The snow didn't stick for long, but the entire week has been a series of snow clouds rolling in and out. Skies will be clear one minute and the next minute there will be huge, wet snowflakes filling the sky. It happened again last night so I took some pictures this morning.
|Note that the only tracks in the road this morning are from a bicycle.|
|Ducks swimming on the neighborhood pond.|
|After our morning walk.|
|Graber loves the snow.|
|The pre-dance picture. Like most teenage boys, smiling for the camera is a struggle.|
|Would you let this girl perform surgery on you?|
|Cleaning off the car on the morning after.|
The only other news is that our Queen Beatrix has decided to retire. She will abdicate on Queens Day, April 30, this year and pass the crown to her son and our neighbor, Prince Willem-Alexander. Well, not really our neighbor but he does live in Wassenaar. As a college student, Prince Willem had a party boy reputation, but while in his 30's he married an Argentinian woman, Maxima, who is credited with bringing style and reason to this generation of the royal family.
|Prince Willem, Princess Maxima and their three daughters.|
Beatrix follows the Dutch tradition of abdicating rather than ruling until her death. Her mother and grandmother did the same. When Willem is inaugurated in April (not crowned) he will be the first King of Holland in over 100 years. Maxima will become Queen.
|Many of the streets (or wegs in Dutch) in our neighborhood are named after the royal family, this one being Queen Beatrix's mother. We don't have a Beatrixweg, though.|
|Once of the Queen's accomplishments is to have essentially the same hair style for her entire reign.|