We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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Last Days In The Cottage

The last days at the Bikkels were filled with a few more visits to dad, some last shopping in Eindhoven, more food at the snackbar in town, another walk in the forest and oh let’s not forget that huge egg roll and babi pangang in the Chinese-Indonesian restaurant near dad! Time to pack again… tomorrow we go back to Leiden and Saturday we have to fly home again!

Relaxing In The Woods

Finally more time to relax in this beautiful place! Yesterday we had to pick up our new passports in Bergeijk, had a coffee with old friend Corry who lives pretty close by in Eersel and dropped by Leon and Els again for the last time. Then back in Vlierden we had supper at the fantastic snackbar in town, oooooh that sateh (peanut) sauce! And fries and snacks and people.. we’ve been regulars there 🙂 Today we had a lot of fun with Nico’s former coworkers Brigitte and Nathalie coming by. After their visit we still had time to finally go for that walk in the park and the woods around it and read my new Asterix comic on the patio. So pretty and relaxing!!!

Open House Was A Success!

Well, our “open house” weekend was a success! We had a lot of visitors and it was a lot of fun…. and still felt really relaxed for us since we didn’t have to go anywhere! Just make coffee, get drinks and such 😛 I tried to make selfies with everyone, but still forgot a few, damn!

Limburg, Dessel

Had two busy days! Thursday we drove to our old hometown area in the south of Limburg. We had a quick stop in downtown Heerlen to pop in at Satisfaction, the record store, and then had a great visit with old neighbours Vera and Rob (Lea also came by)! After that we drove to Schin Op Geul where I was reunited with old friend Corine and her family after many many years! She cooked up a whole Indonesian rice table for us, wow! Great times with her whole family <3 On Friday we visited dad again, then Jos and Hennie (Wilma was also there) and drove to Dessel for a BBQ with Erik and Marjan and Cordy, Anneke and Marcelino were also there! Another wonderful day with family and friends <3 Of course we got home late on both nights, so we're glad that we don't have to go anywhere this weekend - we're letting "everyone" come to us!

Bergeijk, Eindhoven

It’s great to be at the Bikkels again, we truly enjoy the cottage and it’s setting in the forest, it’s gorgeous! Unfortunately we’re running around a lot and haven’t had much time yet to just relax or go for a walk. Yesterday we had an appointment in the city hall of Bergeijk, one of the border cities where we (as Dutch living abroad) could renew our passports. After that we visited Els and Leon again and had supper there. Today we did some shopping in Eindhoven and visited dad again, Amalia was there too this time!


We woke up early, so we still saw Leon and Els before they went to work. We drove to Eindhoven, to have some breakfast at the bakery near dad and then we went over to visit him. So good to see him again! After a few hours we drove to Forest Park the Bikkels in Vlierden (the park where we rented a cottage) to register, went for grocery shopping in Deurne and settled into the cottage. Neat!!

Arrived In Holland!

We arrived on Amsterdam Airport (Schiphol) around 8am, it took a while to get the rental car, but then we could go to Nieuw Vennep, to Ton and Rita! We had a coffee there and Ton took us to Leiden to see Sander and Martijn for a little bit. We made plans to look them up on the way back as well.

Although we were tired, we drove all the way to Bergeijk, to Els and Leon, time to catch up and we’ll be staying the first night here. They just took us to a Greek restaurant in Valkenswaard, yum! But now we can’t keep our eyes open anymore (we didn’t nap)!

Visiting John & Diana In West-Kelowna!

On March 3rd we finally flew to Kelowna to spend some time with our friends John and Diana! This had been in the works for a few years, so we were beyond excited! We just wanted to spend time with them and be in that area, we didn’t have any specific wishes for sightseeing and all that – we just loved being back in our beloved (West-}Kelowna.

We flew very early and because of a last minute trip to Holland, John and Diana wouldn’t be home until later that day. But we could get the key from a neighour and other friends in the same (Glenrosa) neighbourhood stepped up big time: Mathilda Looman came to pick us up from the airport, we settled in at John and Diana’s house, walked to Hans and Mathilda’s house to have lunch and later we went to dinner with them in Peachland (Gasthaus On The Lake)! Because of a delay and missed connection, John and Diana didn’t get home until 9pm, but we did have a great day with the Loomans! Thanks guys!

On the 4th and 5th we relaxed, walked around in the neighbourhood, did some geocaching and just had a lot of quality time together <3 On the 6th we drove to Peachland for a walk along the lake and some shopping and we went to the Loomans for “gourmetten” (meal with raclette grills on the table). On the 7th we did some shopping in Kelowna. We also met up with our friend Linda again! On the 8th we drove up the mountain for some great scenery and views and in the evening we flew home again.

Happy Holidays And Best Wishes For 2017!

We want to wish you all a happy holiday season! Here’s our traditional Xmas mail & card:

2016 came with some health challenges, but the bad back problems I ended last year with, improved a lot because of a good chiropractor and a lot less sitting (got an adjustable desk). It turns out to be the piriformis muscle causing problems when I sit too much and luckily not the discs. Not to complain though, we also lost a few people way too young, in their thirties. So be grateful for the little things and hug your loved ones!

Our motorhome travels took us to several provincial parks again over the summer (never enough free weekends!) and for the big vacation, we took off to Northwest Ontario for a few weeks. Wow! Quite impressed by that Canadian shield, gorgeous rugged scenery, much more mountainous than expected.

It was also the year I chopped off my long hair! Nico still has his long luscious grey locks though 😉

This year we will host our Dutch New Year’s Eve Party again, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, come join us!

Merry Xmas and best wishes for 2017!

Nico & Marlies
Tess, Gandalf, Rider, Smokey, Sheldon, Penny & Arya =^.^=

RIP Adam Sagan :'(

Adam noooooo!!! You were going to beat this!!!! You fought so goddamn hard!!! Can’t believe that I won’t be sharing a Denver sandwich with you anymore…. rest easy bro :'(

In May Rachel went to visit him and brought him some gifts (I made a blankie) and a Denver’s sandwich from our Denver’s Pizza restaurant he loved so much!! Priceless! The other pic was in 2015 in front of this restaurant. We’d always tried to get together if he was in town with a band!

My condolences to the family… what a fight he put up! Despite the news of family members letting us know they were about to say goodbye two days ago, Adam didn’t actually draw his final breath until this morning. What a trooper. No more pain, rest easy now Adam ❤

Jordan Sagan – December 7, 2016 ·
Today on December 7th, 2016 at 9:56am, brother Adam Sagan took his final breath. His loved ones were there by his side, and he fought with everything he had until the very end. All of your support has been amazing, thank you all so much!!!!