Local Heart, Global Soul

July 9, 2013

Veere, In One Little Street A Sweet Surprise…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We were back in Zeeland,  in Veere last weekend so that Himself could help out in our friends garden and Little Mr. and I came along for the ride.

Kiwi Daughter however opted to stay back in The Hague with relatives and spend time with a cousin her age.

Little Mr. had a similar offer but declined, mostly because he had his eye on the electric hedge trimmer and wanted to help in the garden too.

In reality he ended up with the safer job of  gathering up the trimmings and using a pair of secateurs to cut them into small enough pieces to add to the “green”(recyclable organic matter) rubbish collection, being nominated  “master of the wheelbarrow” and watering the plants after their trim with the hose …(i.e he played at being a fireman and made rainbows and getting almost  as wet as the plants whilst doing it). Luckily just as it looked like summer was going to be non existent in the Netherlands this year, the weather finally come good, with blue skies and temperatures of 27 C (about time too, we were getting sick of temperatures of 13 C  at the beginning of July) .

Whist Himself gets stuck onto trimming greenery with the trimmer and wants an uninterrupted hour or two to get into the work, I distract Little Mr. with the offer of a walk around town, the prospect of a swim and the possibility of an ice cream after lunch.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We set off  on the walking tour and near the back of the church I find a little shop that wasn’t open when Himself and I last visited Veere.

It’s a small local sweet shop and naturally we just had to step inside and check the place out. “Oma’s snoepwinkel” translates as “Grandma’s Sweetshop / Candy Store” and it’s full of old fashioned and local Dutch sweet treats.

Inside is a tiny one room affair, so they have maximised the space available by having on of the street windows open up, so you can buy your treats from the pavement if you wish. Inside the typical Dutch “drop” (salty liquorice) and everything from hard toffees to fudges… Once inside I dare anyone to be able to leave empty handed. We certainly failed.

It was more difficult than I thought to get photographs, the two friendly and helpful young women who staffed the place were certainly happy that I did, but it was the constant stream of customers that posed the biggest obstacle.

I heard from our friend that during summer holidays and weekends (in the season when they are open) you would be hard pushed to find this little establishment without a queue out the door. I got lucky when I took the outside shots, it was still early in the morning and quieter in the street, but even so I think I waited more than 10 minutes to get shots without customers in them.

Little Mr.would have no problem walking down this street again if asked… hmm, I wonder why?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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