I've been away in Holland to stay with my daughter and her partner, being driven out to various places, taking photos, eating meals out and generally enjoying myself.First holiday since 1994! Mustn't forget the cats who sometimes came to sleep on my bed with me and to whom I gave treats in the mornings! Both of them are rescue cats.
This is Al and
here is Lily.
This part of the Netherlands, North Holland, is very flat, LOTS of wind turbines - these are just a
few at the side of the road, but there can be a whole row of them on the horizon in the distance
People of all ages ride bikes but they aren't the maniacs who whizz along the lanes here in Lycra practising their racing skills, these are people going about their ordinary life. No potholes, or rather, just one in a touristy path. No tailgating, overtaking or being aggressive on long straight roads...
Jackdaws are almost as plentiful as starlings are here, they're everywhere. Plenty of mosquitos here, but then, the fields are divided, not by hedges and fences, but ditches of stagnant water, so it's not surprising you get bitten.
Because I don't walk very fast and to enable us to get around, Teresa had borrowed a wheelchair for me from a local shop, sort of Medical Comforts, which meant we could travel much more quickly and, if I wanted to walk and lean on the handles, everything was dumped on the seat. She pushed me on cobbles, pavements, in and out of cafes, shops and anywhere else we went. Oh, and the car boot, on grass. The usual horrified expression from one stallholder when I indicated I wanted to buy one of her dresses for sale to cut up for patchwork! One stallholder selling things for a South African charity, cut off a strip of her table covering when I admired it! I reckoned I wouldn't get anything like this in the UK.
The town has an evening market where the local shops sell off their end of season goods cheaply to make room for new stock and it's very well attended. It's a bit disconcerting to be at peoples' waist height rather than standing up and peering over shoulders or under their arms so some photos are from a lower viewpoint or only partially successful.
Plenty of cake stalls, nearly all sold out by the time we got there.
As you can imagine, plenty of cheese available wherever we went. This is just a small portion of this stall. I did buy a cheese plane for soft cheese to use back home (not here, though) and it works very nicely. You're asked whether you want 'young' or 'old' cheese in your sandwich, which isn't a sandwich at all,but a roll plus lots of salad.
Plenty of clothes selling for just a few Euros, shoes, all kinds of things, and the shops stay open till late that night, too.
The supermarkets are all together plus parking and that's all opposite some sculpture, of which there seems to be plenty in the town. These two are also inviting you to sit down and rest, there's space enough.
I'll do another instalment in a day or two, now I've downloaded the photos I mean to use...