Local Heart, Global Soul

June 1, 2017

How Far Can An Apple Fall From The Tree? Maybe A World Away.

I’m taking a short break from the Garderen’s Sand Sculptures to show you a few more of the fiberglass apples I saw out the front when I arrived.  As per the previous ones,  Rien Poortvliet style gnomes decorate the apples, illustrating well known Dutch sayings. I needed Himself’s help with most of these since I didn’t grow up in the Netherlands. I only knew the second to last one because it translates directly into the same saying in English. I was born a Dutch national because my father is Dutch, but since I only learned to speak it once I got here I missed out on the things that Dutch kids just know because it’s part of growing up here. Maybe the apple fell half the world away. The first saying reads:

Beter hard geblazen dan de mond gebrand”  It’s better to blow hard than to burn your mouth.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Hoor je de koekoek twintig maart, ga naar huis en doof de haard” If you hear the cuckoo on the 20th march then you can go home and extinguish the fire in the hearth. (spring is here, winter is over)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

“Wat de vrouw graag mag eet de man elke dag”  What the woman likes the man eats every day.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Al is een moeder nog zo arm toch dekt zij warm” No matter how poor, a mother she will cover her kids warmly.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

De appel valt niet ver van de boom” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wie het onderste it de kan wil hebben krijgt het lid op de neus” Literally: If you want what is at the very bottom of the pot and you look deep into it, then you get the lid on your nose (= greedy people get punished) At least that’s what Himself said, I thought it may mean ” be careful, you may get more than you bargained for” ???

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

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)

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(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

 

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