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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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June 22, 2017

You Never Know When You Might Turn Up A Gem…

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During our 2016 visit to Garderen, Himself and I turn out of the drive of the Hotel ’t Speulderbos Bilderberg and before we head away to our destination, spot a tiny roadside stall just meters from the hotel entrance.

Usually we would have been in a hurry to get on to our next destination, but feeling in a nonchalant, carefree mood, we decided to stop as soon as we saw that there were boxes of books laid out.

It has to be noted that in the Netherlands you need to obtain a permit to hold a “garage sale” or to sell articles on the street on any occasion other than “Koningsdag” (Kings Day) then the monarch is male and “Koninginnedag”, (Queens Day) when the monarch is female.

Therefore this kind of thing is not as widely seen as it is in other countries.

Sadly a delve though the books revealed nothing to our taste, but you never know when you might turn up a gem, so it’s always worth a quick look.

Luckily the weather was glorious and the cyclists are starting to appear, so hopefully they had a few successful sales later on. Himself and I are now taking the scenic route, not southwards towards home, but north, to somewhere special that Himself wants me to see…

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June 21, 2017

Vintage Head-Turning Beauties…

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As Himself and I leave the Hotel ’t Speulderbos  Bilderberg hotel in the Veluwe, we pass by the group of classic car enthusiasts who have been staying at the hotel and are now preparing to leave. I notice that they have set their cars out on display on the lawn in front of the hotel and some of the group are inspecting the other cars. Some owners are polishing their vehicles before they hit the road, the cars are already gleaming, immaculate, head-turning beauties. I take photographs as we take the driveway past them.

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Garderen – Veluwe / Hotel Bilderberg Group

June 20, 2017

Of Course We Ate More Than We Intended…

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You know the feeling when you have eaten too much but everything looks so amazing that you are tempted to take something more?

That pretty much describes our breakfast on the second morning at Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Bilderberg in the summer of 2016.
Located in Garderen in the heart of the Veluwe, a lovely wooded and as close to “national park” area you will get in a tiny crowded country like the Netherlands, this a wonderfully quiet place to wake up in.

I’d taken a zillion photographs of the breakfast buffet before I set out to see the Sand Sculpture festival the day before, our mega early rising meant that we were some of the first guests to arrive, something I took full advantage of as my camera shutter got busy.

Sunday’s breakfast was altogether a different affair. We slept in, (which for Himself, means rising at 7:00 a.m. instead of 5:00 a.m.) Being a “normal” person I slept on for another hour, finding Himself already showered, dressed and reading a book in the early morning sun on the outside of our ground floor French doors.

By the time we kicked ourselves into action and entered the breakfast room it was crowded. This time I focused my camera on a few things that took my fancy.

I liked how they stood the eggs up in a bed of salt, the tiny dished for guests to scoop out hagelslag (chocolate sprinkles) so that they could take it to their table and assemble it there. Just past Reception I saw a display of local beers, and whilst I detest the stuff the labels are intriguing and I take snaps to show to our beer loving friends.

Himself picked out a few to take back and try, and a few as gifts, I contented myself with photos. For some reason I am drawn to taking photographs of bread, even before I started this blog, the allure of a cracked crust dusted in flour has been irristable.

Bread therefore features heavily in this post, and also jars filled with “things various”, a strange mix of everything from bulgur to sundried tomatoes. Breakfast itself was as delicious as the day before, I would love to have someone set up this buffet for me at home every day, Luckily for my waistline this is definitely a dream. Himself and I of course ate more than we intended, don’t we all when the delicacies are laid out so invitingly? The it was back to the room to pack the bag and get onto the road. We have an unusual destination in mind.

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Garderen – Veluwe / Hotel Bilderberg Group

June 19, 2017

This Was A Delicious Surprise!

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Following yesterdays post, Himself and I were in Garderen in the east of the country for a quiet weekend away.

I had spent Saturday touring the Sand Sculpture festival, with the aid of a wheelchair, managing to see everything from start to finish.

Himself  first enjoyed a long walk in the forests of the Veluwe and then hired a bike from the hotel and cycled to the birthplace of his mother, some 17 kms away, did some touring and sightseeing and had the sort of hours alone that is impossible to achieve at home.

After I’d taken a nap we went for dinner in the  Hotel ’t Speulderbos of the Bilderberg Group, where we were staying. The dinner we had enjoyed the evening before set a very high standard so we were intrigued to see what was on offer this evening.

Having discovered the Oklahoma smoker,  (my latest addition of “kitchen equipment” on my “If I won the lottery” list .. forget shoes!) we then had the terrible dilemma of everything looking so good that we didn’t know where to start.

Inside was laid out an extensive buffet of salads, hot and cold side dishes, most of the meat and fish of course coming from the smoker, some of the veggie dishes too (the courgettes and corn were amazing).

The outside tables were packed full when we arrived so we sat inside, but since we were late arrivals the crowed thinned out allowing me to take photographs of the food without disturbing other diners.

The only error I made was to leave the photographs of the desert buffet until later. The diners had made excellent inroads into these delicious specimens, I had only one photograph of anything “whole” and that was a new desert that was place there just as I came to take photos.

One small detail as the “Kiwi” in me did a double take, I thought I saw a Pavlova amongst the desserts! My heart soared! Then I realised it was actually a Baked Alaska, and that foamy- marshmallow-look was actually vanilla ice cream. My heart sank, but not for long because the Baked Alaska was divine too. The food was amazing, not only did I covert the Oklahoma smoker, Himself and I wanted to steal the chefs as well! It’s not often that I would return somewhere on the globe solely for the food, this is one of those places.

Himself and I agreed that we would not hesitate to return to this hotel, or any others in this same Bilderberg chain.The staff were friendly and helpful to a level that pleasantly surprised us, our later arrival and dinner the evening before was no problem, the one and only glitch was that I could not get my laptop on line, even multiple attempts by the willing and able staff at Reception were fruitless.

As you know, bloggers are lost without their beloved internet connections but actually Himself and I enjoyed our evening so much I didn’t miss it at all.  This was a meal much enjoyed and Himself and I have discovered a new “favourite” place to come for  treat. With locations throughout the Netherlands, who knows where we will be traveling to in the future. The chefs here are far above the standard that  Himself and I often experience, it’s safe to say that this was a delicious surprise!

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Garderen – Veluwe / Hotel Bilderberg Group

June 18, 2017

I Discover The Oklahoma Smoker…

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After my day out at the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture I went to bed back at our hotel for a good rest.

Later after freshening up, Himself and I made our way to the restaurant for a late dinner.

The chef that evening was cooking outside on a huge beast of a barbeque, which I learned was called an Oklahoma smoker.

The helpful chef didn’t mind that I was interested and explained that the smoker works by stoking up the small firebox at the end of the unit.

There is a small duct that lets the heat from the firebox enter the main chamber, the airflow of which gives both upward and downward heat.

In fact, so much heat is generated that a second smoking chamber of food can be cooked there too.

The chef told me that he cooks things like steaks and hamburger patties in the first chamber, and is tonight cooking salmon in the second one. The smoker is constructed from a heavy metal material which is well insulated to keep the heat in and by stoking the fire in the firebox you can regulate the heat as you wish. Forget that I don’t even have a garden to put on in: as a foodie I am drooling over the thought of ever owning one of these!!!

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos / Garderen – Veluwe / Hotel Bilderberg Group

May 4, 2017

A Basket Full Of Sayings … On Apples!

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Continuing on from yesterday’s post, there are many more “apples” to add to my collection. These apples are of course of the large decorative fiberglass variety that I saw at the Garderen Sand Sculpture festival back in 2016.  All of the apples have been painted in the style of Rien Poortvliet, a Dutch artist famous for his paintings of Gnomes and have famous Dutch sayings as their theme.
The first one reads: “Een boon in julimaand geplant geeft zeker vijftig in de hand” A bean planted in the month of July gives a rich yield.

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Men moet niet over een nacht ijs gaan” Literally: People should not get onto the ice after one nights freeze = Think things through over / carefully before you act.

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Het valt zoals het valt” Literally: things fall the way they fall = Things are the way they are / you get the  cards you are dealt (??)

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Onder de mantel en het kleed zit er veel dat men niet weet” Away from home they look at your clothes. At home they look at what is under them. (personality etc)

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Draagt januari een sneeuwwit kleed dan wordt de zomer zeker heet” Snow in January means a hot summer.

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Zie je in december al veel mollen dan laat de winter met zich sollen” If you see moles in December there will be no winter.

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Spot the Gnome almost buried in snow in the next photograph…

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November met zijn regenvlagen brengt snot en kwijl en andere plagen”  November with its showers of rain, bring snots and drool and other pain.

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Het is van een oude man dat men wijsheid leren kan” It’s from an old man that people learn wisdom.

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There are many more apples and sayings, but I will post them later in our tour…

Wikipedia / Dutch Artist / Rien Poortvliet / Gnomes
Garderen Sand Sculpture Festival

May 2, 2017

Ironwork Objects Of So Many Tastes And Styles…

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The next thing I saw at the 2016 Garderen Sand Sculpture Exhibition was a display of ironwork and various (mostly) iron based ornaments for sale. Some are practical like door stops and tables, others are more whimsical like fish, bird, butterfly and cat ornaments. There are ironwork fire guards, and objects large and small. There is something to suit most tastes and so much to see…

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May 1, 2017

Finding Another Brilliant Addition For My “To-Do” List…

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Passing by the multitude of concrete garden art sculptures at the Garderen Sand Sculpture festival entrance in 2016, I find myself  looking at a large hut housing a very special exhibition.

The space is used by the “Oude Ambachten & Speelgoed Museum” (Old Crafts & Toy Museum).

I learn from their website (Dutch language only) that it is located in Terschuur, between  Amersvoort and Barneveld, and that they ” have exhibitions of over one hundred and sixty crafts,  several fully equipped workshops, shops and demonstrations of many old professions.

The craft museum is not set behind glass, in fact things are purposefully open for being touched and parents can show children how things used to work.

Because the museum believes these things should be both educational and interesting, they offer free admission to children. In addition there are regular guest  and demonstrations.”

This is exactly the kind of place that would interest me, crafts, history, …perfect!

I can only hope that this little exhibition gives visitors here enough of taste that they follow up with a visit.  Sadly we don’t have time this trip for this particular detour since we already have plans but I will definitely be keeping it on my “to-do” list for when I do in the future. For now I need to keep moving… I have a reservation to keep.

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The text in the following sign asks if you are “Curious about our museum?”  and then underneath “Visit us in Terschuur.”

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Oude Ambachten & Speelgoed Museum / Old Crafts & Toy Museum
Rijksweg 87
3784 LV Terschuur
Tel. 0342 – 46 20 60
Fax 0342 – 46 20 27

April 30, 2017

A Very Different Type Of Stone Age…

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Arriving at the Garderen Sand Sculpture festival last year, I make my way inside the gate to find first, a large display of concrete garden sculptures.

If you wanted dogs, cats, birds, bird baths, trucks, baskets, horses with carriages or almost anything else, to classical maidens, the list was almost endless.

In fact that was not available was almost the point here as the statues were lined up on long rows both side of the paths.

I photographed but a few, and a few other pieces were dotted around in between the concrete pieces: a bicycle with a basket filled with flowers, on the ground below that a mass of vintage soda syphon.

A few of the concrete pieces had been painted (mostly animals) the rest gleamed white in the summer sun.

I wonder who on earth would come here especially to buy these but remember that there is probably also something here to suit every taste, from sophisticated to kitsch. The outside statue area is differently arranged this year, mostly due to the revised Entrance point, but every year I come I think that they have managed to squeeze in even more items.  I’m not the only curious customer, for very visitor heading directly to the sand sculpture section, there are more taking a quiet look around. I might be moving slowly but at least I am also heading in the right direction.

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