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Published: April 19th 2012
Oh goody - I can see from the comments that people are actually reading my blog. So to continue.... the weather is as expected in April- cold, showery, windy at times and occasional sun. But I am well equipped with my M+S thermal long-sleeved T-shirts and 3 more layers and a woolly hat... lost my gloves on the way somewhere - must've fallen out the car door....and of course the shops are full of sundresses and sun hats and mo gloves to be seen anywhere. So its hands in me pockets!!!
Today I have been to the Arnhem OPen Air Museum -well I just love these places - there are old codgers driving trams, boiling up tar for the boats , chiselling and scraping wood ....and old ladies with shawls and Dutch caps ( HATS!!!) spinning wool from their sheep and selling sweeties in the shop, and man-handling massive sheets in the laundry.
Yes and there were plenty windmills and different farm buildings just to show what an easy life we have now - living it up with the animals must have been rather smelly and I suppose there was no such thing as "free time". And I am
so glad I have got a washing machine!!!!
A costume exhibition showed aspects of the Dutch colonialisation - Indonesia and Malucca - some fabulous costumes. And videos fo old ladies showing their different lace hats and how to wear them. Historically, costume - what and how and when you wear it showed all sorts of aspects of status and your life.
Yes it was a great day out and I won't bore you with descriptions of the various windmillls- polders, meadows,saw mills,drainage mills, flour mills, paper mills, horse driven hulling mills,oil mills - ooops sorry I said I wouldn't bore you. And of course you recognised the fact that the bridge was a double-leaf bascule bridge from Ouderkerk!!!
Some things I didn't take photos of - the street furniture which included urinals - I leave that to the imagination - and a fascinating little shed which was for TB sufferers to rest in, a finch trappers hide - poor little finches, and an exhibition showing evacuaees in WWll...and other buildings too many to mention- my book says there are 96 altogether.
Yes - it was fascinating so take a little walk with me along the byeways
At the boatyard (1)
of the Open Air Museum Arnhem.
Amsterdam tomorrow here we come.
Love to all.
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