an attact on my life

Afgelopen nacht was er ineens een luide knal, glas dat brak en versplinterd hout. Vervolgens ging er heel even een auto alarm af.Nadien hoorde ik een auto wegrijden.

Het was pas vanmorgen dat ik besefte dat mijn raam het doelwit was.

Blijkbaar ben ik er in geslaagd om vijanden te maken.

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Maar geen nood, mijn venster heeft genoeg weerstand geboden om mij te beschermen. 😀

Ik heb dit gemeld bij de receptie. Het werd genoteerd in een boek alsof het de doodnormaalste zaak ter wereld was. Misschien is dit niet de eerste keer. Hoe dit verder afloopt en wanneer ik een nieuw venster krijg is een raadsel. Het enige nadeel is dat ik mijn claustrofobisch kamertje op orde moet houden voor als ze dit komen nakijken en maken. En daar ben ik nu geen ‘krak’ in…….

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A true story on the WIT campus at College Street

“WIT dog Molly sets out on a path to a new life” For over a year, Molly, a 2-year old brindle Alsatian-Lurcher x, had been living in the bushes on the grounds of the College Street Campus of WIT. No one knew where she came from but this was where she made her home.  Soon it became obvious,to students and staff alike, that she never left the grounds to venture out, feeling safe and secure in the home she had built alone. She was shy, unassuming and eventually became a very special part of people’s lives at the campus. It was then that they christened her ‘Molly’.  Every day the porters, staff and students at the college would feed her and provide water bowls for her. No one inside the grounds had ever got close enough to pet or touch her as she was timid and shy, perhaps as a consequence of her initial upbringing.  Despite this she had an immense impact on the staff and students of WIT. Molly’s nature was quiet but characterful. She would only come so far when approached by students and then retreat back to where she knew she was safe. She recognised people and we were sure she understood that they were there to help. Early on Thursday 9th October 2014 our welfare officer, Alice, arrived at the campus along with Keith Murphy, Waterford’s Dog Warden. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get to a dog who was so nervous of people. Earlier in the year Keith and Ellen, another one of our fantastic veteran volunteers, had attempted to coax Molly out but no success. And so Lady Luck appeared on this day when the two porters on the morning shift appeared at the front door and Molly knew that it was breakfast time. She was standing in the car park, ears alert, staring intently at them.  As Keith approached, she tried her best to make a quick escape and within seconds she had run back to her home in the bushes. It was another half hour before Molly appeared again and this time Keith managed to place a lead on her. Although scared and confused, Molly was comforted by the presence of both porters, her friends and source of sustainance for so long.  For them, it was the first time they had ever pet Molly and been close enough to recognise her most subtle of facial features.  For Molly, this was the first time she made an up-close connection with the people in her world.  Thankfully, Molly did not spend another cold winter outside.  Of course, she would not have survived were it not for the kind-hearted compassion of WIT’s staff and students. They were her lifeline, her immediate link to survival and now, a new home. So too was the great work of Keith in securing her safety that morning. We are absolutely blessed with him at our side. Although we, at Waterford SPCA, deal with many cruelty cases on a daily basis, we are forever grateful to those who stand up for animals such as Molly. Molly was now in good hands, slowly getting accustomed to being around people once more. She had a long way to go before gaining the confidence that so many well-cared for dogs have in abundance.  Molly has now found her forever home and we are sure she will turn her past difficulties into future joys!! We wish her many happy days...󾌵󾌵󾌵󾌵󾌵󾌵 Not possible only for the students and staff of WIT who through small acts of kindness made the world of difference to one life xxx Please share...
 

“WIT dog Molly sets out on a path to a new life”
For over a year, Molly, a 2-year old brindle Alsatian-Lurcher x, had been living in the bushes on the grounds of the College Street Campus of WIT. No one knew where she came from but this was where she made her home.
Soon it became obvious,to students and staff alike, that she never left the grounds to venture out, feeling safe and secure in the home she had built alone. She was shy, unassuming and eventually became a very special part of people’s lives at the campus. It was then that they christened her ‘Molly’.
Every day the porters, staff and students at the college would feed her and provide water bowls for her. No one inside the grounds had ever got close enough to pet or touch her as she was timid and shy, perhaps as a consequence of her initial upbringing.

Despite this she had an immense impact on the staff and students of WIT. Molly’s nature was quiet but characterful. She would only come so far when approached by students and then retreat back to where she knew she was safe. She recognised people and we were sure she understood that they were there to help.

Early on Thursday 9th October 2014 our welfare officer, Alice, arrived at the campus along with Keith Murphy, Waterford’s Dog Warden. They knew it wasn’t going to be easy to get to a dog who was so nervous of people. Earlier in the year Keith and Ellen, another one of our fantastic veteran volunteers, had attempted to coax Molly out but no success.
And so Lady Luck appeared on this day when the two porters on the morning shift appeared at the front door and Molly knew that it was breakfast time. She was standing in the car park, ears alert, staring intently at them.

As Keith approached, she tried her best to make a quick escape and within seconds she had run back to her home in the bushes. It was another half hour before Molly appeared again and this time Keith managed to place a lead on her. Although scared and confused, Molly was comforted by the presence of both porters, her friends and source of sustainance for so long.
For them, it was the first time they had ever pet Molly and been close enough to recognise her most subtle of facial features.
For Molly, this was the first time she made an up-close connection with the people in her world.
Thankfully, Molly did not spend another cold winter outside.
Of course, she would not have survived were it not for the kind-hearted compassion of WIT’s staff and students. They were her lifeline, her immediate link to survival and now, a new home. So too was the great work of Keith in securing her safety that morning. We are absolutely blessed with him at our side.

Although we, at Waterford SPCA, deal with many cruelty cases on a daily basis, we are forever grateful to those who stand up for animals such as Molly.

Molly was now in good hands, slowly getting accustomed to being around people once more. She had a long way to go before gaining the confidence that so many well-cared for dogs have in abundance.
Molly has now found her forever home and we are sure she will turn her past difficulties into future joys!! We wish her many happy days…

Not possible only for the students and staff of WIT who through small acts of kindness made the world of difference to one life xxx

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Vorige week heb ik, per toeval, de crafts’ les ontdekt. Enkele vrouwen van het dagcentrum breien samen. De supervisor helpt hen af en toe. Momenteel zijn ze bezig met een sjaal. Ze heeft me ook foto’s laten zien van werkjes die ze gemaakt hebben voor de kerstmarkt vorig jaar. Enkele van de sjaals worden ook geweven en die zijn zooooooooooooo zacht. Je zou ze haast mee in je bed nemen.

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Door de kou in de centrale werkplaats, heb ik maar zelf gehaakte handschoenen gemaakt (zonder vingers), maar deze vielen blijkbaar goed in de smaak. Het feit dat ik wat kan haken is ter oren gekomen van de supervisor die de crafts begeleidt.  Gisteren heb ik na de activiteiten nog samen wat gebreid met een van de vrouwen. We hadden beide heel veel plezier in ‘het foefelen’. Breien is toch niet echt m’n ding. Dus heb ik zelf maar een beetje verder gehaakt aan een muts (die ik zelf dus nooit zal dragen :D) en iedereen was er natuurlijk gek van. Vandaag komt de supervisor naar me toe om te vragen hoe het moet. En ik die dacht dat zij de expert was. Misschien komt hier ook nog wel iets uit. Dit zijn dingen die ik zelf heel graag doe, maar omdat ik een beginner ben, is het wel wat moeilijk om het uit te leggen en zeker in het Engels. Het allerbelangrijkste is dat we er plezier in hebben!

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Hierboven mijn beginners pogingen…… 😀

a hike in the snow

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Vandaag een van de toppen van de Comeraghs overwonnen. Ondanks de sneeuw was het geen lachertje maar de uitzichten waren de inspanning waard. Ik voelde me zo nietig in deze grote massa berg (of eerder sneeuw)

Hieronder een foto van een ‘Mickey Field’. Deze ijspriemen ontstaan door dat het opspattende water van de onderliggende waterval naar boven wordt geblazen door de wind. Een beetje verder hadden ze zelfs een bolvormige structuur. De waterval zelf hebben we niet gezien wegens te gevaarlijk met het ijs.

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De weg naar beneden was echt niets voor mi. De gids moest en zou een zeer zware weg kiezen. Onderweg ne walking stok kunnen bemachtigen, want zonder geraakte je gewoon niet beneden. Ik voelde me net als de oude mensen op straat 😀 . Maar ik was zoooooooooooo blij dat ik beneden was. De gids heeft me ondertussen al gewaarschuwd voor de 3 dagen durende spierpijn. Lol en ik moet ‘Manor Hill” beklimmen om naar mijn werk te gaan …..