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May 28, 2015

Swans Everywhere in De Zwaan…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Firstly my apologies to my early bird readers who only got a “part” post with no photographs yesterday, it seems that an earlier version of my post got saved instead of the final version.

A special “Thank You” to fellow blogger and regular reader Kiwiskan for letting me know so that I could fix it 🙂

Now I have to offer apologies to the same reader for this post, it seems that food photographs of luscious deserts and the like can be rather torturous at this reader’s breakfast time.

Since Kiwiskan is in New Zealand I’ve advised her to get even by posting photographs on her blog of all the yummies from home that I can’t get in the Netherlands.

Then we would be square and equally tortured.

It was late afternoon on a Friday last summer when Himself delivered Little Mr and three other little boys to a camp site in Belgium.Not being allowed to leave the country whilst on medical leave, I was dropped off at the last Dutch village before the border, which happened to be Borkel en Schaft.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The camp site was only ten kilometres over the border so Himself dropped them off as quickly as possible and arranged to come back and meet me for dinner.

Kiwi Daughter was away having a sleep-over at a friends’ place so with Little Mr deposited at the camp site we didn’t have to rush back to The Hague.

After checking out the architecture and history of the local church, I saw a promising looking café / restaurant called “de Zwaan” (the swan).

At first I thought they must be closing because there wasn’t a soul at the tables out the front, but I went inside to ask and then found out that the reason none of the patrons were out the front, was because they were all in a wonderful garden out the back.

Filled with sculptures and shade trees and flowers,  I sat down and had a cup of tea whilst I waited for Himself to arrive. He duly arrived and we ordered…  the evening was warm and the setting was lovely, the meal was nice and we ate as the sun set.

There was one burst of sunlight through the clouds that I attempted to capture, a different camera setting would probably have given a better result but I liked the photo anyway. It was dusk as we left for the journey home.

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Restaurant “de Zwaan”
Mgr. Kuijpersplein 18
5556 VS Valkenswaard

May 27, 2015

A Little Church And Many Souls…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’ve been dropped off in the small village of Borkel en Schaft, the last village on this road before the Belgium border.

Himself and four children have gone on ten kilometres further to drop the kids off at a camp-site in Belgium and he will return shortly and join me for dinner here.

In the meantime I am in a little square, there are some houses, café’s and at the end, a church. The church graveyard is around the church and looks interesting so whilst I wait for Himself,  I go over to take a look.

An information board on one of the entrance pillars tells us (I’ve translated it from Dutch) “Borkel and Schaft were formerly two seperate villages that stood very close to one another. Over time they grew together and the name of the merged villages became “Borkel and Schaft”.

St Servatius church and cemetery area was finished in 1845. For a time Borkel, and Schaft each had their own church and cemeteries. (Kiwi’s note: I didn’t see another church in the village so where the other church is, or was, isn’t clear).

In 1890, the tower of the St Servatius church was raised and received a clock tower level and in 1925 the church was extended with a new priest choir, sacristy and local catechism.

A new rectory was also built, and the cemetery extended into the garden of the former rectory. During the World War II offensive of “Operation Market Garden” on 17 September 1944 the church was struck and destroyed by three rocket bombs.

After the war, the church was restored to its original state. In 1995 a new cemetery space was made on the extra land that came with the new rectory, on the Dommel stream side of the church. (the other side of the church that I couldn’t see from here) In 2005 and 2006 respectively, the wall and fence around the old cemetery were restored.”

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May 26, 2015

RaboBank Is Downsizing: …Or Shrinking ?

Filed under: Borkel en Schaft,Funny,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Borkel en Schaft is a tiny Dutch village and their tiny Dutch bank stopped us in our tracks. It’s the smallest bank I have ever seen and is basically an ATM machine enclosed in a building smaller than the average garden shed. The roof, offering protection from the rain as customers take out, or deposit their money seems massive when compared with the size of the building. We found this a funny, quirky, but completely functional building…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

May 25, 2015

A Very Small Adventure To Borkel en Schaft …

Filed under: Borkel en Schaft,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I am on medical leave from work, and there are certain rules and restrictions that apply to staff members in my situation.

One of them is that I am not allowed to take annual leave, another is that I may not leave the Netherlands without permission.

Last year my outings were therefore few and restricted to weekends.

After several difficult months full of medical appointments and a few social engagements, all of them in our home, I was feeling more than a little house bound.

Little Mr was due to go on a camping trip to Belgium and since we now have a large car, we offered to drop off a few extra children as well.

Although the camp-site the kids were booked at was only ten kilometres over the border, I did not have permission to leave the Netherlands so we found a compromise that would please everyone. The children were to be there after school on a Friday evening, Himself would drop me off at the last Dutch town before the border then drop off the kids at the camp-site in Belgium, then return and join me for dinner. That’s how I ended up in the small village of Borkel en Schaft. Let’s get going southwards…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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