dinsdag 25 april 2017

Flat tire

A flat tire with your bike doesn't has to be a problem. Most Dutch know how to repair it when you have the right tools with you. Turn it upside down and go for it.
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"

maandag 24 april 2017

Monday Muaral

I am a bit out of murals but found an oldie from 2013 when I visited Norway. This mural was in the City Hall of Norway, where the Nobel Prizes are awarded once a year. The huge hall was decorated all around and this is just a part of it.
Linking to "Monday Mural"

zondag 23 april 2017

Jeu de boule

The clic clac sound of the "Jeu de boule" balls I used to hear only in France but the Dutch have taken the game home from their holidays and now we even see a real bowling alley in the parks in Amsterdam.

Something to do on a quiet sunday morning.

zaterdag 22 april 2017


On the roof of an elevator and entrance to a bicycle storage I found these two creatures in front of the Public Library in Amsterdam.

From above I had a better view. On their back they have Solar cells. With that energy  their body and eyes lighten up in the evening when someone uses the bicycle storage to give them a warm welcome.

It is a design by Marjet Wessels Boer from 2012 and she named them "ODE's blozers".
ODE stands for" Oosterdokseiland" the place of the art. Blozers means "blushers"
It was the result of a contest issued by the municipality of Amsterdam to design an art project that provided itself with energy.

On internet I found a photo in the evening when they are blushing.

vrijdag 21 april 2017


A lot of clouds on the go to the tulip fields in the North-East polder.

With some dark ones too.
Linking to "Skywatch Friday"

donderdag 20 april 2017

Tulip fields

The tulip field in the North-East Polder bloom again.

So we made a ride along the fields.

Endless fields in different colours amazes me every year again.

Unfortunately we had chosen the wrong day, when I was lying on my knees to make this masterpiece suddenly a downpour came along and soaked me before I could reach the car.

You can see the sky we left behind when leaving the polder over the bridge.

woensdag 19 april 2017


A strawberry at a tree was a sign in the Noord-oostpolder (North-East Polder) that the farmer had some products for sale. You can see the sale in the background marked with a flag.

And these were the products, onions, potatoes, eggs and bottled applejuice. There was a price-list and you could put the money in the green box. The confidence in the countryside.
Linking to "signs, signs"

dinsdag 18 april 2017

Amsterdam view

A view over Amsterdam, seen from above in the Public Library. The green building is the Nemo Science Museum for children.

Here a closer look.

A sky view of Amsterdam.

Had to photograph through a dirty window so the pictures are a bit hazy.
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"

maandag 17 april 2017


The budding trees in Amsterdam starting to have  fresh green leaves now.

These photo are from last week when we had summery temperatures with 20 C ( 68F) .They now have dropped to 9 C ( 40.8 F) April is an unpredictable month with the weather.

zondag 16 april 2017

Happy Easter

Vrolijk Pasen or Happy Easter everyone.

zaterdag 15 april 2017

Spring time

We know when spring really begins is when Sofietje loses half her coat. The first time when it happened we were amazed what an amount of hair was flying around the house. She is changing from a warm winter coat to a thin summer coat it seems with scraching her hairs away. You should expect half a cat is left but we don't see the difference. Only I have to use the vacuum cleaner a bit more than usual.
Linking to "Saturday Critters"

vrijdag 14 april 2017

Scenes on a bridge

For a moment I thought someone had fallen in the water when I saw the fire brigade on the bridge in Amsterdam, but they had filled the water tanks in the  truck with canal water and were rolling up the fire hoses.

Had never seen before a firetruck has a name, this was Willem.

The other side of the bridge was also interesting with all the tulips recently placed there as a spring sign. Tulips from Amsterdam :)

donderdag 13 april 2017


I always like to visit the "Foam" Photography Museum in Amsterdam but didn't know what to think of this exhibition.

To understand this mess, you have to read this explanation.

The next room was even worse, I had to find a way through.

This room had a video with a troubled couple.

Finally I found a real photo! Made by American photographer William Eggleston (1939) this was his first colour photo during a trip to New Orleans in 1971.

This was a nice serie "Los Alamos" about his roadtrip from 1965-1974 from Memphis to South California.

This toddler had found an alternitive way to cross the museum..

woensdag 12 april 2017

See through

The entrance to the Hoftuin (Courtyard garden) of the Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam has a see through sign in the gate.

Linking to "Signs, signs"

dinsdag 11 april 2017


A post of Bill Burke of "Somewhere in Ireland" about a woman who helps children to cross the road safely near a school, brought back memories of my own time as a crossing guard. In the fifties I lived in Amsterdam and not far from our school was an intersection that children had to cross to reach the school. The students from the highest grade of the  elementery schools in Amsterdam might be a "klaar-over" ( "ready-over" ) as we were called. We were indentified by a white belt having a band running diagonally over the shoulder. At the band you could hang the "fried-egg", the stop sign. This is me at  twelve years old in 1958.

This was my older brother at the same age.

Usually we were with two together and you had to be present half an hour before school at the crossing and after school as long as there were still children out of school. So you could leave class early and came in later.

This is also my brother with a fellow "ready-over". Our official name was "crossing guard" but as we had to say "ready over" when we raised our sign and the children could start walking, everybody named us "ready-overs".
As I look now we were very young but traffic in Amsterdam in the fifties was not very crowded, a few cars or cyclists and they drove not so fast, they always stopped for us. We also walked to school without parents just on your own.

A photo from internet shows the outfit we weared for rainy days.
Linking to "Our World Tuesday"