Local Heart, Global Soul

April 17, 2015

Den Bosch, There Seems To Be A Mystery Irish Connection…

Regular readers will know that this is a “find”… another  little metal grate set into the pavement. I have a collection of them because I love the different patterns that different city councils put on to them around the world. This one is located in the streets of the Dutch city of Den Bosch, and intrigued me because it appears to have so many Celtic looking elements in it’s design that it would not looked out of place anywhere in the Emerald Isle.  “Why?”, is a question that I can’t answer but it’s beautiful anyway, and it’s a new addition to my collection.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 27, 2014

A Mystery…But Where Is Google Earth When You Need It?

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For the last few years whenever we have come close to Calais on the E40 /A16  I have had a fleeting glance of something mysterious out of the window. I’ve tried to take photographs but there are quite a few trees and bushes in the way and we have passed by in a flash. It seems that there are letters so maybe some sort of logo spelt out out on the ground, so curious, I take photographs of  a motorway road sign  to give me a rough geographical book-mark, however when I  look on “Google Earth” I can’t find it anywhere. It’s definitely been there for at least two years and It’s a mystery that I one day hope to solve.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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November 22, 2013

A Mystery And A Church That Towers Above Us…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In this post about the fortified churches I have tried to solve a mystery and failed.

I often try and use my camera to take “notes” as I travel to help me remember the finer details later when I do further research on a place or area, and when I sort out the photographs to make a blog post or for my private family album.

Therefore it was now my habit to photograph the sign board that denoted the name of the village as we arrived so that later I would remember which fortified church was which.

I know where we had come from and where we were headed, but somehow, despite our best efforts, we still managed to take a few wrong turns and our route wasn’t particularly ergonomic.

It didn’t worry me at the time because I assumed I had town “labels”for all of the churches, but it now appears I missed one. I know from the road signs in the photos I took of it roughly where it “should” be, but a search using Google Earth has not turned up the matches I thought it would, and the route map of the fortified churches didn’t either.  It’s possible this one isn’t really a true fortified church… but I photographed it anyway.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

Therefore whilst this  first church has a “mystery” identity, I do at least know where we were following this one: the village of Jeantes.

The Jeantes church was definitely fortified, and a special bonus, the front door was open. I couldn’t find anyone around to ask permission to take photos inside, so only tried a few shots of the interior from the doorway. Without the flash the photos were hopeless, to say it was dimly lit inside was an understatement, so this was a rare occasion when I resorted to using the flash.

The surrounding buildings in the village also boasted some very unique looking architecture:  towers and distinctive roofs as well as the grand looking archways. The Jeantes church was yet another popular with the birds… who lined up on the highest part of the roof line and flew in sorties to and from it. It’s massive square towers are not well depicted in scale in my photographs here either, you really need to stand next to it and be dwarfed by it to really feel how solid the walls are, and how far it towers above you.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

September 30, 2013

The Coloured Glass, And A Mystery … Makes Me Linger…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another page in my diary as I document our travels and adventures of last summer.

We are about to leave Canterbury Cathedral, in Canterbury, Kent, England, but I’m captivated by the stained glass windows and  can’t resist one last post before we go.

Interestingly  not all of the glass is medieval, in fact some is very recent as it features the current British Royal family in two large windows.

The first depicts Queen Elizabeth’s parents, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and George VI, with their daughters Princess Elizabeth (now the current Queen) and Princess Margaret as children and the second window depicts the now Queen Elizabeth with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children.

One thing intrigued me about this second window, is the panel on the left depicting men who I believe are the heads of the Church…  there is a man in the background who has black hair and who’s face is depicted in almost photographic detail, far more than the detail given to any other figure in the entire panel, including the Royal family. Not being familiar with these people I am unable to put any names to the faces, but I am very curious as to who this person is and why his face is depicted in a different style to the rest. Other windows also show medieval Kings and Queens with what I assume to be their children in the side panels, so clearly this is a tradition that is centuries old.

So many beautiful windows and so little time… you can never have enough stained glass to look at in my opinion, and here in Canterbury Cathedral there is enough to keep me engaged for many a happy hour. I wish I lived closer so that I could come here regularly.

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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September 20, 2010

Apparently the Spanish play even Sillier Games than We do!

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About ten minutes after we crossed over the Minho River from Portugal into Spain, Little Mr.  cried out “Hey LOOK that THAT!!!” and we looked at where the stubby little finger was pointing and saw a scarecrow-like figure attached to the power line.

Ok,so it wasn’t exactly a scarecrow, as there was no straw sticking out that we could see, but there are clothes sewn together to resemble a human figure (albeit headless) and stuffed with something.

Ok“, we are laughing,  it’s the prank of some local, someone’s being funny and having a giggle.

Then it gets stranger as we gradually take the bend and the road straightens out…

Almost every power pole has one of these stuffed figures attached!

… and amazingly there are more  and more of them and they carry on for the next few kilometers! I dig out my camera to take photos and estimate that we saw between 40 and 50 of these “figures”.

Some of them have been literally wrapped around the poles by the wind, some have lost filling here and there so hang at odd angles, but all are variations on the same basic theme.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Everything else around looks normal enough… one clue is that there is a board between the arms of the figures and there is writing on the boards, but I only worked that out after I looked at the photos on the computer later.

Are these adverts for an upcoming festival maybe? or remnants of one recently past? We have no idea.

Then… as we start to see the figures getting fewer and then peter out, we around another bend to see another sight that only adds to the mystery: someone has erected a very high line above the  road.

It stretches between right and left poles and way way up above our heads is now… a kind of washing line!

There are clothes attached to it too ! … and yes a few hundred meters further, there’s another one!

We see several more of both the figures and a washing line further up as we progress northwards, but I must say that the ones we saw first were the most abundant and impressive. Photos could be better, but it’s the best I could do from a moving car.

No, sorry I have no clue what these meant, what they represented or what they were for. If any of my readers might know then I’d be keen to have some background information and enlightenment.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

…Or does it just mean that the Spanish make even better silly car games then Family Kiwidutch can?

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