maandag, juli 19, 2004
OFF Taking a Big Holiday...
Everything is in the car
...we will leave really early
. We'll sleep in the tent
. Our neighbour takes care of the chickens
. See you around August 15
zondag, juli 18, 2004
We built the Special Farm with Lego. See the tractor, me in the wheelbarrow, the goats, the chicken, mom in the car, the farmer...I can play for a long time with this. I pretend I am on the farm, that I am at work.
zaterdag, juli 17, 2004
Getting Ready for The Big Holiday
My favourite place, the beach.
vrijdag, juli 16, 2004
This drawing I made today with Geke. It is a drawing of the Special Farm. Look closely and you'll see Farmer Jos, the tractor, the farm and a wheelbarrow.
Cooking Cooking Cooking
...all afternoon yesterday and all day today, is wat Hester did. She made enough bread for a month, enough omelettes for a month, honey nougat, and very thin pancakes. It saves my mom and dad so much time. Only thing they have to do is make yoghurt
, prepare nut milk
and fresh vegetables
& fruit. The basic things are there, and plenty. And Hester is getting quite good at it too...! Faster
, more efficient...
Lunchtime at the Playground. I went there with Geke. I had a good time. We also played on the swing. A boy pushed me on the swing.
The 'ticket office' at the playground. This is Robin. We pretended we were on a pirate ship. Big fun.
Lois Lang's Luscious Bread, 1st batch, baked by my aunt Hester.
donderdag, juli 15, 2004
Nice Day on The Farm Again
Just back from the Special Farm. I worked with the youngest cows, with the big cows and I cuddled the kittens. The farmer asked me if I'd like to take a ride on the tractor again. Of course I said yes. We mowed the field. I had lunch with my co-workers. Mom and Finn picked me up. I was really, really tired because all of this is very exciting for me.
To top it off mom took me to the tractor shop.
Aunt Hester has arrived to do her monthly cooking for me. She will make Lois Lang Bread, omeletties and much more. Dinner will be:
sea fruit (octopus, shrimp etc)
Showing Finn around on the Special Farm this morning.
woensdag, juli 14, 2004
Well if I were a chicken, I'd want this house. Still wet from paint, but looking very handsome. Built by Vincent, finished by Scott.
Giving the Chickens a new Home
For our Friesche Zilverpel Chickens we have made a new house. Scott and dad built it yesterday. Scott finished painting it just now. When the paint is dry, we will carry the house to the orchard. The chickens can then walk there. They will have so much space. Now they are under a net, in the strawberry garden. I like the net because I can chase the chickens there. I know I should not do that. But the chickens are soooo
nice. Also I have to check if they have laid an egg. But Scott says they are too small to produce eggs.
maandag, juli 12, 2004
....and then there's this big one. It's called a mest injector. It will inject manure into the soil. As you see it is no small thing. I was highly impressed by what the shop had for sale.
HA. This afternoon we drove to the tractor shop. This is the oldest they have for sale, just what I like. Perfect for me & Finn to drive around with in the garden.
zondag, juli 11, 2004
Somewhere next week we plan to leave for a holiday. If the weather is nice, we stay close to Holland. If the weather is bad, we must find the sun somewhere else. To keep my tummy healthy, I have to eat homemade yoghurt at least once a day. That is why mom bought a mini-fridge that runs on electricity, battery and gaz. So we can take yoghurt with us, and also bread.
The independant cooler
zaterdag, juli 10, 2004
Aren't They Lovely...
Geke and her handsome lover, just married and looking totally happy.
Having a great time at Geke's wedding. See the wedding car?
vrijdag, juli 09, 2004
Today my teacher Geke is getting married to her Erik. It is raining terribly. All my teachers, mom & dad, and Scott and Finn have helped with making a nice present for them.
donderdag, juli 08, 2004
Tired, tired, tired...
...from working on the Special Farm this morning. I fed the tiny newborn Lakenvelder cows, I fed the bigger cows, cleaned the rabbit's cages. And the best thing of all: I went to the village with Farmer Jos and my friend Geke ON THE TRACTOR
. All I could say when mom picked me up was "have to wait a week till I go to the Special Farm again...". What a day.
This is the Lakenvelder cow, just like the one on the Special Farm.
woensdag, juli 07, 2004
Tomorrow's the BIG
day for me. It's the first real morning on the Special Farm. On the Special Farm I will help Jos and Karin, the farmers, with their work. I will feed the cows, clean the rabbit's cages, help with the goats, groom the ponies, and see if the chickens have laid their eggs. Maybe there will be tractors. I get to wear a coverall and boots for the job, just like Jos. Of course I am very excited about all of this. I talk about it several times a day.
(Note: here's how we finance this. The Dutch government gives every citizen the right to choose your own personal care. For a child with autism this can mean hiring your own teachers. Nick has a Personal Budget, money from the Government, to pay all his 'staff'. Also from this budget he will pay the farmers Jos & Karin)
dinsdag, juli 06, 2004
Our young almost-Siamese
-cat Vlokje on the lookout for another mouse or bird to catch & play with...
...ready for dinner
Just relaxing after a tough day out in the fields. For dinner I had
Ragu Bolognese and a fish omelette, steamed broccoli and steamed, very young zucchini. Dessert was nut yoghurt with a tiny bit of goat yoghurt (1/8th of a teaspoon) and after that my dad surprised me with a small basket of raspberries.
This is Tractor Pulling. The noise that this tractor makes is hellish. You have to plug your ears. It is basic, simple FUN.
For my tractorpulling photographs I need a photo album. In the small village where we live there was no album to be found. So we have to go on the bike to the next village, 2.5 miles from here. This is a big big bike ride for me. Karin says we have all day. So we took lunch
(LoisLang Pecanbread + cream cheese, some honey nougat and two handfuls of tay berries, diluted homemade apple juice)
and off we went. When I come home, mom will have the yellow jersey ready I expect.
maandag, juli 05, 2004
The young chickens. We picked them up yesterday. They're called Friesche Zilverpel Kippen.
Big brother Scott holding our one and only rooster.
THE tay berry...
THE yellow raspberry...
Since last weekend, I realize that I like all kinds of small fruits. I mean raspberries, black berries, strawberries, tayberries...all these we have in the garden. We have this game: I close my eyes and I guess what kind of fruit I eat. Because I don't see it, it's really
hard for me. I can already taste the difference between melon and pineapple.
we went to Friesland to pick up the 8 new chickens. They are black and white and still very small. I must remember not to cuddle them too fanatically. They are like babies and I have to be careful.