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A walk in Rotterdam: from Marconiplein to Dijkzigt

This Tuesday morning i woke up early. I was lying there crying for a bit, then i decided to get out of bed. Half past seven.Even though i thought of doing a bit of work today, i decided to go out and go for a walk. I was in the metro half past eight. It was busy. All people going to work. All silent. Within themselves.

I went to the Marconiplein, the place my walk a week ago had ended. I knew about the gardens i wanted to visit. The Voedseltuin and the Tuin op de Pier were my main targets. But while i was walking there, i was thinking of the milieupark which was close to the Voedselpark. The place where you can go and throw away stuff which can be recycled or re-used. I took a look at all the different kinds of material you can bring there: tires, plastic stuff, chemical stuff, metals, building material. I loved the little gallery of little garden gnomes and dragons and fat chinese man standing together just when you entered the park.

I wasn’t allowed to take any photos of the place. I only took one photo of the view. Looking across the New Waterway towards the place north of Heijplaat. Looking right at the place i took the photo at, the one with the text ‘Across the water the three flats of Marconiplein. I used to live close to them from 1985 – 1995.‘ beneath it.

I turned back on towards the Voedseltuin, the Food Garden (Facebook page). There were quite a few people there, around ten i guessed. I walked all around the circles in which all the vegetables were growing. They were still working on building the last ones. They were using old pedestrian footpath tiles, breaking them into two or four pieces. A lot of work!

I talked a bit with Max, the garden coordinator. I told him about this small project, getting to know the collective gardens in Rotterdam and a bit more about their organization and the volunteers involved. The Voedseltuin is quite a bit bigger than the Peace Garden. They have four working times in a week, from Monday till Thursday. It is a bit better organized than the Peace Garden, i have to say. On their website voedseltuin.com i read more about their goals, re-integration and permaculture.

A lovely garden. I might go and do some days of work there, to get to know the place a bit better. Not sure it would be for the long term though.

After the Voedseltuin i walked to the Dakpark Rotterdam. There used to be train rails here. Now there are big shops on one side, and on their roofs this park is build. It is eerily orderly. The grass is properly mowed. It is also very quiet. When i asked someone near the fountain, she said it was because schools had just begun this week. True!

Halfway this park there were some small allotments. Above them a couple of sheep were supposed to graze the grass short. I didn’t really see them out and about. They were also fenced of with electrical wires, not easy to go and see them.

I walked through these allotments and walked out of the park towards the end of the Oude Delfshaven with the mill standing there proudly. I followed the Westzeedijk to the Lloyd Quarter. Old harbour area, repurposed with housing and companies buildings. The Garden on the Pier, Tuin op de Pier is there in between the houses near the water.

I was lucky, there were people there as well. They used circles to plant their crops and flowers in as well. This garden was set up by the people living around it. The area isn’t used yet for housing and it looked derelict in between the high rising new buildings. They set up this garden as a space to relax, grow vegetables and herbs and flowers and a place to meet.

Reading their 2015 annual report, this garden is quite active and financially supported by a group of friends consisting mainly of the people living around it. Yoga, Easter Egg hunting with children, many cooking and eating together evening. The kale and rabbit meal in November stands out for me. Once a year they have a moles catcher with his ferret in the garden to try and catch as many rabbit as possible. Subsequently they bake and eat the rabbit with kale grown in the garden itself. I’m sure i’ll be back in this garden soon!

I did walk to another, smaller garden at the other end. By that time my iPhone was dead, the battery empty. I was also getting a bit tired. It was past one already, i had walked for more than four hours. Time to get something to eat and go home. Where i rested my tired feet for a while on the couch before i wrote this piece.

Great walk!

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Published on August 24, 2016 at 6:00 by

A walk in Rotterdam: the Essenburgsingel

This morning i went for a walk past some allotments, municipal gardens and other such initiatives in Rotterdam. I will make more walks like this over the next weeks. I won’t always find people to talk to, but it is good to see the gardens and its crops anyway.

De Spoortuin
I was lucky. There were people in the Spoortuin. I got an walk through the most amazing woody foresty garden, next to the railway and the Essenburgsingel, so close to the center of Rotterdam. The start of this garden is a municipal garden, with some areas for schools close by. Next a small building for the tools, with grapes growing outside of it. And then a narrow woody path besides the water, mint growing beside it. Some trees form bridges over narrow water inlets, good for fish, birds and frogs. A magnificent tree fallen down, with new trees growing straight up into the sky from its trunk. An extremely wide tree with thick ivy stalks grwoing up into its crown of leaves.

Rinus told me a few years back there was the intention to build houses in this place. The people living around it joined up together to fight this plan. They won! The garden is wonderful. I’ll go back there to make a couple more photos.

Links and photos
Wilde natuur in hartje Rotterdam, bestaat dat?

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The rest of the walk
I was less lucky for the next part of the Essenburgsingel. Both gardens there were closed, the Educatieve Tuin Essenburgsingel and the Pluktuin. I did make photos of the entrances. All three of these gardens are part of the bigger Essenburg Park. I’m not sure how this area will develop, i will do more searches and hope to talk to people over there soon about this lovely area.

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I walked further on, over the Mathenesserbridge and along the Mathenesserweg to the tube station Marconiplein. My old neighborhood. Some new housing, like my old house, demolished years ago. But other than that basically still the same. I took the tube back home. A good walk!

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Published on August 16, 2016 at 6:00 by

Summer

Vacation time is over.

I had to get used to relaxing. Only the final few days i took it easier. Thursday i spent at home watching a the Hills rerun on MTV. I loved it. Going to the garden as well and enjoyed spending time there.

I did get quite a few ideas for posts. Some for songs, some for cooking, some for video’s. I made drafts for them. Ready to fill up with content and make final. As i did with this post, with the photo’s i made during these past two weeks. Not too many though.

So yes, i do feel a lot more relaxed now. Also ready to work again.

Hugs 🙂

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Published on August 8, 2016 at 6:00 by

Early harvest

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Garlic
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Courgette harvest
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Being lazy lying on the bench and staring at the sunscreen and the sky
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Early tomato
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Green pumpkin
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Yello pumpkin
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Courgette
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Plums
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Rose hips
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Courgette
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Courgette
Published on July 11, 2016 at 6:00 by

The garden, some shopping, some planning and tv

I played a bit of vanilla wow this morning. I started a tauren shaman this week. I felt the need to be alone in the game for a bit. I don’t listen to global, full of requests and people talking and bickering about all sorts of things. I don’t have any friends on the horde side. So i’m simply playing along quietly all by myself. Good for an hour a day!

I will go to the garden once i’m dressed. Yesterday i was thinking about going this evening, but since i plan to go for a walk this afternoon, i thought i would be a bit tired afterwards. So i decided to go before. Simply water the tomatoes, the basil, the greenhouse plants. Sit and enjoy the sunshine for a while. Because the sun is shining! Yay!

And now i’m reading this article in the Guardian: The secret of taste: why we like what we like. I don’t think i’m part of the group of people written about. My taste hasn’t changed that much. I still have all my records. OK, apart from the ones i sold when i was 17 years old. Something i regretted most of my life. My taste in music is widening – apart from the Eagles, which i thoroughly dislike for the past twenty years or so. My taste in clothes, well, that does change. But slowly. I do enjoy wearing dresses with leggings nowadays. I don’t drive, so cars are simply not existent for me. And to be honest, my furniture is either given by friends, bought at IKEA, or bought second-hand. Ooh, and a Kewlox cabinet.

inbetween

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Potatoes, aardappelen
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Orache, melde, tastes like spinach
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Orache, melde
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Zucchini, courgette
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Zucchini, courgette
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Onion family, ui familie and carrots, wortels
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Leeks, prei, just planted and onions, uien
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Beetroot, bietjes
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Not sure 🙂
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Sugar carrot, suikerwortel
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Cabbages, kolen
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Corn, mais, beans, bonen and pumpkin, pompoen

inbetween

I planned to walk this afternoon. But i didn’t. I stayed at the garden around an hour this morning. Someone came by and i showed her the garden and we talked a bit. I went to the shop on my way home. Bread, butter, eggs and some sort of sponge cake, eierkoeken. And then i played a little vanilla wow, watched Escape to the country and the instant gardener. I also slept a little. And now i feel tired.

But, i am gonna make a miso ramen soup now. That will wake me up for sure!

inbetween

Watching The Devil Wears Prada. Liking it. I also made some clips of advertisements. Got this idea of making a short clip with those. Not sure how that will worj out, but i do like the idea. No music yet. Will search for a good bit tomorrow. Will also make new clips for it. But i have time. Also thought a bit about love. I might write a post about that. A bit surprised about all the ideas, but hey, i do like em.

Getting busy 🙂

Published on June 23, 2016 at 6:00 by

Insects

Over the past two weeks i’ve been taking my camera to the garden with the goal of making photos of insects. The first week i took my phone with me, but almost all the shots were blurry. The only good photo was the one of the ladybug. The second week i took my camera with me. It does have a macro option, so i used that most of the time. Hard creatures to photograph, insects. But i did manage a few!

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A ladybug, lieveheersbeestje
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A worm, on my hand.
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The earth, two worms and a ladybug. I also saw spiders, but they are very thin legged and hard to spot in a still image.
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A blurry shot of a flying insect, but i do like this photo. Not sure what type the insect is, could be the larve of a ladybug. Doesn't look like a bee.
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A moth
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The moth, once more
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A bright green insect. Looks like a young grasshopper.
Published on June 21, 2016 at 6:00 by

Weeds

Today i worked at the Peace Garden. It was warm. A bit too warm to be honest. I did have plenty of water with me, and i ate some Peanuts Katjang Pedis. Which means they have a spicy coating. Good with this warm weather. I also ate some hazelnuts someone had picked in the wild. Good!

I went home around five, copied some photos i took to my computer, took a shower, put on a cotton knitted dress and my slippers and went back. There was a design meeting afterwards. Daniel cooked a great meal, with vegetables and potatoes from the garden. And some milk. And eggs. And some falafel balls from the AH. Which i loved. So yes, next on my list.

The meeting was interesting. I did talk a bit about my own position, which is very much of a beginner. I do have some things i know i can do without damaging anything: watering the plants in the greenhouse, walking through the garden and get out and garbage left there. As i am the earliest one usually, that is what i do. And when it is warm like today, i don’t mind at all sitting a bit and feel the warmth and listen to all the sounds and dream away a bit.

One weed i didn’t find today is the hedge bindweed, haagwinde. It looks quite lovely, with delicate leaves and nice looking flowers. But it does form an extensive root system and grows fast until 1,5 meters or even 3 meters tall. Best is to remove them completely, if possible.

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Thistle, distel. You may remove the upcoming flowers so you postpone the spreading a bit. But best is to remove them with roots and all put them in the compost heap.
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Grasses. Not terribly bad, but a continuous grower. Better remove.
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Thistle and grasses.
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Buttercups, boterbloemen. The lower climbing ones are quite horrible. Remove.
Published on June 6, 2016 at 6:00 by