Category Archives: Events

Celebrating Hetty

One of the pleasant things about living in the Dutch countryside is that we get to participate in traditions that are non-existent or being eclipsed in cities. One such tradition is Noaberschap (neighbourliness). Martin and I are the Noaste Noabers … Continue reading

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Horse Driving Trials

The local horse and carriage club held its annual horse driving trials (samengestelde menwenstrijd in Dutch) last weekend. On the Sunday, the Marathon was held, and I went along to take photographs at one of the sets of obstacles near … Continue reading

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First Day Out

Our neighbour has a herd of dairy cattle. During the winter, they are kept indoors, but come the spring, they are let out to graze in his fields. Today was the first time they were let out this year, and … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings

We’re nearing the end of another year here in the Witte Wand farmhouse. For the most part, it’s been a good year, with happy memories; however, there have been a couple of bumps along the way. We lost a member … Continue reading

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Abraham And Sarah

Here in the Netherlands, there’s a tradition that when someone reaches the age of 50, they are said to be an Abraham (if they’re a man) or a Sarah (if they’re a woman). And in this part of the Netherlands, … Continue reading

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Canal Parade 2013: Flyboarding and More

I didn’t make the trip to Amsterdam this year for the annual Canal Parade, but by all accounts, it was a great success. The Armed Forces had a boat in the Parade, and the Minister of Defense was on board … Continue reading

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It’s NOT a Coronation!

It’s been a momentous day here in the small country of The Netherlands. This morning, at 10:10, Queen Beatrix signed the document that confirmed that she has abdicated in favour of her eldest son, Willem-Alexander, who has now become King. … Continue reading

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