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Sorry for being absent for some time but our brother in law Ben Jansen died last Tuesday, aged 80. His body gave up and nothing could save him. Sister morphine helped him though his last days. He will be cremated on Monday.
It's a big loss for all of us, especially his wife Cobi; they had been married for over 50 years.

Some photos I made in the past weeks visiting Cobi and Ben in Flushing, Badhuisstraat 131 (!) and Ter Reede respectively.


1 Hi, and welcome to our care home!


2 Portret of a laughing elderly woman

(I made this photo of a photo, see here)

3 Frankenstein, the face of Flushing


4 Houses of Walcheren


all with a7rii + Voigtlander Nokton Classic SC 35mm F1.4 VM
 



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Summer in Zeeland

a7rii + Meyer Telemegor 1:5.5/180 (1957; Exakta)
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Sorry to hear about your loss Leo. Sad news, which put your fine set of pictures in a different perspective. TFS
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 August 2019 at 09:14
so, so truly sorry to hear this.
my sincerest heartfelt condolences to all.
my heart goes out to his family...
alle kracht en alle sterkte.
take care?
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Thanks Fred and Ine!
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aan jullie gedacht maandag (while 'celebrating' Tur's birthday).
posting here again feels almost like desecration.

1st of all- of course the pics are wonderful! and Frankenstein says it all... ;-)
odd that I recently took a pic of him too, on windy tuesday july 30th...


(finally took some pics inside the town hall. and finally found how much of our tax money has been spent on the badende beelden -dutch-).
het mag dan meer dan een ton hebben gekost, maar dan heb je ook wat!





f2.8 (forgot to stop down )



Flushing's disgrace...







'ART'! meant to beautify our city with. and to complete the costly renovation of the town hall in 2004, the icing on the cake!
and what is money when it comes to ART? more than 1,00,000 €uro got us SIX pieces of 'art'! scattered around the town hall.
you can't miss them. how do y'all like them? (really curious about that!).





sanctus sanctus


















meanwhile looking at the Badhuisstraat



















still not a clue what we are looking at.
(or where to focus on. ;-))















but they have found their purpose.
material for photos. or selfies?




bad pics. very bad selfies! ;-)




 



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nog wat nieuws van het westelijk front / some local news:

(apart from sharks in the Eastern Scheldt that are getting bigger and bigger and 'terror gulls' and more, i.e. the usual)


'hot & happening' now- scams!
at least 100 german tourists have been conned!
der perfecte Internetbetrug (WDR tv) -deutsch-
a fake website in Germany offered holiday rentals in our province. listings looked genuine with 'real' addresses, pictures and everything, nicked from the real sites. each booking was even followed by a confirmation. to find, on arrival here, 'their' holiday letting was already occupied by other tourists. leaving them gobsmacked.
many turned to the VVV / tourist information offices and they are doing all they can to help the victims.
each case has to be reported to the german police authorities though. police said these seem to be professional scammers. the site has vanished.
dutch link newspaper - link dutch tv - Zeeland tv -
'the man in swimming trunks said we were the 3rd couple that showed up' -dutch-
(never heard anything like this before!). it's awful!


+ https://www.omroepzeeland.nl/nieuws/114520/Verschrikkelijk-Straks-wordt-Breskens-net-als-Knokke-en-Cadzand
from 'the other side' (across the water):
Breskens' turn to be developed. after years, the project developers have won the battle. finally permission to build a residential tower block of 72 meters height + 460 apartments at the harbour of Breskens. prices will range from at least € 428,000 for an apartment at the 1st floor to € 521,000 and € 735,000 for apartments on the 6th floor. the 3 pricey penthouses on the 7th floor have already been sold.







july 25, around half past 4 pm
tide coming in- almost high tide







july 25 was to become the h☼ttest day ever!
here. ;-) during previous days, it was way too hot already. people were still lying on the beach after 10pm.
along with the rising of temperatures, there was 1 subject that was becoming increasingly popular:











shooting @ Betje Wolffplein (Badhuisstraat in the BG)










45 degrees Celsius / 113 degrees Fahrenheit


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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 August 2019 at 12:38

still have a 'prezzie' laying around here. let's wrap it up?
(don't think Peter/KoBra is watching and don't expect him to of course, but at least it wasn't me then? ).
location is still St. Jacobskerk / St. James'church, Vlissingen








it has been said. dutch churches aren't cozy, nor flamboyant, unfortunally. even though this one was built long before the reformation.
although not religious, Tur & I liked to attend the late mass on Christmas eves at times. (love those songs ). worse, every drunkard in town seemed to be present on those nights.
after all, this is 'THE' Flushing church, at the heart of the city, close to the pubs. after a costly renovation, it's obviously no longer so freezing cold inside anymore on wintery nights.







nowadays, like so many churches, it has become a 'music hall' for concerts. and during summer, it opens its doors to the public.
the church people don't want to have anything to do with those activities, but are glad to receive the € 30,000 they bring them on a yearly base.







say Jacobskerk, say history. rumour went that Michiel climbed onto the tower as a kid, to gaze over the sea.
he was baptised and married in this church and because he became such a big shot, they installed this window
in 1966 to celebrate his 350st BD.






and there is more. when you pay attention, the place oozes history.
























so this is what I knew. and also knew that, since the 13th century, people were sent from here on pilgrimage as a punishment, during centuries gone by.
as far as I know, convicted by the church itself.
much to my surprise however, I recently learned the place became part of the route to Santiago de Compostela, as one of the starting points.
a walk, increasingly popular these days. which makes sense, come to think of it (but not really familiar with these matters).
it is actually on the route again since 1998.

when I think of the Camino, Peter/KoBra comes to mind, who shared his impressive journey with us all.






so, intrigued by this local Camino stuff, I went to church to get Peter a stamp from Flushing.
which was easier said than done.







asking if I could see the stamp and take a pic of it (quickly, to not keep the lady standing beside me waiting :-S), caused a lot of turmoil.
the ladies / volunteers were eager to help, but couldn't find the stamp. after turning every storage- and other room upside down
the stamp finally surfaced in the kitchen.
and here it is...










sello for Peter
-if you ever get to see it- ;-)


it can also be obtained at the VVV/tourist info office and at the St. Jacobscafé.
then they showed me:




pilgrims -at full res.- we all are...

it says that, since not everyone is able to go to the iron cross in Santiago, there will be a cross in the 'silence chapel' of the church, from july 21st till july 25th, the feast of St. Jacob / St. James. everyone is invited to take a stone or light a candle there, accompanied by their prayers, intentions, .....


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july 25 arrived and I happened to be in Vlissingen again.
so figured I might as well attend the feast of Jacob, or rather- take a pic of all the stones piled up and of the burning candles, to complete the topic with.








(

pers. not too wild about the overload of red + a comptemporary floor. -with gravestones underneath-. do like the ceiling)



on arrival, the ladies/gentlemen volunteers had no idea what I was talking about. "oh, I did see some stones earlier this week", someone said, "in a basket. been wondering what they were doing here, but supposedly someone has thrown them away." "no one -of those stupid church people- informed us. AGAIN!" furthermore they used words that are usually not welcomed at a church.   I refered to the paper, beside the sculpture of St. Jacob. they immediately rushed off to get it. "ooops", they said. "let's turn it around so no one can read it." "or let's get rid of it."
they invited me to climb the tower. opened for the occasion, free of charge.
the temperature had already skyrocketed towards 40+ degrees C (making that old church such a blessed shelter)! (I thanked them politely).





who, we? ...don't have a clue!
(shot from the belly )






the 'silence chapel', -I was curious about, no clue where it could be hidden-, turned out to be just a niche.





candle-lit, cross-less, stone-less






+ a guest book. a lady from Belgium complained that mother Mary was nowhere to be found.
and the volunteer lady, who (had designed the stamp and) was running around, encouraged
-err.. pushed- her to write that down!





(donations to the 'flower fund' in here pls)










upper left corner- huge tv set they have!
















on the left- a window for a glimpse of the ancient floor underneath













2486 more kilometers to go


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did any of you ever try to sweep your camera around?
(in order to get an in-camera 'sweep panorama'?).





























(is Vlissingen btw, in 2014). tricky IMHO.
at very 1st attempt beheaded everybody and everything. ;-)
but haven't tried it since.









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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 August 2019 at 15:35
Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


aan jullie gedacht maandag


Thanks Ine! It was a good goodbye.
Ben was a member of "Ons Genoegen" and they played 'Abide with me' for him. Very hard to keep your eyes dry then.

Good church shots, churches are cool!

I never succeeded in making a decent sweep panorama. I have no idea why not, it's supposed to be simple.
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Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:


I never succeeded in making a decent sweep panorama. I have no idea why not, it's supposed to be simple.

I find it hard to find the right pace sweep.
Managed one in my Lech post ( after a few attempts), but generally have more luck using the camera in portrait and set the direction to up or downwards (giving more hight, but less width).
Stitching a series of overlapping pictures in LR proved to be much easier.
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TY both! (SORRY for a very late response!!! ).
glad it was a good goodbye.
('ons Genoegen' ... practically grew up with them. their 'clubhouse' alias practice space used to be directly behind Boulevard de Ruyter (i.e. us)).

initially thought all would be miniaturized in a sweep panorama, but very quickly learned that instead of shrinking everything, it chopped off everyone's/-thing's head or upper half. apart from these distance issues, the only control was the starting point. no idea when/where it would stop.
you mean you take LONG photos Fred?
like the Lech panorama a lot! portrait mode seems like a clever idea!


btw- watched the movie about Michiel on tv thursday night. sort of. a bit of a bore? but nice lighting & great sight seeing!
screen said Vlissingen, showed Veere and the Middelburg Kuiperspoort (where we took the official DM shot). screen showed Binnenhof, The Hague, which miraculously changed into the interior of the Middelburg city hall inside. the government happened to be in Leo's/Pieter's Burgerzaal. screen said Amsterdam, showing the Nieuwe church, Middelburg (Dyxum was there) and the abbey. showed the Koorkerk (which has the oldest organ in the country (15th century). Dyxum was there -1st attempt to find 'our' verger/sexton/koster on palm sunday, because the cloister is normally closed on sundays), cloister, Oostkerk as well. been on Michiel's ship before and on one of the other ships last saturday. seen Zierikzee and so on.
but most amazing of all- seen the Pegelli railings countless times, even in close up!
( full movie -subtitled )

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