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September 13, 2015

Kids Struggle To Finish Their Meals But Demolish Desserts Like Pro’s…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Three years ago we visited Limburg in the south of the Netherlands and stayed in a Landal Holiday Park close to the town of Vaals.

After a day out we were ready for a nice meal, sometimes something home-cooked back at the hired house and other times in the Park’s restaurant.

On this occasion we chose to have a night off from the kitchen and came to the restaurant for dinner.

Between us we enjoyed  french-fries, a burger, shrimp salad, a large side salad, chicken nuggets (which came from the children’s buffet, so were available as soon as we ordered and which were consumed inhaled by Little Mr before I got around to taking the photographs).

Both kids, in the fashion apparently  inherent to children the world over, struggled with their main course and had Himself help them out to finish their plates, but about fifteen minutes later managed to polish off an ice-cream sundae each. In Little Mr’s defense his entire menu then appeared to overwhelm his vast energy reserves and having persevered to the last mouthful he cuddled up on Himself’s lap and promptly fell fast asleep.

Himself carried Little Mr back to the house where I removed my son’s shoes and trousers and tucked him into bed. It was one of those occasions when just when you think your kids are becoming “big kids” that they suddenly look very small, vulnerable and little again. The next morning, with batteries recharged he was back to his “almost-big kid” self. As with our previous meals here the food was ok, completely edible but nothing  to write home about. Maybe our expectations were too high…Still, we were feeling lazy and not having to cook or do dishes is a definite bonus when you are tired.

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The night is neither too warm nor too cold but the warmers have been lit on the terrace outside…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

September 7, 2015

Around Landal, Activities For The Active And The Restful Alike…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back at our holiday home in the Landal holiday park close to Vaals, in the Dutch province of Limburg, Family Kiwidutch are not short of things to do.

More accurately, the ones doing the doing were Himself and the kids.

I was on hand to take photographs when I was already close by for example, in the restaurant for dinner but they were on their own when it came to places like the tennis court.

I spent most of my time inside of the park in our rented house, or in the garden of the house, sleeping or resting with my foot elevated after our regular half days out.

One of the things that the kids really liked was the bowling alley, but they quickly found that bowling with an “actual” bowling ball rather than the WiiSport virtual reality sort was far heavier and harder then they imagined.

I didn’t attempt it but watched and took photographs for the family album. There is also a play area for younger kids on the other side of the two bowling lanes, and other things like badminton on offer too. There was also a small, level, grass lawn on the rear side of our rented house, we enjoyed several picnic lunches and dinners there and Himself and Little Mr managed a football kick-around there too. All in all we enjoyed staying in this house.

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July 25, 2015

From Vaals To Maastricht… The Road-trip View…

Several years ago Family Kiwidutch visited Maastricht in the province of Limburg. We’ve been dividing our time between looking around the city of Maastricht and spending time at the holiday home we have rented close to Vaals. Today is a photographic post that shows the view of the journey between the two places …

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July 10, 2015

Cross The Street To Get The Joke…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following yesterday’s post we were picking up mosquito bite salve from the pharmacy and books from the bookshop in the Dutch town of Vaals and afterwards Himself asked if I could start walking back to the car.

There were few car parks where the shops were, so he’d dropped us off when we arrived and parked in a large car parking area a few blocks away.

Now, instead of collecting the car and coming back to pick us up (which he often does) he’s wanting me to walk part of the way… it’s not usual so I’m curious, but he’s not giving us any clues.

I set out with the crutches and kids, making my way slowly down the street.

It’s a beautiful day so this can be my physiotherapy for the day, but I’m still really curious.

A short distance further, he asks me to stop. I look around and don’t see much around me, except that Himself has a silly and expectant grin on his face. I know him well enough to know I’m missing some jok so start to look around  with a more exacting eye. Then I saw it… the border sign half hidden in the hedge… hey wait… I now realise that I’m standing in Germany! Himself knows that anyone born and raised in a country like New Zealand finds it strange that borders can be crossed like this, and since the Schengen agreement, that within many European countries, that border posts no longer exist. Instead the crossings are marked only by signs like these. After I get the surprise, I then see the name of the street next to the sign: “Grensstraat” (border street). Borders between countries don’t always need to be huge imposing barriers… crossing them sometimes it only takes the effort needed to cross the street.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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July 9, 2015

A New Shopping List Brings Us Back Into Vaals…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our family were in Maastricht several years ago and stayed in a holiday park outside Vaals.

In our hurry here the day before we missed several things on the shopping list… got the usual stuff like bread, milk, pasta, fruit  and veggies but other essentials like anti- itch mosquito bite cream.

In our holiday house there were no screens on the windows and Kiwi Daughter won the mosquito lottery and was by far the most popular person on the menu.

Maybe it’s pheromones or something but both she and I seem to be  the family mosquito magnets and Little Mr and Himself appear to be almost completely left alone most of the time.

Not only that, but when they get bitten don’t swell up at all and barely itch, whereas she and I blow up with large red welts and itch for a week. Himself also discovered that he’d forgotten to bring a book to read so after the pharmacy, a visit to the only bookshop in town was on the agenda and once there the kids begged, pleaded and got several large Donald Duck Pocket sized books each as well. My treat was more photographs of the town as they browsed…and  being a lover of detail, I wasn’t disappointed. Himself and the kids caught up with me in the street after they had made their book choices and next on their hit list was to try and wrangle a”visit” to the chocolate shop. “Just a visit, they said, we just need to take a look“. Now even if I had been born yesterday, I think I’d know that no-one goes into a chocolate shop with the intention to “just look”. Needless to say,  their dastardly plot failed and they didn’t get their wish, no chocolate on our shopping list any time soon. There will be other holiday treats enough.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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July 5, 2015

From Maastricht to Vaals, Away From The City And Into The Countryside…

We were in Maastricht several years ago and spent the first night and morning in the city itself, but would be spending the rest of our time in a holiday house in a holiday park.  To get there we needed to travel about forty minutes east of Maastricht to the town of Vaals. It’s lovely to be driving on smaller roads through the countryside… and in this photographic post it’s time to hit the road…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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