Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Friesland, Luttelgeest, Rouveen and Staphorst - Day 4






Today I had a free day and Lya took me sightseeing. We drove through the province of Friesland, which has many lovely farms decorated with this symbol of two swans:




This is the way willows are traditionally trimmed in the Netherlands:




The Friesland coal black horses:




We were very lucky to spot some storks! Lya says that they are rare, but making a comeback in the Netherlands. This stork was gathering sticks for its nest.




Here are two storks nesting:




These photos are in black and white because I am a total klutz. I was so busy looking at all the amazing things around me that I tripped and fell, and must have pushed a button that switched off the color! (And yes, I'm okay.)
Next, we drove to Luttelgeest to de Orchideeen Hoeve - een Tropisch Paradijs (the Orchid House - A Tropical Paradise). There were many enormous greenhouses in this area, growing many kinds of flowers.




















Lya snaps some photos of the orchids:




There was also a big area filled with hundreds of butterflies.












This is a fragment of a blue Morpho butterfly wing. There were lots flying around, but they were very elusive.
















The orchid greenhouses were lined with antique tools and farm implements, including this cookie mold:




And old wooden shoes:




In the afternoon, we visited two small towns known for their traditional farmhouses, Rouveen and Staphorst.




Houses here have shutters and doors painted green.








Here is a woman in traditional dress, on bicycle:




Workers re-thatching a roof:




As the roof gets older, it sometimes grows a lovely mossy coat:




Nearly all of the houses are impeccably neat, clean, and well cared for, but I found one house up for sale that had wonderful old paint and rust.












On the way home, we had to wait for a boat to pass the drawbridge over a canal:




More tomorrow!

8 comments:

  1. What an amazing place and so much beauty in the area. I can see a lot of new quilts in your future.

    Debbie

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  2. Those thatched roofs are so cool. That's the kind of thing that makes it seem like you're in a completely different world. And the traditional dress, on someone just going about her daily business -- where would you find that in the US (besides Amish areas)? Awesome.

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  3. The colours of the flowers & designs on the butterflies took my breath away - thank you for sharing your trip.

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  4. That was a lovely day! All those butterflies must give a lot of inspiration. I have never been there, but I sure will visit that show. And especially for Alisan: this traditional costume is as rare as the Amish. There are only a few places left where they wear traditional dresses.
    gr. Marjolijn

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  5. I see a lot of new quilts coming.

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  6. Thank you for taking us along with you...the photos are mini vacations for me...Thank you!!!

    I've been indulging in your book, Point, Click, Quilt so I can't help but think of all the photo inspirations you will have when you get home.

    Enjoy and breathe it all in :)

    Kelly

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  7. Oh what great photos! I see lots of new quilts coming from them.
    Thanks for sharing your great trip

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  8. It is great to see our country through your eyes!

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