2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

About white Italians, Sussex, Danish country and a lot of eggs

It looks like keeping the Sussex rooster is a success. No more crowing at 1:30 AM, no more bullying, no more bad behavior all in all. It’s nice to see how friendly and well behaved poultry can be towards each other. Since we slaughtered all the faverolles the other day our rooster has become new […]

From Alma Nissen’s guestbook – part 4 – Page 80

The lectures you – dear Alma – gave at meal times opened my eyes. One soon notices that everything you say is said in great love and care for your fellow man. N.Z., Göteborg, Sweden Your care and love towards us has been the most important thing in our lives. E.C., Ocean City, USA It’s […]

De oude Schouwburg (the old theater)

At Keizersgracht 384 there isa gate with ionic pilasters, which once was the entrance to a theater. During a performance on May 11th 1772 a fire broke loose in the theater and 17 people died in the flames. Bicker Raye described what happened on the last pages of his diary: ”On May 11th at half […]

Jacob van Campen

(1596 – 1657) was a painter from the Dutch golden era He came from a wealthy family and spent his youth in Haarlem, where he was born. Van Campen was royal and painted mostly as a hobby. After a stay in Italy from 1617 – 1624 van Campen returned to the Netherlands, where he combined […]

Mostly about shrimps

Originally I come from the northern part of Germany near the North Sea, and in the olden days, when I was a child, there were lots of small fishing boats going out to fish for shrimps, the small brown kind, near the shore. Back then you could have it as a job to take the […]