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December 27, 2016

Aquagates and Aquaways, My Collection Grows…

Regular readers will know that I love quirky things like funny shaped letterboxes, street paver brick patterns in the road or on buildings and painted electrical substations.  I also love wraught iron drain covers and the patterns on them. Today’s post is about a drain cover that I thought I had photographed as a duplicate of an earlier post. But something kept me from deleting these photos, and just as well because they were not the same at all. The first one has the word ” aquagate” and the second “aquaway” but both sport the logo of the Hague, the stork. I m deleighted to hav  new “find” and my collection slowly grows…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A Stylized Logo Of A Beautiful Bird…

October 19, 2016

A Stylized Logo Of A Beautiful Bird…

Regular readers of my blog know that I love the creative patterns that can be found on drain / man-hole covers. This is one that can be found in the city of The Hague in The Netherlands, and it carries the symbol of the Hague,  the stork. This bird is portrayed in many forms around the city, from stylistic logos to realistic renditions. All are beautiful in their own way. Even if it’s one like this that many people don’t even take notice of as they walk down the street.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

October 10, 2016

I don’t Have The Stomach For That Kind Of Car…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

On the way home from our holiday in Germany last summer, we needed to take several comfort stops because Kiwi Daughter and I suffer from motion sickness and car journeys are always problematic.

Himself has learned the hard way that it’s better to stop frequently so that we can take a few steps outside and get a breath of fresh air, rather than suffer the consequences of trying to push on “just a few kilometers more” (it never was “just a few kilometers” btw).

I had happened to mention a few minutes earlier that I needed a little break from the road and Himself was on the lookout for a good place to pull over.

All of a sudden we came up to a building and spied a sports car in a driveway, and since Little Mr was now suddenly interested too, we stopped there. This is clearly an expensive machine: it’s bright red and eye catching.  An interesting manhole drain cover catches my eye too, as does the pattern of the fence around the property and the  security ironwork around the windows.  One thing is for sure, I don’t have the stomach for ever trying to go as fast as that sports car can go.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

September 14, 2016

Diversity Of The Locations And The Creativity Of The Designers…

This post needs little introduction for regular readers who know that I delight in the small things in life: even the patterns on manhole covers. I find that this one simple item in use all around the world, can display so many beautiful and distinctive patterns that show off the diversity of the places they are located in and the creativity of the people who design them. This manhole cover in Trier is no exception…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

June 22, 2016

Hungary… For More Drain Covers!

Filed under: ART,Manhole covers / Street grates / Bollards,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

I have several family members who follow my blog and it’s wonderful to find out that not only do they love my posts, they also show that they are very like-minded and supportive by being willing to contribute to them!

Himself has a “Tante” (Aunt) who has revealed herself as being especially adept with a camera, these are her photographs and they are to be proud of!

She and her husband were recently on holiday in Hungary, and more specifically in Budapest and afterwards I received a wonderful email with some attachments asking if  I would be interested in these included photographs for my blog?

Would I ever ?! These are brilliant! I am more than delighted to have if, not a convert to loving drain covers, at least a cohort who doesn’t mind taking photographs of them on my behalf. Thank You Tante I !!!

The Hungarian capital appears to be full of interesting and beautiful drain covers, and these under appreciated pieces of ironmongery artwork deserve to gain some wider recognition. I have of course amended the photograph credit and copyright mention to include her newly bestowed web nickname “Tante I” since I did not take these photographs myself. I love these: they combine floral and geometric images, heraldic crests, words and fantastic patterns, what’s not to love?

In fact the more I look at these the more I see, even some that seem similar aren’t: the words are different for instance, or the same motif is used again but in a different arrangement. So far my favourite is the sixth photo in this post, it’s ” the square one with “Tihany” written twice on it, I especially love the motif that looks like a stylised cross-section of a  canal or waterway with “water” in it … and entrance to an underground stream, or something more “effluent-ial”? who knows… it’s got character though so that makes it a winner in my eyes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder of course, I’m sure we would all have our own favourites… what’s yours?

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

(photograph © Tante I)

February 17, 2016

You Guessed It, Another Item For Another Of My Quirky Collections…

I mentioned the day before yesterday that regular readers  would be familiar with my love of quirky things. In that post the “quirky” was a vehicle, and in today’s post it’s one of my old favourites: a manhole cover. Ever since I realised that manhole covers came in a massive variety of (often) amazing patterns, and started to photograph them a few years ago, my collection has grown. I have even had contact with others who are even more seriously fanatical about them than I am, and been featured on a website that features manhole covers as it’s sole subject. Here, at the former gasworks in Amsterdam I discovered another manhole cover for my quirky collection…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 23, 2015

Not Going Down The Drain Any Time Soon…

Regular readers know that I have a fascination with the strangest of things… ordinary, every day things, like doors, windows, letter boxes, drain covers and grills. Yes! It’s another drain cover post! Here in Maastricht I found not just one beautiful, round, metal beauty, but three!  Lovers of pattern and drain covers … enjoy!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 17, 2015

Den Bosch, There Seems To Be A Mystery Irish Connection…

Regular readers will know that this is a “find”… another  little metal grate set into the pavement. I have a collection of them because I love the different patterns that different city councils put on to them around the world. This one is located in the streets of the Dutch city of Den Bosch, and intrigued me because it appears to have so many Celtic looking elements in it’s design that it would not looked out of place anywhere in the Emerald Isle.  “Why?”, is a question that I can’t answer but it’s beautiful anyway, and it’s a new addition to my collection.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 1, 2015

Frankfurt… Manholes … Covered.

It’s a strange quirk of mine… I’m a secret  not so secret lover of iron drainage grates and manhole covers. Naturally when I walked over this one in Frankfurt am Main I felt the urge stop and take a photograph. Texture and pattern, the artistic side of my brain can’t resist.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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