Local Heart, Global Soul

February 18, 2013

Society Took the Farm, and Farmed it Out…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is another post in my series about historical Den Haag (The Hague). Every city grows and changes over time, but some specific areas grow and change more than others.

When the Haags Gemeentearchief  (the Hague City Council Archive) put up billboards around the city  to celebrate their 125th Anniversary a few years ago and Himself and I made it my mission to try and photograph them all.

The Gemeente (Council) placed the billboards as close as possible to where the photos had been originally taken and they made a page on their website (Dutch language only) that showed where their physical locations were etc.

Sadly both the website and the billboards were removed afterwards and so I was delighted that we managed to photograph almost every one of them with not just the “old” views that were already displayed on the billboards, but also my own photos of the areas surrounding the billboards as they look today.

This particular photograph is captioned: “Uitzicht van Monnickendamplein 17 ” (View from Monnickendamplein 17) and shows the market garden / glass houses that apparently this area was well known for as they were in 1939.

Himself told me that he seemed to remember a few open spaces that featured gardening still in the district when he was a kid, but those have long since been built on, as various apartment blocks dating from the 1970’s and 1980’s will attest.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I tried to find some historical facts from the Hague city Archive, but since this area mostly consisted of glass houses (as opposed to old established buildings) there was no information to be found.

Granted I spent hours looking and not days, but at least I tried.

This is  one of the billboards where, if someone who lived the area in 1939 could step directly into 2013, they would get the shock of their lives.

So much has changed, and the food, instead of coming from a market garden or greenhouse a block away, now comes from supermarkets like the Albert Hein (AH) on the other side of the road.

The land of course rose acutely in value as new houses were needed, farmland and it’s earnings could not compete with the return value of residential land,  (market forces and all that)   … it’s fate was sealed.

Society took the farm, and farmed it out to way beyond the city limits.  How little our food used to travel, and how much further it has to now. They call this progress… but I’m not so very certain that it really is.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 3, 2012

Stunning Views from the Top…

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

Here is my last post from Tokatoka peak, Northland.

I gave Himself and the girls my small camera to take to the top.

Himself didn’t let them stay too long on the summit as he said it was a relatively small space with sheer drops over three quarters of the surrounding  sides and he felt more than a little nervous  there as the sole parent and half a dozen boisterous kids, the youngest of which was only four years old.

Yes, he kept the two youngest firmly by his side.

The older girls passed the camera around and didn’t remember any more who took which photo (there were a lot more photos but none of them were particularly  good at keeping the camera very still, so few turned out in focus.)

In a few other shots I got  close ups of leaves and branches on the closest bushes but only fuzzy background of the views behind)

Let’s take a look at the photos that turned out well and the stunning views they captured of the surrounding countryside.

In the second photograph (that I took from the bottom) the little grey upright faint smudges you can see at the very top of the peak is them!

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

Looking back down at the van…

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

(photograph © Kiwi Daughter & Friends)

November 4, 2011

For when you need to Bolt to the Stable Door…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Here we are settling into our little last minute camping expedition at Kampeerbosje Leerdam. You know me, I like quirky and this place has more than it’s fair share of quirky bits so  lets take a look at one of them.

I mentioned in yesterdays post that a toilet was added to the  kitchen/ veranda part of the Pipo wagon accommodation recently this summer.

What I didn’t mention was the door to it… YES… another “loo with a view! ” to add to my collection.

This is definitely the first time I have ever seen a toilet that sported a stable door entry. In theory you could sit on the throne, open the  top half of the door and still carry on your conversation with those still sitting at the table on the veranda whilst you answered the call of nature… (yikes, even with just Himself and the kids you wouldn’t find me brave enough to do that on purpose!)

Like many parents of two children who have passed through the toddler stage I have been rudely interrupted on the toilet often enough in the past… just as you get seated and hope for a full two minutes of peace and quiet,  little fists start banging at the door with an  ” I’m, busting!” announcement  and the voice is insistent and whining in just the right measure that your heart sinks and you try and pee faster, rather than face the prospect of cleaning up their imminent mess.

The little stinkers must have radar, and apparently their bowel movement clocks are set to go off as soon as the noise of the toilet door being clicked shut by an adult reaches their ears. There’s no other way that I can fathom how regularly they “are busting to go” right at the same moment that my bare behind makes contact with the toilet seat.

I’ve spent occasions on the loo too with small child hanging onto the doorknob on the other side of the closed door, because it’s just them and me in the house  and they don’t want to “be alone“. (No, you are not alone, I am here through the door, I just want a few minutes peace to at least pee in private please). Said child would have happily sat on my knee during the process had I agreed (ha! No Way!).

That said, a “loo with a view” is a funny talking point… it made us giggle. Not needing the loo,  I took the camera inside, sat down and took a photo looking outside.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 3, 2011

Seeing Far to Every Horizon…

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

I’m still taking you on an archive tour of Rotterdam. Himself and I managed a few kid-free weekends last summer and decided to have a tour of Rotterdam as part of one of them.

We’ve just been to the Maritime Museum, and now the coach has arrived at the Euro Mast.

Designed by Hugh Maaskrant, it was built for the 1960 Floriade. ( The Floriade is a huge exhibition held once every 10 years in a different location in the Netherlands) the observation platform and restaurant area  is 96 meters (315 feet) above ground level.

In 1970 the “Space Tower” was added to the top of the building , taking the total height to 186 meters (558 feet) making it the tallest building in Rotterdam.

The views are stunning, you can see out towards the vast harbours in the distance, and the amazing mix of architecture that defines Rotterdam is quickly apparent.

I’ve tried to take enough shots to give you a panoramic view,  Yes there is a Asian styled building below us, I believe it’s a Chinese restaurant, and right next to it the dock where we first boarded our boat for the boat tour earlier in the day.

There are even people picnicking in the park  far below. Sadly the restaurant on the observation deck was closed, it would be fabulous to have had an evening dinner there, looking out over the lights and water of the city.

(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)

October 14, 2010

The View… Takes my Breath Away…

Filed under: PORTUGAL — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Another busy day… here is a photographic panoramic tour from around the lookout by the Stag in yesterdays post…

Spain on the right of the river, Portugal on the left…Vila Nova de Cerveira near the bottom.

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Highway and bridge into Spain…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

View back along the hills…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Looking inland towards Valenca, Spain on the left of the river…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

rugged beauty…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

zoomed to the max, in on Vila Nova de Cerveira, you can see the Fort at the centre, in the bottom right corner is the space that the market moves into on summer Saturdays, the plain and the Church at bottom left,  the big car park partially in view at center left.  Above, left and right, the water-park and recreation area, the restaurant we ate at is top left directly above the tennis courts.

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Summed up in a few words….1) Portugal… 2) Stunning.

…But there is still something else to be seen up here… but something that is all not quite as it first seems… here’s a hint of where we are off to next…

 

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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