Tuesday, 2 October 2018


When this post is published, I shall be closing the Shell Gallery blog. It used to run in tandem with the Atlantic Lines blog, which will be closed at the same time (with a parallel post). My years of going back and forth between Scotland and Holland, the way I have done for the past ten years, are over.

It is 10 years and five months since I opened the Shell Gallery, following the death of my mother. With a degree of sadness, I am closing it this morning.

A new blog is now on-line on: https://cobbled-road.blogspot.com/

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Skating - 3 March 2018

P3031318 P3031317 P3031316 P3031311 P3031307 P3031305 P3031301 P3031300

March 4th - 31st, 2018

P3311513 Woeste Hoeve - memorial for 117 executed
P3311509 Cerviduct, Terlet
P3251481 Bridge, Westervoort
P3221450 Inspecting the nestbox
P3211446 Robin
P3121386 Airforce museum, Deelen
P3101371 Stork
P3101363 Crocus
P3061344 Zypenberg

April 1st - 14th, 2018

P4151702 River Rhine, Westervoort
P4141686 Migrating toads
P4131681 Fire watch tower
P4131674 Lower a man cannot sink (Teerose II)
P4121667 View from the Elsberg
P4111650 River Rhine between Driel and Praets
P4111639 River ferry, Driel / Oosterbeek
P4081606 Havikerwaard, Ellecom
P4081596 Friendly puss
P4071582 IJsselkop, Westervoort
P4051557 Flying tree
P4021535 Bridge, Doesburg

April 15 - May 2, 2018

P5021890 Railwaystation, Velp
P5021891 Bicycle factory, Dieren
P4271866 Flags out for King's Day, 27 April
P4211815 Giesbeek
P4211810 Doesburg
P4211804 Olburgen
P4201789 River ferry, Rheden
P4201768 Canal, Dieren
P4191749 Eerbeek
P4181736 Deelerwoud
P4151709 Duiven

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Ten years

Ten years ago today, my mother passed away. This blog is dedicated to her memory, as stated in the sidebar. I miss her every day, but would not have wanted her to have suffered any longer than she had to. This week, we shall visit her grave, leave some white roses there and reflect on the passing of the years. She shall remain there, in the sun-splashed corner of the village cemetery in the woods. We shall go on, because that's what she would have wanted us to do.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

31 January

This day is one for celebration - but at the same also one for commemoration in the Netherlands. The celebrations are for the 80th birthday of (former) Queen Beatrix, who abdicated the throne in 2013 to give way to her eldest son, Willem Alexander. A very private person, Beatrix still mourns the passing of her husband Prince Claus, who died in 2002; as well as the loss of her son Friso, who died in 2013, a year after being severely injured in a skiing accident in Austria. I experienced Beatrix as a slightly distant monarch; her son is by contrast very open, without forgetting about the deference due to him.

Sixty-five years ago today, a violent storm struck the Netherlands. The northwesterly winds combined with a storm surge, which elevated water levels in the southern North Sea. This caused flooding in the Thames Estuary in England, as a result of which 300 people drowned. The flooding in the southwestern Netherlands was catastrophic. Warnings had been issued by the Netherlands Met Office (KNMI), which were broadcast too late in the day (radio broadcasts ceased at 11pm each night, and TV was in its infancy) to reach the authorities in the southwest. Only local people were aware of the dangers, when waterlevels at low tide were at those normally experienced at high tide. The dykes breached, flooding large areas of the provinces of Zeeland, southern South Holland and western North Brabant. More than 1800 people drowned, as well as thousands of heads of lifestock. A major flood prevention scheme, the Delta Works, were initiated, only completed in 1986.