Surselva and Surses

You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo…

Pre-coronial times

Corona reached the Netherlands by the end of February. In the very beginning we weren’t scared, somehow we thought it wouldn’t be like China or Italy. Government said: “don’t shake hands. wash them”. We saw an exhibition in Nunspeet on the 3d of march, another one in The Hage on the 5th and went for…

Zandvoort, a view

From our window, towards the south-west, we see the city of Zandvoort, in the distance behind the dunes. The whole scene can be very charming, with amazing sunsets, low hanging mist between ranges of dunes, and on clear days there is the sea behind the skyline. But with torrential rains and storm the whole world…

Dunes, beach, sea

The post I created with the skyline of Zandvoort as seen from my window leaves much unsaid. At Zandvoort itself there is the beach, which is particularly beautiful some five kilomaters to the North, at Bloemendaal aan zee, or better even Parnassia. During ebb, the beach is wide and depending on the wind and period…

Orchids and Tulips

Orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants, with some 28.000 species. And if you consider hybrids and newly bred species it may add up to 100.000. Compared to that, tulips are a small family, with some 75 species. But tulip breeding has created many new species and races that became a…