Local Heart, Global Soul

November 13, 2015

On Fire With Beauty, About To Start A New Lease Of Life…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I need to apologize: for the last ten days Family Kiwidutch have been having server problems, our landline phone  that runs via the internet package is dead.

Our internet literally takes minutes to load pages and uploading photographs to my blog has been a frustration of timed out error messages.

Himself has been trying to sort it but I have also has a lot of medical appointments during this time and trying to fit in everything has become impossible.

I now have thirteen blog posts in the schedule, complete except for the photographs that refuse to load. We were promised that it would be fixed yesterday, which is why I haven’t been around to friends places to ask to borrow their internet please, and since you are not seeing photographs in this post, you will know that as usual the customer service department has let us down. I have another medical appointment tomorrow, I hope to go to a friend’s later and download photographs… they are on their way soonest I promise!

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This last summer Little Mr came to us all excited because he had discovered that there was to be an open day in one of the Hague’s fire stations.

He requested that the date be scheduled in our diary so that we would not double book, and was so delighted when the date rolled around that he even had two little friends in the neighbourhood interested in going too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The date in question was the 4th of July, a gloriously sunny summer Saturday and perfect for a small excursion. Kiwi Daughter had other plans so we arrived at with the three other children at the designated opening time expecting long queues and crowds.

To our surprise it was only moderately busy, perhaps due to the school holidays or that the beautiful weather had drawn out people to the beach and other outdoor events. The location is one that every local in the Hague will recognise: the Kazerne Scheveningen. (Scheveningen Fire Station).

The former fire station building is a local historic icon called barracks Duinstaat Castle, (nicknamed after the style of the building) which has Listed Building status. The old building was formerly a joint police and fire station, built in 1909 and in use until recently when the new fire station was built alongside it. The section used by the police was the first to fall out if use, but was temporally reclaimed for the location of the TV series “Seinpost Hague”, but these days the building is undergoing a large renovation into at least seven apartments, scheduled to be completed in 2017. I’m delighted that instead of tearing an old building down and replacing it with a glass and steel monstrosity,  a sympathetic renovation is taking place and it is getting a new life in a way that will preserve it’s beauty. Amongst locals and tourists alike this building is much admired, let’s take a look…

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

1 Comment »

  1. […] the corner of the Duinstraat which has featured in several of my previous blog posts  including:  On Fire With Beauty, About To Start A New Lease Of Life…   […]

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