Monday, February 10, 2014

A Wee Little Walk in Gorinchem, NL


Did I mention that we drove to Münsterland this past weekend in celebration of our 4-year wedding anniversary?  Guess what I'll be working on for the next several days/weeks to come.  HA!

In the meantime, here's a wee-little citadel walk I took a couple Sundays ago when the weather was just spectacular.  I wanted to play around with my camera, for one thing, and just look again at what's at our doorstep.

I pass our little Paardenwater (water horse) pond every time I walk to one of our grocery stores.
The ducks and geese love it--their own little paradise.
You can look back to our Grote Kerk from there, just two blocks from our apartment.

Nearby, after rounding the pond, you can see our fire station on the Linge river.

Do you recognize some of these landmarks by now?
Our water tower from 1886 is now an apartment building.
And that's our Nooit Volmaakt windmill from 1718, a block from our apartment.
The little church is a reformed church across the street from the Paardenwater pond.
Astrid calls it the "black-stocking" church.  :)

But what I really wanted to catch that day was these Eurasian Magpie birds!  Ekster in Dutch.
I see them all the time but they only sit still in the trees for capturing...600-1200 mm away.
If ever I catch one even 100-200 mm away, I'll be in heaven.
They're so beautiful, especially in flight.

The ubiquitous pigeons, of course, you usually can capture up close.
But these, too, are 600-1200 mm away.
As I said, I just want to see what my little camera can do. 

Of course, there are always the views that catch my eye.
"What can I make of that," I'm always thinking.

I love that there's a skate-boarding park nearby...with soccer goals.

 And always the bridges that give us these sweet views along our canal.
Yup, that's the same fire station in the background.

All in a sunny day's wee-little walk in our lovely Gorinchem where we live!

Happy February to everyone.  We're still waiting for winter....

14 comments:

  1. We live in a beautiful surrounding. Soon Spring will be here and than the chestnuts will bloom. The city walk is every day different. The seasons make it change. It is wonderful each day of the year. You picked the perfect day for a walk. I love the sun and the shadows.
    These pictures are a confirmation that we picked the right spot to live.

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    1. Yes, yes, and yes. Yes to everything. This is where my heart is and I love it here with you, MLMA! Thank you for helping it BE.

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  2. You two absolutely picked the best spot to live! And so close to so many adventures too. Congrats to two beautiful people on the anniversary. Love you two!!!

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    1. Every time we are out-n-about together in our city, Robin, we ALWAYS mention how much we love where we live. It's really true. We're so very blessed. We love you, too!

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  3. I agree with Astrid, the light and shadows are so lovely. You do have a beautiful place there. I know how much you want snow, but I have to tell you that what you have looks pretty good to me about now. The grass is always greener (or whiter), no?

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    1. Thank you, Ruthie. It's just too bad we can't share our combined weather and balance each other out. That would seem fair, don't you think???! :)

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  4. And big congratulations to you and Astrid! :)

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  5. 4 years already?!?! Congratulations you guys.

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    1. Oh, yes, Maria. It's hard for us to believe it, too! :) Thanks.

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  6. Your top collage has a true romantic feeling to it I think – must be your anniversary – and happiness. You are enjoying life and it shows. Happy Anniversary to you and Astrid. Well, the Atlanta mayor and the GA governor came on TV and explained all the preparations they are doing for our next big ice storm which is supposed to arrive during the night… we’ll see. Teams are coming from Florida because they feel we will lose power – I hope not.

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    1. We are definitely happy, dear Vagabonde! :) Thanks for the anniversary wishes. And, yes, I am really paying attention to Atlanta these days. Please stay safe and warm!

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  7. Ginnie I really like this walk...so lovely and so green. Wishing you a Happy Anniversary and many more!!!

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    1. The walk is much longer than this, Donna, around our citadel city, but this is a part of it I love. Thank you for stopping by again.

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