Local Heart, Global Soul

April 28, 2013

Often I Edit People Out of My Photos, This Time I Try Not to… And Fail…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our adventures in Rotterdam’s Plaswijkpark continue. Now the rain has eased off and the kids, having explored as much as they could inside are bursting to discover the outside.

There are climbing frames, slides and the like aplenty, and on a warm summers day I can well imagine that this area will be teeming with children, but today the ground is squelching boggy from the rain and the slides are a bit wet and cold.

We walk around to check out the equipment anyway and the kids make bee-lines for things that meet with their approval and zoom past things that don’t.

Usually a merry-go-round is popular but today there was no enticing them to be the sole riders so far. The young man looking after the ride was curious as to why I was taking photographs, so I explained about the blog and he immediately asked to be included in the photo. I asked if he wanted to be on my internet blog and he was most enthusiastic and very friendly, even asking the name of the blog and how to find it, so I snapped a closer shot of him standing in front of the merry-go-round. Usually I take several shots and pick the best when I sort the photos but for some unknown reason this time I only took one and when I put it onto the computer it was horribly out of focus.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I was horrified at this small disaster because this friendly staff member had also approached me again later in the day to ask if I could please remind him of my blog’s name.

I really don’t want him to think I’d forgotten my promise to include his photo on my blog,  so I  enlarged a section of a less close up photo of the merry-go-round  so that you can see his face.  Apologies Sir. I’m making myself a promise that next time we visit here, I will not only take a better photograph of him but also get his first name (if he wishes) to go with it.

He was very helpful and friendly, and like all the staff we encountered here today: a credit to the place.  So often in The Netherlands “service with a smile” is a totally foreign concept in shops and businesses, and you are met with everything between indifference and rudeness, but here we were very pleasantly surprised and delighted to find every staff member  friendly, smiling and helpful and even on this cold grey day, this went a long way to making our visit a fun family day out.

Kiwi Daughter and I got separated from the “boys” when they raced off to go on the go-carts. Later we met back up with them and I asked Himself how Little Mr’s driving skills were progressing. “Completely hopeless” he said, to which Little Mr. make grand noises of indignation and protested loudly.

Then Himself explained: Little Mr was constantly causing near miss accidents and traffic jams by totally ignoring every red traffic light on the (very realistic)  road circuit without remorse. When challenged as to why he was clearly running red lights and causing grief to other go-cart users, he replied “I don’t have to stop at these red lights because it’s not a real  road anyway“.

We tied to explain that it’s been make to look as realistic as possible so that you can drive like you would if you were on a real road, and yes, stopping at red traffic lights was part of the  real road rules so he should do it here too.  He wasn’t having bar of  it.  Fake roads had fake traffic lights that shouldn’t  be obeyed as far as he was concerned. Himself therefore removed him before he caused himself or anyone else an injury, which didn’t go down too well at first from Little Mr by all accounts.

There’s  a large swimming pool area being cleaned up for the summer, unfilled now, it’s looks rather sad under leaden skied and intermittent drizzle but I bet on a decently hot day in summer it’s a busy spot indeed. Similarly the peddle-boat swans were also off limits, Spring is late arriving this year and it’s still seriously too cold for boating on the chilly water.

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There’s so much to see and had the weather been nicer a ton more photos to take as there’s a fabulous ornamental garden here too, but it’s drizzing again so Kiwi Daughter and I head once again for shelter from the rain…

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