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November 28, 2016

Little Mr. Was On The Right Track After All…

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

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Whenever our kids went to the beach this summer they would arrive home with stories for me at home about how their day had been.

On several occasions, when having been down by the harbour, Little Mr would start to describe several vehicles, and to say that he gave me rather strange visions about what he had seen was an understatement.

The vehicle he described had “wheels but not wheels, …like a tank, a truck tray that tips backwards, but with big sides, like a skip, and a sitting place for the driver, but not like a truck, … like a crane.”

My head tried had to compute what he meant, … and failed.

Then he tried to draw it (and in order to not heart his feelings, I did the Parent Thing: told him it was a beautiful drawing and I got it, but reality was that the drawing was no blue print and I didn’t really get it). Yes, it was a white lie, but the drawing was a blue print in his mind and I should have gotten it, so I played the game. Several weekends went by and we went other places so it was more or less forgotten. Then we returned to the beach by the harbour and saw these on the way home. Indeed, Little Mr. was completely right: his description was on point, even if  I had been too stupid to imagine all the parts together. It’s a truck with tank tracks, and I’m wondering if it has anything at all to do with the harbour,  might this be used in dredging work? I asked Himself to cruise past whilst I took a string of photographs. It’s another unusual vehicle to add to my photographic collection but in all honesty, this one is all for Little Mr.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 17, 2012

On Tour with Darla Duck?

Filed under: Kids and Family,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,SINGAPORE,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We are looking for a kid friendly activity to do in Singapore.

The Kiwidutch children are still a bit out of sorts due to jet-lag and despite a decent amount sleep and time spent playing at the swimming pool, are exhibiting signs of irratibility and tiredness.

Probably they  haven’t acclimitised to the tropical heat yet either.

I’m keen to get out of the hotel and see some sights but also realise that my crutches present limitations to what we can do… the Singapore Zoo is excellent but we were there some years ago so I know that to enjoy it fully a lot of walking is involved.

There are other activities that are longer or more involved but both the kids and I won’t manage them at the moment.

Then I read a brochure about a Duck Tour…. this is an anphibious car/boat that takes you to see some of the sights of Singapore both on land and from the water. The tour doesn’t take too long, involves next to no walking (apart from boarding the boat) and a shuttle can take us there from our hotel. Sounds like a plan.

We phone the hotel reception desk to arrange it and are on a shuttle into town a little later that afternoon.

It turns out that each “duck” vehicle has a name and ours is called “Darla”.

Our guide is friendly and informative and has a repetoir of corny jokes for the tourists taking the boat trip. The kids giggle and the more relaxed of the adults play along with the silly gags.

We board the “Darla the duck” and head out on the tour which starts on land but soon heads out to the water… a ramp, a splash and we are suddenly floating and puttering along just like a boat.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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