Thursday, January 17, 2019

Gorinchem's Tolerantiepad (Tolerance Path)

To start off with, this post has been in the wings since...NOVEMBER.  So, priorities, or as we used to say, the "tyranny of the urgent!"

Over the years I've shown you many reasons why I LOVE LOVE LOVE this city where Astrid and I live here in the Netherlands:  Gorinchem.  Often we both still pinch ourselves, not wanting to live anywhere else on earth.

One reason is because of what this post is about:  TOLERANCE.

The Tolerance Path is a five-kilometer walking route across the rampart, with a hundred large 
portrait photos of Gorcumers that represent and express their feelings with respect and tolerance. 

The exhibition started on 24 November 2018 and is still hanging around our citadel wall,
which Astrid and I often love to walk.

The idea for the Tolerance Path comes from photographer Johannes van Camp's
Tree of Tolerance installation, which gives a cross-section of Gorcum inhabitants.

From all walks of life, young, old, depicted in black and white
 with a self-chosen flower in color that depicts their personal message about respect and tolerance.
Flowers sometimes say more than you can tell.

Several of the 100 photos were difficult to capture straight on.

But you still get the gist of the image.

Of the images I could get straight on, I put them together in collages,
just to give a feeling for the representation.

Plus the two stragglers that didn't fit into the collages!

If I counted right, I was able to capture 95 of the 100 photos.
Five of them were either bent over from the wind or at an angle I could not reach.
[After writing this post, I discovered that all photos are able to be viewed online here.]

Those of you who know the photographic technique of selective coloring
know that this is a manipulation of photography that I absolutely love.
So, OF COURSE, I love this exhibition, if for that alone.

But how can you not love any exhibition that calls us to

YAY for Gorinchem! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Hailey at 3 Months Plus (16-17 weeks)

Yes, I know, we're still counting weeks.  This post is about her last week at 3 months, because she turns 4 months on Saturday, 12 January, in two days.  At this age, every week is still counted.

A week ago, she was 16 weeks old and we were with her for a "fix" with Mama and Papa present.  In other words, we weren't babysitting.

Oma Astrid has the magic touch.

Oma Ginnie just wants to eat her up!

I used to call daughter Amy Snicklefritz ("happy face").
I used to call son Mark Palooka and then called g'son Nicholas the same.
So it makes a good segue to now call Hailey Snicklefritz, don't you think!

I love watching Papa being so involved with his daughter.
(Happy Face and Happy Socks.)

Look at him reading to her (from Oma Astrid's book, I might add).

Thankfully, Oma Astrid was able to lie on the floor to get this vantage point.
(Nope, I can't do that anymore, sadly.)

And then Papa did the big turn-over.

"Look, Oma, at what I can do!!!!"

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

That was a week ago.  This past Tuesday, a couple days ago, at 17 weeks, we babysat Hailey while Mama was at work:

It was an indoors day because of rain and treacherous wind outside.
So we tried out the swing for something different (for us).

At first she slept but when she woke up, she was observing everything.

Did I mention that she's teething?
Interestingly, Opa Jaap's Christmas gift is one of her favorite toys.

See what I mean about eating her up?!

Speaking of eating, look at those hands!

And when she was done....

...she was Ms. Snicklefritz all over again.

OMG.  We can hardly stand it.  Totally smitten.

Thursday, January 03, 2019

ROKR Wooden Mechanical Locomotive: Merry Christmas to Astrid

It's hard to believe it was only 2 weeks ago that I showed you the ROKR pendulum clock I made.  As I said back then, we don't usually give gifts to each other on birthdays or Christmas, saving our money for the trips we like to make.

But this year it was different, when I couldn't resist these wooden mechanical "puzzles."  They are so totally up the alley for us both.  So the clock was for me and the locomotive was for Astrid.

These 3D puzzles are true challenges,
not for the faint of heart.  HA!
My clock was 170 pieces; Astrid's locomotive was 349.

The manual is fairly straightforward, if you can follow instructions.
It tells you where to start and step-by-step thereafter.

I got excited with every new addition as Astrid made it take shape.

All the gears inside would make the train run once wound up.
At least that was the hope, as with my clock.

It was time to give it a try.

There on her hands and knees, she let her rip....
(pay attention to her fisherman's sweater).

Hallelujah!  It would have gone farther if  nothing had stopped it.

Just call us two peas in a pod!
And now which of us will do the tractor...with only 135 pieces???

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Speaking of Christmas gifts, look at what Astrid made for ME, finished on our 2nd Christmas Day, 26 December.  

It's a long story about how my mom made me a fisherman's sweater back in the 80s,
but how it got lost in the condo fire of 1994 when I was with my then partner, Jo.
Astrid had made herself a fisherman's sweater out of Texel wool 20 years ago,
which I admired (did you pay attention to the photo above with her on the floor?).
When she asked if I'd like her to make one for me, she didn't have to ask me twice!

I chose the color and she did all the rest, finishing it in 3 months.
(But as she told our FB followers, NO, she doesn't take orders.  HA!)

It doesn't get any better than that.
Merry Christmas...and Happy New Year!
Here's hoping we're all off to a good start in 2019.