Debbie joined us by bus at our mooring near the Bergen Bos, and we hired her a smart bike for an expedition through the wooded dunes.
With Debbie at the helm, Shannon took over the map-reading.
At Zaanse Schans, we moored in among these windmills. There is only room for one boat here. so we were lucky to find it free.
We looked round De Zoeker windmill, which is still used to crush peanuts to make oil.
An early start to get to Aalsmeer Flower auction soon after 7am. We came here on 19th May last year.
On to one of our favourite moorings on an island on the Kager Plassen lake, and an impressive sunset.
On Thursday we went on to visit Keukenhof, where Van Gogh was created out of hyacinths.
The bulb fields behind Keukenhof were the best ones we have seen this year. The tulips seem to be later than last year.
Dogs are allowed at Keukenhof, but not in the pavilions, such as the orchid display area. No-one official noticed Shannon, hiding in the rucksack!
Tulips come with all sorts of frilly petals.
Hyacinths and daffodils created lovely displays.
Most of the tulips in the outside beds are the smaller varieties this year.
The narcissi and tulips go well together.
It felt strange to have a lori sitting on my head!
Debbie's lori was really greedy, not letting any others share.
Andy's lori thought his ear tasted good!
The free flying eagle was quite a contrast to the smaller birds.
The orange egret lookalikes flew in for the finale, while a crested crane joined in too.