HA! I guess you had to be there...but sometimes it really is like a fairytale. Another joyride on Sunday, this time in the area of Arkel, Hoornaar and Schelluinen, all nearby....
Arkel is where Astrid used to live, just 3 km north of us in Gorinchem.
I've seen this wee Koepelkerk a thousand times, it seems, but had never been inside.
It has a long history, beginning in 641, but the present chapel was built in 1855.
This past Sunday they had an open-house viewing from 2-4 p.m.
Lucky for me that Astrid notices these things in the paper!
And yes, they have a small congregation with services every Sunday.
I think my dad would have loved being pastor of this cozy chapel.
He was such a lover of books and hymnals.
So am I.
But instead of sheep to shepherd that day, all we got were cows!
Cows and more cows.
It was a heyday for cows, most of which are grown here for their dairy products.
We did find some sheep, however. HA!
And two gable stones on the same house.
And TWENTY-ONE weathervanes, of which these are the NON-birds/animals...
...and these are.
Milkweed covers many of the canals right now (bottom-left).
And Spring is still showing off her beauty everywhere.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
On an entirely different note, close to home...
Look what we saw Saturday morning right after breakfast.
Astrid says it's a koolmees (Great Tit), common to Europe.
Apparently this little fella was too young to be frightened, while eating his own breakfast.
After several minutes, he flew off to mind his own business.
Did he know he made my day, I wonder?
That was about the same time I was connecting many dots to fulfill a life-long dream:
P A I N T I N G.
There are so many embellishment and/or manipulation tools these days,
to transform photo images into paintings...without all the mess, I might add.
So as I start my new decade (in two weeks), my dream is becoming real.
This is an oil painting of one of the collage images above.
Here's a watercolor of the same bird but different pose.
And how about a watercolor of the cows!
It may not be everyone's cuppa tea, but for me, I'm in heaven.
You have no idea how soulful this is for me!
(so might as well get used to it)