Local Heart, Global Soul

March 29, 2015

Shining A Light On Buildings Bare…

Regular readers will now that I love murals on buildings. Why leave large city walls blank, cold and bare when you can decorate them in colour and artistic forms? In the city of the Hague in the Netherlands, there is a lighthouse by the sea. Actually there is a real, functioning lighthouse a short distance away, but on the Gevers Deynootweg,  right near the sea front you will find the lighthouse featured in today’s post. Let’s take a look…

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March 28, 2015

Childlike Puzzles And Behaviour In More Ways Than One…

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In the very last of this series of sandcastle posts I enter second indoor hall where the theme of the sandcastles is: Dutch children’s nursery rhymes and children’s songs.

There are slips of paper by the entrance and notifications that there is also a competition to name all of the titles of the nursery rhymes and songs on display.

I didn’t bother entering for two reasons:  firstly I spent my childhood in New Zealand, not the Netherlands so would have no hope in knowing all of these.

Secondly, walking with crutches is just too hard and by now I’m for too tired to be the least bit interested in juggling pencils and papers as well.

Truth be told this last stretch of walking is more than I bargained for, but it seems that proceeding will get me to the exit far faster then going back, so it’s a matter of  persevering for just a little bit longer.

Then, exiting this part of the exhibition, all things start to unravel on the family harmony front… Unbeknownst to me, Himself, our kids, our friend and her daughter accidently missed seeing this section of the exhibition , so exited after the outdoor sand sculpture area.

Naturally since I walk very slowly  they were already way ahead of me,  so after exiting they sat and had lunch, enjoyed a cold drink and afterwards the kids played on some trampolines that had been installed near a play area.

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They waited and waited and in the meantime I was doing the rounds at my slow pace behind them.

Of course I had no clue just how far behind them I was, nor did I have any way of  knowing that they have all missed an entire section of the display, so I exit this last section to find a frustrated family complaining that they have waited ages for me and a friend muttering about how tired her young daughter was an how she really wanted to go home now.

I apologise for walking slow and tell them that it’s not my fault that they missed seeing an entire section of the display and that since I’ve not had either a drink or lunch, or been to the toilet and it’s a really hot day that I’d at least appreciate getting a sandwich to eat in the car, a drink, and to have a pee pee please.

My request was met with five mummers of disapproval and dismay, and I got rather angry because all of them had eaten etc at their leisure and surely a toilet stop wasn’t too much to ask before a journey of several hours home?

One look at the toilet queue , food and drinks queue told me that this wasn’t going to just be an extra five minutes. With the others now complaining loudly I got really angry and took myself off to the car as loundly as my crutches could take me, and once there burst into tears.

I threw the crutches over the back seat as hard as I could in a fit of pique and old Himself to just get on and drive. Himself demanded to know what was up and I told him that I was disappointed at their selfishness that I couldn’t even get to go to the toilet.

By now the pain in my foot had reached astronomical heights and all I wanted to do was get home. Himself offered to turn the car around so that I could go back for a toilet stop but I decided that with the queue and complaining friend and kids that it was better to hold on and go at home. I was a rather sombre trip home after a falling out that probably most families recognise they have had themselves from one time or another.

Since many nursery rhyme titles don’t make a lot of sense in another language I didn’t bother to translate them here. The puzzle answers are:

“Vader Jakob”…

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“Ik heb mijn wagen vol geladen”…

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“Al die willen te kaap ’ren varen”…

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“In een blauw geruite kiel”…

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“Roodborstje tikt aan het raam”…

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“Drie kleine kleutertjes”…

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“Ik zag twee beren broodjes smeren”…

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“Poesje mauw”…

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“Klein, klein kleutertje”…

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“Amsterdam die grote stad is gebouwd op palen”…

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“In Holland staat een huis”…

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“Boer, wat zeg je van mijn kippen”…

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“Witte zwanen, zwarte zwanen”…

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“Berend Botje ging uit varen”…

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“Naar bed, naar bed zei Duimelot”…

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“Opa bakkebaard”…

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“In een groen knollenland”…

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“Twee emmertjes water halen”…

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“Jan Huigen in de ton”…

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“Altijd is Kortjakje ziek”…

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“Hollebolle Gijs”…

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“De Zilvervloot”…

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“In den Haag daar woont een graaf”…

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“Er zaten zeven kikkertjes”…

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“Slaap, kindje, slaap”…

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March 27, 2015

The Dutch Golden Age Continues…

A photographic post, more sandcastles representing the Dutch Golden Age to drool over…

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The exhibition doesn’t shy away from the part that slaves, as with the English, French, Portuguese, Americans at this time played in building the Dutch economy. There are always the less savory aspects to a nation’s history, but they are events of their time and hopefully mankind had learned from them. I’m fully aware that slavery still exits today and that the darker side of forced labour such as child labour and sweatshops do too, but hopefully the 21st century will be one where all of these become a thing of the past forever.

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I struggled to get good photographs of these tulips, they were amazing and needed to be seem up close in person to get a glimpse of their true beauty… their simplicity and detail just don’t come out in the photographs as I intended.

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Christiaan Huygens discovered the rings of Saturn…

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March 26, 2015

How On Earth Do They Manage To Make The Detail Defy Belief?

There are many more sand sculptures to see in the “Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn”  (Veluwe Sand Sculpture Festival)  that takes place annually in  Garderen,  Today’s post features sand sculptures of  Johan and Cornelis de Witt,  and entire table of figures from the VOC  (Dutch East India Company), the detail of which defied belief, I mean how on earth did they sculpt the rims of the hats, the pierced work in the crown at the very top? … but enough of me drooling over them all,  you really need to see for yourselves…

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March 25, 2015

Finding A Sand Box, But More Accurately A Sand Trunk…

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Following yesterday’s archive post, I have moved outside from the indoor sand exhibition, to find not just bright sunlight but also an area packed with huge sand sculptures.

The images of famous people are often life-sized or near so and the detail goes way beyond what a camera can capture.

Sand sculpture artists have the added talent of knowing how light sets off their works, the shadow lines are often just as important as the actual sculpted ones.

Even a small movement by the viewer reveals depths and details that are truly beautiful.

The camera is unable to fully capture this aspect of the designs so if you ever have the opportunity to see a sand sculpture exhibition in person, I’d completely recommend it.

As in the previous photographs, the sculptures depict the Dutch Golden Age, and many famous historical figures are represented.

Having grown up in New Zealand with an Anglo Saxon slant on the history I was taught, I an not fully up to date with every single scene and figure here. I do however know quite a few of them: for instance, the large trunk at the end of this day’s photographic series is an important clue as to the figure nearby because Huge de Groot (1583 – 1645) famously hid in a wooden trunk.

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From the website (link below) :“De Groot was one of the world’s greatest ever legal experts and many of his works are the foundation of the modern Western legal system. 

From 1610, a religious conflict emerged between the Remonstrants and counter-Remonstrants. Hugo de Groot allied himself with the Remonstrants, which led Stadholder Prince Maurits to sentence him to life imprisonment, first in The Hague and later in Loevestein castle. 

From time to time, guards would deliver large trunks full of books back and forth between De Groot and his family in Gorinchem.

But on 22 March 1621, Hugo managed to smuggle himself into the trunk, so that his unsuspecting guards carried him outside, where he fled to Paris. 

The story became legendary, and to this day a number of trunks are said to be the very one that Hugo de Groot used to escape in. One of those is in the Prinsenhof in Delft.”

I visited Loevestein Castle some five years ago and learned the story of Hugo de Groot then, so the sight of a large trunk was an instant give-away. I’ve added the links to posts from my castle visit Loevestein to the end of this post. I really enjoy seeing  history and art intermingled and to see that  the details from important events and influential people of the past  have been put on show in such a way that people of all generations can enjoy them in a fun and informative manner.

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http://oudeennieuwekerkdelft.nl/new-church/famous-people/hugo-de-groot

Loevestein Castle, it’s All about location, location, location…

Slot Loevestein Castle and Tourist trap dining…

Sheep in the “garden” and other Unexpected Views…

A Castle and the equivalent of the Penthouse View…

And my kids think they are hard done by, because we have no Dishwasher!

What’s a Kruittoren? …Ka BOOM! Now THERE’s a hint!

Castle at Rest and at Play…and Everything in-between.

Think that living in a Castle would be a Fairy Tale?, Think again!

Hugo Grotius (Hugo de Groot), Escape artist extraordinaire…

The car and the Veerpont… in search of a Castle

March 24, 2015

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, In You I Can Not See At All…

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Today post is a continuation of yesterday’s post where Family Kiwidutch,  a friend and her  daughter stopped on their way back from the Veluwe to visit  Garderen in the Dutch province of Gelderland.

We had seen some advertising for some seriously amazing sculptures in sand and had made  detour to come and see for ourselves.

The theme of the exhibition this year is  “Experience the Golden Age”  meaning the Dutch Golden Age of the  17th Century, when the spice trade was at it’s peak, internal trading was producing riches  and single tulip bulbs were selling for the price of of the average house.

The Arts were not only prospering but the country was producing some of the best artists both of their generation, and throughout the history of art.

This series of sand sculptures depict the mirror making trade, the blacksmith in his forge, and scenes from the tavern (which often doubled as the local bawdy house / brothel).

This was an era when beer was healthier and less contaminated than the local canal water, even toddlers drank weak beer, so breweries were everywhere and trades both above and below board associated with them were rampant.

One sculpture gives us a sly peek into the world of the pickpocket who is busy plying his trade,taking advantage of the joviality and drunkenness of the revellers.

There are also beautiful examples of the Dutch pottery and tile industry, which contrary to popular opinion does not always have to only consist of blue and white pieces (although of course Delftsware is best known for that).

Many historical items and antique pieces have been added to the exhibition so it’s not just sand on display. I pass by the shop area and then spy the door leading to the outside area… more sculptures await!

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March 23, 2015

The 17th Century: The Dutch Golden Age…

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This archive post finds us in the small Gelderlandse village of Garderen in an area of the Netherlands called the Veluwe.

Family Kiwidutch had taken advantage of the fact that there had been a long weekend and joined extended family members and Oma (Grandmother) in holiday homes a short drive way so that Oma, now in her 90’s could enjoy spending time with us in as big a collective family group as possible and for an extended period of time.

After seeing an advertisement for this exhibition, our family left the holiday park early on the last day so that we could detour here and enjoy seeing the sand sculptures for ourselves. The theme of this year’s exhibition is  “Experience the Golden Age”

The website: Holland.com (link at bottom of this post) tells us:

” The Dutch Golden Age encompasses most of the seventeenth century.

The first half of the century was taken up by the Eighty Years’ War: the Dutch War of Independence from Spain. After winning their independence, the united Dutch Republic ran the country in peace for the last half of the century.

During this time, Dutch explorers charted new territory and settled abroad. Trade by the Dutch East-India Company thrived, and war heroes from the naval battles were decorated and became national heroes. During this time, The Dutch Old Masters began to prevail in the art world, creating a depth of realistic portraits of people and life in the area that has hardly been surpassed.”

Important people from this time are depicted in sand sculptures and important trades: Coopers, who made barrels that carried goods world wide on ships, candle makers working with their rows of dipped candles,  and there are many other scenes, women looking out to sea awaiting the safe return of their menfolk, bakers and klompen (clog / wooden shoe makers).

Piet Pieterzoon Hein 1577 – 1629. Netherlands Lieutenant General and commandant in the West Indies Campagne…

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Rembrandt Harmenzoon van Rijn (1606 – 1669) Artist

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http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/article/history-of-dutch-golden-age.htm

March 22, 2015

The Biggest Shoe Collection: Or … Just The Biggest Shoes?

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Following yesterday’s post we have made a detour from our route home from our long weekend in a holiday park in the Veluwe.

We have come to visit  the  “Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn”  (Veluwe Sand Sculpture Festival)  in  Garderen, a small village in the Veluwe, Netherlands.

Near the entrance, before you get into the indoor and outdoor areas that contain the sand sculptures, there are  some other amazing objects that capture my attention.

Dotted amongst all the garden objects there are some massive klompen (clogs) which have been decorated by different artists and together they make up a small exhibition of their own.

To be honest I did at first wonder if my Himself had just kicked off his shoes, because being tall in true Dutch style, he has feet the size of small boats, but then I realised that none of his are in his colour so they must belong to somebody else.

Since these “shoes” were not all in one area and being on crutches forced me to take the most economical route around the items and the crowd I’m positive that I missed getting photographs of them all. That said, I am very very impressed by the level of talent expressed here… I’m not certain if they were part of any sort of competition and if so, who eventually “walked away” with the prize, but they are amazing and it’s a pity that I didn’t get to photograph them all.

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March 21, 2015

A Sculpting An Exhibition, Let’s Start At The Beginning…

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One advantage of being forced to rest up whilst the rest of the family run frantically playing tag around the “garden” area of the holiday home we have hired for a special extended family long weekend is that I have time to read some of the brochures in the house.

These are informational brochures in a folder, advertising various business and events in the area.

One of the pictures in the brochure is of a sand sculpture, something I really enjoy looking at so I was quick to zoom in and take a closer look.

The “Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn”  (Veluwe Sand Sculpture Festival) takes place annually in  Garderen, a small village in the Veluwe.

Artists who specialise in sand sculpture  come here from from all of the world to create some truly amazing indoor and outdoor sand sculptures.

Between mid-April and the end of October this place becomes the site of the  Sand Sculpture Garden and every year there is a new theme.

The theme for 2014 was “Experience the Golden Age.” which documents the history of the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. It’s the time of Rembrandt, Michiel de Ruyter and the VOC (Dutch East India Company) all of which were hugely influential in the Netherlands and broad. Every aspect of this is depicted in amazing detail in sand.

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Although of course the 2014 festival is long over, work is currently in progress because the new exhibition for 2015  opens April 17th 2015 with the theme “From Grandmother’s Time”.

The “Puzzle”section of the exhibition will be a continuing attraction this year as it was last (more about that in a post soonest). 

The Dutch website promises the new  festival will  feature sculptures of Vincent van Gogh, Ot and Sien, the World Wars and liberation, the 1953 flood, important events in sports and politics, changes in technology and much more.”

We figure out that we had time to come and visit the exhibition on the last day of our long weekend, before we come home, if we  leave early enough.

It’s a short detour our of our route home but Our Lady of The Tom Tom leads the way and soon we spot the gates…

… I will tell you in advance that I’m starting with the non-sand sculptures and some other things around the entrance because the festival was about far more than just the sand sculptures.

Veluws Zandsculpturenfestijn
Adresse: oude barnevelderweg 5, Garderen, Niederlande
Telefon:+31 577 461 294

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The following wall plaque says: “In this house… We live, , we have pleasure / are happy,  we have arguments, we say sorry, we make mistakes, we speak the truth, we give cuddles / hugs, we have love, we are a family,  this is home

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In another section, paintings fit the Golden Age theme…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://zandsculpturen.nl/ (Dutch and German Language only)

http://nederlandvakantieland.net/gelderland/dagje-uit-op-de-veluwe-het-zandsculpturenfestijn-in-garderen/ (Dutch language only)

March 20, 2015

A Squirrel Visits, Once The Noisey Ones Are Out Of The Way…

Filed under: Gelderland: The Veluwe,photography,The Netherlands — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Landal holiday park holiday house where we are staying, in is both in and around some of the major forest areas of the Veluwe, so it’s no surprise that we get to see some of the local wildlife.

If you go walking in the early morning in the nearby forest, apparently you have a good chance of seeing wild deer and also here amongst the houses if you are here at the right time of year and it’s quiet enough.

Our stay coincided with a good crop of squirrel and rabbit sightings, mostly in the ealying morning and at dusk, and of course whenever it was really quiet around the house.

Children are not particularly good at keeping their voices down, staying still or unable to fidget with things whilst they (attempt) to sit still, so the sudden movements and loud noises meant that the first days of our stay was fraught with frustration as I tried to get photographs of the local squirrels.

Rather than stay frustrated with the continual interruptions I opted to take action and kicked myself out of bed at 6:00 a.m. in the morning when the children were still quietly tucked up in their beds sleeping.

The next person I had to contend with was Himself, a habitual early riser and a true Dutchman when it comes to his early morning cup of coffee. I had to shhh him several times as he opened and closed cupboards and rustled coffee packets just as the squirrel got up the courage to come within a meter or so of the open door and the chair I was sitting in, with my camera in hand.

Even the click of the shutter made the squirrel nervous at this very close range, but the lure of the peanut mix that I’d put out for his breakfast helped persuade him that I probably had his best interests at heart rather than any evil intentions towards him. Once Himself became aware just how much the smallest of noise was off-putting, he obliged by waiting twenty minutes whilst I got the shots I’d risen early to get. (it took a while for the squirrel  to come back after Himself had scared it off).

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

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