Brennacy discovers Springtime, 30 April 2006, as recorded by her father and image-edited by her grandmother.
Hanging Orchid in the Orchid Pavillion, Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Holland
A Landscape, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands
Sometimes a landscape is God’s artwork and sometimes, as here, the hand of man creates upon God’s drawing board. The word “landscape”, recorded for the first time in 1598, seems to have been invented by 16th century Dutch artists during the period when they were becoming masters of the landscape genre. The Dutch word “landschap” had meant simply a region, or tract of land, however when the word entered into the English language it acquired an artistic sense, meaning a painting of scenery on land. Originally, the English word “landscape” was used only to describe landscapes in paintings, not real life vistas of natural scenery as is used today.
As I was touring inside of one of the beautiful windmills at Kinderfijk, I wandered into the miller’s quarters. They were quite charming, as seen by this still life of the miller’s office. April 2006, Kinderdijk, The Netherlands.
Reflections of Ghent
The World of Waffles!
Waffles have been an important part of the Belgian diet for centuries and can only be experienced in their natural habitat. That is because the authentic Belgian waffle is baked upon special waffle irons, unavailable outside of Belgium. These cooking implements give Belgian waffles the signature crunchy-golden outside and fluffy inside.
In Belgium there are two types of waffles, or gauffres as Belgians say; the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle. The Brussels is rectangular in shape with a golden-brown exterior, deep divots and is usually eaten with a knife and fork. Brussels waffles are served with a variety of toppings such as powdered sugar, whipped cream, ice cream, strawberries and chocolate. The Liege waffle is golden-yellow, more dense in texture and has a burned sugar coating on the outside giving it a lightly sweet flavor. The Liege is the hand-held waffle sold by street vendors all over Belgium.
If you cannot travel to Belgium for Sunday morning waffles, this is a great substitute for your kitchen: Belgian Waffle Maker
“Give to me the life I love,
Let the lave go by me,
Give the jolly heaven above
And the byway nigh me.
Bed in the bush with stars to see,
Bread I dip in the river –
There’s the life for a man like me,
There’s the life for ever.”
~Robert Lewis Stevenson’s “The Vagabond” from “Songs of Travel and Other Verses”, published in 1896.
View from the Windmill Window.