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May 4, 2019

A Trailer With A… WHAT On Top?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in 2017 I expressed a wish to go see the Sand Sculptures in Garderen again.

Our kids didn’t fancy this, but also declined the suggestion to accompany Himself on a day long hike through the beautiful forested area around Garderen called the “Veluwe”.

Therefore we came up with another plan: himself would drop me off the evening before, I would stay overnight in a hotel literally next door to the Sand Sculpture exhibition but separated by a large belt of trees.

I could rest overnight, attend the exhibition the next day Himself would then pick me up the next afternoon once I’d been seen everything I wanted to see, and bring me home. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Exhibition complex to use so I’d booked one in advance and arrived early so that I didn’t have to take my own.

We set out on a Friday evening and since Himself as usual was behind the wheel I was fee to take photographs out of the window. The most notable sights were a massive new “Kasse” (green house) complex being built, the length of which was enormous and far too long for my camera to capture as we sped past. The quirkiest sight however was a car towing a trailer.. which had another, smaller trailer on top of  the first trailer! That’s something I’ve never seen before. Before we knew it we had turned off the motorway and were on roads surrounded by forests, and arriving in Garderen.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 23, 2019

Laughingly Taking The Piss Out Of Your Pit Stop…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

As with any large outdoor public gathering, the organisers of the event have to provide suitable restroom facilities.

In the case of the 2017 Food Truck festival in the Hague, the solution was the best I have ever seen.

Unbeknownst to me I had first contact with a member of this group was earlier at one of the food stands.

I spied a young lady in a sort of washer-woman costume, with curlers in her hair which was also wrapped up with a scarf and a sort of  long apron/over-all kind of caricature of the manner of 1930’s.

I asked if  I could take some photographs of her and she gladly obliged.

Later I noticed a large truck that had doors on the sides, these folded outwards to reveal a small passageway on one side of the truck and a row of toilet cubicles on the other.

It was like a cross between a series of upmarket port-a-loos, and normal toilet block.  Outside by the queue was  table where two ladies sat, and it turns out that the younger one of the two is the engagingly attired lady I had encountered earlier.

Together they were taking turns to organize the queue and keep the lavatories clean. I didn’t end up getting photographs of the large truck because there were too many parents taking young children to the toilet and with all of the comings and goings, I couldn’t satisfactorily edit them out of the shots.

I did however manage to take photograph of their company car.

This delightful vehicle was as ingenious as their attire:  nicknamed the “pleemobiel”  this is a kind of pun referencing the children’s toy brand of “Playmobile” (even the font is similar) but the “plee” part that the have changed is a cute/ funny nickname for pee, or urine.

The phrase “U plassie is ons passie” translates as “Your pee-pee is our passion” and the van is decorated with two ladies (Beb & Toos)decked out in the same attire as the younger and older lady at the table.

Their sense of humour carries on in the price cards on the table: for instance the one for Gents reads: “Beb & Toos (“Bezet” means “engaged/occupied”), Gentlemens Prices (tariffs): Is your “tokus” (slang for penis) shorter than 8cm ? Price: Euro 0.50 cents. (Is your tokus) longer … Price Euro 1.00

I showed Himself this and he laughed and said “Yes of course it’s meant to make men pay more because of pride and that they want people to think they have a big penis, but don’t forget, these men are also Dutch so I bet they will all go for the Euro 0.50 cent option simply because its cheaper an they want to save money“.

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I think he’s probably right, but hey, can’t fault them for trying!

The other sign was more conventional: you could get a token for a “losse plas’, basically one single use of the toilets for 1/2 of  1 munt, or Euro 0.50 cents.

(The “munt’ = being the special tickets that are the ‘currency” of this event and which needed to be purchased at a separate counter in order to buy food and drinks at all of the food trucks participating at the festival.)

You could also purchase a “plas bandje”  (a wrist band) for 1 Munt or Euro 2.00, entitling one person to unlimited use of the facilities for the whole day.

The last alternative would be to buy for 2  Munt or Euro 4.00 the “Voordeel Plasskart” which turns out to be “10 x piddle/pee-pee/take a leak/ spend a penny etc  for the (whole?) Club”  I’m not certain how this works but somehow you are paying for use of the loos for 10 occasions … just not certain how the “group’ element fits into this arrangement!

I have to admit that I may also be confused because I think this is dialect Dutch: for instance in the Gents sign: the “usual’ spelling of the word ‘kleiner” (smaller) is spelled here as “kleinert” , and the word “groter” (larger) here as “grotert”

Since this event is also an evening event, with bar stalls that only started to open up later in the afternoon / early evening, and music areas that were largely unoccupied during our visit, but clearly being set up, it’s a definite bet that as the family crowd fade away for children’s bedtimes after a day of dinning and playing, the adult party crowd come in to take their place.

Once the booze starts flowing it would be safe to assume that the need to use the privy, and therefore the W.C.’s here could create quite a demand.. maybe these ladies, busy with everyone’s ablutions, can not only provide a needed service to the event but also end up creating a thriving business in the process… so that they end up going home rather flush! … And all of this whilst laughingly taking the piss out of your pit stop!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

General prices…

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Prices for Gents…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

…And if you have read this far you may have noticed how many “Pee” and “Toilet” puns or nicknames I managed to squeeze into this post!

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)

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(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)

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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)

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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)

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