This is a sculpture in Amsterdam of "Alida Bosshardt" (1913-2007), better known as Major Bosshardt, a well known officer in the Salvation Army. She worked at the Army's national headquarters in Amsterdam and noticed the Army had no activities in the "Wallen", the red -light district, and obtained permission to start working there. Her work for the prostitutes gained her national fame.
In 1965 she accompanied a disguised Princess Beatrix with wig, scarf and glasses, on a secret visit of the red-light district where they were caught by a photographer.
As a tribute to her the bench was placed in 2013 in "the Wallen" the area where she had worked. She seems to invite you to sit next to here and comfort you.
Yesterday I went out in the neighbourhood to make some pictures with a camera borrowed from SC. A bit strange to handle the other buttons on the camera and to think all the time, how to open and close, how to zoom. It had been a frosty night with temperatures below zero, - 5 C ( 23.0 F), and there was ice on the grass.
I tried the zoom for a closer look. It had been the coldest night in November since 1998!
The frozen grass in the shadow along the cemetery.
A freighter at the Gooi Lake on its way to Amsterdam.
A meeting with some horses.
Well, a first try with another camera, it feels still a bit uncomfortable but I will keep practising.
This photo I made of my birthday flowers last week and it is the last one with my camera before it suddenly broke down last Saturday. Arriving in a sunny Amsterdam I was looking forward to make some nice photos and than nothing worked anymore. Very frustrating!
Hubby SC has lots of cameras as a hobby and I tried in the evening one of them with an upside Sofietje next to me.
Next day we went cycling and I took the other camera.with me. I don't know, the colours are not so bright I think. I can use another one of SC but that is one I have to hold otherwise as I am used to.
Well, I am a bit of a fuddy-duddy I think, will be continued.