Local Heart, Global Soul

September 6, 2019

We’re Gonna Need A Bigger …. Hat!

There are hundreds of giant silos around Rotterdam Harbour. Filled with things like chemicals, natural gas, and petroleum, they come in many different varieties of “round”. Some are in reinforced barrels of every size from large oxygen tank size to these massive round structures, which I think are gas tanks. Someone wanted to brighten up the view and since these gas tanks look like giant hat boxes, they decided to paint one of them like a hat box! Brilliant idea!

This “box” incorporates the Vopak company name into the “label”, features a buckle-up style strap on the side of the “box”, and a hat decoration illustration on the other side. Needless to say I think this is an excellent idea. Not only do decorative landmarks help people navigate around a site filled with many featureless silos that all look identical, but they add a little bit of “colour” to an otherwise bland landscape, which must surely lift the spirits of people who travel past it. At least it made me smile when I saw this!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 4, 2015

Put A Sock In It …. Or A Hat, … Or A Sock Hat!

Filed under: An Accidental Franken-Foot,Funny,LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have some wonderful friends… one came to visit shortly after I arrived home from hospital and asked if there was anything she could do for me and I replied that maybe there was.

One thing that anyone who has been in foot plaster will tell you, is that your toes get really cold.

If I’m going outside then I have a thin blue elasticated plastic slip-on ” shoe cover” , of the sort that people wear over their shoes in  indoor swimming pools if they  have to be pool-side with their street shoes on.

Hospitals issue the same sort of shoe covers to protect plaster casts from rain, puddles and dirty pavements and they are excellent at doing that (for a while at least) but in winter, these little plastic slips do nothing to keep your toes warm whilst outside during trips to hospital etc.

My toes have been freezing cold since I made the journey home from the hospital, so, knowing that this friend is able to knit, I asked her if  it might be possible that she could knit me some sort of sock that would fit around my cast.

She came up trumps and within a week or so I received a lovely “sockette”, or maybe I should be calling it a”foot hat” that is doing wonders in keeping my toes warm both inside and out, and I’m totally loving it!!!

This person knows who she is, she’s a fabulous knitter as well as a fabulous friend!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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