So, off we went to do our business...knowing we would then take a round-about joy ride on our way home!
At the IKEA entrance was this lovely group of tennis ladies having a party.
Who knows why they were at IKEA but they are students at the University of Utrecht.
Girls just wanna have fun, you know!
From IKEA Astrid drove off the main roads along the Lekdijk...(the Lek river on the left with us up on the dijk)....to start our joy ride.
We weren't the only ones, as you'll soon see.
This alone made my day! How's that for a joy ride!
Everyone was out-n-about...and the sun wasn't even shining.
One thing I've learned about the Dutch: they have to be outside whenever possible.
And the farmhouses we passed were older than dirt!
It was about this time that Astrid mentioned we were near Schoonhoven. We were here before, she said, back when I first arrived in the Netherlands. Really? I had no recollection of anything! The name didn't ring a bell.
So, once home I opened my Schoonhoven-Oudewater-Nieuwpoort file from May 2010 and...no wonder I didn't remember. I hadn't processed most of the images I took that day! That was back before I was doing collages. So guess what I decided to do this past week....
1. SCHOONHOVEN, pop. 12,000:
Actually, this isn't Schoonhoven per se but out in the polder before getting there.
THIS is Schoonhoven and reminds me of a smaller-scale Gorinchem where we live.
This, too, is Schoonhoven, in May 2010, remember....
...with one of the most ornate water towers I've ever seen, from 1901.
(click any collage to enlarge)
(click any collage to enlarge)
2. OUDEWATER, pop. 10,000.
Just as charming as can possibly be!
St. Michael's church is on the right (above), from the mid-13th century...
...and here's St. Franciscus church from 1882.
Oudewater is famous for its Heksenwaag (witches weigh house--bottom right above).
So it didn't surprise us when we saw this parade of witches with school children that day. HA!
Every town has its icons, of course. Some are unique.
As we left Oudewater on our way to Nieuwpoort, we passed hundreds of sheep tending their wee ones:
I can never get my fill of sheep! So adorable, especially in the spring...which is coming soon.
And out in the same middle of nowhere, we had to stop...
first for the water tower near Polsbroekerdam and Lopik, and then the free-range chickens.
3. NIEUWPOORT, pop. ca. 1500.
You may recognize this small town by now because it's where we go for spareribs 2-3 times a year.
We were there back in November when the Christmas lights were over the canal.
That's when we went to see Adrie, the wood turner, at his exhibit, remember?
Gotta love all that charm!
And speaking of Adrie, that drive home from Nieuwpoort always takes us by the windmill and church in Goudriaan where he lives and has his shop:
This, Folks, is Holland as I know and love it!
I stop for every weathervane I possibly can.
...and every gevelsteen. You know me: I want to see it all!
All in a Sunday's joy ride...and an added trip down Memory Lane from almost 3 years ago! Now I need to go to my other files and see what images I never processed! Stay tuned....