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Photo Essay: Spring in the Dutch countryside, storks and all Special

With Amsterdam much in the news lately due to the coronation, or at times due to its coffee-shops or prostitutes, other parts of the Netherlands are lesser known; if not to say under-reported. Here's a look at the Dutch countryside during springtime.

Boom in vegetable seed sales in U.S., Europe

Homeowners across the United States and Europe are clearly planning to raise more vegetables this spring: large seed companies on both continents report sudden booms in sales of vegetable seeds to millions of homeowners.

Eco-friendly aquatic homes can save millions from annual floods

Two Dutch engineers have just introduced a unique design for living in waterlogged environments: an inexpensive, double-story amphibian home called the 'eco-igloo'. The igloo has 21 solar screens, can float and takes only seven days to build.

Is this the most comfortable motorbike in the world?

With the gloomy reports whining on and on about recession and unemployment, it's always a relief to stroll through Dokkum here in Friesland - and realise that the small entrepreneurs will always remain optimistic and just keep plugging away.

Geriatric couple arrested for running a bike-theft gang

I just discovered that my peaceful town of Dokkum here in Friesland has harboured a gang of latter-day Fagans over the past two years. The couple, 70 and 77 years old, have just been arrested for illegally selling some 100 stolen bikes since 2007.

Is the US Joint Strike fighter too loud for Dutch airports?

The Dutch are in the market for new fighter jets to replace their aging Lockheed Martin F16s. There are only two candidates: the Swedish Gripen, and the Joint Strike Fighter from the US. And under Dutch law, residents warn, the JSF may be too loud.

Friesland gripped by ice-skating fever

Will the gruelling 124-mile Eleven Cities iceskating marathon take place in Friesland this year? This event with 16,000 skilled amateurs braving arctic conditions in a gruelling sports event is getting nearer -- if it keeps freezing.
 

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Male and female storks happily united once again.
Male and female storks happily united once again.
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually  these birds return to their nests in a few sele...
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands
Water is everywhere  and so are sheep and horses.
Water is everywhere, and so are sheep and horses.
In the spring  cows are released from their winter stables and can once more feast on fresh grass.
In the spring, cows are released from their winter stables and can once more feast on fresh grass.
The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the count...
The agrarian North of the Netherlands is quite empty. You can take extensive walks through the countryside amidst cows, channels, churches and open green spaces.
Storks are large birds  looking majestic when overhead in the air.
Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
Spring also brings the flowers of which millions are exported all over the world each year.
One of 60 000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and roa...
One of 60,000 suspension bridges in the Netherlands that allow traffic to pass on both water and road.

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