Local Heart, Global Soul

March 13, 2017

Colour Lacks But The Wheels Still Go Round…

Ijsboerderij Labora” is a Dutch dairy farm where they use some of the fresh milk to make their own ice-cream. Located on the island of Texel in North Holland, it’s where we spent the 2016 Easter weekend with friends. Following my yesterday’s post I am taking photographs for my “reference library files”, and have gone from “klompen” (clogs), to “wheels” as the topic of interest. In taking photographs from different angles I hope to not just capture composition but also texture, something I achieved in some small part, but had the same problem with the klompen: my colours are noticeably washed out. Still, something is better than nothing and the learning curve continues.

(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 )

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)

August 11, 2009

So… just what IS a “bolderkar”?…

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

Traditionally in the Netherlands this is called a Bolderkar, and the more usual of them are basically a very simple wooden wagon-with-four-wheels type arrangement. ( Think of a bakfiets without the fiets!) ( a Cargo bike without the bike!) The old fashioned arrangement was/is simply a small cart, without seats and small children or small loads could be pulled along in them for easy transportation. Other than calling this a ” wagon” which seems to not really give a clue to the small(ish) size that this is in reality, in English the closest I could call it might maybe be a ” walking bus”?. Our crèche (daycare) uses this one to take small groups of children and babies to local outings, taking very small groups of babies, toddlers and tots to the local swimming pool, kinderboerderij ( a kinderboerderij is a miniature children’s farm with sheep, goats, chickens etc in the cities so that city kids can see the workings of a farm on a very small scale and get to see real animals). I think that it’s an excellent idea and another great way to avoid the constant use of cars. This one is ultra modern and is fitted with seats and seat belts for safe transportation of the children. My son loves going for a ride in this !

(photo © kiwidutch)

(photo © kiwidutch)

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