Local Heart, Global Soul

January 7, 2020

Monumental Days, And FreeMasons…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I have been back in New Zealand for Christmas, and just touched down in the Netherlands again.

The time differences, my tiredness and stupidity are the reasons some of my recent posts entered the world a tad unfinished.

I write texts in one place, have pictures in another and apparently keep my brains elsewhere completely so my deepest apologies for the mess.

I’m currently deep in the first fuzzy days of jetlag where your mind, sleep rhythms, stomach and the rest of your body are all in different time zones and not quite adjusted or agreeing to working together yet.

These posts were mostly finished before we left but seeing that I can not be trusted to get things in the WordPress schedule correct, I’m, coming back and doing some double checking.

The Netherlands has a national event called ‘Nationale Monumentendag’ (Open days for National Historic Places sites) where many buildings around the Netherlands that are usually closed to the public are open for one or two days of the weekend for visitors.

I try and get around as many as I can, usually selecting several sites close to each other. Sadly I need to tank up heavily on additional pain medications in order to mange these heavy days out, something not normally advised but the results are worth it.

My first destination is what I think is ‘Freemason’s House’.

I know next to nothing about the Freemason movement, and have passed by this building at the beginning of the Javastraat hundreds of times without giving the symbols on the blue shield outside much of a thought.

It’s an impressive historic building and I’m finding it intriguing to get a glimpse into a world of which I know so little.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 6, 2014

Spending Less Time In The Passenger Seat At The Traffic Lights…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are some art forms in a city that “hide in plain sight”, and this is one of them.

On the corner of Javastraat and  Nassauplein Schelpkade in The Hague there are a few trees by a busy intersection that are just enough to hide a beautiful statue.

Hundreds of motorists pass by every day but are focused on the  other vehicle traffic so chances are they miss this wonder just meters away from where they are waiting at the traffic lights.

I first discovered on one of my regular city walks before my accident, and the photographs have been sitting on my computers hard drive waiting their “fifteen minutes of fame” on this tiny blog.

The statue is a world war two war memorial and for me represents a strange mixture of vibrancy and peacefulness at the same time.

I love that the style is so simple but so graceful too, and I’m in two minds as it if I think it’s biggest influences are Deco or Classical.

Often in big cities there are many hidden artistic treasures, it’s my mission to slowly discover as many of them in The Hague as possible. It’s also a reminder to me that I can hope to be back walking properly some day, continuing where I left off with my city walks and spending less time in the passenger seat at the traffic lights.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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