23 april 2017

Garden center

One of the bigger local garden centers had open house today. Always nice to have a look around.

We spotted some walnut trees (here in front) and were 'happy' to see them here without leaves and/or any sign of life as well. Exactly like the one in our garden, so no worries anymore about that  haha :)

22 april 2017

Keukenhof #7

One of the sculptures on the grounds of the Keukenhof Spring garden is this beautiful piece named "Najade". It is made from Corton steel, known for its rust-like appearance.

The sculptor is Jack van Iwaarden de Vreede (1962). When I googled for the name "Najade" I found that it has several meanings, one of them is a Greek water nymph. Isn´t it lovely?

21 april 2017

Lost and found

 A 'vindboom' or 'found items-tree' between the Queen Wilhelmina boulevard and the dunes of Noordwijk aan Zee.

It's mostly sneakers and flip flops as you can see ;) I like the initiative but wouldn't recommend to hang any valuable found items there..

20 april 2017

Noordwijk aan Zee

View from the dunes into Noordwijk aan Zee. The town was founded around 1200 as a fishing village. During the 19th century tourism replaced fishing as its primary income.

Nowadays it is a popular resort town with over a million overnight stays per year.

19 april 2017

Walk of Space

Since September 2013 the town of Noordwijk has a "Walk of Space", consisting of a number of tiles in the pavement of the Queen Wilhelmina Boulevard. With this they try to draw attention to space travel in general and their connection with it through the Space Expo: the town's permanent space exhibition which is also the visitor's center for ESA in the Netherlands.
The photo above shows the imprint of an original moonboot by Wubbo Ockels, the first Dutch astronaut who stayed inside the space ship Challenger for 7 days back in 1985.

Another one I'd like to show you is a handprint from André Kuipers, another Dutch astronaut who turned into a true national celebrity in 2011/2012 after he was selected for a 6 month mission to contribute to the International Space Station (ISS) project. The launch into space as well as his return to earth were broadcasted live on television, and there was lot of media attention for his stay inside the space station where he did all kinds of experiments and tests. Because of his enthusiasm the reports from space were a great pleasure to watch.

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18 april 2017

At the North Sea coast

Before we visited the Keukenhof Monday a week ago we spent a day at the North Sea coast at Noordwijk aan Zee. The weather was more than perfect to be at the beach, it was warm and sunny and it felt like Summer; lots of people were sunbathing and some even went swimming in the sea. This photo was made when the tide was getting high; of course the sand castles that were built earlier had to be reinforced!

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17 april 2017

Monday Mural

Watching the artist at work on a boarding fence surrounding a building site at the market square in Emmen.

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15 april 2017

Keukenhof #5

This mirror-like screen hung semi-circular from the tree branches down, creating a peculiar reflection as the ground is now down ánd up. Photo taken at the Keukenhof flower park last Monday.
Happy Easter!

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14 april 2017

Bulb fields

The Keukenhof and the nearby village of Lisse are located in the so-called 'Bulb Region' ('Bollenstreek' in Dutch), in the west part of the Netherlands. Floriculture, the processing of bulbs for export, and other activities in the floral industry are major economic activities in this area.

When the bulb fields are in bloom it is one of our country's most visited tourist attractions. These 2 photos were taken from a viewing platform at the edge of the Keukenhof.

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13 april 2017

Keukenhof #4

On the grounds of the Keukenhof several pavilions have flower shows. This is a flower arrangement with Gerberas inside the Orange-Nassau Pavilion..

..and here we are at the Orchid show in the Beatrix Pavilion.

12 april 2017

Keukenhof #3

I can't imagine the effort it takes for the gardeners at the Keukenhof to keep the many flower beds as neat as they were when we were there. Here the daffodils are tidied, watched by a growing number of people..

..and this man was putting iron sticks at each single hyacinth to keep it standing straight.

11 april 2017

Keukenhof #2

The history of Keukenhof goes back to the 15th century, when Countess Jacqueline of Bavaria, Jacoba van Beieren (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables here for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641, and the estate grew to an area of over 200 hectares.

The castle gardens were redesigned in 1857. That park, in the English landscape style, still forms the basis of Keukenhof. In 1949 a group of flower bulb exporters came up with a plan to use the estate for a permanent exhibition of spring-flowering bulbs, and the park opened its gates to the public in 1950.
If you would like to read more click HERE.

10 april 2017

Keukenhof #1

We drove to the Dutch North Sea coast yesterday, spent the night there and we visited the Keukenhof today, in the village of Lisse. The Keukenhof (lit. "Kitchen Garden") is an annual Spring garden and flower show, with 32 hectares of flowers and 700 million (!) bulbs in bloom this Spring. Apart from many different varieties of tulips we also saw other Spring flowers like hyacinths and daffodils.

It was so great to be there and we were amazed to see the many beautiful flowers and combinations of colours. More photos will follow the coming days.

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8 april 2017

Zwolle canal reflection

On foot from the train station to the city centre of Zwolle, a few weeks ago. The street on the left is the Burgemeester van Roijensingel.

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7 april 2017


From the 2 magnolia trees in our garden; both photos were taken a few days ago.

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6 april 2017

St Hubertus Hunting Lodge

This is the ´Jachthuis Sint-Hubertus' or 'St Hubertus Hunting Lodge', located in the north of De Hoge Veluwe Nat.Park. It is the former residence of the Kröller-Müller family, who were the original owners of the grounds that later became the National Park. The house was completed in 1920 and has been designed by the prominent Dutch architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934), who was inspired by an English country house. The tower was added on request of the Kröller-Müllers, so they would be able to enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside.

The inside of the house can only be viewed during a guided tour, something we definitely should keep in mind for a next visit. For more detailed information regarding the lodge check the official Park site HERE.

5 april 2017

The White Bicycles

The 'Witte Fietsen' or 'White Bicycles' are a well known thing in De Hoge Veluwe Nat.Park. As a visitor you can use them for free in the park and cycle along the 40km of bicycle paths. There are about 1,800 bicycles available, they are stored at the various entrances as well as near the museum and visitor's centre. And, how unusual in the Netherlands, note that it is forbidden to lock them!

Bicycles that are damaged or not working properly can be placed here, apart from the rest, so they can be picked up and repaired.

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