After seven months of not being able to meet due to Corona, my mother and my sister and our partners spend a few days together in this old house which is actually a castle. It was nice to spend time together after not being able to meet because we had to be extra careful because of our ongoing cancer treatments and my mothers age we are all at high risk. We could sit in the garden and drink tea and lassies, play a few VR games and share dinner together.
An artificial island, Marker Wadden, recently opened for public in a lake, Markermeer, where once was the Zuiderzee. The Zuiderzee was cut off from the North Sea in the 1930’s by the Afsluitdijk. The salt water disappeared and the lake Markermeer emerged, in 2016 the artificial island “Marker Wadden” was created using sediments from the Markermeer to construct spawning areas, islands and natural shores such as beaches and wetlands.
Last of the Friesland series. View from a dyke over a field with horses grazing, even further away in the distance is the sea and the Wadden Islands. Empty rows in a harvested field. A field with grain in the summer, a tree in the distance, rather reminds me of the vast emptiness in a country in Africa then in the Netherlands. A lone biker climbing up from behind a dyke, looking over his shoulder to see what is there.
Last day of summer makes you reflect on the past summer. Of course during Covid times it was harder to go out on the street, but there were a lot of enjoyable days walking the streets of Amsterdam and seeing people enjoy summer, a man eating an ice cream, a woman squinting her eyes while enjoying the rays of sun on her face, a couple having that much needed talk outside while staring over the water.
Last year just before my big operation I got married and we took a boat from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans with our family and friends. On our one year anniversary we revisited the place, just the two of us by car. Due to Covid-19 there were far less tourists this time at Zaanse Schans to enjoy the view and visit the windmills. We took a round trip on a boat every other spot was taped off, personnel working at Zaanse Schans are wearing masks to protect them selves and others from the Covid 19 virus.
Various portraits of people passing me by on the streets of Amsterdam. A young man staring into the distance at Nieuwmarkt, a man on a bicycle smiling at his friend near Bijlmer Arena, an elderly woman in the Jordaan crossing the street with her rollator and oxygen tank, two tourists leaving a coffeeshop at Nieuwmarkt.