Local Heart, Global Soul

January 1, 2019

Heading Towards Zierkzee…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

During the Easter holiday break of 2017, Family Kiwidutch headed to Bruinisse in Zeeland for family break.

The kids were charmed by the indoor heated pool at the holiday park, and the internet connection in our holiday house accommodation.

Little Mr is addicted to builds by YouTube Lego vlogger builders and Kiwi Daughter to various Netflix teen movie series.

Since they have both been working hard at school and always have ton of homework, Himself and I allow them an Easter break binge, something both kids have been  looking forward to.

I had been in an out of hospital with various treatments, namely an experimental drug administered in 4 hour infusions once per month in Rotterdam’s Erasmus hospital and spent most of the year indoors at home in between as we sorted out the benefits.

There were some big moments of improvement, but sadly they only lasted a short while and the drug is so strong that it can only be given three times and repeat series of the drug are only given to terminally ill patients. Being able to have this drug administered on a monthly basis would have turned my pain battle around considerably, and made a huge difference to having my day to day life back somewhat towards “normal”, but the side effects on the body are just too strong for this to be a possibility.

It was worth a try to see if it would work for longer but C’est la vie. I continue to explore all possibilities for pain relief. After being cooped up at home it was nice to be out and about. On this day I wanted to go and explore Zierkee, Himself wanted to spend the day settled down with a book, so we arranged that he drop me off in the town and pick me up later. As usual on days like these I can only make it possible by tanking up on a lot of extra medication, so thus equipped, Himself and I set off for Zierkzee.

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A dramatic “Big Sky” over the flat, flat land…

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I couldn’t work out what this building is/was so took a few phtographs as we passed. Maybe an old monastery? But those little windows/doors at the top of this gable end.. are for what?

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Willow tree stumps line a canal, they will sprout as soon as the weather warms and are great for sucking up water with their roots… natures sponges in tree form.

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These dark skies were dramatic and a brilliant contrast to the scene below. Shame I can’t seem to take a level photograph.

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A really interesting barn…

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Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy, Healthy New Year full of joy, with many happy occasions and experiences with much love and laughter together with the people you love. Stay safe and Take care… Have an excellent 2019!!!!

December 31, 2018

No Ordinary “Graffitti”…

Between the small Zeeuws village of Bruinisse and the holiday park where we are staying is a bridge. When I first passed beneath it I though it was just covered with graffiti, but on subsequent drives past it I realised it was what looks like a local community project, with specific illustrations. Unfortunately to my regret I didn’t get proper close up photographs of them, a pity because this looks better and better the more I look.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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December 30, 2018

If Vehicles Had Faces, This One Is Characterful…

Whilst visiting Bruinisse fishing harbour in Easter 2017, Himself and I saw a very old Dutch Police van. It was unusual Himself said because there were very few of these left. To me it was just an old vehicle that has clearly seen many, many kilometres and like a weather-beaten face of someone elderly who has worked out of doors all of their life, is full of it’s own sort of wrinkles and has a ton of character.

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December 29, 2018

I Could Look At This Scene Day After Day, After Day…

Following yesterday’s post in Zeeland’s Bruinisse fishing harbour, I kept attempting to capture the beautiful reflections in the water as daylight started to slip away. Using my camera zoom to the maximum and driving from one point along the waterfront (a very short distance but saving me some walking), different views appear both in the distance and close by. I did get distracted by a metal guardrail that had some beautiful rust patterns on it at one point, and frustrated that I was unable to zoom even more for some of the structures like the mussel nets in the distance. It was a beautiful evening and the scene here is one that I could look at day after day after day.


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December 28, 2018

Beautiful Scenes Difficult To Capture: And Some To Be Avoided…

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Himself and I eventually found the Bruinisse fishing boat harbour, after a small (cough, cough) “tour” of most of the town.

Since we were just essentially sightseeing and having a curious look around, the time did not matter too much.

Spaghetti bolognaise had been promised to the kids for dinner, but as able bodied teenagers they were perfectly able to rustle up something from the groceries we had brought with as an early dinner or snack if their stomachs rumbled.

We both knew that their was a fairly slim chance of that happening, with both of our offspring being apparently allergic to the kitchen despite all urgings and encouragement whilst they were growing up.

The crackers that Himself had packed for his after dinner cheeseboard would in all probability go missing, and when their stomachs rumbled loud enough after those they would phone us and ask why we were taking so long. Of course they could then cook themselves but I would predict chaos, leading to short tempers between the two, a large fight and not just a gigantic mess in the kitchen but also an atmosphere of daggers for the rest of the evening. For Himself’s and my sanities sake, dumping short notice crash-course cooking lessons on our offspring sans parental supervision should be avoided at all costs.

In the meantime Himself and I seem to accidently landed on not only a very photogenic fishing harbour but also one of the best times of day to photograph it since there is no wind.

The sea is calm within the harbour walls and both the land and the sea have many items of interest so I barely know where to start pointing my lens.

The edge of the harbour at this point at least, as been lined with large rocks which have been carefully placed together as to make as few gaps as possible. They have been laid last the waters edge and extend as far as the eye can see. This is a beautiful feature all on it’s own. I’m very interested in the reflections of boats and jetties in the water, but capturing them is more difficult than I thought, especially without a tripod. I might not be doing the scenery justice but in the attempt, I am at least having fun.

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December 27, 2018

Firing Off Birdshot(s)…

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Readers who follow this blog for any length of time know that I like looking at birds. I also like photographing them but my results vary from ‘hit-miss-sometimes-the-odd-success” and “total rubbish, probably a stack of fuzzy digital photos, ready for deletion’. I don’t really take much notice about the type of bird or any of the checking birds I have seen of a list or anything. For me it’s about the joy of feeding them (bird seed for the “wild bird”, not bread which I know is harmful to them) and trying to get as detailed photographs as possible of these beautiful creatures. Our 2017 Easter holiday in Bruinisse was no exception.

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December 26, 2018

Finally Finding The Right Road…

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Following yesterday’s post,  Himself and I were exploring the area around Bruinisse in the Province of Zeeland. This was back in Easter of 2017 and true to form our navigation skills (or lack thereof) were as usual leading us astray. Take this post for instance, we are trying to check out the fishing port of the town and seem to be on the wrong side of the sea wall and not sign of how to get to the other side despite various efforts. Luckily this is a pleasure drive and we are not in a rush, just laughing at finding ourselves in the residential area (again!) as we make different attempts. Finially we find the right road…

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December 25, 2018

“Honey, You’ll NEVER Guess What I Bought Today!”

Himself and I were driving around the small Dutch town of Bruinisse, in the province of Zeeland.  Taking the smallest roads possible “just to see where they lead” we suddenly chanced upon an aeroplane. Not overhead, in the skies above us, but right next to the road. Amazingly it’s not an airport either. I don’t know why anyone would have a fighter plane on one spot and a light aircraft on another, but here they seem to have it all. It had Himself and I wondering what on earth we had come across.   We still don’t know since at the time we were busy with the (2017) Easter weekend, I never got around to further research afterwards. I still can not imagine any situation where someone thought ” just going to pop out and buy a fighter plane’! Imagine explaining that to family and friends!

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So… What did Santa bring you? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas with the people you love. Seasons greeting!!!!

December 24, 2018

Everyday Life In Zeeland…

After our look around the Bruinisse marina, the kids decided that they would rather snuggle up in the holiday house with the internet; Little Mr as always following his fanatically favourite LEGO builders on YouTube or playing Roblox, Kiwi Daughter with her latest Netflix series, I think it was probably something like “Riverdale” at this time. With them happy, and old enough to be on their own, Himself and I can look around in peace without restless kids and comments like “this is boring’ from the back seat. Himself and I love checking out somewhere new, seeing everything from the everyday to the unusual. This is everyday life in Zeeland…

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Map of the island Schowen-Diuveland, where Bruisisse (marked with yellow arrow) is located… this is the island we are exploring…

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Close to the “I” sign is the marina that I featured in yesterday’s post.

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December 23, 2018

Marina Views…

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The next thing everyone wanted to do, was to take a look around the local area. First was a drive just a few hundred metres away from the park, over to the sea on this side of Bruinisse. This area is by the local marina and was particularly photogenic and my photographs didn’t nearly do it justice.

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We are parked on the sea wall / dike that protects the land from the sea…

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