Local Heart, Global Soul

January 20, 2020

Knowledge And History…

I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for books… especially old books! Disastrous for my asthma I know, but sooooo beautiful to drool over look at. Going to ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) gives me the opportunity to find such treasures. They might not be for handling or drooling over but photography was permitted. The Freemasons House in the Hague was the location of these beautiful exhibits, they hold not just knowledge and history within their covers but also create a wonderful smell and atmosphere.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. Beautiful! I love the photos 😍

    Comment by D65 — January 20, 2020 @ 5:57 am | Reply

    • Jess,
      Thank you! (and Congratulations are in order for you imminent new arrival I see!) Wonderful baby news!
      Seriously though, the time goes Sooooo fast… Himself and I had a bit of a meltdown day yesterday; absolute nervous wrecks as our daughter jetted to the other side of the world for six months. Kiwi Daughter? She’s sitting blissfully watching moves and sleeping in the plane to Singapore whilst Himself and I are back here in the Hague, feeling out of sorts, wishing we had a valium or something to help us relax. She’s the baby bird literally flying out the nest yesterday, Himself and I are the parents who are anxiously, fretfully, watching the maiden flight of one of their chicks.

      Once your baby arrives life will never be the same, your world will be turned upside down. My one piece of advice? Whenever something happens (the good, the bad, the ugly) Write a note about it the SAME DAY. Even really scribbled notes. Funny toddler utterances, experiences of alol sorts, special trips (write in the dates!) holidays, ALL of it, just jot a few lines.

      The time will go faster than you can simply imagine and these little jotted memory’s will be invaluable believe me. Otherwise sadly so many beautiful moments will get forgotten, swept up in the tide /tsunami / chaos that is busy family life. You think you had busy days before kids? Ha…. nah, you really didn’t. We were all so blissfully ignorant in our childfree days, but with Mother and Fatherhood you get to be a whizz at multi tasking, so that’s an upside right??? 🙂

      .. and no, I wouldn’t change them for the world!

      Books are fascinating aren’t they, especially old, bound books. Thank you for liking my photographs, your feedback is much appreciated!

      Comment by kiwidutch — January 20, 2020 @ 7:38 am | Reply

      • Wow, thank you so much you are absolutely wonderful. What a lovely idea, I will have to take you up on that! I have a journal aside that I may just use that for 🙂 It overwhelms me the thought of how quickly time is going to go. It breaks my heart to imagine how time will slip by and they will be independent and trying to be on their own in the world. It must be hard learning to take a step back and let them go for it. You must be so proud of your daughter even though it breaks your heart that she is achieving these kinds of things, what fantastic memories she will be making. I hope she keeps in touch during that time! 🙂

        Comment by D65 — January 20, 2020 @ 8:19 am | Reply

        • Jess,
          Yes, luckily we have the advantages of things like Skype and WhatsApp so keeping in touch is far easier than pre-Apps and pre.internet ! I’ve replied to you again, but on your blog this time 🙂

          Comment by Kiwidutch — January 22, 2020 @ 5:17 am | Reply

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