… from my travel in de regions of
… for a week : following the traces of the Moorish and Catholic history...
Picture : statue in the Mezquita in
Picture : coastline in Mazagón, near the Parque Nacional de Donana.
“When spring comes, I send you tulips from Amsterdam” (Dutch song)
In 1562 a trader from
In the century of the tulip (17 th century) especially tulips with a print (flames, stripes, …) were a hype.
Info : Tulip walk in
… when the sun is shining for one precious moment and you look at the light through a daffodil, you MIGHT actually believe that it is spring in
Here we (volunteers of the nature conservation organization) placed a nest box for the Barn owl (Kerkuil) in jan. 2000. The little square in the red door is the entrance. So far, no success. In 2000 Barn owl was still observed in the center of the town, but later on not any more. That’s not surprising, although disappointing, since Melsele lost and looses a lot of his open areas for new houses and of course the quality of the remaining open spots is low.
When I was a kid I often went up the church tower with my father, who had to wind up the mechanics of the church clock every day (for free too, he is a clock maker and as a good catholic …).
Anyway, it was one of the wonders of my childhood to watch the Barn owls glide above the upper side of the church domes in the dark galleries.
It was one of my childhood traumas to see four Barn owls lying down dead on the wooden attic floor one day. The bell-ringer of the church kept pigeons there and thought Barn owls ate pigeons. In those days shooting a Barn owl could be done unpunished.
This flower basket construction at the train station of
Making portraits that is a challenge : the light and the colors must be perfect, the person must be captured in his essence and character, the surroundings are important. There is so much to learn and to try here for me, it’s like a whole new world to discover.
There are not many shoemakers anymore in
Shoemakers are snowed under with work. It is a very good thing to learn if you want a good and regular job, but strangely enough not many youngsters seem to get this idea.
The shoemaker Van der Meiren is one of the rare craftsman who has also the skill to repair saddles. Since horse riding as a hobby is booming, people come from far and near to get their saddle repaired.
If you enter the workshop of F. Van der Meiren, it is a bit as if you go back in time : saddles hang on the wall, a mass of shoes in all forms and measures is waiting for repair, other rows are ready to be collected again, there is the smell of leather and all kind of tools and machines are around him.
With thanks to F. Van der Meiren.
… I got lost in fairyland.
It cost me a lot of trials to succeed in making such bread (rice - sorghum bread, no eggs, no gluten, no milk, no butter), so I might as well share it. If you need the recipe in English, just mail me and I start translating.
Recept voor hypo-allergeen brood (rijst-gierstbrood zonder eieren, zonder melk, zonder boter en zonder gluten)
375 g. rijstmeel (rijstceme Anco)
150 g. gierstvlokjes (De Halm)
een klontje Wedena (natuurvoedingswinkel)
event. een koffielepeltje suiker (maakt het brood minder wit)
een pakje Bruggeman gedroogde gist
400 ml. water met 13 maatjes Nutramigen II
Alles mengen tot je een niet-korrelig deeg hebt (eventeel nog iets meer water toevoegen om een glad deeg te bekomen). Goed en lang mengen met een vork totdat je deeg genoeg lucht bevat.
Het deeg dooreenroeren en de gewenste smaak toevoegen zoals appelstukjes of geraspte wortels of zonnebloempitten of gepelde sesamzaadjes of rozijnen (naargelang waar je niet allergisch voor bent)
Het deeg in bakvormpjes scheppen. De bakvormen insmeren met Wedena. Ik gebruik kleine lage bakvormen van 500 ml. In hogere of grotere vormen krijg ik het niet gebakken J
Tweede maal laten rijzen.
De oven voorverwarmen op 200 ° C (hetelucht)
Het brood 34 min. laten bakken op de rooster op de middelste positie.
Na het bakken, het brood direct uit de vorm halen en laten afkoelen op een rooster.
Veel succes !
The average American has never heard of
So, you better present Flemish cities as parts of the
The body is
(based on an article in De Standaard,
Photo : Horse Parade 2005,