Local Heart, Global Soul

December 28, 2012

I Unleash My Children into the Streets…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Schoonhoven,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following  yesterday’s post, we have arrived in the Dutch city of Schoonhoven but it’s a busy Saturday so after a getting as close as we can to the centre of town Himself drops us off in a small street and goes to park the car a short distance away.

We use another, smaller street to walk to the centre where the surprise for our kids awaits.

But we are easily distracted… here in the little street we are walking in is a house that makes us giggle…

..there are two cats critically eyeing our every move from the top of a cupboard painted in the Dutch flag colours of red, white and blue (but annoyingly, they are harder to photograph due to the reflection of the sunshine in the windows and without getting my reflection in the photograph as well).

I’m not quite sure which one we liked more: the stern cat security guards, the sign in English on the door or the “duckling”  in the letterbox…  but one thing is certain: I like their sense of humour.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

14 Comments »

  1. The funny thing is… I used to have to use a leash on my kiddo. She was rather unpredictable as a toddler and could slip out of my grasp quick as a wink! Rather than lose her in a crowd or have her dart off into the street, she had a backpack with a leash! She’s better now. I mean, she’s 12 and she’s figured out gravity and cars and such. Mostly…

    Comment by gh — December 28, 2012 @ 1:40 am | Reply

    • LOL I can imagine that too.. like Dora the Explorer gone wild ! A leash (or two) would have been very handy when the kids were several years younger and I was juggling shopping and two kids who wanted to continually walk in opposite directions.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  2. The street is lovely – lots of character, and humour. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — December 28, 2012 @ 8:26 am | Reply

    • Elain,
      it makes you smile doesn’t it? I Love photographic finds like this.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

  3. I was always on a leash when I was a kid. I had a perfect heel, unlike my dog, however, I was not a good retriever.

    Comment by Doggy's Style — December 28, 2012 @ 10:47 am | Reply

    • Doggy… back to obedience School for you!
      …or are you like my kids… will pick up anything interesting if it’s covered in dirt? Even though they are no longer babies I’ve learned it’s strategic to keep a packet of wet-wipes in the glove compartment of the car.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:37 pm | Reply

  4. Lord, luvaduck!

    Comment by Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife — December 28, 2012 @ 11:48 am | Reply

    • I’m not the lord …but I loved the duck the best !

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  5. Wonderful photos. And I love the sign! The streets are so quaint. So beautiful. I liked the duck, too.

    Comment by mairedubhtx — December 28, 2012 @ 3:11 pm | Reply

    • mairedubhtx,
      I loved the duck the best too! I thought the whole place showed a brilliant sense of humour … nice to see!

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:33 pm | Reply

  6. Clean streets and nice houses. The sign is great indeed.

    Comment by Sartenada — December 29, 2012 @ 11:52 am | Reply

    • Matti,
      Some days I wish I actually had a lead for Little Mr. … he tends to not notice that the pavement often has to be shared with other pedestrians, resulting in numerous apologies to old ladies.

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  7. Such an attractive little side street!

    Comment by Carrie — January 4, 2013 @ 12:18 am | Reply

    • I know… so many beautiful buildings here in NL and only one lifetime in which to record them…

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 6, 2013 @ 10:56 pm | Reply


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