Local Heart, Global Soul

October 21, 2017

Who Can Resist Stopping And Getting A Photo?

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Sorting out my archive photo files brings many older folders to light.

The Hague doesn’t have the many canals that makes Amsterdam the tourist draw, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have it’s share of beautiful buildings.

Architectural detail is a passion of mine, old buildings, decorative elements, and things of beauty in brick, stone, wood, wrought iron and the like.

I also like that in the Netherlands bikes come in all shapes, sizes and styles: these ones both sport wicker baskets on the front, but the one on the left is twice as big as the one on the right.

In fact I haven’t seen a basket that big before (or since) so I was delighted to have my camera in my backpack.

I also spotted a map shop that looked inviting but we were in town for an appointment so didn’t have time to go inside. I did get a few quick snaps of one of the stunning old maps on a stand outside though. It’s a detail fanatic’s dream. Then there is a door that has decorative grate work incorporated into it and two caved figures into the stone above it, Who can resist stopping and getting a photo? Not me that’s for sure.

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September 24, 2017

Spotted Around The Hague…

Today’s post is a photographic one: camera on hand, I take photographs on the move, this time these places were spotted around The Hague.

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September 9, 2017

Taking A General Look Around…

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Of course during my visits to Gouda I take photographs that I want to keep but do not slot neatly into various blog posts.

These are such photos, a mish-mash of locations, but all taken in the city centre of Gouda.

The historic buildings that line the main square, dwarfed by St Jans Church in the background.

The little building that looks almost like an almost triangular afterthought on the corner, these days it appears to have been combined with the building next door and now advertises “Dames en Kindermode” (Ladies and children’s Fashion).

There is the beautiful white building that was next to the artists studio I found earlier, and even in another house close to where Himself arranged to meet me, some ironwork that may have been from a gate, sitting proudly as an arty windowsill ornament: something that is right up my street so these are people truly after my own heart and am even a tad jealous.

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August 11, 2017

Simplicity And Detail Together…

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Leaving “de Waag” (Weigh house) I start looking at the left hand side of Gouda’s Stadhuis.

Covered with windows typical of the mid-1400’s, the red and white wooden shutters with their ironwork attachments, make a colourful as well as practical use.

There are also later edition pieces here too. The first is a set of diamond shaped art pieces on near the end of the Staduis close to the scaffold which is called: “Salomonsoordeel” (Solomon’s judgment). Wikipedia put it better than I could:

“1 Kings 3:16–28 Two mothers living in the same house, each the mother of an infant son, came to Solomon. One of the babies had died, and each claimed the remaining boy as her own.

Calling for a sword, Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman to receive half.

One mother did not contest the ruling, declaring that if she could not have the baby then neither of them could, but the other begged Solomon, “Give the baby to her, just don’t kill him!”

The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.’

Also on this side of the Stadhuis is an arched stone doorway with and heavy arched ironwork studded door. At the cornerstone of the stone arch is a little surprise: a stone carving of a whale, complete with water spout!

At the base of the stone door way are carvings that look a bit like sword handles. Close by is a water pipe, unusual too because part of it is in the shape of a face.

A little further on again you can find a large metal ring embedded into the stonework. Probably for the hitching of horses but who knows? Simplicity and detail together make a beautiful façade.

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Wikipedia: Judgement of Solomon / Bible

June 27, 2017

Mer-Maid Or Man? Try Mer-Lion For An Interesting Take On An Old Theme…

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Stepping out from the entrance buildings of Schokland, I am greeted by a small upper plateau that looks out over flat polder land.

Directly below the slope that joins the two is a small strip of land what is separate from the farmland beyond.

On this strip of land there is a winding path that is interspersed with what appear to be “artworks” but some of the pieces of art seem more apparent than others.

In several areas there are plots of stones, a few with added metal fastening or ornamentation but what specifically they represent I am not quite sure.

Two massive anchors sit side by side, a large, what might be a metal buoy sits tethered to a block of concrete by a chain, and further up, there is a strange tower-like item that may or may not be a figure.

As I progress around the central top area I take photographs of all of these, and discover that the piece that I first thought to be a figure is a type of mer- figure, but with the head of a lion combined with the tail of a fish.  The slope to the lower path is too much for me to manage, and the path there too long, so I stick to the smaller upper level and use my zoom lens to try and get the best photographs of the artworks below as possible. These are an “interesting” set of pieces and some make more sense than others… but some of the visitors below seem taken with the piles of stones ones because they lingered there for quite a while, so seemingly they “get it” where I do not.

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May 2, 2017

Ironwork Objects Of So Many Tastes And Styles…

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The next thing I saw at the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition was a display of ironwork and various (mostly) iron based ornaments for sale. Some are practical like door stops and tables, others are more whimsical like fish, bird, butterfly and cat ornaments. There are ironwork fire guards, and objects large and small. There is something to suit most tastes and so much to see…

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November 25, 2016

Stepping Stones Of Cabbages Lead To Jail…

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Sometimes your local history lesson can be found directly under your feet.

Such was the case when Little Mr and I visited Gouda to fulfil his wish to go to the Playtoday Lego shop.

Whilst he was only interested in the Lego, I cast my eye around me for the details that give a city it’s character and I didn’t have to look long.

Dotted around us and inlaid into the brickwork of this pedestrian shopping street, were some interesting round cast plaques.

I was puzzled when it became obvious that the first one had broccoli on it, then came all sorts of varieties of cabbages.

Little Mr. was impatient to leave and the plaques stretched a long way further down the street, further than I could manage, so it was a sort of “snap and go” sort of mission, but I got as many as I could in the immediate area.

There was text around some of the plaques and since they had been there along time, dirt from the street had built up, obscuring most of the images and making the text almost impossible to read. I enlarged the photographs on the computer to try and make out individual letters and words, trying to string together something that made sense. Suddenly we made out the word “Warmoesstenen” and it all started to make sense. Himself explained to me that “warremoes” was a very old fashioned Dutch term, and went and looked it up.

It turns out that the more modern word for it is “warmoes” and the text around the broccoli tells us that this ” is the term for a mash made out of vegetable scraps, usually food for prisoners.”

The other part of the word: “stenen” means stones (i.e. these inlaid plaque stones).The next text says: ” Na negeren van een bevel verstoren van de openbare orde of bedreigen van de baljuw volgde berechting” , which translates as: “After ignoring an order, disturbance of public order or threatening a baliff, the court would then pass sentance.”

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Following image text: ” De uitspraak van het stedelijk gerecht leiden tot boetes, gevangenschap, verbanning of tot de galg“,  which means: “The decision of the city court results in fines, imprisonment, exile / deportation or the gallows”

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Around the next plaque the words are all for vegetable and cabbage types: “spruit” (sprouts), “koolrabi” (kohlrabi, a.k.a. turnip cabbage), “savooi” (savoy), “radijs” (radish), “paksoi” (bok choi), “koolraap” (swede / swedish turnip), “rammenas” (winter radish), “spitskool” (conical cabbage), “raap” (turnip / swede), “chinese kool” pronounced “shin-A’s-coal” (chinese cabbage) and “raapstelen” (turnip tops).

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Then I discovered some information about who has placed these here: “De warremoesstenen zijn een schenking van het 100 jarige Goudse Vuurvast NV aan de gemente Gouda”.The “warremoes” stones are a gift from the “Gouda Vuurvast Company to the municipality of Gouda (to mark the occasion of Vuurvast’s 100 year centenary).”

(Side note from Kiwi: The Vuurvast company makes refractory materials that keeps their strength under high temperature. Their products are used in the iron, steel and glass industries to make molds and crucibles and also to make deflectors for rocket launch structures). Once I knew the name of the company who made and gifted these stones I also found the following information (links as usual at the bottom of my post.) The illustration on this stone is Vuurvast’s (literally: “fire fast”) company logo.

The sites were in Dutch so I translated for you:” Warmoes stones: Up until 1845 the landscape of the Lange Tiendeweg in Gouda was dominated by the Warmoespoort, a bridge with in-built cell space for prisoners.The bridge was named after the remains of cabbage leaves that was the prisoners food. One hundred “stepping stones” set into the Long Tiendeweg have been used to build a picture of this historical past near the center of Gouda.

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The following stone appears to never have had text on it because the image runs completely off the edges. If the Vuurvast Company celebrated it’s 100th Centenary in 2009 then these have been here for seven years now, hence the build up of grime.

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The next text  around the sprouts consists of random words: “vlooken” (to swear), “smijten” (to chuck / to throw), “razen” (furious / rage), “spuwen” (to spit / old fashioned form of  the modern word “spugen” = to spit), “schelden” (scold), “tieren” (rant).

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De cipier kreeg 35 cent per arrestant voor de voeding en genoot een inkomen van 75 guilden per jaar.” (The jailer received 35 cents per prisoner for food and enjoyed an income of 75 gulden per year).

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Brassicaceae: brassica campestris var pekinensis (kruisbloemenfamilie: Chinese kool)” (Brassicaceae: brassica campestris from pekinensis (cabbage family: Chinese cabbage)

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Bij inschrijving voor afbraak te verkoopen: de TIENDWEGSPOORT. aan het einde van den Langen Tiendeweg.” (Selling upon demolition, register at the Tiendweg gate, end of the Long Tiendeweg.) In the center it says: ” OPENBARE VERKOOPING 20 November 1854“, (PUBLIC SALE 20 November 1854)
… which makes no sense to me, especially the date! It appears then that maybe these were only meant to be temporary and that people could register to buy them later… but the date is 1854 …which makes us all just a tad late!

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Here are some of the other stones (duplicate in image to the above, so that you can see the wear and tear…)

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Gouda Vuurvast Services

More about the history of Gouda Vuurvast (Note:Dutch language only)
 The Gouda “Warmoes” Stones.

 

November 5, 2016

The Pace Of Change Clearly Goes Faster Than I Do…

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I needed to accompany Kiwi Daughter to an appointment in the centre of The Hague recently, and since I try to avoid the crowds of the city centre I was surprised to see that one ofthe buildings has undergone a face lift.

It may be old news to many people who go there frequently of course, but it was news to me and it put a large smile on my face.

The symbol of The Hague is the stork and the building has been embellished with large stork-like forms all around the lower edge of the façade. I love them!

They are sophisticated, beautiful, and even in their minimalist style, perfect for the job.

They have a semi-Deco vibe and even in the detail of the faces, have a cheeky, quirky humour about them. Did I mention that I love them? Wow!

The legs come out from the bodies to become some of the window divisions and basic black keeps everything looking dapper and elegant. The street lights are new to me too, harking back to old gas lanterns but with a very modern twist. Before we went to where we needed to go, I lingered for just a moment more to catch a few snaps of a dog, perched in the front crate of his owner’s bike, happily watching the world go by as he patiently waited for his owner to return. He seemed to be very well behaved, and confident, no barking or anything. Getting to the center of town is always a hassle because Himself has to bring me there and pick me up, but sometimes I need to make a bit more effort and try and get here more often, the pace of change clearly goes faster than I do.

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October 10, 2016

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

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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.

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September 18, 2016

A Different Sort Of History Book…

When visiting Trier in Germany last summer the surroundings were completely captivating for anyone who adores architectural detail. Beautiful balconies, stone carvings and wrought iron work were just a few of the delights on show in this beautiful city, this is just scratching the surface of what is here too. In a continuation of yesterday’s post,  the story of this ancient city is written as much in it’s bricks and stones as in it’s history books…

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Wikipedia: Trier / Germany

 

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