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March 11, 2020

Hitched To A Wall…

Whilst out and about during the 2019 ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for Historic Places sites) I discovered the s-Gravenhaagsche_Stadsrijschool (Riding School of The Hague). Before I go inside I also find a horsey ‘clue’, a hitching ring. I love the texture of the ring, the colour of the metal and rust, also the colours and textures of the brick wall behind it. These are therefore destined for my ‘arty’ reference files as well as part of my Monumentendag visits.

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March 9, 2020

Beautiful Grate In The Brickwork…

Leaving the The Sociëteit “De Vereeniging” (Private Member’s Club) behind, my next ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ destination is not too far away. On my way however I spy this beautiful ventilation grate in the wall of an old building. The symmetry grabbed my attention, as did the fact that it was round and not just a grated square shape.

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August 14, 2019

Inspiration Going Up In Flames…

The exterior “Garden” ornament area of the Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition in 2017 had a variety of items that I liked and wanted to record in my arty reference and inspiration files. The metal sun I particularly like as a more organic style than most that have pointy extra parts that illustrate that it is in fact a sun, instead of a moon or other planet. With a little bit of adjustment this could also be a sunflower. I have a small “thing” about trees and leaves, I love them, love to draw, photograph and observe them. That’s why I was inspired by the round log burner with the tree images on it, although I have to say that a burner that has beautiful images of threes on it is a tad ironic considering that we cut down trees to burn inside it. It’s literally the source of your inspiration going up in flames!

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 15, 2019

Flowers Wrought In Iron…

There are some delightful wrought iron decorative gates, rails and even an enclosure to safeguard a large tree that divides a road in Zierikzee. Some have gold painted “flowers” as well. I love the extra effort put into beautiful works like these… it’s very much appreciated by this art lover at least. As usual I also find quirky things, like this little tap on the side of one of the houses. Put in to make it easier to water the plants ?(there were none close by). More likely if I know my Dutch family history, it was there to aid the ritual cleaning of windows, doors and steps by Dutch housewives. Doorknobs and brass letterbox surrounds were polished until gleaming and it was a matter of pride and validation of a being a goog housewife to have everything on the inside and outside of your home spotless. The outside cleaning was at least , a once weekly event that entire streets and cities took part in, in days gone by.

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January 30, 2019

Pumping Up The History Of The Gemeente…

Outside the Stadhuis (City Council / Town Hall) in Zierikzee, stands a very old pump. Probably not only in use as a water supply for horses and livestock, but also as a source of clean water for those in the nearby streets too since over the course of human history, indoor plumbing is a relatively recently addition to people’s homes. The plaque tells us that The Family de Jong Foundation restored this in 2013, and I therefore assume it was thereafter gifted to the city. The handle stands in a locked position so if it works or not is unknown but it’s an interesting piece of local history and architectural detail to find on the street.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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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