The Floriade is a world horticulture exhibition that once in the 10 years takes place in the Netherlands.This year it was in our city Almere. There have been many troubbles to organize it, the costs were extraordinarily and nobody could understand who wanted to visit this. I have been there once and was not impressed. Yesterday was the second time and I took a ride in the cable railway.
Last weekend the Netherlands had an anual "open Monuments" day. Mostly we go to look for something interesting in the country but this year we noticed we had an monument in our own village Almere Haven named "The Bivak" We jumped on our bikes and cycled to an allotment complex. The "monument" happened to be a mobile home or construction barn that was used in 1975 by the first people wo had to make a new town here. There were eight of these construction barns for divers people to live in for some time and to think about creating a new town.
This is inside the barn. They were meant to be used for one year, but that ended three years later.
Well it s a long story to tell here, but for us interesting as we live in this place from 1979.It is now in use as an office for the allotment complex.
https://www.almere.nl/over-almere/historie/erfgoedhuis/columns/het-bivak. (is a side about this history.)
I visited an allotment complex in our neighbourhood and saw this sign with a funny name in dutch for leaving thick branches here, a so cold "Branches place". It is to difficult to translate the "funny" joke name in english
I once bought this biscuit tin with a portrait of a young Queen Elisabeth at a fleemarket. I must admit that I am watching all about her death on television at the moment.It is like watching a movie with all the ceremonies, military exercises, and following a car driving through the landscapes of her beloved country. All very impressive to see how loved she was by the people she served for such a long time.
These are from the archives. I have had an accident at walking in the streets and falling over a loose tile in the pavement. I smashed with my head forwards on the pavement and hurt my face and body very painfully. I can still walk but feel a bit weak. so I take a break for some time.....