17 december 2017

Fraeylemaborg Christmas Fair

This weekend a Christmas Fair was held on the grounds of the Fraeylemaborg in Slochteren. A "borg" (or castle) is a former stronghold or villa in the province of Groningen, they used to belong to noblemen or prominent citizens. You can see the Fraeylemaborg in the background, I will show you more in the coming week.

With blue skies and about 4°C (39°F) today it was great weather for an outdoor fair.

16 december 2017

15 december 2017

Tidings from far away

Dutch artist Ruud Venekamp (1957) was inspired by the Indonesian landscape when he painted this series of 7 large canvases. The country had impressed him by its light and colours, and the systematically landscaped plantations, which he calls 'tropical architecture'.

Venekamp lives and works in Groningen city. The exhibition "Tidings from far away" from this year was his first in the Groninger Museum.

13 december 2017


It's hard to see on this photo, but there is actually a narrow country road on which this car is driving.

12 december 2017

Snow trail

The snow reveals that an animal passed here on its way towards the end of our garden. A cat maybe?

10 december 2017

The Helper

Polder mill De Helper (The Helper) is located on the east shores of Lake Paterswolde and -until the 1960s- helped to regulate the water level in the nearby Helpman polder. It is not the original location where the mill was built however; when the construction of highway A28 started in 1969 it had to move, so it was demolished and rebuilt here.

The mill is in operation on a voluntary base every now and then.
PS. The Helper mill is also on my header photo, these photos were taken on the same day.

9 december 2017


There were some rainy moments during our hike. These photos were taken near Hoornsedijk, a hamlet south of Groningen city..

..and close to Lake Paterswolde where yesterday's photo was taken.

I'm linking to Weekend Reflections.

8 december 2017

Winter hike

A photo taken during our hike along Lake Paterswolde, earlier this week.

7 december 2017

Groningen CS

View towards Groningen Central Station seen from the Emma viaduct.

6 december 2017

Marking the city boundaries

When you approach Groningen city from the south on highway A28 you see this free-standing 43 meter high electricity pylon with 7 (metal) flames. The object is called 'S01 Gate Tower Clio' and was put here in 1990 when the city of Groningen celebrated its 950th anniversary. The flames stand for the days of the week, and (a bit hard to see on this photo) the numbers 1040 on the front refer to the year 1040 when the city was officially mentioned for the first time.
The pylon is one of ten sculptures belonging to the 'Marking the city boundaries'-project. The pylon links to the natural gas fields near the city, and the name 'Clio' is the muse of history in Greek mythology.
This photo was taken from the backside from a walking trail, on the other side of the trees is highway A28.
If you would like to read more about the project (in Dutch) click HERE.

5 december 2017

Orvelte farms

The small village of Orvelte in the north east of the Netherlands is known for its monumental old farms. The town site is national heritage and you won't find modern new homes or buildings. Orvelte presents itself as a museum village, and throughout the year a number of events are organised -like the Winter Fair I told you about in my last blog posts.

Less than 100 people live in Orvelte. It's a wonderful place to wander around.

4 december 2017

Kitchen ware

The side of a market stall at the Orvelte Winter Fair. To be used in all seasons ;)

3 december 2017

Orvelte winter fair

Two images from the winter fair from last weekend in the village of Orvelte. We were there before the crowds came and had a good chance to look around.

Lots of handmade things to choose from.

2 december 2017

Printing Museum

Meppel has been known for a long period of time for its printing businesses, and has an interesting Printing Museum (Drukkerijmuseum). Here the process is described how the business developed over the years, showing the different techniques of hand-setting and printing, offset presses, fonts, characters and such.

The lay-out of a type case. It makes you realise how times have changed!

Happy weekend :)

1 december 2017

Meppel streets

The shopping streets in the centre of Meppel are car-free. In the background is the Maria Church, a reformed church dating from the 15th century.

Happy Friday!

30 november 2017

De Wetering

"De Wetering", as this building at the Church Square in Meppel is called, was built in 1921 as a transformer station, to transport electricity from the power station to the end users. Not what I would have expected at first sight, it must have had a thorough restoration.

Designed in Renaissance Revival style the building nowadays serves as a centre of the Dutch Reformed church. It is listed as a National Heritage building.

29 november 2017

De Vlijt mill

Today's photos were taken from the Steamboat Quay in Meppel  -the boat you see on the right is (yes, once more :) ) the pancake ship. The mill in the background is called "De Vlijt" ("The Dilligence" in English), a smock mill in Meppel. It was rebuilt in 2002 on the octagonal brick base of a tower mill from 1859 that had been taken out of use in 1933.

In Dutch we call this type of mill a 'achtkante stellingmolen'. While googling for some more information I read that the base of the mill is used as living accomodation and office space, so it's not open to the public. The official De Vlijt website (in Dutch) can be found HERE.

28 november 2017

A girl from Staphorst

Near the Steamboat Quay (you can see the pancake ship from yesterday's post in the background), I found this sculpture picturing a girl from Staphorst, a village near Meppel. The sculpture was created in 1967 by Dutch sculptor Theo van der Nahmer (1917-1989) by order of local publisher J.A. Boom, on the occasion of their 125th jubilee. It was a gift to the town of Meppel.

As Van der Nahmer's wife had a close friend from Staphorst, she most likely inspired him for this art work. The people from Staphorst are known for wearing traditional costumes, which can still be seen today.

27 november 2017

Pancake ship

The Liberté was built in 1901 and has been a cargo vessel in the European waters for over 75 years. In 1993 restaurant owner Jan Vrielink bought the ship and brought it to Meppel, where it was transformed into a restaurant ship specialised in pancakes.

It's a real eye-catcher now at the Stoombootkade (Steamboat Quay) in the centre of Meppel.

26 november 2017

Meppel centre

Typical houses that can be found in the centre of Meppel. This is the Grote Kerkstraat.

25 november 2017

Meppel canals

I visited Meppel today, a small city in the south-west of the Province of Drenthe. Meppel developed in the 16th century as a transport and distribution inland harbour. Nowadays there is only one main canal left. I took this photo on my way from the train station to the centre, at the point where the canal is divided in two.

Linking to Weekend Reflections.

24 november 2017


View from the back of our house, taken at 3:40 pm today. I'm linking to Skywatch Friday.

23 november 2017

Starck pavilion

This photo was taken when I was about to go downstairs and leave the Starck pavilion, one of the exhibition rooms of the Groninger Museum. The interior of this large room, with many round shapes, was designed by French architect Philippe Starck.

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.
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