Local Heart, Global Soul

March 16, 2015

With All This Rain No Wonder The Greenery Is On Overdrive…

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

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our  long weekend holiday in the Veluwe, was an extended family trip, made once a year so that Oma (Grandmother) now in her 90’s could enjoy seeing as many of her children, in-laws and grandchildren as possible in one place for an extended time.

Naturally since the Landal holiday park was located within a large area of nature, and the weather on the first day was good, the physically fit members of the family dragged out the bicycles for themselves and a litter of interested children and set out on a long cycling tour of the area.

One of the other adults looked after several other kids who wanted to take part in a forestry and wood chopping course on offer by the park,  and Himself offered to take his mother to see the graves of her parents, since this was close to the area where she spent her childhood years.

Since I can’t participate in either of the other activities, I opt to join Himself and Oma for the car ride excursion.

I’m not sure why after living so long in the Netherlands, I’m still shocked at the speed at which the weather can change. As we headed away from the holiday park and headed towards Emerlo, from a clear blue sky a few grey clouds accumulated on the horizon.

Our destination took us towards them and they seems to grow blacker by the minute as we approached. Murphy’s Law dictated that in the last kilometres the first fat droplets of water descended and grew heavy by the time we arrived.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Luckily this graveyard, situated at the back of the church is full of large trees we could shelter underneath once we exited the car.

As far as graveyards go, this one is really nondescript, statues and any decorative elements being starkly absent, typical of the Dutch Reformed Church.(Calvinistic = no fussiness, no frills, nothing unnecessary).

It’s very compact in size but the plant life was having a field day.

Maybe it was just the time of year, when everything grows meters daily right under your nose, or taking ecological habitat for birds, bees and insects to a radical level, or maybe the Gemeente (city council) had too many budget cuts…

…who knows, but one thing is for sure,  you’d couldn’t complain that there wasn’t enough greenery around.

A pause in the rain allowed us to take a little look around, Oma enjoyed visiting her parents graves and since the place was very small the visit was short. We also saw the house she grew up in (long since out of the family) and then we tried to see other points of interest from her childhood and teenage days but with several neighbourhood roads completely closed because they were being repaved,  and the distance around them being too far for her to walk, that wish out of the three, went unfulfilled.

Still, since Oma now lives several hours drive away from this place and in her 90’s travelling any distance is becoming more and more difficult, each visit she can manage here is special. Also on a personal level, it’s nice to document something that might be valuable to future generations if they wish to dig into their family history and how where this particular generation of the family are buried. (Naturally I have left identifying information off this blog post, but it’s all already available within the family, this this post adds photographs of the location.)

(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)

Oma’s former childhood home…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

1 Comment »

  1. Speaking of rain, we have had so much which is making the greens here greener too.

    Comment by lulu — March 16, 2015 @ 2:25 pm | Reply


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