1 mei 2016


This bronze statue by Sofie Hupkens shows the Workum monk Uffing (945-1025). As a young man Uffing was fascinated by the stories of the monks in the nearby St Odulphus Monastery. He then became a monk himself and learned to read and write. Thanks to Uffing the village of Workum can be traced back in writing to the 10th century.

Sofie Hupkens (1952) was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in the province of Friesland, The Netherlands. The statue of Uffing stands on the market square in Workum.

30 april 2016

From the archives #69

Wales (2014)
During our stay in Wales a few Summers ago we visited the "Red Kite Feeding & Rehabilitation Centre" at the Gigrin Farm near the market town of Rhayader. Red Kites ("rode wouw" in Dutch) that are wounded or sick are taken care of here. Red kites are medium-large birds of prey that can be recognised quite easily by their long forked tail which is twisting as they change direction.

Once a day the red kites are being fed; pieces of meat are spread out across a field. Visitors are welcome to view the swooping kites from bird hides. A spectacular sight!
More about the Red Kite Centre in mid-Wales can be found HERE.

I'm linking to Saturday's Critters on Eileen's blog.

29 april 2016

Skywatch Friday

I had this view from the passenger seat while we were driving near Zwolle on highway A28, late last Sunday afternoon. It had been a cold day with rain and hailstorms, and it clearly wasn´t over yet!

I´m linking to Skywatch Friday.

28 april 2016

Jopie Huisman Museum

As I mentioned a few days ago I visited the Jopie Huisman Museum when I was in Workum. Jopie Huisman (1922-2000) was a proud Frisian and self-taught painter with a lot of compassion for people and a great love for Workum. He liked to share his colourful paintings with others, but he never cared for selling his artwork. In 1985 his friends took the initiative to open a permanent exhibition showing his paintings and drawings.

During the audio-tour in the museum, Jopie tells about his work and his life, and explains how he views his own paintings. The combination of beautiful art and his stories make this exhibition called "Jopie's Paradys" so good and really worth a visit.

The first photo shows rag-and-bone man Euzie, who walked many miles each day to earn his living. He wore his oversized coat like a home and never suffered from the winter-cold. Jopie said that one day of Euzie's life impressed him more than the whole life of Joseph Luns (Dutch Mininster of Foreign Affairs from 1952-1971 and Secretary General of NATO from 1971-1984).
The second photo shows Jopie's close friend Sjoerd, with a face expressing both sorrow and joy.

27 april 2016

Hotel sign

Arriving in the centre of Workum, a small village in the south-west of Friesland, last Saturday. On the left is Restaurant Hotel De Gulden Leeuw..

..with a nice sign that immediately caught my attention :)

I'm linking to signs,signs.

And for my Dutch viewers: Happy King's Day!

26 april 2016

April snow

We woke up in a white world this morning! H took this photo from the magnolia in our garden around 8 am.

25 april 2016


This photo was taken at the train station in Workum last Saturday afternoon. Bright sun at that time. Sunday and today however it seems Winter has come back; we have had hail and sleet snow, and when I drove home at 5 pm this afternoon the outside temperature had dropped to 1°C (33,8°F)! Radio-traffic information warned for slippery roads as accidents happened already.

I'm linking to Seasons on St Germain's blog.

24 april 2016


In the village of Workum, in the southwest of the province of Friesland, yesterday afternoon.

Workum received city rights in 1374, and currently has around 4,000 inhabitants. It is known for having a museum dedicated to the very well-known local painter Jopie Huisman, but more about that later.

23 april 2016

From the archives #68

Wyoming, USA (2015)
After arriving in Jackson (Wyoming) we had a look around and found this store that was filled from top to bottom with wooden furniture. How about this robust four-poster bed?

22 april 2016

Green and blue

One of the Grape Hyacinths in the lawn at the back of our house, this afternoon. In Dutch we call them "Blauwe Druifjes".

I´m linking to Floral Friday Fotos and Today's Flowers.

21 april 2016

Wagon with Portraits

This work of art is named "Wagon with Portraits" and stands in front of the Nijenhuis Castle in Heino/Weihe. The heads were created by Dutch sculpturor Cornelis Rogge (1932). Somehow it really appeals to me!
In the background is the entrance of the museum.

20 april 2016


This hot-air balloon went right over our home about half an hour ago, at around 7:30 pm. How about this cloudless BLUE sky, it's a perfect evening for a balloon ride!

19 april 2016

From a Sunday walk

A sunny path in a park near the village of Eelde, photo taken Sunday a week ago.

I'm linking to Seasons on St Germain's blog.

18 april 2016

Window of my Eyes

"Window of my Eyes" was the biggest hit of Cuby and the Blizzards (or: Cuby + Blizzards) and it is also the name of the current exhibition at the Drents Museum in Assen. C+B were a Dutch blues group, founded in 1964 by vocalist Harry Muskee and guitarist Eelco Gelling. Their music included blues and rock and roll, with a sound that was completely different from any other Dutch band in the same period.

Harry "Cuby" Muskee would have celebrated his 75th birthday in 2016 (he died of cancer in 2011), which was enough reason for the Drents Museum to honour the Dutch blues legend. The exhibition shows his youth, his music, performances, travels, album covers, and much more.
I am or was not a fan of C+B, but I really enjoyed seeing the exhibition. Both photos give a small impression.

16 april 2016

From the archives #67

Belgium (2015)
This guy put smiles on the faces of both kids AND adults. A photo from June last year taken in the streets of Antwerp.

Happy weekend!

15 april 2016

14 april 2016

Ceiling art

Earlier this months I showed you photos taken inside and outside the Nijenhuis Castle. This is another view up to the ceiling inside one of the rooms.
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