'In Almere is alles nieuw; daar is geen replica uit de Gouden Eeuw te vinden. Het heeft zijn korte geschiedenis, die meer is dan charme, en wie er goed kijkt zal het geen moeite kosten te zien dat de nieuwe stad en het nieuwe land ook mooi zijn, weergaloos.'

'Everything in Almere is new; there are no replica's from the Golden Age to be found here. It has a short history which is more than charm , and for those who observe carefully it will not be difficult to see that the new town and new land have an unparalleled beauty of their own.'

From: De ontdekking van Almere, H.J.A. Hofland

maandag 23 april 2012

Spring in Holland... 

Nearby my allotment garden I saw this nest with eggs...

the magnolia ....

and the pears are coming out...

the little lambs are growing...

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives at the Royal palace to meet Queen Beatrix.

and another crisis hits the eurozone after the Netherlands cabinet 
resigns after failing to agree new budget cuts.

vrijdag 20 april 2012

Weekend Reflections

The Traverse  is a footbridge with 20 classrooms 
between two schools in Purmerend.
The bridge is eighty meters, has two levels and executed transparant; 
the rafterconstruction is visible behind the window of the façade.
A solution for two problems: the children of the two schools can 
savely cross the street and extension of the classrooms!

More reflections:weekendreflections

maandag 16 april 2012

Singer Museum in Laren

I made these pictures in the garden of the Singer Museum in Laren, 
a Dutch ‘old artistsvillage’. 
The museum is devoted to presenting and preserving the collection of the American artist William Henry Singer  (1868–1943) and his wife Anna.
The museum hosts the Singer collection of paintings and sculpture and artifacts, by members of the Laren School, the Hague School (Pulchri Studio) and  Bergen School (art), but also has examples of Expressionism.
There is now a beautiful exposition with the theme: 
Painters at the sea, from Mondriaan until Munch.
Unfortunately it was forbidden to make pictures in the museum, 
but for more information click: www.singerlaren.nl

 'Braamboot' by Maria Roosen

'Drie Balansen' by Bert Frijns

Always nice for a picture these 'viewing-holes'
(I don't know this is the right English word?)

vrijdag 13 april 2012

Walking : from Woudenberg to Amersfoort 

Today I made a very nice walk from Woudenberg to Amersfoort, about 18 km.
We walked along the ‘Heiligenbergerbeek’, a brook of 8 km.
This brook and his valley have an important function as ecological connectionarea between several rural estates and other nature areas in the surroundings.

This is the valleycanal

New life in the brook...

A part of old Amersfoort

dinsdag 10 april 2012

Zaanse Schans and windmills: 
Traditionally Dutch

Zaanse Schans is a neighbourhood of Zaandam, near Zaandijk,
in the province of North Holland.
It has a collection of well-preserved historic windmills and houses.
The ca. 35 houses from all over the Zaanstreek were moved to the museum area in the 1970s. The Zaans Museum established in 1994, is located in the Zaanse Schans.
The Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist attraction of the region and an anchor point of ERIH, the European Route of Industrial Heritage.
The neighbourhood attracts approximately 900.000 visitors every year.

maandag 2 april 2012

Monkeys in Almere

In Almere we have a (European) relief centre for monkeys 
and other endemic mammalians.
 The animals are from illegal business, laboratory animals, circuses, 
gady zoos or directly from people.
Every new animal has to go into quarantine for at least six weeks. 
The vet checks everything and after that period the apes 
and monkeys return to the Monkey Hall and start their process of resocialisation. 
When they are in good condition they have been replaced in their natural surroundings.
Here in Almere are about 250 animals.