is also keen to find out what happened to her great uncle who never returned from WWII and was declared missing in action. What she doesn’t expect to find and fall in love with is Joey, an abandoned puppy. While trying to find a home for him, she meets Jan, a Dutch boy who offers to help, a suspicious gardener, a strange woman on a bicycle, and an overprotective goose named Gerald.

Follow Amanda around the charming country of Holland, filled with colourful tulips, windmills, and more bicycles than she could have imagined. Once again, intrepid traveller Amanda encounters danger and intrigue as she tries to solve more than one mystery in a foreign country.

Amanda in Holland-Missing in Action is scheduled to launch on September 1, 2019, and is available for pre-order on all Amazon sites.

 

 

We loved Amsterdam but were also delighted with the Dutch countryside. We travelled from the south, which was very flat and green, to the north which was more wooded and hilly, but still very green. The storybook-like farms were so neat and tidy. Here are a few pictures of what we saw.

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This farm had a guard goose who was very particular who he let in.

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De Sfeerstal, our charming Bed and Breakfast near Nieuwveen, had a lovely garden to relax in.

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With a welcoming entrance and spare wooden shoes if you needed a pair.

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And dried flowers hanging from the ceiling in the breakfast room.

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We stopped to photograph old barns

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and the roosters who were everywhere.

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Aren´t these slanted roofs cool!

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Old water wheels have always intrigued me.

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And of course the windmills! A windmill is called a molen and most villages have one. This Stroommolen De Hoop (Hope Mill), in Hellendorn, dates back to 1854 and still operates as a flour mill. You can purchase the flour produced there in the lower floor shop.

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Sheep grazing in the fields didn´t bother to look as we drove by.

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We passed many interesting houses

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And a manor house called House Singraven with an interesting history. Unfortunately, it was closed the day we were there so we could not go inside, but the kind woman in the gift shop sent me information about the house. She told me the meaning of Singraven is “big (sin) waterway dug by hand (graven)” as it is by a canal. There has been a building on the site since 1381. It has been a farmhouse, a family home, a convent of the Franciscan nuns, a hunting lodge for aristocracy, and a home for a wealthy industrialist and parliamentarian. It has gone through a number of renovations and restorations over the years and after the death of the last owner in 1966, the house, with its 17th and 18th century interior, has been maintained by a special foundation.

Thanks for travelling around the Netherlands with me!

 

Altea by the sea

Altea by the sea

As promised here are a few more pictures from our latest trip to Spain. wWe love exploring the old Spanish towns.

Streets of Altea

Streets of Altea

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Blue Domed Church in Altea

Blue Domed Church in Altea

Ancient tower at Moraira

Ancient tower at Moraira

Historic windmill at Lo Pagan

Historic windmill at Lo Pagan

Sculpture at Los Alcazares honouring the fihermen of the area

Sculpture at Los Alcazares honouring the fishermen of the area

Cabo Roig

Cabo Roig

I was looking for a large flower pot but wasn't able to bring this one home.

I was looking for a large flower pot but wasn’t able to bring this one home.

And of course there were all those fabulous beaches. I like to go early in the morning before it gets too hot and too busy. I had my choice of sun beds!

La Zenia beach

La Zenia beach

Hope you enjoyed revisiting my holiday with me. Pictures are just the best souvenirs!!


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