Local Heart, Global Soul

December 20, 2011

Heading Home and an Aunty who bakes a Seriously Delicious Cake…

Filed under: Kids and Family,LIFE,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We have an appointment to meet up with family  in The Netherlands today, so we make a relatively early start and head towards the border 14 kms away leaving the low hills of the German countryside behind us.

On the smaller roads the border crossing is little  more than a sign announcing that we are now in The Netherlands.  Oops… blurry photo,  taking photos of road signs while travelling at substantial speed is an artform that I needs to perfect. LOL

… and once we arrived  for our family visit  there was coffee and home made cake waiting for us. Tante (Aunt) E’s speciality was delicious,  had walnuts and … yum, I don’t know what else, but hope to score the recipe because it was GOOD!

It was an interesting meeting because they and his parents had had some sort of falling out decades earlier (seems to happen in families more often than not, I discover) and when the parents stopped meeting,  their children automatically get cut out of the same family circle.

A chance remark from another relative about a year earlier showed that this Aunt and Uncle were keen to renew contact and Himself was keen since he had distant memories of childhood meetings.  I have no clue what the feud had been about (probably something stupidly inconsequential  in Life’s larger scheme of things and not really worth falling out over if similar events in my family are anything to go by) but none of it was our grudge so why not renew contact?

We clicked with them right away and were both delighted to have taken the step that restored the family links. We will now keep in good contact and have promised to  bring the  kids with us next time.

For Himself and I however, the  road home to said children beckons, and happy and relaxed after our short break we head homewards…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Firstly, serious YUM on that cake! Where’s my fork?? 😉

    Secondly, bravo to you two for reconnecting! Yes, family fueds are often over such small inconsequential things but when stubborness abounds and tempers flair, hoo boy. The results can be years of not speaking. (Yes, I have experience with this!)

    Why, oh, why don’t they teach ‘family communication skills’ in every school?? I so wish we all could say what we want to say, get things out and then move on. Only in my dreams….

    Comment by milkayphoto — December 20, 2011 @ 4:02 am | Reply

  2. Hi Kiwi,

    So nice to read that contacts are restored during the holiday season,..aaah hartwarming!

    Good for you!!!!

    Comment by Hedwig van Helden — December 20, 2011 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. Tante E’s cake looks scrumptious. I hope you manage to get the recipe, and post it on your blog. Yum, yum.

    Comment by Elaine — December 21, 2011 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

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