Local Heart, Global Soul

June 7, 2017

The More You Look The More You See…

Himself was stumped about which three Dutch sayings these of the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture festival represent, I was more blown away by the level of detail achieved by the sand artists. The first set have views from so many angles that I couldn’t count, you see back side of leaves, flowers, side cut-a-ways, views from below, the list goes on. In the second set, the arches of the Coliseum make me wonder how much these people push the boundaries of what can be cut away before something collapses. The third set shows not just the many angles possible but also the many textures, the water bubbles in the stream, there is a thatched roof, mounds of dirt by the digger,  the more you look the more you see.

(5)???

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(6) ???

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(7) ???

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June 6, 2017

Just How Does The Saying Go?

The second indoor section of the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture festival was a competition. The theme was “Dutch Sayings”. For 99%  of them I needed to enlist the help of Himself, and even then we struggled because he didn’t get a lot of them either. Maybe a few of my regular Dutch readers can give us a few clues if they are better at this than we were?

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(1)  “Twee honden vechten om een been en de derde gaat er mee heen” (two dogs fight over a bone, a third one takes it away)

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(2)  “In kannen en kruiken” (Everything is under control)

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3. ?

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4. “De appel valt niet ver van de boom (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree).

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June 5, 2017

These Tiny People Are Not Part Of The Human Gnome…

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I’m one of those people who looks at a gnome and says “isn’t that sweet?”, but if Himself bought one home to put into our garden, I’d also be saying “Over my dead body!”.

Luckily there is no chance of this scenario actually happening in real life because we live in an apartment and have no garden, also, Himself detests gnomes.

In the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture festival however I found, what for want of better words could be called a “Gnome Garden”.

Fittingly the area was small but bursting with gnomes, so I could indulge a tiny fix of cuteness and then happily walk away.There were gnomes doing every day tasks such as washing and hanging out laundry, other just relaxing, like the one in a hammock.

I’m intrigued with the way human beings give human traits to animals or inanimate objects: talking M&Ms, the dog on a local supermarket TV advert “singing” part of the song that the “family” sings, trees talking to animals and insects (who are often also clothed) and the like. Gnomes are not only clothed inanimate objects, they are also tiny likenesses of people, a strange combination of both these trends.

For people who love these, what ever floats your boat, just never ever gift one of these to me please.

Rien Poortvliet soured to worldwide fame with his book on gnomes, so this little garden is called “The Gnomes” and the information text translates as: “In the mid 70’s Rien Poortvliet and Wil Huygen decided to write a semi-researched book about the life and works of the gnome. The pleasure of the writers in their authorised nonsense is evident in every page of this book. It describes in minute detail the life of these miniature people.

The book became very popular all around the world. This year (this was written in 2016) it is 40 years ago that the book was published and we celebrate that!” Fulfilled by my small fix of cute, like it then leave it small inanimate creatures, I take my leave and move on to the next exhibit.

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June 4, 2017

Definitely Something Fishy About This One…

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Following yesterdays post into centuries past, the next sand sculpture is entitled: “The market in the 16th century“.

The text then starts with a saying; “bij iemand die van alle markten thuis is“**  someone who sells a whole range of goods you can buy except crockery, also other bits and bobs such as vases, candelabra, oil lamps, bird and “narrenfluitjes” (another Old dutch word for “jester’s flute”).

The sort of articles on sale were for intended for the purse of the average man on the street: there is fish, from the “harinckteef”***  who can’t always be trusted.  She tricks people into buying old unsaleable fish by adding drops of fresh pigs blood to the gills of the fish to make it look fresher.”

The word “Ew” doesn’t even start to cover this one, I actually shuddered when I read that. No wonder people died young in those days, you’d need the immune system of a goat to survive eating things like that accident.

The detail in the sculptures for this theme make them my absolute favourite pieces of the entire exhibition. The roofs and windows in the buildings, the wicker basket that the woman carries, the fish on the chopping block, the pots and all sorts on the mans table at the back. What’s not to like? Himself helped me with the historical Dutch words and the sayings.

**( this saying ” with someone who is at home in every market”,  means a person with many skills or talents, jack of all trades, but in this case it also means someone who sells a wide range of products)
*** “harinckteef” this translates as “herring bitch”, Himself delved into the dictionary and found it is a old Dutch historical term specifically for a woman who sells fish, and even more specifically: herring. A fish monger can be either a man or a woman so that isn’t the correct translation, possibly a “fish wife” could a little bit close.

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June 3, 2017

Family History Uncovers Many Secrets…

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The next part of Garderen’s Sand Sculptures delves deep into the past.

Dutch artist and illustrator Rien Poortvliet was very interesting in researching his family tree and finding out more about the family ancestors.

The information board translates as: “The treasure of Jacob Janz Poortvliet
After the publication of his book: “Langs het tuinpad van mijn vaderen“** , Rien’s search for his earlier ancestors  ends with a story about a  luxurious cupboard owned by Jacob Janz in 1556.

How would Jacob Janz have looked? …and what would he have witnessed as an inhabitant of Goes on Zuid Beverland in the 16th century?”
These are the sort of sand sculptures that are more my style. Regular readers will know that I love old, historical stuff and an old family story added to the equation?

So many unanswered questions: Was the cupboard inherited, sold, lost,stolen?Why was it a big deal?  Were there other valuable pieces of furniture? Were they rich? There are so many stories hidden inside family trees.

Himself can trace his family back to around this time, apparently the black sheep of the family was a lady who was an astute wealthy publican, she owned several businesses on the premises, one of them a brothel upstairs. She herself sold beer “and extras” too. Family history uncovers many secrets.
(**Kiwi’s note: This book was never published in the English language but the title translates as: “Along the garden path of my forefathers”)

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June 2, 2017

The Starting Of A Yearly Tradition…

I was surprised to find out that the Garderen Sand Sculpture festival has been running for at least seven years. here are a few photographic boards that show what the themes of the previous years have been.

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June 1, 2017

How Far Can An Apple Fall From The Tree? Maybe A World Away.

I’m taking a short break from the Garderen’s Sand Sculptures to show you a few more of the fiberglass apples I saw out the front when I arrived.  As per the previous ones,  Rien Poortvliet style gnomes decorate the apples, illustrating well known Dutch sayings. I needed Himself’s help with most of these since I didn’t grow up in the Netherlands. I only knew the second to last one because it translates directly into the same saying in English. I was born a Dutch national because my father is Dutch, but since I only learned to speak it once I got here I missed out on the things that Dutch kids just know because it’s part of growing up here. Maybe the apple fell half the world away. The first saying reads:

Beter hard geblazen dan de mond gebrand”  It’s better to blow hard than to burn your mouth.

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Hoor je de koekoek twintig maart, ga naar huis en doof de haard” If you hear the cuckoo on the 20th march then you can go home and extinguish the fire in the hearth. (spring is here, winter is over)

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“Wat de vrouw graag mag eet de man elke dag”  What the woman likes the man eats every day.

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Al is een moeder nog zo arm toch dekt zij warm” No matter how poor, a mother she will cover her kids warmly.

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De appel valt niet ver van de boom” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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Wie het onderste it de kan wil hebben krijgt het lid op de neus” Literally: If you want what is at the very bottom of the pot and you look deep into it, then you get the lid on your nose (= greedy people get punished) At least that’s what Himself said, I thought it may mean ” be careful, you may get more than you bargained for” ???

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May 31, 2017

Throwing Your Children To The Wolves? …He Says He Would.

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This next Sand Sculpture if for me one of the most contentious of all of the pieces.

Along with Rien Poortvliet’s views on hunting, I was left with my mouth hanging open in disbelief at his next quote.

The piece is called:  De arreslee, “The house drawn sleigh” (with the meaning for either a sleigh mounted on wheels or with equipped with skids for snow.)

Peer and Pol (the Shetland ponies) were usually put before a cart. but one day Rien decided that he had to have a sleigh.

He envisaged the following: while we speed across the snowy fields of De Stompert  (name  of and area ), being chased by howling wolves (and with that he makes the howling sound himself) my darling wife throws our kids one by one,  out of the slay in the hope to keep the wolves at bay“.

Wait… this isn’t his childhood, this is Poortvliet speaking as an adult! I checked with Himself to see if I read this correctly, and sadly I have: imagining that he was chased by wolves, he would throw his children to the wolves to save himself and his wife.

I am speechless. I would sacrifice myself in a heartbeat for my kids, Himself too, we would both do everything in our power to save our children.

Himself tells me that Poortvliet may have been a gifted illustrator but he wasn’t known or being a very nice human being, so for him, this quote came as no surprise. I assuming that my husband heard something about this as a child from his parents, so whatever was public knowledge at the time Rien made this statement I don’t know.

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May 30, 2017

Animal Attraction…

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The Poortvliet family animals are the theme of the next Sand Sculpture in Garderen.

The piece is entitled: “Braaf!”  (Good boy!) and the rest of the text translates as : “Sep, the reliable and faithful hunting dog was getting old so it was time to look for a new working dog.

This is the inspiration for the book “Braaf!”

Aaprt from Sep there are three other dogs in the family:  Max, Timotheus and Manasse. After having a look at many dogs he choses Ezechiel to take over the work from Sep.

All of a sudden Max dies, and another pup arrives (Gideon) because Corrie couldn’t live without a dachhound.”
Me, I’m a cat person, and allergic to both cat and dog hair, as is Kiwi Daughter. We tried fish but the kids got bored with them and Himself and I were left with all the work.

We eventually gave them away to people who kept other tropical fish. The kids have pestered for a labradoodle but we don’t have a garden, like to travel and Himself I and I know full well who is going to have to do the work (me the inside stuff, Himself the daily walks). So we passed on that idea.

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May 29, 2017

Some Abilities Are In The DNA Of Childhood…

The next of Garderen’s Sand Sculpture pieces is called: “The best toys ever”. The information text translates as: When Rien went  as a child with his parents to Katwijk in the summer holidays, he was given some beach toys: a sieve, a spade, a few forms to shape sand with and a shrimp net. None of these toys could harm him. But what if you had an ark with animals in the small inland sea, …in the rain, or even worse? When he was small such nice toy animals did not exist.
I think that this is telling us that Riens fascination with animals,  the world around him, even with a very limited number of toys, could never dull his vivid imagination. I my experiences, especially when travelling in developing countries, is that kids don’t need a raft of electronic gadgets, they can make play things out of the most rudimentary elements where there is nothing else available. I think this ability is in the DNA of childhood.

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