If you go to my Vision and Verb post today, you can read all about it.
The short version is that we 21 collaborators are reprising select images from the past 2+ years to sell as greeting cards, the profits of which will be loaned in $25 allotments to the working poor around the world who are starting up their own businesses. It's our way of giving back, through KIVA as our conduit.
So if you go to my sidebar and click on the Shoppe button, you'll be there.
Scroll down to find me and you'll see my 5 images up for sale...for a good cause.
What I never told you is that another collaborator and I took on the Shoppe as our project over a month ago. To see it brought to fruition now is beyond thrilling for me. It's been a great labor of love for both of us.
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Now...a bridge. The Moses Bridge, to be exact. Who hasn't heard the Old Testament story of how Moses parted the Red Sea by waving his staff over the water, allowing the Israelites to cross over on dry land!
And yet almost no one in the Netherlands has heard of the Moses Bridge that is only 48 miles SW of us in the city of Halsteren! We actually heard about it through daughter Amy's father-in-law in California.
Astrid has since Googled to find people all over the world who know about it...except the Dutch.
So a week ago we made it our business to go find it.
Fort de Roovere was the largest fort on the West Brabant water line in the 17th century,
holding Spanish and French invaders at bay.
The orginial fort was surrounded by a moat with no bridge access.
But in 2010 a restoration project added the bridge to give access to the entire fort area.
In the center image above, you see the opening to the bridge in one of the fortress trenches.
Can you imagine the excitement we felt as we approached that narrow entrance to the bridge!
And there she was...spread out before us, like the parting of the Red Sea.
The bridge is built from Accoya wood sheet piling on either side, with a hardwood deck/stairs in between. Accoya wood’s durability and guaranteed performance in-ground and in freshwater made this possible.
Believe it or not, we were the only ones there, so Astrid was my model to give it scale.
Do you notice how yellow-green everything is? S P R I N G.
Up close and personal...you really do feel like you're walking through the Red Sea!
When it started to sprinkle, the photo op took on a whole new meaning.
Yup. My University of Michigan colors now grace the Moses Bridge!
And what Astrid is pointing to is the sign in the bridge wall that gives the pertinent stats:
It happened since I've been living here. Leave it to the Dutch!
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Another Jan van Haasteren puzzle finished: On the Assembly Line (only 500 pc.).
(click to enlarge)
And don't forget the Grand Opening of Our Shoppe at Vision and Verb today!