Local Heart, Global Soul

August 31, 2019

Come On, Where Did It Go?

I caught this cat sitting inside on a windowsill, staring intently at something in the thin strip of front garden border below. I didn’t see anything but kept the camera trained on where the cat was looking for thirty seconds or so, just in case something interesting happened. Back to the cat, still staring intently. Then it looks surprised and looks at me with a sort of “come on, help me! where did it go?” expression. Or maybe it was only gazing at an insect crawling over a leaf, I didn’t see a mouse, bird, butterfly or anything large-ish at all. Sorry Puss… I didn’t see anything at all, so with the best will in the world, I can’t help you.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 3, 2015

Colourful Wit As Sharp As A …. Pencil !!!

Filed under: GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another archive post about our trip to southern Germany and to Legoland Deutschland.

Our accommodation was located about sixteen kilometres away from the theme park and on several occasions we decided to take a scenic route through some of the local villages to get there.

Sometimes this was planned and other times it was due to our “amazing”navigational skills, the less said about which the better.

Over the last six years my children quite often complain that I’m “taking blogging photographs again…” but on this occasion it was them and not me who not only spotted the attraction in question but also started squealing excitedly for Himself to please turn the car around so that Mama could please get out and get pictures.

I had no clue what they had seen until the car stopped and they let me out. (Looks like I have them well trained after all). They got out for a better look too, and you will quickly see why… “Quirky” doesn’t even begin to cover the decoration on this house! We all have smiles on our faces, it’s a house that is inspiring, witty and it’s all been done with great skill and an eye for design.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There is a sign hanging outside, there’s a name with a number that might be a phone number underneath,  and I’m not certain if it’s  an advertisement for a business or the name they have given to the house.

Mainly we are trying not to be too intrusive because there is nobody home and we don’t want to look like peeping toms or burglars casing the joint.

Somebody here is a serious artist and I’d hazard a guess that “maybe” their preferred  medium of choice is pencil?

I love that at the bottom of the pencils in the two gates, they have recycled the metal from old tin cans to be the metal holder of the pink “eraser” at the bottom of the pencil, it’s stunningly thought out and brilliantly put together.

It wasn’t just the window boxes and the gates that got the pencil treatment, the theme was followed through on the garden planter too.This artist clearly has an eye for detail, colour and a brilliant sense of humour… all of us in the Kiwidutch family just loves  this house!

It’s in a tiny village, (stupidly I didn’t get which one)  it’s off the main roads, it’s close to Legoland Germany, it’s full of fun and it’s a wonderful find! I dare you to smile as broadly as we did…

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 4, 2014

Three Large Ladies Having Fun In The Sun…

Filed under: ART,Funny,LIFE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Regular readers will know that I like quirky things and am always on the lookout for the unusual. This set of photographs were taken because in the median strip between the two lanes of traffic  on the Beeklaan was one of the electricity substations that I had gone to photograph. The shop window display caught my eye because the models were not the sort of manikins you usually see in shop windows. These photos are from my archive stock, and were taken  some years ago so the display will of course be long gone now, but it made me smile at the time and I hope it makes you smile too.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

March 21, 2014

That’s No Ordinary Window Display…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sometimes you stumble on a place that sparks your imagination. It’s like finding the first paragraph of a story and wishing you had the entire book.

You wonder how this place came to be, you wonder what will happen next, you have a desire to know more.

Generally I have to admit that I usually have this kind of “moment” when travelling somewhere new, viewing ancient buildings or a beautiful landscape,  or something really dramatic that stops you in you tracks.

On occasion though this also happens on a smaller scale, especially if you are as detail obsessed as I am.

Especially when you are a foodie and especially when you have a quirky sense of humour.

Back in the summer of 2012 I was walking through the inner city streets of Delft… slowly as one does on crutches. My visiting friend “Velvetine” didn’t mind because she was enjoying taking photographs as much as I was, and believe me, in old Dutch historic towns there is more than enough to photograph. On this occasion it’s a shop that’s appealing to my sense of curiosity… and it’s no ordinary window display that’s captured my attention.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s hard to see inside because of the reflections in the glass of the buildings on the opposite side of the street, also  difficult to photograph for the same reason, but  I do my best.

The objects that piqued my interest are tall shiny metal containers that resemble old fashioned milk churns,  and it turns out that they contain oil and vinegar and this is a shop that specialises in these two products alone.

There are also cooking workshops available (note to self:  must return when I can stand for long enough to take part in one of these) and there’s a tagine sitting in the window… Foodie heaven naturally!  Who on earth had the idea to start such a specialist enterprise? Olive oils… Greek? Spanish?Portuguese? Italian?

All of the above or “other”?  Vinegars… ?

What do they cook in the workshops? So many  interesting questions but sadly the place is closed as we pass, otherwise I would have stepped inside and asked. Quirky, Interesting and certainly well worth a follow up at a later date… Even the silver metalic churns look inviting, and it’s definiately a window display that has completely and uttery captured my imagination. Forget shoe shopping,   …olive oil anyone?  Oh drool!

(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 22, 2014

A Doorway Into Your Imagination, Or A Window Into The World?…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another retrospective post from my travel diary of the summer of 2012.

Family Kiwidutch and visiting Singaporean friend “Velvetine” are in the small German town of Aldenhoven, and having eaten rather too much dinner, have opted for a short walk around the area of our hotel.

Jut down the street, we find a statue of a man standing behind a door.

It’s a stable door in two parts, the lower part is closed, the upper part of the door is not represented.

The man leans through the open upper frame, looking out into the distance with his straight arms clasped.

Two pairs of wooden clogs (one set smaller than the other suggesting  that they are “His” and Her’s”, or possibly a parent and child pairs) are propped against the outside of the door, they also suggest farm work  or fishing wharf  work since in many areas of Europe wooden clogs were historically used in wet areas or muddy fields as they keep the wearers feet drier and warmer than other available materials in the days before the invention of rubber boots. It’s an interesting statue…Let’s take a look…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 26, 2012

Once In a Lifetime You Should Take The Plunge…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Sometimes you find a work of art that makes your heart sing…

I had the dream and put some savings away every month in the hope that one day I would find the piece that would be “the one”.

After years searching and signing  over prices well out of my reach, this stained glass window captured my heart and being within my budget completed a lifelong wish to own a real antique window that would make me smile every single time I would look at it.

Let’s just say that every time I look at this I am inspired about all things beautiful in this world, I appreciate the stunning workmanship and the colours never fail to brighten my day.

Of course this is a once in a lifetime purchase,  but maybe just sometimes once  in your lifetime you should take a plunge and do something mad, like buying a stained glass window.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

August 12, 2011

Grow Your Own …..Window Display!

Filed under: FOOD,Funny,LIFE,The Hague,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last Summer, on one of my walking tours I stumbled upon a shop called “Rutten” in the Piet Heinstraat (about Number 88) with one of the strangest window displays I have ever seen.

It was a Sunday so the shop wasn’t open, but clearly it was a fruit and vegetable shop, with maybe a deli section in it too.

What struck me was that the window display was growing!

There was a  long section by the window that included mushrooms in boxes, but there were also mushrooms actually growing in the window display.

I did a double-take and then got my camera out.

I’m allergic to  mushrooms so wouldn’t be interested in sampling these, but of you like to buy your mushrooms fresh… then I suppose you can’t  beat the freshness of some of these!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 24, 2011

Windows give an Outlook on the World…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Another folder in my archive folder holds photographs of  interesting  windows that I have found on my walking journey’s through the Hague last summer.

Their various styles naturally reflect the periods of the houses they are in, but they are united in the additional ornamentation that feature in combinations of brick, tile, ironwork, decorative features and glass.

Looking around any building of like age in this city, these appear to be standard features and not “extras” at all…

…and this makes me seriously wonder at the supposed “advances” we have made in the plain featureless “plain” boxes that architects today churn out in modern cities all over the world.

I ask myself if the progression from old style to new has really been “progress”?

Personally, when I see the detail and beauty in the bricks and mortar here, I see a balance, harmony, peace,  beauty and sheer mastery that exceptionally few modern buildings of  the last half century can even dare to stand in the shadow of.

Look at the combination of forms, how well all the different pieces fit together,  for me it’s like looking at the very different instruments in an orchestra and hearing a symphony when seeing the whole.

These are details that make me stare, inspire me and make my inner artist dream.

Call me a hopeless romantic, but I think the world needs more dreamers…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

July 27, 2010

Shhhh, or you’ll wake the lady in the window…

Filed under: The Hague,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Seen in a window on the ground floor of a house… a painting on the glass of a sleeping lady.

Arty, unique, different…  Take a look, but don’t wake the sleeping beauty.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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