About Me

Winter Hill ,Horwich, UK
About Me Jake ,I am 11 years old and have Autism. This Blog is about what I can do not what I cannot,sometimes people think I cannot because I have autism ,this blog is about challenging that!I have lots of special interests, in particular running, exploring and this blog shows a small amount of what I get up to! Please be careful as some of activities I do may look easy are not , I know Winter Hill very well I can get off safely and know what to do when the weather closes in ,to keep myself safe I use high performance clothing and footwear,waterproof/ breathable/reflective/thermal layers. in layers so I keep warm and dry , I take my safety seriously and I always take care when out exploring. My dad is very experienced on the fells he is teaching me how to keep safe.I can use a map and compass, the hills can be windy , very cold, be wet , misty and boggy. STAY SAFE! check out under my link's for advice on safety from Bowland and Pennine Mountain rescue. Try my Winter Hill Challenge

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Netherlands to Belgium , via Antwerp and Liege

Approximately 120 kilometers (75 miles) long, it connects the Belgian port city of Antwerp to Liège, the commercial and industrial centre of Wallonia. It runs thus entirely within Belgium: however, it does cross the language frontier within Belgium between the Dutch speaking north and the French speaking south which affects the roadside route signs and safety-message posters




European route E 25 is a north-south European route from Hoek van Holland in the Netherlands to Palermo in Italy which includes ferry crossings from Genoa to Bastia (Corsica), from Bonifacio to Porto Torres (Sardinia) and from Cagliari to Palermo (Sicily).
It passes through the following cities: Hoek van Holland – Rotterdam – Utrecht - Eindhoven – Maastricht – Liège – Bastogne – Arlon – Luxembourg – Metz – Saint-Avold – Strasbourg – Mulhouse – Basel – Olten – Berne – Lausanne – Geneva – Mont Blanc Tunnel – Aosta – Ivrea – Vercelli – Alessandria – Genoa … Bastia – Porto Vecchio – Bonifacio … Porto Torres – Sassari – Cagliari … Palermo.

our route ! we used this from Liege to Bastogne,
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in the middle of the motorway was a railway line !
cranes for unloading goods at Antwerp / Antwerpen

This is a oil pipeline
we are going to Liege ,
note from Dad  this is Luik in Flemish ! name changes are common where different languages are involved !,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1020&bih=626&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x47c3f68ebfc3887d:0x3eaf448482a88ab8,Antwerpen&gl=be&ei=YmBdTrmHBcOfOqLH5c4C&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=title&resnum=8&sqi=2&ved=0CFUQ8gEwBw

 we passed a lot of wind turbines

The name changes to Liege in the French speaking part of Belgium

we will put a video of the road tunnel in Liege later, Dad says the Internet bandwidth wont allow it to be uploaded.

Friday, 26 August 2011

middleburg historic town , Zeeland, Netherlands


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this shows the old  defence's  and shape of the city of Middleburg

a movie about the capture of Middleburg from the second world war

one of the old streets
isn't it beautiful ?
can you see the long chimney ?
old camper van from Germany
my dad said this was the split screen
we went into the abbey
(Local Name: Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij) On the northeast side of the inner ring stands Onze Lieve Vrouwe Abdij, the Abbey of Our Lady. In 1150 White Canons of the Norbertine order (named after St Norbert of Xanten, who founded the order at Prémontré in France: hence the alternative name Premonstratensian) established themselves in the Carolingian stronghold of Middelburg. In the 16th century the abbey consisted of a picturesque and many-towered complex of buildings laid out round a cloister, including the canons' lodgings, to which were later added a refectory and chapterhouse (now the Provincial Library), a second courtyard, two churches and a tower

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this is the water pump in the middle of the herb garden

look at the patterns on the roof -

Halfords in NL
we used to go to the one in Prague

the abbey tower

Abdijtoren de Lange Jan

we went for some frites or chips !

(Local Name: Stadhuis) In the Markt stands the Town Hall (Stadhuis), one of the most beautiful Gothic secular buildings in the Netherlands, built between 1452 and 1458 by members of the Keldermans family. Between 1506 and 1520 a Meat Hall (meat market) and a tower were added, and in 1670 and 1780-84 there were further additions in neo-classical style. The Town Hall was almost completely destroyed in the 1940 bombing, but after the war was rebuilt in the original style. On the facade of 1512- 13, most of which survived the bombing, are figures of 25 Counts and Countesses of Zeeland and Holland, under canopies surmounted by fabulous animals. The windows and doors are closed by red and white shutters - a common
practice in the Middle Ages, when windows were not glazed.

some sayings
another saying
red and white door to match the shutters
old Volvo
a horse drawn carriage
the grand house -can you see the name in Dutch ?
lots of pictures

this shop made and restored furniture handles
can you see the boy ?

1620 on this old gate ?
this was near to the old gate ?
me and Evie on a trampoline , can you see the abbey tower ?
Abdijtoren de Lange Jan


Golden trumpet
we are not sure -it is marked 1940 and has Jewish writing on it
part of the Abbey

This building is marked 1582

this house tilts to the left can you see ?
me and Evie on a playground !
This is where the scouts are based

Old city walls
can you see the two doors ?

looks like someone made old barrels
can you see the house is bent on the right hand side - i hope it doesn't fall down !

1620 on the wall ?

can you see the heads ?

This is a old water tower

we ate some cakes from this shop outside was a stone picture
this is the canal which protects the city
where we stayed in Holland

Leo having his coat put on
I slept in here with Leo !
we watched some Dutch television ! it was in English with Dutch words at the bottom!