This is my Blog. This is where I write stuff that grabs my attention or what happens to me, but I don’t write every day.


SteamOk, this is by far my best childhood memory: the steam operated merry-go-round in The Efteling theme park in The Netherlands.

I was five or six I think and in those days the Carousel was still outside, it’s now an indoor feature but in those days it was outside and a steam powered event. I can still remember the smell of soot and steam and it was beautiful to be in.

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FluToday I woke up with a fever and a headache, I have the Flu. And where normally I am up and about early, running errands in my little car or to the park photographing, I now stay put and be miserable on the couch not knowing what to do.

But the fever is finally gone now so I took my camera for a little project: photographing two oddities. One that should be in H0 scale but is not and the other one is the other way around, it is built in OO gauge.

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AuthenticityEverybody has his or her own style. My daughter has hers, quite alien to mine but hey she’s 16 after all. Weren’t we all a bit different than our parents at that age?

She sometimes says I’m sort of hipster but after careful evaluation I have decided that my personal style is authentic. And if that particular style hasn’t been invented yet I will do it now.

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New glasses

Today I bought new glasses. For months now I have difficulties reading.

Now this is an event that I’d like to postpone as long as possible as it’s a reminder that I am getting old. But I can’t read my newspaper anymore or read from the Bible after we had our dinner (Tea if you prefer and you’re British).

So within a day or 10 I will be going from a 0.75 dioptre addition to a whopping 1.75! But what a difference it will make! Just so I don’t change into a grumpy old man. It’ll be a change for the better surely, won’t it?

The day I met her

Enjoying lifeI searched three years to find her you know, for Christa.

I was recuperating from an accident in those days, I was in a wheelchair. In a freak accident late at night I had broken some bones in the Pelvis area and I was in a daily program of physiotherapy and exercises to regain lost muscles during the period in the hospital.

I also had to learn to walk again but that was later. I was staying at my sister and her husband as they were trained nurses and I couldn’t take care of myself then.

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Party in my head

Party in my headWhat’s on your mind, Leendert? Facebook asks me. To be honest, my head is like a Discotheque right now. Trumpets on the left, drummer on the right.

Just one fabulous party with a band on stage, playing upbeat songs and high speed guitar strings.

Why? Because I feel like it. Like a party. But only in my head, I do not want anyone to think I’m mad or something. Just happy. The only thing they’ll be seeing is my foot wiggling at the rhythm of the music they can’t hear.

I would walk 500 miles

KnackeredAnd I would walk 500 more. Ok, maybe I won’t do exactly that though but only because I am physically incapable of walking that far.

I am now back home and I’m playing this The Proclaimers CD I once bought in England when I was young. It reminds me of good times and it makes me happy.

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My first gold watch, I bought it in 1989 at Ratner’s in Norwich. So many good memories come back now when I pick it up to look at it.

Sometimes, just sometimes, I wish I could go back in time and hop on my pushbike and speed down Kett’s Hill and turn left into the city center to go there again.

It’s safely tucked away with all the other good memories now.


Exciting!A life long wish has come true today: the accepted request for reunion of two of the largest Reformed churches in The Netherlands by the Reformed Synod.

It has divided the previous generations for decades, my aunts and uncles, cousins and it has been a cause for arguments, quarrel and even anger between them in my childhood.

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That’s the way the cookie crumbles

Sheer luck!In Holland, when you go to the Market place you have to buy this: Cookie Crumbs. It’s the left over from making Stroopwafels (Syrup Waffles). But in my case, that is not enough.

I also got myself a large Smoked Eel, a huge Cheese and those lovely Syrup Waffles they make for you while you watch.

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