30 september 2016

European Searocket

 On the day we made a long hike through the Texel Slufter area and then back on the beach, we enjoyed our lunch -a few sandwiches and a banana each- sitting on the beach. Looking to the right this was our view. Aren't those white flowers pretty? Back home I googled for them and learned that their name is European Searocket ('zeeraket' in Dutch). The plant is widespread in Europe, especially on coastlines. They grow in clumps or mounds in the sand on beaches and bluffs.

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

29 september 2016

The Texel Soup Kettle

 DE TEXELSE SOEPKETEL, or 'The Texel Soup Kettle', is a foodtruck that had a former life as a fire engine on the island of Texel, which explains most likely the kind of enchanting "70s look". Not just offering "soup", but "fresh and delicious pure organic soups made with love and pride" as is stated on their website.
That there were no happy customers when I took this photo in the village of Den Burg must be due to the fact that it wasn't near lunch time (or dinner time). Next time we will definitely try :)

28 september 2016

Texel Schapenboet

A 'schapenboet' is a typical Texel sheep barn, though they have never been used to keep sheep inside (for this they were too small) but only to store hay and other sheep food. The barns are located on a piece of land on some distance from the farms. The shape of the roof is called a 'saddle roof', which is bevelled on one side.

The schapenboet on the photo dates from the 19th century and is located just outside De Koog village, upon entering the Slufter nature area. The barn was renovated and registered as a local monument. It is now in use as an official and original -typical Texel- wedding location; inside is room for 40-50 people.

27 september 2016

Coffee time

Enjoying coffee and lemon-cheesecake sitting in the gardens of the estate 'Landgoed De Bonte Belevenis', near Den Hoorn on the island of Texel.

26 september 2016

New blackberries

During our hike yesterday we were surprised to see so many blackberry bushes carrying new, though still red and unripe, fruit. August is our "blackberry month" and I guess because September in the Netherlands has been so unusually warm, dry and sunny, new blackberries have grown. Autumn seems hesitant to arrive..

I'm linking to Seasons.

25 september 2016

Love Rock

Somehow I have a hard time understanding people who feel the need to carve their names (added by a date and/or a heart, or 'I was here' for instance) on trees or benches, or write on rocks, or wherever. On this boulder however everyone is invited to "Write down the name of your beloved on this stone".
Well..feel welcome! :)

You can find this stone when you park your car near the lighthouse on the northern tip of Texel, and then walk to the entrance of the beach. Apparently it's also a kind of memorial stone, as the last line is "For Louise van der Sluis, 24 November 2010".

24 september 2016

Rainbow lorikeet

 My husband took this photo of a 'Regenbooglori' (Rainbow lorikeet) at 'Eureka Texel - Orchideeën & Vogelbush' , an orchid and birdbush on the island of Texel.

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

23 september 2016

Artichoke flower

I know artichoke is a vegetable (don't think I ever tasted one though..), but I surely didn't know that the artichoke grows beautiful flowers! I was really amazed :)
Photo made last weekend in the gardens of the estate 'Landgoed De Bonte Belevenis' on the island of Texel.

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

22 september 2016


This car was parked near our appartment in De Koog (Texel). Not totally unique, but it still brought a smile on my face :)
I blurred the licence plate for privacy reasons..

21 september 2016


 At the top of the North Sea beach near De Koog village, on the island of Texel. The signs (mainly) point to a number of beach restaurants.

I'm linking to signs, signs.

20 september 2016

Fruit jam for sale

For sale along the road in De Koog, a Texel village: fruit jam ('vruchtenjam' in Dutch), for instance jam made from blueberries + grapes. (in Dutch: 'blauwe bessen + druiven')

And it's all home-made!

I'm linking to Seasons.

19 september 2016

Texel beach

 We spent the past few days on the Dutch island of Texel, hence the blogging break :) This photo was taken yesterday at the North Sea Beach, just south of the Slufter Nature Area.

15 september 2016

Atlas Theater

The 'Atlas Theater' is a brandnew theater in Emmen located at the Raadhuisplein. The building was finished in June of this year and is fully ready for the new theater season starting in October. It's a multi-functional building; besides a theater the building houses a conference room, restaurants and offices.

The Atlas Theater (note the green roof!) also acts as the entrance to 'Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen', an adventure theme park with 3 areas: Jungola, Serenga, and Nortica. Wildlands opened in March 2016 and 'replaced' the Emmen Zoo. Part of the zoo animals moved to Wildlands, such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos, polar bears, and baboons.

14 september 2016

The painted caravan

Zwolle artist Jeroen van Doornik painted the 'Herman Brood caravan' on the occasion of the 'year of Herman Brood'. Brood (1946-2001) was a Dutch musician and painter; due to his artistic and commercial success in the 1970s and 1980s he was called "the greatest and only Dutch rock 'n' roll star". He was also a so-called enfant terrible, known for his hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.
The caravan is part of the current exhibition "Zwolle in the '70s and '80s" in the Zwolle City Museum. Herman Brood was born in Zwolle.
If you would like to read more about him click HERE.

13 september 2016

Hot day

 We had another hot day today with blazing sun, apparently the hottest 13th of September in Dutch history: about 32°C (89,6°F)!!  I wish I´d been at the beach today and cool my feet in the seawater, but that wasn´t the case :)
This photo was taken a few weeks ago and shows the North Sea coast near Zandvoort.

I'm linking to Seasons.  

12 september 2016

Sparkling wine mural

This mural in Zandvoort appears to advertise for Freixenet, a sparkling wine produced in Spain. The wall obviously belongs to a restaurant, however the few left tables and chairs do not look very inviting.

It's a very nice mural though.

I'm linking to Monday mural.

11 september 2016


 In contrast to the past days and the days ahead (according to the weather forecast), today is cloudy and fairly cool. I took this photo about an hour ago, using the rotatable screen of our Nikon which makes it look like I am standing underneath the New England aster (symphyotrichum novae-angliae), in Dutch known as 'herfstaster'.

10 september 2016

Alley view

A late afternoon view from the Oudestraat into the shadows of an alley called the Melksteeg, in the city of Kampen. The fishing net hanging there at the end is from a pet supply store.

9 september 2016


 As you may know (or not know haha) spiders are my biggest fear, but on a slightly foggy morning like ours today I can't resist going into the garden and admire what I see..

.. here in the buddleja..

..and if you look close they are like complex moleculair models..

7 september 2016

Mosaic art

This house located at the Zandvoort boulevard is a small gallery. The mosaic art on the outside wall was designed by Dutch sculptor Nel Klaassen (1906-1989), together with her husband and painter Jaap Bouhuys (1902-1983).

6 september 2016

September sunset

Even though we are still enjoying some sunny and warm days, it´s obvious that the end of the Summer is near. The days are shortening, the light changes, the first leaves are colouring, and -for my Dutch visitors- : the "pepernoten" and "speculaas" have been for sale in the supermarkets for weeks already ;))..

I took this photo of a beautiful sunset tonight, and I´m linking to Seasons.

5 september 2016

Domus Novae Lucis

A small stained-glass window with the words "DOMUS NOVAE LUCIS" meaning "House of the New Light" (or "Huis van het Nieuwe Licht" in Dutch). This was the name given to the monastery when the building process started in the second half of the 15th century.
Nowadays we know it as the Ter Apel Monastery ("Klooster Ter Apel" in Dutch), see also my previous posts by clicking on the label below.

4 september 2016

Wedding day

A photo-shoot was taking place when I visited the Ter Apel monastery recently. A wonderful location for wedding photos! I couldn't resist taking a photo myself ;)

3 september 2016

Train journey

I was travelling by train today from Haren to Zwolle and back. This photo was taken this afternoon, with a nearly empty compartment. Quite different from weekdays!

Grasslands are a common view on this route, which takes just over an hour. Stops along the way are in the towns of Assen, Beilen, Hoogeveen, and Meppel.

2 september 2016

Friday lunch

This is what I had for lunch today: 2 wholegrain beschuiten ('Dutch rusk' or 'biscuit rusk'): one with fresh strawberries from the garden -picked last evening and probably the last of the season!-, and the other one with goat cheese, walnuts and a little bit of honey. O and some yoghurt with granola after that. Tasty! :)
What did you have for lunch today?

1 september 2016


This nice relief picturing a bullock ('INDE FETTE OS' means literally 'IN THE FAT BULLOCK') dates from the 17th century. The original colour of the relief was brown/red, it received its present colours during a renovation in 1967.

A number of butchers settled here in the Grote Hoogstraat in Leeuwarden since the 16th century, which clearly explains the presence of the bullock relief. Meat was sold at the nearby meathall (market?) at the Eewal.
The house was built in 1664 in Renaissance style, and -like the relief- renovated in 1967.