22 juni 2017

Model balloons and Sesame Street

Supporting act at the TT Balloon Festival were a number of 'model hot-air balloons' that made a ride. The baskets were obviously not meant for humans, but we spotted one in which Pino (the Dutch version of Big Bird), Bert (who seems to balance dangerously on the edge there), dog Tommie and the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street had a fabulous time! :)

This photo gives you an idea of the size of these model balloons. Besides being smaller they operate exactly the same as normal balloons, including the burners. They can however only be controlled from the ground so the owners kept them on a long rope like a kite.

21 juni 2017

TT Balloon Festival #2

Today a few more images from the TT Balloon Festival last Sunday evening. On this photo a lot of balloons were preparing to lift up in the air.

A spectacular sight was this really HUGE Oriënt Express-balloon from Germany. Because of it's immense size and unusual shape the balloon was quite unstable however and was 'just' meant for show-effect on the ground.

This photo shows 16 of the about 25 balloons on their way at 9:15 pm.

20 juni 2017

TT Balloon Festival

It's MotoGP time again in Assen! In the week prior to this event, known as the Dutch TT that will be held this coming Sunday, all kinds of activities are organised. One of them is the TT Balloon Festival that we visited last Sunday evening. About 25 hot-air balloons went up in the blue sky in still tropical temperatures. The special shapes were spectacular! How about this Nissan Micra..

 .. and this happy lady..

And of course the lucky ones on board did a lot of waving to the people left behind on the ground.
A few more photos tomorrow.

I'm linking to All Seasons.

19 juni 2017

Tunnel mural

Apart from the nasty graffiti this mural shows quite some things that can be found in the Lappenvoort Polder that I told you about earlier: the White Mill, cows, ducks, and the green landscape with the Drentse Aa river. We found the mural in a small tunnel going underneath highway 28 near the village of Haren.

I'm linking to Monday Mural.

18 juni 2017

Refreshments

This small though elegantly decorated cabin near De Braak estate in Eelde offers coffee/tea and refreshments.

17 juni 2017

Lappenvoort Polder

It was the third time we did this 13 km walk, starting from the Postillion Hotel car park in the village of Haren. Standing on this bridge we crossed a small river called Oude Aa. Just visible between the trees is the Witte Molen (the White Mill) that I showed earlier HERE and HERE. The landscape belongs to the Lappenvoort Polder.

And from the other side of the bridge is another view of the polder, that is also a designated flood storage area with the city of Groningen only a few km north. I took both photos last Sunday.

16 juni 2017

Wall advertising

I photographed this (newly repainted?) wall advertising in Apeldoorn:
"meubelfabrikanten (1901) 
D.N. van Heerden 
ontwerpen voor 
woningsinrigtingen (1923) 
Davoud (1972) 
in English: "furniture makers (1901) - D.N. van Heerden - designs for home furnishings (1923) - Davoud (1972)

This address at the Hoofdstraat used to be the location for Davoud Perzische Tapijten (Davoud Persian Carpets) - hence the advertising on the wall. I haven't been able though to find any information regarding the name 'D.N. van Heerden' and/or the dates that are mentioned. Maybe they also had a store here once?

15 juni 2017

Tricycle

This carrier tricycle was parked in front of 'WAAR', a shop in fashion and lifestyle accessories in Apeldoorn.

14 juni 2017

Roof tile walls

The roof tiles on this building are commonly used here in the Netherlands, though I have never seen them applied on walls like it was done here in this street in Apeldoorn.

It seems quite expensive to me, though practical as well in terms of weather-proof and I think it looks rather neat.

13 juni 2017

Paper art

One more from the CODA museum Paper Art exhibition: a paper sculpture with colour pigments by Korean artist Jae Ko (1961). She works with rolls of paper that are used in calculators and cash registers, and experiments with traditional pigments. She then rolls it up and shapes it.

Jae Ko considers the art she creates as works without a meaning, and therefore the objects are nameless. I enjoyed viewing her website HERE.

12 juni 2017

Apeldoorn mural

This mural at the Stationsstraat in Apeldoorn pictures several scenes: people cycling towards the horizon, and -as the city of Apeldoorn is located near the forest-rich Veluwe National Park- a variety of animals such as a deer, a wild boar, and a fox.

The mural was painted by local artist Stephan Peters. You can read more about him and his work HERE (in Dutch).

I'm linking to Monday Mural.

11 juni 2017

Paper pulp drawing

Another impressive piece at CODA Museum's current Paper Art exhibition is this drawing from paper pulp called 'Refugees', by Colombian artist Miriam Londoño (1955). With this she draws attention to the refugee crisis, a topical matter obviously.

Looking at a detail it is clear what a remarkable and precise work this is, and the shadows on the wall emphasize that even more.

10 juni 2017

Faces

We visited the 'Paper Art 2017'-exhibition in the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn today. This was one of the pieces. Can you see the faces?

9 juni 2017

The Old Alley

A rainy day today so I chose 2 photos with blue skies taken recently: this former sheep shed in the village of Gees is named after the alley it is located at: "De Oude Steeg" ("The Old Alley"). Inside antiques/vintage items are sold, or "brocante" as we call it.

The barn seen from the other side.

8 juni 2017

Voldersgracht

This canal is the Voldersgracht, dating from the 14th century and one of the oldest canals in Delft. With houses at the right, it has a street on one side only. It is located near the central square.

6 juni 2017

Flowers and a lane

Two more views taken during our hike yesterday near the village of Ter Apel, in Westerwolde. These lovely little flowers attract bees and can be found everywhere now, especially on roadsides. I think it's called knapweed, or 'knoopkruid' in Dutch.
Update: I was kindly informed by several of you that this is not knapweed but clover. Many thanks for correcting me! I appreciate that :))

I love the sight of these old and grand looking lanes. It´s the kind of lane that would lead to a castle, or a manor maybe, and you wouldn´t be surprised to see a horse and carriage appear. This photo was taken near the Ter Apel Monastery, and it must be one of the older access roads.

Linking today to All Seasons.

5 juni 2017

Ruiten-Aa canal

On a bridge crossing the Ruiten-Aa canal, earlier today. This region is called Westerwolde and it is located in the south of the province of Groningen.

The canal exists for about 100 years: at the end of the 19th century plans were made to dig a canal in order to relief the area of superfluous water, and in 1920 the Ruiten-Aa canal -including 8 locks- was finished. Nowadays the canal is in use for recreational boats only.

3 juni 2017

Delft centre

The historic town centre of Delft, seen from the central square..

..and shops selling typical Dutch items like Delft Blue pottery and cheese.

2 juni 2017

Where to?

This vase was attempting to hitchhike out of the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft  ;)

NB. You may notice written names on the vase. Visitors to the museum were allowed to write or scribble on it with blue markers. But only on this one!

1 juni 2017

Book chest escape

In the primary school history lessons of every child in the Netherlands is told about the escape in 1621 from Hugo Grotius (in Dutch known as Hugo de Groot) in a book chest, from Loevestein Castle where he was imprisoned. Lawyer, poet and politician Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) laid the foundations for international law. He served a controversially imposed life sentence from 1619 in the castle.
As he was still allowed to read and study, the necessary books were regularly brought to him in a book chest. In 1621 his wife hid him in this book chest and helped him to escape from the castle.

Apparently both the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Prinsenhof Museum in Delft claim to have the original book chest in their collection. On the photo is the one we saw in Delft. What do you think, did we see the real book chest? ;)

31 mei 2017

Delft lanterns

As you may know, the city of Delft is famous for its Delftware or Delft pottery, also known as Delft Blue. This blue and white pottery was made in and around Delft from the 16th century.
At the St Agatha Square, in front of the Prinsenhof Museum, are 3 porcelain covered streetlights. They were placed here as part of the cultural exchange program between the cities of Delft and Jingdezhen, that started in 2008. The porcelain was painted by the artists Wendy Steenks from Delft and Ling Yun from China.

30 mei 2017

Summer heat

Both images are from our hike last Sunday morning in the rural area of the Westerwolde region. We were happy to walk in the shade with the tropical conditions that we had during the weekend :)

The heat made most people stay home I think, as we saw almost no cyclists or other hikers.

I'm linking to All Seasons.

29 mei 2017

Bench

This nice wooden bench belonged to one of the stalls of the antique market (I think) across the street that day in Delft.

28 mei 2017

Reed plaiting

This traditional barn in the country village of Gees has a thatched roof combined with reed plaiting. Though it has mainly a decorative function now, it was once done to save money; wood was very expensive and this way less wood was needed. The use of straw, plaited and put just underneath the roof where rain water didn't do much damage, seemed a good solution. And it didn't just look nice, it also ventilated the barn.
Nowadays reed is used, which is much stronger.

I'm linking to Tom's Barn Collective.

27 mei 2017

Dwingelderveld sheep

This is one of two flock of sheep that graze the grounds of the Dwingelderveld National Park, a 4,000 hectares big area with mainly mosses, grasses and wet heathland.

The Drenthe Heath Sheep (Drents Heideschaap in Dutch) is a domesticated breed of sheep originating in the Netherlands. It is raised primarily for vegetation management, and is said to be the oldest surviving breed of sheep in Europe.

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

26 mei 2017

Gees village

Gees is a small and idyllic country village in the province of Drenthe, and it is where we began our hike yesterday. Along the quiet roads are many farm houses with thatched roofs, like the one on the photo. Because part of Gees is a protection area, new buildings are scarce and so the village managed to maintain its original character...

...where apparently time stood still. Look at this rusty bicycle! Even though the tires and basket seem in rather good shape, I wonder if it is still in use..

24 mei 2017

Coffee, cake, lunch

Want coffee, cake, lunch? Follow the cupcake :)

Photo taken in the city centre of Delft.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

23 mei 2017

Génestet church

The nice thing about a historical town is that there are small alleys to find and hidden inner yards to discover if you look well. In Delft we found this gate with a medallion portrait picturing the clergyman and poet P.A. de Génestet, who worked in the Remonstrant church that was named after him and that we found behind the gate.

The Génestet church is a neo-renaissance building from 1896, designed by L. Couvée and built on the site of a so-called 'secret church' from 1639. A secret -or clandestine- church ("schuilkerk" in Dutch) was a house of worship used by religious minorities, and was tolerated on condition that it was discreet and not conducted in public spaces. Clandestine churches were commonly built inside houses or other buildings, and do not show a public facade to the street.
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