in het Zoniënwoud, a forest in
I read an interview in De Standaard (newspaper, DS-22/10/2005, Katrijn De Vos) with a woman who has such a practical view on the problem of street kids in Brazil, that I immediately thought “yes, to donate money to that project is useful”. Dalila Gerlani dares to call a spade a spade : “Some kids can not be helped anymore : it are murderers, carrying around with huge guns and a giant drug addiction”. “Girls living on the street get pregnant at their 11th !! It would be better for them if they got sterilized.”
She was a street kid herself and now is in charge of two homes for children, Favos del Mel I and II (beehives). They keep the children of the street, provide them with food, education and a home. And they work with the adults as well : informing them about birth control and pointing them on their responsibility.
This woman takes action and struggles to change the world !
More info + how to donate !!! : www.kinderenvanrio.org
Abandoning children is of all times and places. I visited the Maagdenhuis in
Kallo : caught in the cables of electricity pylons : it keeps disturbing the view. Would nobody have thought of that before they started ? I suppose such cables can be put underground as well ?
View on Kallo made in “het Groot Rietveld” (the Big Reed field), nature reserve not only for protecting nature, but for protecting people as well !! It helps Kallo to breathe in its enclosure by industry. An enclosure that is stopped by action of the nature organization. If not : industry would have moved up until it met the first houses of the village. It was in this previous strategy that Totalfina placed oil tanks near the village (not visible on the picture, but standing on the left). Those giant oil tanks contain “strategic reserves” : if the oil is expensive, this supply is pumped up. Once it was a fact that nature would surround Kallo, the presence of the oil tanks (often causing smell nuisance) was questioned, but it did not result in a displacement. Who cares, right ? And now a disaster happened : 40 million liters of oil flowed out of a tank because of a crack. Pump it up, guys ! And dear inhabitants : close your windows and wear a dust mask when you are in the port area. I don’t know yet where it all flowed in, but this does NOT look good (probably an understatement) for the brooks and the soil, not to mention : the amphibians and the fish. Let’s hope it did not flow into het Groot Rietveld (the nature reserve : the Big Reed field).This opinion is assimilated in the oil leak news item on Kanaal 3 (regional televison) today.
At least that is what they said, but I did not have the possibility for an interview and so, nothing was said about it. Words without images are not a television option, so I conclude.
To see deer or wild boars in
Starting a short walk (the wild boar walk : 3,5 km) with high expectations and the memory (23 years old) of deer coming out of a wood into the open, a rainy dark afternoon and no deer were quite a disappointment.
The wild boars are impressive : it feels awkward to suddenly see one running (quite fast) your way … until you notice that they are behind a fence. In case you want to refresh your understanding of the word “a grumbler” (een knorpot), go listen to the wild boars.
The coloring of the trees, toadstools and mushrooms, rain and rain, chilliness , darkness, fog, chrysanthemums, days to remember the death, rays of sun, let’s not be sad, hear the sound of a bamboo flute, dry your clothes, it’s cozy inside.
Picture taken in the Japanese garden in
Two women sitting on a bench, talking, slippers on (feeling at home) and … reading a newspaper ( great ! J we’re making progress )
Advertising poster in
… in Gaasbeek : a pillory, dragons in a shield above the church entrance, meadows, cows, sheep, horses, a burling deer (in autumn and behind a fence), beautiful restored farm houses, corn, Buzzards circling above a castle domain and oh : what is this excited whistling above ?
Ring-necked Parakeets (Halsbandparkieten) : a group of 5, another of 10, 10 more arriving and altogether yelling around a Buzzard’s ears until he flies to a safer place (these exotics -living in and around
The tour is 7,5 km. Description and map : http://www.wandelenbacob.be/html/wandeling.asp?taal=nederlands&id=WAND26b&topic=2
... migration time : birds passing through, winter guests arriving. The weather does not behave like autumn yet but soon, as the dark rainy days start, some people will long to pack their bags and move to the south as well. Not me though.
Picture taken in the Japanese garden in
Decorated hovel, Rotterdamstraat near the St.Jansplein in
Anna and I were in that neighborhood looking for trousers in cotton or linen, made in very fine tissue, so you can easily wear them under a skirt. Sometimes the legs of these trousers can be tightened with a ribbon below. Women of some cultures (Arabian or from
Tips and shop locations are welcome.
… the land of chocolate. Picture taken in the subway in
The land of chocolate ? Chocolate first is imported in
Remember from history class : coffee, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, turkeys, … were other new products that the Spanish brought into
Fishing ducklings at a Flemish fair : you always get a prize.
Although when we say in
Until recently (or is it still so ?) a very common prize at the ducklings stall was a …. goldfish ! The fish made many children very happy. The fish themselves needed a lot of luck to end alive and well in a bowl of which the owner did not forget them after some time.
Some years ago the plastic duckling at once became so cool ( a gadget ) and ducklings in all colors and sizes and decorations became THE thing to hang at your bag, to put on your desk, …
Maybe there is a connection between this popularity and the duck race, a fund raising project of Red Cross