Local Heart, Global Soul

April 10, 2019

Bring Your Kids,… and Pets?

Several years ago I attended a weekend Food Truck festival. Himself and I started out early but everything started to fill up fairly quickly. At first I thought this was a small travel pram and assumed a child was inside. Imagine my surprise when the head of this little dog suddenly popped up instead. It was only when I looked more carefully at the “pram” again later that I realised that maybe this hadn’t been something built with children in mind, but was instead a pet carrier. (Not having pet meant this probably wasn’t immediately obvious to me at the time.)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 18, 2019

Pigs Might Not Fly But Apparently Dogs Did…

Family Kiwidutch see this building often, some good friends live nearby and it’s just a short distance from my physiotherapists practice. The other side of it used to have a large sign similar to the one on the door, for “Tekkel Air” (Tekkel means: Dachshund,  a.k.a. Sausage Dog, Airline) and this was a Travel  Agency.  Recently I think that the building changed owners, all of the signs have been removed and it’s now just another period building amongst many in the area. The pictures of the little dog and the fact that there seemed to be an airline named after a Dachshund also made me smile. I don’t even know if such an airline ever existed… maybe like this building it was wonderful in it’s time but has now been painted out into obscurity.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 10, 2019

The Devil Confirms The Most Evil Of Road Users…

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I’m always on the lookout for quirky things. Coming home from out 2017 Easter break, passing Rotterdam we got stuck in heavy traffic. The car in front of us was a Volkswagen or as I usually say it a “Vee- Dub”. I don’t know what it is, but often (back during my driving days) if there were incidents of people cutting in front of me, racing last moment through exceptionally “stale” or even red lights, not indicating or just generally being an inconsiderate fellow road user, then it would very often be a VW Golf the culprit.

Himself thinks that maybe a certain type of person is drawn to buying this make and model of VW, and he adds Alfa Romeo drivers to his list of inconsiderate drivers too. On the occasion of this sighting, this German VW driver was behaving himself, (not that you can do much in a traffic jam). Apparently confirming our stereotype, around the VW emblem on the car boot, was the figure of a devil. It seems that even the drivers themselves know they are the most evil of road users!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 6, 2019

No-One Is Barn-Storming These Barns…

Driving around the outskirts of Bruinisse back during Easter of 2017, Himself and I saw some barns built in a way I have never seen before. The barns are joined to the houses, as is the Dutch fashion in many parts of the country, but these barn walls are barn walls with a difference. Built with outside buttresses like the ones you often see on tall European castle walls, these additional fortifications are intriguing.

Looking at my post:  “France: Saint Jean d’ Angély “,  comparing with the ruined abbey in this French Charentes Maritime town, the walls have the same arrangement but are absolutely massive when compared with the walls we see on these barns.  Check the size of the abbey walls in comparison with the tourists below.  Then check against these barn walls, I’m imagining a herd of prize bulls inside, or a pet elephant? (probably not). Just what kind of thing needs to be contained an enclosure this fortified? Or is it just a good building technique, borrowed from centuries past and utilised in relatively modern times? One of the barns had a particularly wavy roofline that I loved,  Quirky buildings from top to bottom.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

February 17, 2019

How To Train Your Tree…

All around Zierikzee and in a few streets of the surrounding villages, we spy some very strange looking trees. We visited the area during our 2017 Easter break, so it was only just the end of winter and the beginning of spring. These trees have been “trained” to be more or less “flat” so that they can be added to streets where there is not a lot of room. but greenery is wanted. In spring the leaves will come, new branches will form and these strange, stumpy looking threes will be bursts of green. The fact that they line up also gives protection against the sun in the height of summer, their shade not only being most welcome but the introduction of nature into the city, helping to break up the concrete, cobbles and bricks of the urban environment.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


Some trees were not stunted, just appealed to my artistic whims.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 27, 2019

Bubble Glass Windows… Wait A Minute…

One quirky feature of Zierikzee is that in random places in the city centre, I found these “interesting” doors. They all have a large balloon-like window in them, which gives a quirky shape and style. All of them are dark and mega reflective so I first assumed that they were some sort of dark security glass, but closer inspection on a few of them revealed the faint lines of wooden panels so I will take a random guess and say that all of these are wooden. None of them had letter slots in or above the bulging section so they are also not letterboxes. therefore I give up, I have no clue as to the function of these unless they are purely decorative. I spotted at least half a dozen of these and each time they make me smile. Fooling me into thinking they were glass gives these doors an air of fragility that is apparently a complete sham, so the joke is on me because I was completely taken in.These are quirky, apparently only decorative, and distinctive, I can laugh at myself, What’s not to love?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 22, 2019

When A Tree Goes Out On A Limb, And Needs To Take The Weight Off…

You know a tree is old when you see thick branches like this one has. I have no idea why this tree has rather literally “branched out” so far, it’s amazing that it’s survived as long as this with the weight of this branch extending so far. So now that this tree has gone “out on a limb” and clearly overreached itself, it’s time to give it a helping hand (or in this case, a steel support). With it’s own little cradle to fit the tree, this steel support saves the tree from toppling over, never mind in strong winds or stormy conditions, even a clear fine day may have been too much for this branch one day. So basically, when a tree goes out on a limb, branches out and over extends itself, we need to help it take the weight off…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 30, 2018

If Vehicles Had Faces, This One Is Characterful…

Whilst visiting Bruinisse fishing harbour in Easter 2017, Himself and I saw a very old Dutch Police van. It was unusual Himself said because there were very few of these left. To me it was just an old vehicle that has clearly seen many, many kilometres and like a weather-beaten face of someone elderly who has worked out of doors all of their life, is full of it’s own sort of wrinkles and has a ton of character.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 25, 2018

“Honey, You’ll NEVER Guess What I Bought Today!”

Himself and I were driving around the small Dutch town of Bruinisse, in the province of Zeeland.  Taking the smallest roads possible “just to see where they lead” we suddenly chanced upon an aeroplane. Not overhead, in the skies above us, but right next to the road. Amazingly it’s not an airport either. I don’t know why anyone would have a fighter plane on one spot and a light aircraft on another, but here they seem to have it all. It had Himself and I wondering what on earth we had come across.   We still don’t know since at the time we were busy with the (2017) Easter weekend, I never got around to further research afterwards. I still can not imagine any situation where someone thought ” just going to pop out and buy a fighter plane’! Imagine explaining that to family and friends!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

So… What did Santa bring you? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with the people you love. Seasons greeting!!!!

December 18, 2018

Keeping Livestock In The Back Bedroom…

Heading out to the province of Zeeland for the long Easter weekend in 2017, I manage to get some shots of the local architecture. Some frontages look like there must be an enormous house standing there, but closer inspection reveals that the house is attached to the barn, a very quirky feature not readily available in any of todays modern homes. I take photographs as we travel, even though I’m technically not so far from home, the style of building here is very different to what I’m used to seeing further north.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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