Thursday, July 12, 2018

Gorinchem's Memory Bricks


Remember when g'son Nicholas was with us in June and we tried to find the 27 Memory Bricks around our city's citadel center here in Gorinchem, NL?

You remember now, right?

The fun thing is that HE found most of them before we did.
What a fun memory.

Part of the fun was having a free guide provided by Gorinchem's tourist information center.
If you know the city, you can "picture" where these locations are.

On the back of the guide you get the descriptions of all 27 "bricks."
Except that there are really 30 bricks or more, truth be told....

and if you need further help, the dots on the citadel map might help?!
Also, there is a Facebook page called Memory Brick, helping with clues.

Okay.  This post is to document the bricks and get them "out there" for the record!

1.  CASSETTEBANDJE (cassette tape)

2.  TIEN GULDEN (10 guilders--before the euro)

3.  POTLOOD (pencil)

4.  TANDENBORSTEL (toothbrush)

5.  WASKNIJPERS (clothespins)

6.  MINISTECK (plastic mosaic)

7.  MOBIELE TELEFOON (mobile telephone)

8.  COMPUTERTOETSEN (computer keys)

9.  Vis (fish)

10.  SCRABBLE

11.  POSTZEGELS (stamps)

12.  ASBAK (ashtray)

13.  VIJF GULDEN (5 guilders--before the euro)

14.  PAKJE SIGARETTEN (pack of cigarettes)

15.  PRINTPLAAT (motherboard)

16.  LUCIFERS (matches)

17.  GRAAFMACHINE (excavator)

18.  PIM PAM PET (letter/word game)

19.  MAB 1000 (amplifier?)

20.  GLOEILAMP (light bulb)

21.  KUNSTGEBIT (dentures with left and right eyes)

22a.  STOPCONTACT (electrical outlet)

22b.  STEKKERBLOK (outlet strip)

23a.  VISSPEL (fishing game)

23b.  HENGELS (fishing poles for the fishing game)

24.  BOGGLE

25.  BLOKHAAK (square tool)

26.  ?????????????????????????  No clues to help us.
(no one has found this brick yet!)
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this is near the ant/sand on the citadel map above,
but it's the only hint and no one has found it yet.]

27. DISKETTEBOX (box of diskettes)

????  This is NOT #26 but also is not on the list.  
(The Facebook man behind the bricks has not gotten back to us on it.) 
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this originally had #21 on it by mistake,
so the number was removed, making it now a "bonus" brick.]
Someone else has found these Flippos and put it on the FB site.  Not on the list.
(I have no idea where it is...not my photo.)
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this was a fun prank made by a fan.]

Also, there is a #00, supposedly, of a film roll.
Someone else has found it, obviously (on the FB site).
No clue as to where it is.
[ADDENDUM:  I found out on FB that this brick is between #20 and the toy airplane,
outside the city walls.  When we find it, I will post it here.]

My/our goal is to find them all, of course.  
But without clues on the ones we don't have, it's really a wild goose chase, I'm afraid.
Just glad we have these...with the fun memory of Nicholas helping us!

BTW, this has become a famous thing for our city, 
bringing people from other cities to do the hunt.  It's become a huge family outing.


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Watercolor Sunday and Saturday's Color: June 2018


Can you believe we are now halfway through the 2018 year?!  We are.

And here are my Watercolor Sunday posts on Facebook for June 2018:

June 3 (photo manipulation):
"But he who dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose."
--Henry David Thoreau

[And yes, we are safely back in The Netherlands.]


June 10 (photo manipulation):
"The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said."
--Peter Drucker


June 17 (photo manipulation):
"Children don't need more things.
The best present they can get is a father who gets on the floor and plays with them."
--Anonymous

Happy Father's Day to all fathers everywhere, whether they have their own children or not!


June 24 (photo manipulation):
"In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes...."
--John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves on the trees...
I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
--F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My Saturday's Color posts on Facebook for June 2018:

(finished on 26 March, posted on FB 2 June 2018)
I see some hairpin turns, taking us back to where we came from.
This evening g'son Nicholas flies back with Astrid and me 
to The Netherlands for 2 weeks, as his graduation gift from us.
He was there 3 years ago but this time, he's...older.  :)
(from my Mindfulness book)

(finished on 28 September 2017, posted on FB 9 June 2018)
Still trying new color combinations to see if they'll work.
Sometimes they surprise me.
(from my Stained Glass book)


(finished on 27 March 2004, posted on FB 16 June 2018)
Today is g'son Nicholas' last full day with us before he flies back to Atlanta tomorrow.
So many memories..."like circles that you find in the windmills of your mind."
(from my Op Art book)


(finished on 11 January, posted on FB 23 June 2018)
How 'bout starting off summer with this Mini-Mandala (6 x 6 in.).
Ironically, The Netherlands didn't get the Summer Solstice memo because it's in the mid 50s F right now!


(finished on 23 April, posted on FB 30 June 2018)
Thor's hammer amulet (Mjölnir) "is depicted in Norse mythology as one of the most
fearsome and powerful weapons in existence, capable of leveling mountains."
Thor, as you may recall, is the Norse god associated with thunder.
Somehow this seemed appropriate for those of you in America 
who'll be hearing fireworks probably all week now!  
Stay safe.
(from my Viking Colouring Book)


And now we start the second half of 2018!