Local Heart, Global Soul

October 11, 2019

Jolly Good Day For A Drive Old Chap!

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Vehicles,THE NETHERLANDS,Wassenaar — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s weird, but whenever I see people out and about in Vintage / Classic cars (called “Old Timers” here in The Netherlands), I can’t help but assume that everyone driving them speaks with an English accent circa 1930.  It’s a totally stupid idea, especially when you think that most owners of these automobiles are older and Dutch is their native language. We were out and about one day during the summer and saw several of these cars whilst driving in Wassenaar, just north of The Hague. Wassenaar (pronounced: “Wos enn ah“) you learn quickly after settling in here, is where even small “stand alone” houses with gardens command property prices in the millions.

The large houses have prices that are never listed in the brochures, along the lines of : “if you have to ask the price you can’t afford it“. These are often no ordinary houses and gardens though, many of the houses are palatial and the gardens massive. Diplomats, Bankers, Directors and CEO’s of multinationals, and people in high paying professions, or “old money” live here.

It’s one of the richest residential areas of the Netherlands (think the last stretch of the Monopoly board) an extremely affluent area of the Netherlands, and I learned from Wikipedia that: “…(home to) …the country’s most expensive street, the Groot Haesebroekseweg” Now that’s a tiny titbit of useless information I didn’t know until now.

Himself and Little Mr are excellent spotters of unusual or expensive cars, but this one was right in front of us so even I couldn’t miss it.  It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I realised that there was another Classic car on the opposite side of the highway turning into the street coming up to the left of us, and in my second photograph you can see a second Classic car  on our side of the road waiting to turn left into the same street. All of these beautiful cars turned off into the same street so there must have been some sort of event going on close by… an event and social circle far above our pay grade! These cars are beautiful, we may not be able to buy, but hey! …window shopping is free!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 22, 2019

Bolderkars Have Had A Tragically Rocky Recent History…

I have featured “bolderkars” on my blog before: “So… just what IS a “bolderkar”?… ” but not gotten the chance to photograph them more often. On this occasion there was not just one, but two for capture the attention of my lens. These photographs were taken in 2017 and I’m not sure if the orange on is still in use; there has been a Dutch ban on the use a certain type of bolderkar after a tragic accident in 2018 where a motorised one went out of control onto a railway line and into the path of an oncoming train. The children and adult perished. There is a large legal dispute concerning the cause of the accident, if it was human error on the part of the adult or if they just couldn’t stop the machine because something was faulty. Other brands of bolderkar are still in use and well used they are too. The perfect way  for one adult to transport a half dozen or more children depending on the size of the bolderkar. It’s green,  clean and (usually) perfectly safe. it was later in the afternoon when I took these photographs and the staff had dispatched the last of the children into the arms of their parents and then decided to use one of the cars to take the adults for a spin. After a day of having the responsibility for, entertaining and looking after babies and toddlers I think they have earned their fun!

(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)

November 22, 2018

Sleeping On the Road: A Whole New Meaning!

Filed under: ART,GREYMOUTH,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Sights,Quirky Vehicles — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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During a drive around the West Coast town of Greymouth, Himself and I spot an unusual sight. Parked off the street was car, with a tent perched on the top of it! There were people inside the tent, a lady leaned out just as I took the photograph. We laughed at the sight, but hey, I guess if it works, it works! It’s another quirky sight to add to the list that I have seen during all of my travels.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 14, 2018

“Offspring In The Firm Grasp…”

Just feeing in a silly mood. I saw this and immediately I thought of this commentary and the necessity to read it in the voice of Sir David Attenborough:
Here emerging from the lush fields of New Zealand’s West Coast, is the common hay bale. Wrapped in their distinctive green coverings, the adult hay bales are neatly aligned on the back of the trailer. However one unruly offspring has been collected in the gentle but firm grip of the tractor for it’s own safety as they cross the road. Destined to rest in an adjoining paddock, here they will stay until the onset of winter, when the possibilities of low level snows will bring them out of hibernation…”

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 13, 2018

Glass Half Full… A Jucy Slogan!

Passing back through the small township of Franz Joseph, I get a photograph of one of New Zealand’s many rental camper vans. “Jucy” is a well known rental company, to my knowledge all of their campers are a brilliant shade of Granny Smith apple green and they have delightful slogans and sayings on the side. I think (but am not certain) that no two of the sayings are the same. I love theie sense of humour and so capturing this photo was a delight…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 21, 2017

Not Your Average Tricycle…

Regular readers will know that I love to photograph quirky, unusual sights. With my pocket camera regularly on hand, I can quickly snap things that pique my interest: decorative drain covers, walls, gates, letter boxes, buildings, the list goes on. Unusual vehicles feature regularly and in this particular case I managed to get a few photographs of this unusual motorbike, or should I say, Trike. Unlike many three wheeled cars and bikes this one does not have the usual two wheels rear, one wheel front layout but rather the opposite; two wheels in the front and one in the rear. It gives the bike / trike a rather surreal look, definitely a ride that makes people look twice, maybe even three times.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 15, 2016

When The Train …Takes To The Road.

Filed under: ART,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Vehicles,TRIER — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Regular readers will know that I love quirky things.

I have also come across some rather amazing vehicles.

Some of them I have ridden in, others just observed.

When Family Kiwidutch was in Trier, Germany last summer, we spotted another quirky vehicle for my collection.

On this occasion, what I spot is a tourist “train’ that runs on wheels and pulls two trailers that the tourists ride on during their sight-seeing trip around the city.

In New Zealand I have seen these before in a simpler version, some with a roof and some without and they earned the nick-name the “toast-rack” due to most of them having open sides.

This one is different, more sophisticated, enclosed and of course, impersonating a train but the basic premise is the same.

It always makes me do a double take though, seeing what looks like a train …driving on the road.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Wikipedia: Trier / Germany



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