Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Social internship

My daughter and a schoolfriend are doing a social internship at a farm. Here they pose for the camera in their overall.

The internship will be for 4 days and every morning they have to cycle about 45 minutes to get to the farm (and of course in the evening again to get home). At the farm they learn how to take care of pigs as the farmer has a piggery.

Today they helped the sows give birth. It was a very big experience for them and she was full of it when she came home. They watched the piglets being born and had to pick them up after birth to put them next to a nipple. The sow lies in a farrowing pen to avoid the piglets from being laid on.

She told me that the piglets are oh so sweet and soft but they scream their heads off after birth.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The Venetian house

After receiving another positive study result I gave myself a break and decided to read a book that I've been wanting to read for some time now. A book in which I can dream away instead of all the serious stuff in the big load of study books I have to read. I was lucky as I picked just the right kind of book. It took me away to Corfu for several days.

The Venetian house is a very touching story of Victoria who lost her parents at a very young age and has now become a widow after several years of marriage. After the loss of her parents she was brought up by family in England but she spent het summer holidays, together with a cousin and a friend, at her Nonna's house on Corfu. After her early widowhood she has to escape from all complications life has brought her and she takes her little son with her to the Venetian house and her Nonna. There she meets Patrick, a photographer who is going to take photo's and write about the old house. He brings along his own problems but still a friendship and more starts to develop between Victoria and Patrick. For Nonna meeting Patrick brings back memories of her own past. Against the backdrop of that beautiful old house on Corfu everyone has to come to terms with their own past before contemplating their future.

This book gave me a much needed break and it was a very touching story!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Daffodil shadow

When I was gardening last week this daffodil broke off, ouch there it was lying with no chance of flowering outside. That would have been a pity so I put it in a vase with water and now I enjoyed seeing it flower beautifully inside. It amazed me to see that the flower lasted as long as a week. That's when I also noted the shadow it made et voilá another shadow shot was taken!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Photo hunter - hands

Last year when on holiday in France we visited Château d'Angers and here we saw the longest tapestry in the world: Tapisserie de l'Apocalypse. It was amazing and it made me think of all those hands that must have worked on it. Here is a picture of one of the biblical scenes on the tapestry. An impression of the enormity of this tapestry. And this is just part of the tapestry. Can you imagine how big it is? I love doing handworks like embroidery and lately lace. These butterflies are the latest things my hands made doing lace.

Friday, March 27, 2009


On this picture you see part of the Deltaworks, called the Oosterscheldekering, in the distance.We visited this construction also called storm surge barrier. Do you see those white steps in the distance that's where we went. To get there we passed through the concrete you see on the right.
In fact in that concrete there is a long hall with lots of information about the Deltaworks.Standing on one of the pillars of the storm surge barrier we overlooked the road next to the barrier. Here you can see the water flowing into the Oosterschelde, meaning that the tide is high. Wow the force of that flow of water!On the next picture you can see one of the black steel doors that will be closed if necessary. Normally these doors are open to let the tides rush through below them. But in case of adverse weather conditions these doors will be closed. At one end of the barrier, a plaque is installed with the words:
"Here the tide is ruled, by the wind, the moon and us (the Dutch)".

Thursday, March 26, 2009


In Zeeland we visited Deltapark Neeltje Jans. Standing near the seal pool I hoped they would pop out of the water so I could take a better look and I was lucky for one took a quick look before diving under again. On the other side of the pool there were three of them popping out their heads to look at some kids standing there! Oh they are so cute and curious!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shadows in the water

Note the cloud shadows in the water on the following pictures. On the first picture you can see the Zeeland Bridge in the background. It is the longest bridge in The Netherlands and it connects the islands of Schouwen Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the province of Zeeland.

I remember having to pay toll to pass over this bridge. Just now googling a little I found out that the province of Zeeland paid for the construction of the bridge and the costs were recovered by levying tolls for the first 30 years. The last time we were in Zeeland and crossed this bridge was in 1994 so that must have been one of the last years of levying tolls seeing that building the bridge was completed in 1965.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Photo hunt - yellow

A yellow bike I noticed in Veere.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


When in Veere, a few weeks ago the weather was already a little Spring like but still it amazed me to see people sitting outside.Veere is a small town in the province of Zeeland. It is situated next to The Veerse Meer, a lagoon, which was separated from the North Sea by the Delta Works.A small street in Veere with quaint little houses. The next picture shows the townhall in Veere. It is on the Top 100 list of Dutch Unesco monuments. Its architecture is gothic with statues of 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen of Veere.

Overlooking the market area in Veere.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Oh no!

(My hubby wanted to buy this doormat for his mother-in-law! LOL I didn't let him! But I took this shot at the shop to share it here!
No offence meant.)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Flowers everywhere

Spring is definitely in the air here in Holland and everywhere you see flowers blooming brightly. Here a whole bed of blue and white crocuses.
In between all these crocuses yellow daffodils. So beautiful to see. On the market a flowerstall selling all kinds of flowers.
And looking behind me this beautiful gabled house in which all kinds of wine are sold.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shadow Shot - Boat masts

Shadows of boat masts in the water in the little town of Veere in the South West of Holland.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photo hunter - four

This week's PH theme is an easy one for me because just yesterday I left two four's behind me and took one four with me! Don't want to turn the numbers of my age around any longer. Can you guess my age?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gables in Zierikzee

In Zierikzee the old houses have all kinds of gables. Literally translated they are named stepped, framed, clock or pilaster gables. Don't know the exact difference but I just liked taking their pictures. This is an easy one as everybody can see that this is a stepped gable because of its stair-step type of design at the the top of the building.
A very narrow house with very small shutters at the bottom part of the top windows.
Next to the above house there is a row of white houses with neck-gables (I would say). On looking up at the stepped gables on the next picture I noted that little step ladder in the middle. Made me wonder what it is there for.Another typical stepped gable house with lovely awnings.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Fences everywhere

OK my family thought I went mad when I started taking pictures of these little fences I saw on the pavements in Zierikzee. What amazed me was the variety of sorts and I wondered why they were there. Couldn't find a reason but can imagine it beeing to prevent trespassing. But isn't a pavement for everyone to walk on? Funny.
The next photo shows a whole row of pavement fences. As you can see it does prohibit you to walk over the pavement. To enter this door you have to pass through these two fences.
A fence attached to a boundary marker. Another kind of fence. As you can see there are fences in various designs.