22 november 2017

Mosaic stairs

The Groninger Museum is partly underground, from the lobby on the ground floor you take the colourful mosaic concrete stairs down to arrive here in this hall, from where the exhibitions can be reached. The spiral stairs were designed by Italian designer and architect Alessandro Mendini.

And looking up..   
For another photo taken from a different perspective, posted on this blog a few years ago, click HERE.

21 november 2017

Dark romanticism

This dress made by Marga Weimans (1970) was created from polyester, satin, tin, and plastic. It is part of the Groninger Museum's current exhibition "Romanticism Today!". This particular dress was presented as "Dark romanticism in fashion and design".

Marga Weimans graduated as a fashion designer in 2005. Her collections were presented in Paris and in several exhibitions in Dutch museums. In her work she uses themes like identity, technology and beauty.

20 november 2017

Spot for lunch

One of many places to enjoy coffee and/or lunch in the city centre of Deventer.

19 november 2017

Sunday hike

 Enjoying a walk in the Molenveld nature area earlier today.

Don´t you love the sound of rustling leaves when you walk on a path like this?

18 november 2017


One of the most remarkable and interesting animals living in Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem is the Manatee, or 'zeekoe' in Dutch. These large, fully aquatic mammals have an average weight of 500 kg and measure up to 4 metres. They are plant-eaters and known as peaceful animals. Each day the 3 'sea cows' in Burgers' Zoo eat about 25 kg of endive each.

To breath, they hold just their nostrils above the surface. (read more here).

I'm linking to Eileen's Saturday's Critters and James' Weekend Reflections. Happy weekend!

17 november 2017

Gloomy day

Happy to see the sun today after a few gloomy days with drizzling rain every now and then. I went for a walk yesterday and took this photo, with a houseboat on the left and a drawbridge just behind it.

16 november 2017

Woeste Hoeve wildlife crossing

A wildlife crossing is known here as an 'ecoduct', or 'wildlife viaduct', or 'wildwissel' in Dutch. We have over 65 ecoducts in our country. The photo shows the 'Wildwissel Woeste Hoeve' that crosses highway A50 in between the junctions Waterberg and Hoenderloo. Built in 1988 it was the first wildlife crossing in the Netherlands.

15 november 2017


A pretty and elegant sign from the Smedenstraat in the city centre of Deventer.

"Louise" is a ladies' fashion store. I'm linking to signs, signs.

13 november 2017

River view

View on the river IJssel from the quay in Deventer, with the railway bridge in the background.

12 november 2017

Huys Ricmode

Huys Ricmode (Ricmode House) originally dates from 1612 and is located at the Rijkmanstraat in Deventer. It is a national heritage site. The detached home has 4 floors and is a former warehouse. If you like to see more, Huys Ricmode can be found on Facebook.

11 november 2017

Blue and golden

This sweet little duck seemed to be sleeping while standing..  luckily it had found a quiet place.
Photo taken last month in the indoor mangrove of Burger's Zoo in Arnhem.

I'm linking to Saturday's Critters.

9 november 2017


Photo taken last weekend during a walk in the nearby nature area Het Schapenpark.

8 november 2017

Painting blue

Above the entrance of a building at the Graven in Deventer is this sign of 2 dark blue hands and a blue cloth. (Once) a launderette maybe? I had no idea..

Back home I googled and learned that the sign pictures the hands and the profession of 'Blauwverver Barthold van Ophuijsen'. This 'bluepainter' named Barthold van Ophuijsen lived here around 1600. His profession was painting people's clothes blue, a deep dark blue until they almost turned black. His customers were mainly people who were in mourning. Being a widower or widow meant wearing dark clothes for a long period, and having your clothes painted dark blue or black obviously costed a lot less than buying new clothes.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

7 november 2017

Autumn streetview

Another Deventer streetview. Even though trees are colouring nicely, red flowers on the sidewalk also still catch the eye.

I'm linking to All Seasons.

6 november 2017

Wall decoration

I spotted this painted decoration on the facade of a house in Deventer, which seems to have had something to do with the electricity supply (?) in the past.

Anyway the owners made a nice creative wall decoration of it. I'm linking to Monday Mural.

5 november 2017

Pastry shop

View on some of the buildings along the river IJssel, that runs on the other side. As the road there was closed due to roadwork, cars were directed through the city streets.
The word `koekbakkerij´ means 'pastry shop,' or literally: 'cookie bakery'. It must be something from the past, the buildings seem to be used now as homes of offices.

4 november 2017

The river IJssel

The city of Deventer is mainly situated on the east bank of the river IJssel, from where this photo was taken. Only a few houses are on the west bank.

3 november 2017

Church alley

View into the Kerksteeg (Church Alley) towards the church Bergkerk, in the centre of Deventer.

1 november 2017

Furniture maker

Always on the look out for special signs I found this one saying 'meubels op maat' ('custom-made furniture') in the Walstraat in Deventer.

The owner, Mr Frank Dewever, was an educated chemist, though at some point switched to his real passion: the trade of designing furniture.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

31 oktober 2017


More signs of Autumn.

Both photos were taken in the Loenermark nature area, near Apeldoorn.

For those who celebrate Halloween: enjoy! I'm linking to All Seasons.

30 oktober 2017

Watch and be watched

Now let's see...who has come to watch me today?

Oh no, it's her again! ... Sheesh!

From our visit to Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, earlier this month.

29 oktober 2017

Nationaal Ereveld Loenen

The "Nationaal Ereveld Loenen" ("Loenen National War Cemetery") commemorates all people from the Netherlands who died during wartime as a result of war operations. The cemetery was opened in 1949 by princess Wilhelmina. Almost 4,000 Dutch war victims are buried here.

Each grave has a lying square white tombstone. The graves are in rows along paths that meander through a wooded area of 17 hectares.
We visited the cemetery on an early morning earlier this month. A very peaceful place.

28 oktober 2017

Palace park

 The palace park is part of Het Loo Royal Estate and lies adjacent to Het Loo Palace. It is open all year and with 650 hectare it is ideal for strolling and walking. Traditionally this park was for the relaxation of the royal residents of Het Loo and their guests. The origins of the palace park can be traced back to stadtholder Willem II, who purchased hunting lodge Het Loo in 1684 together with 200 hectare land. (more info from the palace's website HERE)

We followed the orange trail, which is one of eight walking trails in the park.

I´m linking to Weekend Reflections.

27 oktober 2017


One of the things we enjoyed during our visit to Het Loo Palace was the temporary exhibition 'Chapeaux! Hats of Queen Beatrix'. She was our queen for 33 years -from 1980 to 2013- and she always wore a hat at special occasions like state visits, receptions, openings and ceremonies. It wasn't allowed to photograph at the exhibition so I can't show anything, but some of the hats that were exhibited can be viewed on the palace's website HERE.

The red hat on the photo is a delicious piece of pastry that we treated ourselves to after a walk in the palace park, together with a cappuccino. Doesn't it have a royal look?  :))

26 oktober 2017

Looking up

My husband took this photo from one of the many chandeliers inside Het Loo Palace.

25 oktober 2017

Inside Het Loo Palace

Since 1984, after a thorough restoration, the former royal palace Het Loo has been open to the public. The furnished rooms and chambers have all you would expect to see in a palace: high ceilings, thick carpets, sculptures, paintings... 

...and beautifully decorated ceilings like this one.
The last residents of the palace were Princess Margriet and Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. Together with their 4 sons they lived in the East Wing from 1967 to 1975.

From January 2018 the palace is going to be renovated again, for essential maintenance. I´m glad we were able to visit it now, as the museum buildings will be closed until 2021.

24 oktober 2017

Silver Sleigh

 Another exibited item at Paleis Het Loo was this Silver Sleigh, constructed in 1885.
"The Silver Sleigh was mainly used by Queen Wilhelmina for trips through Het Loo Royal Estate, often accompanied by het mother Queen Emma. She generally took the reins herself. The coachman sat on the driving seat at the rear; he operated the ice-scrapers..

..The metal runners converge in the front into crowned griffin heads. The mesh metal screen protected the passengers from any snow flying up around them. The upholstery was made of hand-woven rugs. A fur throw kept the passengers warm." (info from Paleis Het Loo)

This last photo, that was placed next to the sleigh, was taken during a rare demonstration of the Royal Stables Department around Het Loo in 2009.

I´m linking to All Seasons.

23 oktober 2017

Austin 135 Sheerline Princess II

In the coach-houses belonging to Het Loo Palace, a number of royal carriages, cars and sleighs was presented, and all of them treasures!

"This luxurious and representative court car was made at the orders of the royal family. The Austin Sheerline is a composite car: chassis and engine are from the British Austin factory, the body-work was built by Pennock & Son in The Hague. Construction date is 1950-1952.
The "waving car" was frequently used for official visits. In 1955, the Austin Sheerline was used for the visit of Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard to the Dutch Antilles. Three years later it was used again, this time for the visit of Princess Beatrix to Surinam." (info from Paleis Het Loo)

22 oktober 2017

Getting wet..

Detail of a fountain in the garden of Paleis Het Loo. Het Loo Palace, meaning 'The Woods Palace', is located in Apeldoorn. The former royal palace is now a state museum, but more about that later.

21 oktober 2017

Saturday's Critters

We passed these cows during a hike near the village of Loenen..

..and the herd had an impressive bull!

I´m linking to Eileen's Saturday´s Critters. Enjoy your Saturday :)

20 oktober 2017

More mushrooms

We found -and photographed- so many mushrooms the past week! They came in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colours; alone or grouped together. Apparently the conditions for them this Autumn are good. So, more to follow!
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