Local Heart, Global Soul

May 17, 2017

It’s Apple Day (Again!)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Taking a small break from the Garderen Sand sculptures, there are more of the fiberglass apples from the garden sculpture area outside.

These apples have been beautifully decorated with Dutch sayings, in the style of Dutch artist Rien Poortvliet.

Portvliet was famous for his various wildlife paintings, but also for his whimsical gnomes, and it is the gnomes that take full stage here on these apples.

Not growing up in the Netherlands, I needed to enlist the help of Himself for the meanings of these because as you know, sayings can not often be literally translated.

There are little gnomes and scenes, on or in the prominent capital letter and in many of these and in the main illustrations, the detail is sometimes stunning.

I am also learning many new Dutch sayings that I have never heard before. Bonus!

The first one says: “Brengt oktober vorst en sneeuw hoort men’s winters klaaggeschreeuw” If it freezes and snows in October a bad / severe winter will follow.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“In September warme regen brengt de boeren rijke zegen” In September warm rain, the farmers will gain.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Men moet zijn benen niet verder uitstrekken dan het laken is” You shouldn’t stretch your legs beyound the sheets (Himself thinks this might be: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew???”)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Prijkt juli in een hete gloed dan zijn de najaarsvruchten goed” If July is hot, the food will be good in autumn.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Waar de taart verbrand is strooit men de meeste suiker”  The spot where the tart is burnt, more sugar is added to cover.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

 

2 Comments »

  1. My favourite has to be the pig and the wheelbarrow

    Comment by Piglet in Portugal — May 17, 2017 @ 6:44 am | Reply

    • Piglet,
      Yes, that’s a fun one isn’t it? I have only JUST noticed that there is a lady gnome sheltering under the wheelbarrow too, you just see her feet poking out from underneath 🙂

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 17, 2017 @ 5:10 pm | Reply


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