Friends come in all shapes and sizes.
The human eye can only see between 430-770Thz. Our ears can only detect sound between 20hz-20-Khz. These ranges make up a fraction of the total sound and light frequency range. This means there is a lot going around we cannot see or hear. Now, with 16 color-receptive cones, the peacock mantis shrimp can detect ten times more color than a human, including ultraviolet light. Humans can observe 65 changes per second. Dragonflies can see at least 300 changes per second. Salmons (with 96 changes per second) and dogs (75 changes) also see faster than we do. The slower a species perceives something, the longer it takes for the animal to react to what is happening. Animals can detect cancer, earthquakes, pregnancy and so forth. And look how we treat them on the planet...
Just because you are not capable to see hear or sense something, it does not mean it does not exist. And just because you can't communicate with animals, it does not mean they are not living beings. It only indicates the inferiority of your own mind and shallowness of your own heart.
2019 this little fella was exhausted. I was on my way to work when I saw him. I had an injury so I didn't walk fast. To notice this little one fighting even harder to move the choice was obvious, I stumbled back home with the little one and placed him on my littl balcony/sanctuary.
A few friends from 2021
Married couples wear a wedding ring to show their bond. The bonds I have formed, the rings I wear are not visible but engraved in the heart.
My best friend died 13 November 2015 (1996 - 2015), burried 16 November along with a piece of my soul. My child, my guardian, my angel. He is not under this page called 'my friends', but under family..
While at work on the top (4th) floor in Delft, 2013.
Tommy the Cat & the Rat
One day I got home and saw a cat attacking a rat. I ended the fight, saved the rat and gave the cat treats.
The poor thing's ear was damaged, but after getting bread he quickly restored in spirit. I ended up going home on one boot because the other made him a fine home. Now Tommy turned out to be a neighbourhood cat. He would since that day, wait for me every day for treats. A year later I found out Tommy crossed the rainbow bridge
2015 A wasp came by every single day for at least 2 weeks a work. I found out quickly due to his behaviour that they recognize you by your scent as they come close and sniff you, and that they tell their mates/brothers? about you who will greet you too. My colleague said it was not the same wasp that returned each day. I said he was. Then the wasp stopped coming. After a few days I looked outside the window, only to notice someone had squashed my friend when they had closed it.
sometimes animals just show up. at your door to give love and get food, and sometimes to just fall asleep and get their wings in heaven
this female duck stopped by for 2,3 years with a male, always on the same time
Bed & Breakfast Bird
2018 A bird, of which an ornithologist whome I spoke to later that year declared an adult bird, came to my balcony on a hot summer day. I was watering plants in my miniature garden and then myself. The bird sat on a branch and I could tell he wanted too. So I invited him and he came. Had a bath, dinner, slept in a box on the balcony and left after breakfast in the morning. The bird didn't come back, but the next new guest was waiting under the balcony....
sticking up for my brothers and sisters, here with my aunty - 2021
"Animal protection isn't a radical idea. It follows the simple principle that if animals feel pain, joy and fear, they should be protected from suffering."
Donating custom works to charities
Animal liberation is human liberation man (I say this with a Jamaican accent)
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Luke 18:25
Something I'm proud of is a break-in from years ago. The fact that there was absolutely nothing to steal. All items such as television, camera, telephone etc are second-hand or received. I don't buy anything new if the old still works. I even got most of the crosses on the walls and bird houses. I think a dress is extra beautiful when it costs next to nothing. And if I really like those expensive heels that much, I'll wait half a year until they're on sale.
(2022...)There is still an opened carton of cat milk in the fridge, which is already a year past its expiry date. It belonged to Mika and reminds me of Mika. And when I go to work out, I take a bottle of water with me that I bought when I was going to bury my father. So I refill it. Those are my treasures....
Help save bees
Tried to sell this for a long while for a low ammount but there was no interest in it. I still carry it with me in the summer to help out the bees (sugar water)
The Wounded Butterfly
2018 - This was a wounded butterfly at work which I took home to recover in my tiny garden surrounded by fruit, water, shelter.
The butterfly stayed for the night and flew away the next day.
John 14-16 Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with us permanently as our Helper (assistent, comforter, standby). From Jacob's ladder we know they descend up and down earth. That they listen to God. That you do not pray to angels and they surely won't listen either. If you pray to an angel and you get a reply, congratulations, you just summoned a demon. Angels are in service of God. Your phone line is the Holy Spirit. If you make that phone call to God, he dispatches an angel. Now take note; one angel alone, had the strength to remove the stone covering the tomb of Christ. One angel alone, slew in one evening 185000 Assyrians. Now that's a perfect companion if you ask me.
(July 2021) Jeremiah 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtledove and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord
A video I made in the airplane (2019). You can see the airplane blades, right? Well, with my naked eye I could no see them move at all.
The camera registers this because of the shutter speed. 'Try to swat a fly and it will soon become clear that they're faster than you. Flies, compared with you and me, essentially see the world in slow motion.
Some flies see six times faster than us, catching prey in mid-air in less than a second. This happens because animals see the world around them like a continuous video. But in reality, they piece together images sent from the eyes to the brain in distinct flashes a set number of times per second. Humans average 60 flashes per second, turtles 15, and flies 250. The difference between our perception of time and a fly's (or any other animal's) comes down to the speed at which the eye, and ultimately the brain, can record repeated rapid flashes of light. This is called the flicker fusion rate'. I don't always see the spirit with my naked eye, but I do feel (or hear) it's presence always. Like the soft sound of wings. I am very known with that sound since I befriended a hella lot of birds in the last 2 decades. Many of them loyal crows, and one raven of which bystanders (even a car driver once stopped his car and got out to ask) think they are always the same ones and belong with me. Hell no, they belong outside, Father gave them trees.
Cube of Truth, making people aware/holding them responsible
Participated in the cube (pic left 27-3-22 standing on the right). 1st cube was in feb 2022. All respect for people who have the patience to explain to people. It's not for me, dumb laughter annoys me.
A precious moment during a cube: a little boy who looked clearly upset at the images. His mother, obese and shrouded in robes, was photographing and failed to see that her child was upset. I spoke to him and he asked...: "do the police know this?" A child's heart is so pure. They are the sweetest words I can think of, because they show the soul of the child. I explained everything and he would explain everything to his mother because she didn't speak a word of Dutch.
My friend Pirate, the one-eyed rooster
He prefers to eat it out of your hand. If I had a yard, he'd come home with me and get a pirate eye patch. With its beautiful feathers just like the Puss in Boots fairy tale. 09-02-2022 After having enjoyed him for at least 2 years (someone dumped him, he walked around in an industrial area), I seized the opportunity when he could be placed somewhere. There he will pass his old age, with shelter every day, rest, no stray dogs or cars, not to be chased away, in a yard with other animals such as elderly hens and food every day. Love is also letting go. Love is wishing the other the very best and acting accordingly. I always made the blanket in the elfairy houses from the feathers I picked up from him (still have a bag full)
(left) Here he was pecking grain in the box. of course I told him what would happen and that I love him very very much, so not to worry. I look forward seing him in heaven when time comes.
(right pic) Arrived at the peaceful yard where he will spend his old age, among females.
A mother's love
June 26, 2022. In my parents' garden, 3 loving chickens hatch their eggs. What you see in the eyes is indescribable, that is something you can only feel. The love was tangible, so strong, so visible, so intense. Love in its purest form.
Jesus said that God Protects Us as a Mother Hen Protects Her Chicks - Psalm 91:1-4... and humans made this soft kind animal the most abused and slaughtered animal on the planet... Now think about this: Typhus has been one of the great threats
to mankind for centuries. Scientists believe that the disease has been
around for thousands of years, but in recent decades, humanity has been
able to protect itself against the intestinal disease with antibiotics.
At present, antibiotics are the only way to effectively treat typhoid
fever, which is caused by the bacterium Salmonella enterica serovar
However, over the past three decades, the bacteria's resistance to oral antibiotics has grown and spread. Research in India, among others, shows that the bacterium is becoming less and less concerned with antibiotics. Even the latest versions are useless against typhoid fever. Worse, the resistant strains are spreading worldwide at a rapid pace. (source)
Salmonella is a genus of gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria that are part of the natural intestinal flora of poultry, pigs, cattle, reptiles and pets. Salmonella species are therefore found in both cold-blooded and warm-blooded animals, but in the environment (source Wikipedia)
My Miniature Garden
I do not have a garden, I have a small balcony.
But big enough for my tiny friends like bees and wasps and butterflies and birdies and snails to care for.
And to grow tomatoes, rosemary, strawberries etc..
Mosquito-free through the summer
Mosquitoes prey on you, wasps prey on mosquitoes. The wasp is your friend.
Drowning farm Netherlands
2022 Visited a demonstration of the (Netherlands) Party for the Animals / Animal Save Netherlands. Aimed at the drowning farm. Called floating farm. I have never visited a concentration camp. This was the first time. You know what a camp is for? Exploitation torture and final death.
Why does it excist? Because the specie is considered being less. It is not seen as a living being with rights and receives an arm tattoo I mean .. ear tag..
April 24 marks World Day for Laboratory Animals
Netherlands is in the possession of the largest monkey torture testing center in Europe; the BPRC. The supply of monkeys from Mauritius are often the babies, children ripped away from their parents, caught from the wild. Then they are transported by KLM and Air France.
so in 2022 I joined the Animal Right march again (Rijswijk).
I was sick, so I walked the march with sore throat headache muscle pain hay fever and fatigue and then went home quickly. At home I immediately fell asleep. When I woke up I found a butterfly in my bedroom.
Friends I see almost daily
Two couples, one couple joined 2021, the other couple I have known for at least 7 years now.
Collared doves are loyal, bright intelligent birds and not flock birds, they prefer to be on their own or with their mate or newly fledged young
My pigeon friends have introduced their baby to me, the little one now comes by every day
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages...
pics above; parent with child
The little one always came to eat alone after the introduction. I didn't see the parents, but saw them flying in the air in pairs. That turned out to be a child who received flying lessons. The trembling of the wings, the high-pitched voice, clearly also a small one. This one was also introduced by the parents and now .. now there are 4.
I'm licked weekly by a visitor heehee (since 2021 I reckon). Veggie snacks only. duh
Veganstreetday Germany 2022
when your invited to an event, snack all day even along the way all vegan stuff and play with doggo
Best part? doggo sleeping on my bed heehee
I found it unacceptable to use this event for the animals to push the human rights agenda, there was talk about helping migrants, about muslim terrorism etc etc which is not relevant for animals. Stop that. And a few blocks away there was a communist booth that was speaking for the rights of Ukrainians and... selling egg and milk products. ......
I often come across this cat in the morning, for a few years now. The owner does not have a cat flap so the cat waits outside until the door opens. In summer, but also in winter and when it rains. When I see the cat I greet her, give her a hug and our ritual is that I ring the bell, then walk away. So it looks as if she has pressed the doorbell herself. From a distance I see the door open and the cat walk in. Pics taken in 2022
on 04-08-2022 I found out that this cat's name is Freddie. His neighbor walked past and told me that while I was waiting for a girl to bring back a healed pigeon
Each crow lives in its own territory, some have been living in the same trees for 10 years. People don't realize that. Often people think they are my crows but nothing is mine, they are their own. They fly free as they should. And I don't teach them tricks. I know a lot of crows but there are 2 that are special to me and I know both between 7 and 10 years. Like the one with white spot on the leg. You have people who say that crows bring bad luck. That's what they say about black cats too. But crows see a broad energy field around you that also relates to things you have no control over. They can announce a message. Case of don't shoot the messenger.
This one looks a lot like a raven. Is the smartest of them all (if he were also a crow) and I also have the best bond with him. Who knows it might be a raven, only the others I'm sure are crows
Infernal noise this morning, crows, magpies, pigeons, blackbirds, finches, everyone came to watch. So I thought hey maybe a cat in action and a nest nearby, so I jumped outside. But on the spot I found a dead pigeon. The birds took note and flew away. Too bad a wood pigeon, probably even the one that has been around for so long and that I saw braving the storm in a tree. Why this is interesting to report: because animals communicate with each other. And they might need your help. If you see deviant behavior, you should always take a look. A cry for help is always a universal cry. When you drown, you don't care if you are rescued by a human or a dolphin.
in a butterfly garden, the day was organized by the army related to the first deployment of my son
2021 Feb - 1th floor in Krimpen aan den IJssel. This butterfly flew towards me through an open window on the 1st floor. It was strange that at that time I was having a persistent (whatsapp HR-NL) conversation with a relative who venerates Mary. I indicated that nowhere in the bible does it say that you should pray to Mary. I have stopped making rosaries because people are using it wrong. It was one of my best-selling creations. The day my bbq arrived is the day I stopped eating meat, so I turned the bbq into a birdbath. When I got my driver's license I decided to ride my bike anyway because I became even more aware of the environment. I could have been rich and equipped with every comfort in this life, but my heart and conscience keep sending me in a different direction.. where there are treasures to be found that money cannot buy
Friends not Food
I never was a big meat eater so the fact that I stopped eating meat didn't change much, when I found out animal cruelty is not happening in some cases, but ALL THE TIME.
I stopped drinking milk in 2020 before corona outbreak when I learned/realized about the dairy industry. Imagine, my breakfast was ice cream for many years each day, summer and winter to cool my body down when waking up. Stopped eating candy (gelatine). For Frederiq to show up out of the blue at the exact same moment I was sad about chicken farms I considered a sign once again.
Felt so sad when I saw this picture. I would have taken the child home for sure. At the same moment dad called me "you've got a visitor". This rooster showed up and made a big impact.
You know, I always knew it was a being you ate. But I did not know the horrible conditions they were in, and the intensity of their personalities. But I always was grateful like the natives were with the bisons. Not finishing a meal, throwing it or otherwise being disrespectful is something that could always instantly turn me off someone.
16-04-2021 Not my first and will probably not be the last. Every year my eyes spot an exhausted bumblebee on the road. Bit of water sugar and rest and off they go. They are absolutely grateful little critters.
I would never let you lay there gasping for air after all the hard work you did for all of us, sweet child.
Butterfly garden in Burgers' Bush Netherlands (invitation related to son's deployment)
Comfort after my dads funeral 2021
Sick Pigeon makes recovery
Nov 2021 I saw this young pigeon sitting under my balcony in the evening. It seemed unable to fly and was chased by a cat. I took it home. After a few days I took her by train to Amsterdam.
I have picked up a few birds like a coot who had been hit. They all never came back because they quickly put animals to sleep. At Billie pigeons receive all the care and love. So to her I brought the pigeon.
Queen Billie Savage, the queen of the pigeons, who calls them skypuppies. She loves them like Rutzen loves sharks. She is able to instill a love for them and make them visible how they are, peaceful birds that need to be taken care of too.
What is a stringfoot pigeon?
June 2022 Rotterdam (and many other big cities) is full off stringfoot pigeons. Never heard of such a thing before I met queen Billie (Savage). These birds suffer badly. The tangle gets tighter and tighter until circulation is cut off and flesh rots away. Now when I am able to catch one they are off to a pigeon nurse.
Read more about it here and here
the temporary housing
I had once bought the house for Michaela, because she liked to sit on the balcony. She died before she could ever sit in the cottage. Now the house has already provided temporary shelter for 3 pigeons
Sept 2021 dropped off a piggyback stowaway at a garden center
Another dumped creation of God
During a walk in July 2021 I came across this sweet child. We exchanged hugs and I started to wonder if she had a house. The moment I was about to start a campaign to take her in if she didn't have a home, I found out that there are people who take care of her. Among others, by the new resident of a house whose people had left the animal behind..
In Dec 2021 I finaly saw her new mum. A wonderful old lady
7 Dec 2022 Feel gutted. My little child what has happened to you.
So many loveable creatures in so many forms
Jeckyll Draeckendreck was also on my son's birth announcement. He was also family
my aunts little pumpkin
Little angel that was dumped. They did not succeed in catching the animal but when I drove by with the car I stopped, I opened the door and could take her on my lap. The animal found a wonderful life at my mums.
Scheveningen - 2021
Hoek van Holland - 2022
Noa & the Ocassional Balcony Snail Friends
While snailies always get water and food, after Noa's arrival Noa would get a balcony snail as guest as long as the guest wanted to stay.
The last guest was Clarabella, her house was broken so I patched it up.
Noa loved to bathe.
Joined Noa after I patched her up on the balcony where I found her april 2020. She left in april 2021
(2019) When your friend complained about snails in his garden eating his veggies and proudly brings you his homegrown veggies and ya dont tell him you wanted them for your snails..
My buddy Max
Never met a rooster as social as Max. We were pals from the first second we saw each other.
Like love at first sight. The wild cranky rooster was cuddly and sweet with me and I was crazy about him. I will always love you Max.
The animals were outside in an industrial area. One day when I was not there they were all caught and gassed by the municipality.
Max his daughter, it was cool seeing her growing up. She and her baby were killed as well, since I never saw them again.
Found a child half paralyzed on my way home. Took her to the vet but while waiting for the animal ambulance she died. She was poisoned. The jackdaw bird can live up to 15 years. They are monogamous and stick together for a lifetime
I don't forget any of my friends, no matter how small. They all walk around in my heart.
Little children of God
These two chickens came from a place where I worked, they were kept in
the dark as entertainment for guests.
But they would be locked up in the dark in a small cage during most of the days and nights. One of the two got sick and died (at the vet), and the black one came home with me. The chickens were not replaced.
Never alone. I made the reservations. If a customer indicated that 3 people wanted meat and 1 was vegetarian and wanted fish, I always wrote back: so 1 cow meat, 1 pork, 1 chicken meat and 1 fish meat?..A fish is not a plant.
The male Muscovy duck has been alone along the waterfront for at least 2 years.
One day I spotted 5 km away, a female Muscovy duck sitting alone along the water's edge every time. The local residents know the male duck (pic above) and gave him the name Jaap. I made a poster with a call for more information about the female. When she's alone, I'll introduce them to each other was my plan
Nobody responded (summer 2021).
Jan 2022. The female is no longer alone and a foundation is busy looking to find a nice home for Jaap
04-08-2022, Jaap is still alone on the waterfront
Oct 2022, Jaap is joined by a duck and goose who also seem to be alone for some days now. It would be awesome if these 3 really stick at each others side
"Can you take care of the pets?" But of course!
when I babysit your kids, you get them back spoiled and obese heehee
Wounded Butterfly 2021
29-03-2021 I saw a butterfly in the middle of the road, to prevent her from being hit, I wanted to take her off the road. But she just sat there and climbed onto my hand. No matter what flower or bush we encountered, she wanted to stay put, so I took her home walking with her on an open hand. I put her on a plant at home and quickly went to the store to get some fruit.
Then I picked up the bee hotel from the basement that had been put away recently because the balcony is being repaired. To my great surprise, bees kept flying out. So they had hibernated in the hotel (I feel like a proud mother). After I had put the bees and hotels out I went looking for Clarabella, the balcony snail that has been here since April last year, with the plaster on her torn house. I found her eating my books again.
The little child died the next day. The window was open, the day warm, but she did not fly away. She was deteriorating in front of my eyes. The last hour, oh that dreadful last hour I have seen it way too often, the fight for life. Holding on. Every being no matter how small wants to live.
This little bee I found on the road 03-2020, also did not make it in the end. And last week I had taken a coot off the road that was hit by a car(guessing). I could still see his wing move. Afterwards, the animal welfare department informed me that the fracture could not be healed and the animal was put to sleep. I had seen a partner waiting for him / her outside by the lake. heartbreaking.
My sons dog who crossed the bridge. I would always get several thingies so he could choose which one to eat first
The toad was surrounded by ten crows when I saw them. Gave the crows nuts and placed him where he could hide. Added him a crown for the picture because I like all things cute and he just ain't
Found a pigeon on my way home and took the bird home. Injury unknown, died shortly after I came home.
My father was sick, I was cleaning the house. A cat kept me company. I fed her and soon she took her children too
The father of the family was always watching. Within a few days the whole family was visiting and there was happiness. Until one morning I heard the mother cry very loudly. I came out and saw one of her kids with the guts out, dead. As if something had taken a bite out of her belly. All the other children were gone and daddy cat was gone too. The mother was inconsolable.
Injured dove recovers
2022 Jan - One of the pigeons flew in with a closed eye. Contacted queen Billie again who arranged for her to be checked out by an avian vet the next morning.
Luckily it was Sunday so took the bird to the bird hospital in Naarden with train. The bus drove to destination every hour so I had to walk because I had missed it. I asked for directions to an old man who walked all the way to the hospital. He is alone and told that when he got up he didn't even know what day it was. Once on the way back, trains were not running so I was back late in Rotterdam. Saw a homeless person sitting on the floor with a blanket around him that I gave some money. City pigeons come in different sizes I always say.
In mid-Feb the pigeon was brought back by a sweet lady and released. The next morning I heard them all calling and the dove came to my window again. The child looked at me for a long time. Mutual love.
Dec 2021 They were shivering and closing their eyes all the time in the middle of the road. So I decided to take them home so that they could die peacefully there if necessary without hunger and cold (thought they were dying - they weren't).
But at 6 o'clock the next morning there appeared to be 1 rooster, and it crowed incessantly. Then a chicken started to crow too. So they had to go back. It's okay to cackle, but you could hear them in the gallery very loudly. Within a night chickens were dumped again.It's a place where chickens and rabbits are often dumped, but this time it's about hand-tamed purebred chickens. There is a Christian family that has a company in one of the business premises that has built a pen for the animals and provides them with water and food. Everything minimal because you don't want to attract rats.
Because these animals are so sweet and tame I kept looking for someone who could house them. Finally I found Sandra from Comité Dierennoodhulp who put me in touch with Trini from Zwerfkip En Zo. Trini came to pick them up hardly a day later, bless her soul. Now the babies will have a better life.
I was amazed how tame they really were
thanks to Trini, this chicken dump is also monitored now
Ant Mourning. Watched the ant for hours as he stood by his dead friend/mate(?). Other ants passed by but (s?)he did not want to leave the dead ant behind.
I don't photograph all animals, sometimes you don't have time to think about it. Like the little crickets. I also think that swans are very intelligent. I've guided a swan crossing the road a few times and they seem to understand you. Once upon a time there was a young swan who stopped in the roadway. I said walk on, then turned to the parents who were in the water. I said call him back before he gets hit. The father reacted immediately and furiously came out of the water and so chased the young swan off the road. For example, I (2022) again accompanied a swan that was walking on a roundabout. When I said we had to speed up, those legs suddenly moved forward at a fast pace. That was such a funny sight.
Two Tiny CricketsWe all need help.
A strange screech amidst all other noises.
After an extensive search, there were two tiny, tiny crickets found in the corner of a room behind a door.
The screetching cricket was calling for his friend who could not move and had his tinys leg stuck in a cobweb.
After carefully removing the cobweb from the tiny legs, the two went their way.