Local Heart, Global Soul

September 10, 2017

I Await The Day When She Gets Me Back…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sometimes some of the best practical jokes come around completely by accident.

One of these occasions happened when Kiwi Daughter came into Himself’s and my bedroom whilst I was sorting my medication into my various daily doses.

She started out with general conversation, then raised a few questions about the coming week, and as I answered, interrupted me by picking up a pill and asking if she could eat it.

I replied that she had picked up a very strong painkiller and it would be a serious overdose if she did.

She then began picking up some of the other pills, asking questions bout each one. I explain that a few are vitamins, I take them on the recommendation of doctors to mitigate the effects of, for instance the hair loss side effects of several of the prescribed medications.

One pill is to help protect my stomach from all of the other pills, there is calcium with vitamin K against my diminishing bone density, Prednison and other medications for my asthma, a low dose antibiotic (I know, not ideal but my Prednison dose would be more than triple without it), pills against acid reflux, the list goes on. Kiwi Daughter then went to the other corner of the table and pointed to a tiny square white form there, “Can I eat this one Mama?” she asked. I replied: “Well you can if you really wanted to but I really would not advise it“. “Why not?” she asked, a little defiantly. ‘ I looked at her in disbelief, “Because it’s plastic, it’s Lego“. The sudden change in the look on her face was priceless, as was the flat “Oh…” as my reply sunk in.

I started to laugh, she picked up the piece of Lego, turned it over and looked at the underside to see if what I said was true, at the same time she tried to say that she hadn’t been fooled but I kept laughing and she was so unconvincing that she didn’t even attempt to finish her sentence, ending up laughing too.

It has been quite a while since I’ve managed to prank her successfully, even though we currently have a “boo” scare campaign going (we try and catch each other unaware and yell “BOO” to make each other jump, to date I’m winning that one by quite a stretch). I’ve had several different attempts at pranks in the recent years but none have reduced us to tears of laughter as much as this quite unintentional one. I await the day when she gets me back.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 29, 2016

A Giant Money-Box In The Bar?

Filed under: Funny,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,STADTKYLL,Stadtkyll: Vulkangarten — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The next thing to catch my attention in the “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany, are some of the items on the wall.

There appears to be some sort of money box, but unusually with not only separate money slots, but also enough of them in total for a good many of the regular patrons.

I later learn that these are called “Sparschraenke-Sparkassetten” (savings boxes /money boxes with separate slots).

My first guess was that patrons who had their own number in the box could put in a Euro or two at a time and save up for a few steins sometime in the future but once I’d done some research I discovered that it was far bigger than that.

According to the article, it’s not coins that are regularly deposited in these, but notes, and that come years end when the box is opened and the amounts are tallied up, it might well be possible for a patron to have saved several hundred euros, even enough for a holiday!

How cool  is that? I also assumed that these boxes were something of a fairly old fashioned habit but a quick look on the HMF shop website and I see that you can order your own boxes of various sizes with varying amounts of slots even today! I’ve learnt about something completely new and I love the idea… Who knew you could save for your holiday at the pub?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Keeping Age Old German Savings Custom 
HMF Shop : Sparschraenke-Sparkassetten / Money Box With Multiple Slots.
Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

July 27, 2016

Sit At A Double Tier Bar, … On Your Bench Seat!

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The next thing to grab our attention in the Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln, Germany, is the unusual bar. This bar has been modified so that it includes a bench seat and additional seating. To say I have never seen anything like it, is an understatement! One thing is for certain, it makes you look do a double take!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

June 26, 2016

Human Creativity… I’ll Drink To That!

Filed under: Funny,GERMANY,PHOTOGRAPHY,Seen from: Planes Trains and Automobiles — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We had one holiday away as a whole family last year, I obtained permission to travel from work (needed because I am on extended Medical Leave) and we headed just over the border into Germany. As I have often mentioned before, it pays to keep your camera handy whilst on the road since you never know what you will see.

Of course, that said nothing could have prepared me for the sight of a large touring bike sporting a trailer in the shape of a beer barrel. Don’t you just love the creative ingenuity of the human race?… may it never cease to amaze us!

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April 29, 2016

The Show Starts A Little Early And We See More Than We Bargained On…

Filed under: Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum,ART,Funny,LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We had arrived early on a Sunday morning at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The sun may have been shining but it was bitterly cold and the wind was freezing so standing in the tunnel waiting for the museum doors to open was not a particularly comfortable experience.

I was trying to balance on my crutches to keep my feet off the cold ground when a young woman came up to us.  Neither of my two friends speak Dutch, one, originally from Romania lives here and is learning, but the other, from Greece, is  visitor so we were conversing in English whilst we waited.

The young woman turned out to be a visiting Australian physician, an anaesthesiologist visiting Amsterdam to attend a convention.

She approached us to confirm that she was indeed at the Entrance to the museum and then we got chatting about where we were from since I recognised her accent.

So, four women are standing talking, when all of a sudden the Aussie lady and I, who had our backs to the tunnel wall gasped and began to laugh. The other two took a second to follow our eyes, turned and then joined in the laughter.

A man, I would guess at late twenties or early thirties, dressed in what certainly looked from the front like a fluro-green mankini, covered by a tank-top, and wearing a tight beanie, sped past us on his inline skates.

He was wearing protective wrist, elbow and knee pad but nothing else.

We were all rather startled to see someone so scantily clad skating past the Rijksmuseum, especially considering how sodding freezing it was, we were all really cold and we were well dressed and had coats on.

I managed to lift my camera to snap off a few photographs before he sped off into the distance.

I enlarged one of the photographs to give you an idea… it certainly looks like the rave must have been a good one that Saturday night, things having only wound down just before nine on a Sunday morning!

My Romanian and Greek girlfriends were left with their mouths open… I was left to tell our Australian visitor that in Amsterdam you can expect anything…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum

March 31, 2016

A Wheelchair Bike… What A Brilliant Idea!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Everyone knows that the Dutch have a massive passion for cycling and that the Netherlands has a long tradition of being a cycling nation.

There are cycle paths everywhere and bikes come in all shapes, types and sizes: from the classic models to bakfiets, (cargo bikes), bikes that carry both kids and adults together, trikes for those who need a bit more stability than the classic two-wheeler, recumbents and more.

Recently there are bikes that also come in the electric variety so riders can have some help with peddling when battling a head wind, but even so I constantly seem to be able to find a new sort of bike to surprise me.

My Mother-in-law is 93 years old and recently has had multiple health issues relating to pure old age. After a recent stint in hospital she needed to spend some time in the section of an old people’s home reserved for people too well for hospital but not yet well enough to go back home.

Family have been visiting every day and she will be back in her own home very soon, but reality is that her body and faculties are slowly but surely fading so who knows how long her time at home will last.

In the meantime family are busy making sure that her life is comfortable and that she stays as well and happy as possible. At the home she is presently staying in I found my latest bicycle surprise: a bike that can take a wheelchair for a spin! The bike is of course electric, otherwise the weight of the ensemble would be too difficult to push. It’s a brilliant idea, and what a great way to take someone in a wheelchair for a breath of fresh air.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 24, 2016

A Seat That Is A Life Saver Whilst You Wait…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam’s  Historic Tram 10 brings us back to our starting point:  The Willemsplein  opposite the Rotterdam Cruise terminal on the Nieuwe Maas River. Looking around I find yet another quirky find: a seating area made out of piles of life jackets. This is the waiting area for passengers who have signed up to a tour on the river… and I think that it is a most appropriate way to recycle one thing into another.

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Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10

March 11, 2016

Two Wheels That Take You Straight Back To Your Inner Child…

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The next thing to catch our attention on the waterfront in Rotterdam are these (I think colleagues, on a teambuilding exercise) They are having a lesson in how to manoeuvre their adult sized scooters (In Dutch they are called a “Step”) before setting out … I assume for a tour of the city. One man comes close to where we are waiting and I ask if I can get a close-up photograph. He is happy to oblige. I hope they had fun on these cool machines…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Oops, I appear to have accidently increased the font and photo size. I am working on getting it back to the old size a.s.a.p.

 

February 28, 2016

A Hen Party Provides An Exuberant End To A Delightful Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When leaving Amsterdam’s former gasworks after our Pacificus visit in the summer of 2015,  I found myself alone by the entrance bridge whilst Himself went off to bring the car closer so that I would not have to walk too far.

I was delighted to suddenly see a group of young women arrive, clearly a “Hen party” with the bride marked out in white and her “Hens” all dressed in black tops and pink tutu type shirts.

They were an  exuberant bunch and when I motioned to them with my camera to sign that I would also like to take photographs of them I got a thumbs up, so proceeded to follow the action as the events unfolded.

There was a boat on the canal as the ladies posed on the bridge and it was clear that one or more people on the boat were also taking photographs.

It was unclear from my vantage point if these photographers were happened to be passing visitors like myself or if they were part of the Hen’s party, but there was a lot of laughter going on, so either way they were having fun. Since I was standing still leaning on my crutches, the bride decided to come to me for a some follow-up shots. Of course there was no opportunity to get her name, but if she should ever see these photographs she is most welcome to contact me should she want the larger definition shots for her wedding album. I wished her many good wishes on her marriage and then, as quickly as they appeared they were gone…

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February 15, 2016

A Delivery Vehicle That Won’t Be Forgotten In A Hurry…

Regular readers of my posts will know that I love quirky things. Today’s offering comes from the former gasworks in Amsterdam, which we visited in the summer of 2015. Whilst waiting for himself to park the car, another vehicle caught my eye: a three-wheeled van that has been made into a local pizza restaurant’s business vehicle. Himself also laughed when he saw it, and it just goes to show: if you want to make the name of your business more memorable, you could do worse than driving a very memorable vehicle!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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