It happened one year ago, on Tuesday August 4th 2015; one of the saddest days of our lives. It was the day we lost one of our dearest family members, Sammy. He was 14 years old. He was part of our family from the beginning. He was living with my wife (Eveline) before I met her. He was a support to her when she became ill, bringing happiness in sometimes worrisome times. The three of us, and later four when Nikki arrived on the scene, had a great time together. Sammy was a very friendly dog. Not afraid of humans or dogs. Very social. He was also a bit clumsy and often made us laugh. When he was young he was the fasted dog in town. There is really so much to tell about Sammy, that it inspired my wife, who is a great writer, to write a book about him.
This year the city of Den Bosch, situated in the south of the Netherlands, is celebrating the famous artist Jheronimus Bosch. Jheronimus lived 500 years ago in this city and painted iconic works depicting (often) the fight of good vs evil. He inspired many people in his time, including the people who worked on the Saint Jan's Cathedral. This can be seen by the many ornaments on this church which look very similar to the characters and creatures in his paintings. Because of these festivities the city organized a lot of activities, one of them being guided tours of the church via scaffolding and through its gutters. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity we grabbed with both hands, to see the church and the city in an extraordinary way.