The Frosty Forest

Come and take a walk with me!

The temperature here has been below zero at night for the past few nights, which means everything is freezing! The sun is shining at a minimal and the days are pretty short so when the sun does decide to shine – you race outside to catch every possible ray that you can get on your face!

You can’t take me anywhere!

Getting to see the sun rays play with the frost is quite a special kind of magic to witness, just imagine shiny sparkles all over the place! I tried my best to get the feel of it in the photos below.


If you look carefully you can see the cold sitting snug and thick in the air

This is always such a nice spot to sit at and watch all of the people go by, it’s also right above a pond!

And here is the pond! This photo was taken in the afternoon so half of the pond is frozen and the other half is thawed.

No, you are not allowed to swim in there

Alrighty, let’s continue with the walk! Say bye bye to the pond, down the steps and over the bridge we go!

I love this bridge so much!

We were right up those steps checking out the pathways and the pond a few seconds ago!

Now that we are over the bridge we are making our way to a gate, which leads the way to the plains where the sheep live !

Here is another frosty little path over the gate to the planes. Some parts of the forest are thawed since the sun made it’s way to most of it.

As we were walking down here I was scanning the ground for some frozen leaves like this one!

Here is a photo of the plains, it was not taken with this series of photos- it was actually taken last month when we just arrived in Holland.

The plains during autumn – 2018

Here is another photo of the plains on sunnier days in Holland.

Plains at the start of Autumn – 2017.
Yes, you can swim here!

Once we arrive at the plains we turn around and make our way back, on the way back we usually try and say hello to the sheep! Most of the time I have a standoff with the sheep because they seem a little bit judgemental. I’m the one who starts the standoff and I’m always the first one to walk away as it’s not my forest at the end of the day.

What kind of band do you think they are starting?

And so, the walk through the forest slowly comes to an end, by now our noses and our fingertips are frozen!

Almost home

There are all kinds of routes that you can take through this forest, but this one is my favourite!



Thank you for taking a walk with me! I hope that you loved it just as much as I do. We are heading to Spain tomorrow, This is exciting stuff!

What has been happening?

The cows on Texel island

Hello Darling ones!

With a super late blog post come two fresh stories! The cold weather here in Holland made me reminisce sunnier days in Mozambique and Turtle time in Tenerife (you can follow the hyperlinks added to go to the stories). The best thing about writing is that when I finally get going on a story I get to realize how lucky I am and how full my heart is.

In some more current news – It is raining cats and dogs here in The Netherlands but it helps me write! We just got back from a great weekend on Texel island and Texel island is always a great idea! Texel island is like a tradition to us, it is a small island up north in Holland and if you are not from Holland I doubt that you will know about it. a Story about Texel will be up very soon! 

We are in serious need of some sun so we will be heading to Spain in a little less than a week!! “Here comes the sun doo doo doo doo” I am so excited, I have always wanted to see Spain! 

That will be all from me for now – If you are waiting for an appointment, waiting for a flight or a bus , having a coffee , or even sitting on the toilet -please go ahead and give my stories a read? I have also figured out how to add a follow button , it is situated right at the bottom of this blog post, so don’t be shy! 

Take care and go find five things to be grateful for ! 

How does this work?

This photo was taken by Marty in the forest behind the house!

Hello there world! 

Welcome to the blog! I am just writing this blog post to explain to you how “Where’s Mona?” is going to work. I am really excited to get it running as I have been building it bit by bit over the past few months.

The blog page is to keep everyone current on what has been happening and on what is going to come up! I am going to try and keep it to a weekly post and maybe more.

The story page is for longer reads, the intention behind it is for you to come visit it with you first cup of coffee in the morning or with a glass of wine once you get home in the evening. It’s a space to share photos and creative expression . What you can expect from it is My stories , what I do , where I’ve been and mostly things that are really important to me.

We are currently in The Netherlands at Marty’s moms house after a very busy season on Pico Island in the Azores! Holland is freezing but I am so excited to be back here! 

“Where’s Mona?” is still very new and needs some filling up, so there are still some small changes and adjustments to be made. I’m so excited! 

Have a beautiful day wherever you are!