So Who is Kiwidutch? a food obsessed, cooking crazy, attention-to-detail craftwork , travel freak who happens to love photography of all of the above.
A multi cultural, multi lingual product of what’s fast becoming a typical 21st century family, i.e. spread out between the Northern and Southern hemispheres due to marriage, job, kids and wider family tree ties.
I’m interested in supporting local products, business and people, but also love to encourage a wider International way of thinking, learning and communicating so the ” Local Heart, Global Soul” title of this blog completely sums up my thinking on Life, living abroad, my love of travel and how I want to be as a human being.
I follow nzedge.com to keep up to date with what the small population of Kiwi’s ( New Zealanders) are doing as they venture around the world and ” Local Heart, Global Soul” was a phrase from nzedge that I connected with so instantly that I asked permission to thieve err ….borrow it for my blog name. Permission was duly given and credit where it is due: kudos Brian from nzedge for conveying such an insightful thought in such a succinct way.
Yes, I stitched the dude in my icon photo too…
This blog has two intended purposes, firstly to convey to others my passion for all things cuisine, travel, photography and crafts and to impart some of my knowledge and experiences of the aforementioned in a hopefully entertaining way so that the reader can learn from my experiences.
I like to put a Dutch emphasis into my Blog, ‘cos well, I live here for 18 years and counting…. if I can be of help to others intending to visit or getting settled here then great ! My passion for all things Portuguese will tend to creep in too though, and our travels… bear with me and sift though the tags to find info that interests you, or just ask.
Secondly: the blog is intended to make a kind of a journal for my children of my adventures, our travels (especially our travels when they are young and their attention and retention of it all is rather too much for them to comprehend and remember) and a place for me to note down the lighter points of their young lives, so that a family record is established, for them and future generations.
I want to tell my kids about my Grandparents, my childhood, my favourite places and recipes and a history of our country and city as they grow up, because by the time they are grown, it will be yet different again. I want to pass on small items of personal detail, like the advice that my Gran gave to me: (the bakers amongst you will especially understand) ” the most important things you will ever need in your kitchen are: clean hands and strong arms.
However, I do not wish to give out too much personal information on the Web, and don’t wish to have our faces or real names on the internet, so for security reasons, write under my internet screen name of “Kiwidutch” and my husband is referred to in this blog as ” husband”, “hubby” or “Himself”.
The “Himself” in question is a fully certificated freelance Dutch/English, and English/Dutch translator, but all of the Kiwidutch household speak, amongst other languages, both Dutch and English… ( and very handy it is too)
I have taken all of the photos in this blog myself… and they are not for free use or to be downloaded or copied: if you are interested in any of them please contact me via the comments box.
This is a blog about my passions… cooking, craft, art, photography with snippets of how my family and I live and interact in the culture and country we live in or the one that we are currently visiting.
I hope that if you too have a Local Heart and a Global Soul, that you will join me in my sojourn…
p.s. some of you have asked how to subscribe to this blog… I didn’t know so asked other WordPress members who did… They advised “There is no Followers thingy here like there is at Blogspot. More sophisticated readers use RSS to subscribe to a blog, and since you’re using the Meta Widget, the RSS link is right in your sidebar. People can subscribe via that.”
I think that in non-technico speak, that if you click on the little orange icon that looks like sound waves on the top right side of my main page then you can subscribe. Thanks !
Ok, an update: this Youtube clip is an EXCELLENT explaination of RSS (well if I can “get it” after this video clip then you certainly won’t have any problem at all !)