Local Heart, Global Soul

April 28, 2017

Breakfast And Babysitting… An Excellent Way To Start The Day.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The Saturday morning of our Garderen weekend away, Himself and I were up bright and early as to make the best of the day.

In the Hotel ’t Speulderbos Bilderberg breakfast room of the  hotel it was still quiet and we almost had the place to ourselves, so I took photographs, then Himself helped me get a plate to eat and we sat down.

We were just finishing when the room fulled almost completely: clearly we just missed breakfast rush hour.

Himself wanted extra coffee and went off to get it, but by now there was quite a queue so he wasn’t so quickly back. In the meantime I noticed a lady alone at a close by table who had a restless baby on her lap.

It was also very clear the she hadn’t managed to grab much to eat, and she had nothing to drink so I went over and asked if she was alone or expecting a partner or husband to arrive.

She was English and told me that their toddler son had had a terrible night and that her husband had walked the floor with him trying to get him to sleep, the two of them were now soundly asleep in their room, but now the baby was awake and a bundle of energy. The lady looked really tired, so I asked if she would mind if I sat with the baby whilst she got a proper breakfast. I told her that a lady with crutches was hardly going to sprint away with her baby, that I had two kids now older who in their early days had given us more than our fair share of sleepless nights and a helping hand would have been most welcome.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

She looked me up and down and must have decided I looked honest because she handed me her daughter and went off to get a proper plate of food and a hot drink.

I’m positive she probably kept an eye on me from afar to make sure anyway. Himself returned rather surprised to find me a short distance away from our table, holding a baby, who was fine with some conversation, smiles and a cuddle.

I explained, and the lady returned, expecting me to give the baby back right away.

Since I was sitting at her table anyway, I reminded her that eating anything with a wiggling baby on your lap is really hard, the baby was fine, so she should eat with two hands whilst she had the chance.

She looked surprised and relieved, and seeing for herself that her daughter was comfortable, managed to enjoy her breakfast.

They were only staying one night in Garderen, but she was very grateful for the unexpected help. After everyone had finished we wished her an excellent day and a nice trip in the Netherlands. Personally I think human beings should all help one another when we can, and that if you have your eyes open then there are plenty of opportunities to do so… and many small things like this are easy to do.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos in Garderen / Bilderberg chain / The Veluwe / The Netherlands

April 27, 2017

A Fabulous Evening And A Seriously Good Meal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Arriving at the Bilderburg Hotel’t Speulderbos in the Veluwe last year, Himself and I headed into the dining room before it closed for the evening.

As late arrivals we headed in to find it almost completely full, but most of the diners had left by the time our entrée was finished.

We discovered later that there was a very large group staying at the hotel this weekend who were keeping to a schedule so clearly they arrived at roughly the same time earlier in the evening.

It was wonderful to enjoy a more sophisticated dinner, and to have conversation uninterrupted. Without the need to drive home, Himself could enjoy wine and an after-dinner cognac.

Having been busy packing bags for ourselves and the kids, the afternoon had been busy; I’d skipped lunch and Himself, a habitually early riser at around 5:00 a.m. usually has an early lunch so we were very hungry when we sat down to eat.Both of us enjoyed three courses, the food was fabulous and we were pleasantly surprised at how high the standard was.  I had fish, Himself had beef and everything was cooked to perfection.  It was a fabulous meal, well enjoyed.

Afterwards we stopped at the Reception desk so that Himself could sort out hiring a bike for the next day, whilst he was busy I spied a wooden box filled with small brown paper bags.  Although they were labelled “Veluwse Sprokkelhoutjes” (Veluwse tinder) and “Veluwse Zwienenkeutelties” (Wild boar poo), they were in fact bags of sweets (candy). Back in our room Himself caught a glimpse of a large frog on the path outside. I tried to get a photograph but only succeeded in a blurry blob because it was too dark.  My night photography skills leave a lot to be desired!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos in Garderen / Bilderberg chain / The Veluwe / The Netherlands

April 26, 2017

A Quick Trip Means Checking In Ahead Of Schedule…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Himself and I arrived at the end of summer 2016 at the Hotel ’t Speulderbos of the Bilderberg Hotel chain, located in Garderen, a small town in the east of the Netherlands.

This was supposed to be a twenty year wedding anniversary gift to ourselves but it took until we were twenty-two and a half years married to get the opportunity to take it.

We left The Hague as soon as the kids got home from school on Friday night, dropping off the kids to their weekend lodgings on our way out.

Apart from a small delay with traffic around Delft, our trip was hassle free and quicker than we imagined it might have been.

The hotel is light, open, spacious and we have a room on the ground floor close to Reception, so getting around is easier.

We discover that we forgot there was an indoor swimming pool, so neglected to pack swimming costumes. Never mind. We check into our room and freshen up… after all this rushing around to get here, we are keen to get to the dining room before it closes and have a nice dinner together.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Hotel ’t Speulderbos in Garderen / Bilderberg chain / The Veluwe / The Netherlands

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