Local Heart, Global Soul

January 5, 2019

Right At Street Level…

Regular readers will know that I love quirky things like the patterns and designs of metal street drain covers, the form of bollards, old stone, wrought iron, brick and the like. The lovely city of Zierikzee in Zeeland did not disappoint. I even found bollards that looked like buried cannon, and there were two of them!, one each side of a museum entrance. (more on that later). Looking around in the vicinity of my feet has become a habit, either because I’m sitting at a lower eye level in the wheelchair, or looking carefully where to park my next step on crutches. Of course my “collection” of things like man-hole covers is only a photographic one, but it delights me all the same. I found some beautiful small markers embedded in the streets, in several other cities of the Netherlands and Germany, these can often denote where Jewish families formerly lived and worked before the terror and horror of the Second World War caught them up and wiped out so many families. In so marking the streets, this is often a small sign that these cities continue to remember these events and their former residents.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Some very old stone repurposed…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The person who designed this master class in brickwork is my hero… beautiful, functional, so pleasing to the eye…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(Above and Below): A series of Art Deco style bollards… maybe even original’s?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Below: small but shiny and bright in the cobbles… a remembrance marker?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Or stop your rainwater downpipe from getting squished and dinged by vehicles (it was a very narrow street) by filling and old milk churn with concrete (cement) and incorporating it into the pavement. Inspiring street decoration and problem solved!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These ancient stones have been repurposed and now protect a curb…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

An excellent pattern to liven up a man-hole cover….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Heavy duty protection outside the museum. Any driver would think twice before taking these fellas on…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

2 Comments »

  1. lovely observations

    Comment by Maureen Sudlow — January 5, 2019 @ 3:12 am | Reply


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