Today on Boxing Day, I have just finished The Annexed by Sharan Dogar. Starting the book, it was very vivid after visiting Amsterdam, earlier in the year. I could imagine the street and some of the rooms; not so much how the warehouse fitted in as don’t think see that. I liked that Anne was not glorified; it is described how Peter found her irritating. As the book continues they become closer, at this point I became less keen to read as you know it is not going to be a happy ending and there is no suspense. Partly, I read it intermittently as book was at my parents but also I chose to start other books whilst at my parents. Sitting down to read it on Boxing Day, after a while I ended up reading blog posts about Anne Frank; I realised it was about 20years since read Anne Frank’s diary so could not remember details. Below are highlights of what I read.
It would be interesting to have read Anne Frank’s diary and Annexed side by side. Annexed reference’s the diary albeit changing sequence of events; it includes some footnotes about alterations. It talks about romantic tension between Anne, Margot and Peter which you can imagine happening with teenagers in intimate, isolated environment but; I can not remember from the diary. In Annexed Peter asks Anne not to write about their closeness; so could it be this was not explicitly written in the diary. Anne rewrote her diary; conscious of recording the experience for public so it is not a private, raw venting diary.
The last part of Annexed is the time in the camp. I do not like all the italics breaking up the writing.
Someone else’s review of Annexed.
A post about alternative view that those in the annex were found by accident rather than betrayed. https://givemeliberty01.com/2017/10/16/anne-frank-may-not-have-been-betrayed/
A review of Anne Frank diary. https://thebookllama.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/anne-frank-the-diary-of-a-young-girlhaunting-and-hopeful/
Another alternative to Anne Frank’s diary is discussed in this post where women who knew Anne Frank are interviewed.
Diamonds, herons and swinging.
It is a fake tree complete with fir cones and red berries.
I have an angel on the top that I bought from accessorise in a January sale years ago. The first year I bought lots of cheap silver baubles. I have since coveted the Matt silver baubles with decoupage and kept the sparkly ones. There are mirror ball effect ones, shiny smooth silver and glitter silver.
I liked to buy baubles on holidays.
Packing away Christmas decorations from around the world …
This year I have clogs on the tree, that I bought earlier in the year.
Whilst I was in Amsterdam after my fun elephant spotting last year in Sheffield I was delighted to discover the Elephant parade.
On a wet afternoon when we were sheltering in the Magna shopping centre we came across this elephant on the ground floor.
The mini Elephant Herd
Upstairs there was a whole shop selling elephant parade products, a table to paint elephants or you could even buy elephants to take away to paint.
Elephant parade started in 2006 when Mark Spilks saw an an elephant called Mosa at the time 7months old being fitted for a prosthetic limb in Thailand. Elephant’s in Thailand can lose limbs due to stepping on log mines whilst logging.
In 2007 Rotterdam hosted sculptures of elephants which were then auctioned to raise money for Asian Elephant Foundation.
Subsequent elephants were hosted in Antwerp in 2008, Amsterdam 2009, London 2010 and subsequently Singapore, Hong Kong, Orange County in California, Brazil and many others.
One of the elephant parade, elephants was also on a canal boat in California.
The other elephants seen in Amsterdam shop / gallery.
Top 5 Large Elephants (Children’s Hospital Trail Sheffield 2016
The best hot chocolate, I found was at Ivy Bros, served in a white mug with bumpy texture on outside and smooth blue inside. Promisingly it was described on the menu as melting hot chocolate. Indeed it was good pure chocolately drink. The cafe itself is quirky with electric objects which they sell and a shark jaw above the counter. They offer an interesting and tempting range of sandwiches and cakes.
It is at Oudezijds Vootmrburgusal 96HE 1012 GH
Many places serve chocomel . It comes in stylish crockery, but is medicore hot chocolate, being mostly milky. It can be enhanced by baileys.
These were on window of diesel store in Amsterdam.
Not sure every walk is a door.