Local Heart, Global Soul

January 7, 2020

Monumental Days, And FreeMasons…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have been back in New Zealand for Christmas, and just touched down in the Netherlands again.

The time differences, my tiredness and stupidity are the reasons some of my recent posts entered the world a tad unfinished.

I write texts in one place, have pictures in another and apparently keep my brains elsewhere completely so my deepest apologies for the mess.

I’m currently deep in the first fuzzy days of jetlag where your mind, sleep rhythms, stomach and the rest of your body are all in different time zones and not quite adjusted or agreeing to working together yet.

These posts were mostly finished before we left but seeing that I can not be trusted to get things in the WordPress schedule correct, I’m, coming back and doing some double checking.

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) where many buildings around the Netherlands that are usually closed to the public are open for one or two days of the weekend for visitors.

I try and get around as many as I can, usually selecting several sites close to each other. Sadly I need to tank up heavily on additional pain medications in order to mange these heavy days out, something not normally advised but the results are worth it.

My first destination is what I think is ‘Freemason’s House’.

I know next to nothing about the Freemason movement, and have passed by this building at the beginning of the Javastraat hundreds of times without giving the symbols on the blue shield outside much of a thought.

It’s an impressive historic building and I’m finding it intriguing to get a glimpse into a world of which I know so little.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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