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December 11, 2017

Architectural Detail All Over Town…

Himself and I continue our car tour of the area around Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog. I take lots of photographs for my “architectural detail” archive files.

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December 10, 2017

Charm, Character And Differences…

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During our driving tour around the district of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog, I spotted quite a few interesting looking churches.

Traffic in some areas prevented us pulling over so that I could get some more agreeable compositions, so I did my best from out of the window.

A strange sort of canopy adorned the bottom section of one of the town churches, I can’t quite make out if it’s temporary and there whilst renovations are done or if it’s been added to the tower as a permanent safety measure (falling bits??).

It certainly makes for an interesting and memorable feature.

The brickwork and styles of the churches I saw were many and varied: the steeples different and each with a charm and character of their own.

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December 9, 2017

Lazy Sight-seeing Around The District…

After doing a small “tour” of Baarle-Nassau / Baarle-Hertog with the wheelchair, it was time to take a rest and take a look around the district by car. The weather was also rather threatening so it was nice to sit comfortably and sight-see in comfort, (read “lazily”)…

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October 5, 2017

Around Breda, Mis-navigation Style…

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Around April of this year Himself and I went for a weekend visit to see friends in Breda.

As usual I took photographs as we made our way to their place, but sadly our route did not take us though the centre of the city which is said to be old and beautiful.

Here is a quick glimpse of the outskirts.

At one point we made a wrong turning and ended up going through a wooded area where there appeared to be  park.

We used a nearby driveway to turn our car around so that we could continue in the right direction and in the meantime I became curious about the people who were gathering there.

I don’t know if it was the fine weather or if there was a special event, but there were a group of young people in the park, around the picnic tables etc and on the side of the road, cars and a lot of bicycles parked up. I’m assuming that it had to have been some sort of event because they didn’t really look like separate family groups since I didn’t see any small children.  A large youth group or church outing? Some sort of nature group? I don’t know. We did catch glimpses of interesting buildings, and the weather is lovely so let’s see where the afternoon leads.

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October 4, 2017

The Road To Breda…

Earlier this year Himself and I went to visit a long term friend of his family in the southern Dutch city of Breda. The route we took  was one that took us around the the port of Rotterdam, and but which joined up with the main motorway south later on. There were many sights of one of the largest ports in the words: chemical plants, gas storage silos, and of course the docks and ships. There was an interesting walkway over the motorway we were on, and transport barges in the big rivers that bring goods far into Germany. The weather was moderate or the time of year, traffic light since it was the weekend and the weather was bright.

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July 28, 2017

Work And Play As Usual…

The road back to The Hague after last years weekend away was a quiet, scenic one. We stopped for some fresh air by one waterway, watching a huge dredger at work and numberous people at play on yachts and boats of various sizes. At one place a new overhead bridge was being built, at another we waited while our road bridge opened to let through boat traffic. We spied a London taxi (of all things) on the back of a trailer, and saw that work and play went on as usual in the Dutch countryside. Life goes on…

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July 24, 2017

A Stock Issue Of Houses And Barns…

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Driving through Flevoland,  the Netherland’s newest province, we see some of the newest farmland in the world.

Work started in the 1930’s reclaiming land from the sea, and in the 1940’s and 50’s the polders took shape.

Then as mentioned in yesterday’s post, on 1st January 1986  the joining of the southern and eastern Flevopolders created the new province.

The farms and their out buildings were put in as the farm land took shape, government assistance meant that stock to a set pattern of both houses and barns were laid down, bringing  a distinct conformity of style as we drive the length of the polder.

This gives this area it’s own character, the style might not be modern in the newest sense or old in the centuries old style of much of the country but with the surrounding space and large gardens that these farms enjoy there is no doubting that these must be beautiful places to live.

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July 23, 2017

Dividing Up Some Of The Newest Land On The Planet…

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The Dutch province of Flevoland was officially born on 1st January 1986, when the southern and eastern Flevopolders were merged into one province.

Almost all of the land belonging to the province was reclaimed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Nearing the end of a weekend away, Himself and I travel homewards via the length of the southern Flevopolder and find many road signs that somehow seem a little strange to me.

Himself explains that when the polders were being drained and farms established on the land, farmers or would-be farmers came from all over the Netherlands to take over the new land.

To make the transition easier it was decided to place all of the farmers from each region together in groups, thus everyone from the province of Zeeland together etc.

The roads were then named accordingly, with references to the places they had left behind or things familiar to their area. Thus the road sign: “Alikruikweg” (references a small edible shellfish, something like the New Zealand pipi), and “Oldebroekerweg” is a reference to a village left behind.

The farms were established in a very distinct pattern, think of four squares in a block as four farms, with the four farms in the corners that meet in the center of the block. So continued the pattern for much of the polder. Whilst visiting the Schokland Museum I found an old aerial photograph that shows the pattern rather well. In one of the farms someone was celebrating their 40th birthday, notification of the fact could not be said to be inconspicuous and raised a laugh. The land is flat and even on the hazy day we had, the camera picked up the top of the roller-coaster and big wheel of Veluwemeer Walibi World fun park in the far distance. The road is straight and mostly deserted so we make our way south at leisure.

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June 23, 2017

Leaving The Veluwe Behind…

Leaving Garderen in The Veluwe on a “weekend for two”, Himself and I head lazily towards the province of Flevoland. The distance isn’t far but we are avoiding the motorways as far as possible, enjoying the small roads of the Veluwe before the forests become the open landscapes of the flat farmlands that dominate the rest of the country. As we start to get close, I see what I think might be buoys for the fishing industry. The shapes and sizes are interesting and as traffic starts to build up, we slow down and I get some photographs as we go past.

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Nooks and crannies for plants and insects…

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First I thought this was the butt of a horse, but it turns out it’s a silverback gorilla (there is a large wildlife park close by). Sadly I didn’t manage to get a front face shot…

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April 3, 2017

Den Helder, A Pretty Town Even On A Dismal Day…

The town of Den Helder is the port town where the ferry connection for the island of Texel is located. The day might be grey and overcast, but the rain is holding off as we make our way to the opposite side of town…

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