14 januari 2018

New Year's hike

We joined the annual 'New Year's Hike' from the village of Exloo today. With +1°C we enjoyed the organised route of 15 km. There was a short break for coffee/tea at the Exloo ice rink, which was all prepared for freezing weather but so far no ice yet.

This small building is the skating club canteen. It was crowded inside with hikers so we had our coffee outside before continuing the route.

13 januari 2018


It's January and that means tulips are for sale again. I brought these pink ones home yesterday.

12 januari 2018

Sun and shadow

I'm not sure if this piece of land in the Westerwolde region is overflowed or if there is (some) water here all year. By the look of the vegetation it might be a wet spot. Anyway there was a thin layer of ice at the front that wasn't reached by the sun.

10 januari 2018


This is road N976 leading away from Jipsinghuizen. Our hike followed the bicycle path for a while.

9 januari 2018

The Hell of Jipsinghuizen

Less than a century ago -in 1924- the province of Groningen started an unemployment relief programme to provide jobs for the many people who needed work in those days. It wasn't on a voluntary basis though; in and around a hamlet called Jipsinghuizen men were forced to dig the barren land, and for very little money. The conditions were so bad and dramatic that it became known as 'the hell of Jipsinghuizen'.

This sculpture, also called 'The Hell of Jipsinghuizen', stands across the former tram station where the workers arrived. It expresses the desperation of the past and the hope for a new tomorrow. It was made by Dutch sculptor Eddy Roos (1949).

8 januari 2018

Walk or swim?

Believe it or not but the water on the right was the path we were supposed to follow! Due to all the rain of the past weeks the stream on the left overflowed. This was just outside the village of Sellingen.

I'm linking to All Seasons.

7 januari 2018

Ruiten Aa

It seems a long time ago since we had a sunny day like today -never mind the cold eastern wind ;)
So, we put on our hiking boots and went for a hike in the rural Westerwolde region. The road we are on here is the Zevenmeersveenweg, and the stream we are crossing is called Ruiten Aa.

6 januari 2018

Veenkerk #2

I showed you the Veenkerk yesterday and told you a little about it's history, let's have a closer look at this tiny Peat Church today. Stepping inside brings you in a narrow hall, and then..

..a very basic church room with 6 chairs on each side facing the altar. We visited the church on Dec 26, hence the Christmas tree.

5 januari 2018

Veenkerk #1

The Veenkerk ("Peat Church") in the village of Barger-Compascuum was a small Roman Catholic church. It was built in 1874 in the raised bogs ('hoogveen' in Dutch) in this area, to serve those who lived and worked here to cultivate this area. Around the 1920s the church was in a bad state, and at at same time had become too small for the growing number of churchgoers -so it was decided to build a new and bigger church. The photo shows a replica of the original Veenkerk, which can be found at the Veenpark open-air museum now.

4 januari 2018

On the bridge

Crossing the IJssel river on the 'stadsbrug' (city bridge) on foot from the centre of Kampen to the train station on the other side.

3 januari 2018

2 januari 2018


This beautiful building in Art Nouveau style is a bakery and confectioner's shop in Kampen.

And this is the view around the corner.

31 december 2017

A new face

One hundred portraits in spatial pixels from residents in the city of Groningen form one new "average" face (if there is one..;): this artwork from the wall of a municipal building in Groningen city was revealed in 2014 and is called "Groninger Universalis". It was created by Lambert Kamps (he also made the folly of the former church tower that I showed you recenty) and Tjeerd Veenhoven.

Have a sparkling New Year's Eve!

30 december 2017


View from earlier this month on some farms near Hoornsedijk, just south of Groningen city. The great white heron is a bird that can be seen regularly here.
I'm linking to Saturday's Critters and Weekend Reflections.

29 december 2017

Dark skies

Photo taken earlier this week while driving towards Stadskanaal. A few minutes later it started to rain. For more skies around the globe please visit Skywatch Friday.

28 december 2017

Baking bread

On Boxing Day at the Veenpark open-air museum these men were baking bread the traditional way. In the old days, instead of inside a farm kitchen the ovens in which bread was baked were outside in a separate building. They were mostly very basic and built of bricks, with a small half round masonry oven.

We bought a freshly-baked raisin bread to take home. Delicious with some butter!

27 december 2017

Family bench

In front of the folly -see also yesterday's post- was a two-storey bench..
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