Local Heart, Global Soul

September 25, 2019

Responsible Vandalism?

This summer, I accompanied Himself and Little Mr on a tour of the 2nd Maasvlakte, searching our some of the numerous company funded fire stations.  Of course in-between them we were free to explore a little, check out information boards and learn more about the area. This board and its’ information explained why we didn’t see anyone swimming or surfing here. Even the kite boarders were giving it a wide berth. No need to translate this one! The sign itself is a fascinating study, those who placed the stickers took care to not obliterate the message, and although they did obscure the picture of the hand raised out of the water, they left the text alone. Is this a kind of “responsible vandalism?”

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

June 1, 2018

This Fish Gets A Thumbs Up…

Filed under: ART,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Quirky Design,WELLINGTON — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Whilst driving around Wellington, New Zealand, I saw this little fish and chip shop. Look at the sign: I mean, a fish wearing a hat leaps out of the water to give you a wink and a thumbs up… What’s not to like?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 7, 2013

The Butcher, The Baker, and The…. ???

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS,UTRECHT (Province) — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

These photos are from my archive stash and were taken when my cousin and his family visited The Netherlands a few years ago.

We have been on a boat  and are about to leave our tour of central Utrecht, but all during the trip I have been taking photos of stone markers that stand under lampposts  next to bridges.

We were  told that these are “signposts” in stone that would have directed the often illiterate boatmen to the correct area of the city where their goods, services or merchandise  were destined to be delivered…

…little figures of tailors for the cloth-makers and tailoring sector, people putting items into the oven for the bakers section of town, (what is the person doing on the other side of the baker though? Could they be stamping up and down in some way to drive air into the oven and make it hot? …or some other sort of task?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One stone set of figures shows a man with his hand on the breast of a woman. No prizes for guessing this must be or have been, the red light district.

Some of the pictures depict less obvious trades, so I edited the photos to get a bigger image of the stonework and if you’d like to hazard a guess to the occupation or event that took place here then feel free to drop your ideas into the comment box.

I took a map of the Utrecht city center and tried to figure out of any of the nearby street names could provide any interesting clues.

The clearly translatable ones are :  “zuilenstraat” = column street, “haverstraat“= oat street, “zadelstraat” = saddle street, “lijnmarkt“= line market (probably rope), “ boterstraat” = butter street,  ” ganzenmarkt“= goose market, “lauwersteeg” = laurel street,  “hamsteeg“= ham alley and  “varkenmarkt” = pig  market.

Other interesting street names around the Gracht are:   “zakkendragersteeg” = porter alley (the word “zakkendrager”  translates very literally as sack carrier and is especially associated with big bags being unloaded from ship onto wharves, so maybe ‘stevedore” would be better than just ‘porter’?), “Jacobijenstraat” = Jacobean street,  “waterstraat“= waterstreet and “Jodenrijtje“= Jewish row, “steenweg“=  paved road, ” korte snee straat” = short cut road.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rather than depicting witches, I think the next one is for broom makers…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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A horse and cart, depicting …?  (the green plant is a co-incidental addition as it appears from a close up look on the larger photo that some opportunist plants have sprouted up in some damp/ cracked sections of the wall…)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Any ideas about what the next one depicts would be most welcome…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Poultry market…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The pig market… … or Ham Street…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This one is a mystery… looks to me like someone tipping water out of a wooden bucket… but is that an infant falling out of it?  The phrase “don’t tip the baby out with the bathwater” springs to mind… but why would you need a signpost for this? … and what else could it be?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The cattle market…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

A moon and a sun…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This one is perfectly clear… good beer can be found close to here…!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 28, 2012

I Unleash My Children into the Streets…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Schoonhoven,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Following  yesterday’s post, we have arrived in the Dutch city of Schoonhoven but it’s a busy Saturday so after a getting as close as we can to the centre of town Himself drops us off in a small street and goes to park the car a short distance away.

We use another, smaller street to walk to the centre where the surprise for our kids awaits.

But we are easily distracted… here in the little street we are walking in is a house that makes us giggle…

..there are two cats critically eyeing our every move from the top of a cupboard painted in the Dutch flag colours of red, white and blue (but annoyingly, they are harder to photograph due to the reflection of the sunshine in the windows and without getting my reflection in the photograph as well).

I’m not quite sure which one we liked more: the stern cat security guards, the sign in English on the door or the “duckling”  in the letterbox…  but one thing is certain: I like their sense of humour.

(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)

August 28, 2012

The Sign Says It All (…Whatever That Is!)

Filed under: Funny,LIFE,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Ok, Now we are just a few kilometres from the location in my last post.  I grab two shots of signs within a few minutes of each other. The first photograph is a the “standard” road sign for bicycles… but the second road sign?

Is it a motorbike? Are there possibly bumps in the road ahead and this is a warning that riders may be thrown clean off their seats and into the air?  Might it advertise an unusual race between man and machine?  Or is the cycleway dual purpose and doubles as a jogging track?

I have no clue what this second sign means…  does anyone else have any ideas?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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