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Rudy de Groot
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Natural vignette..!

When the last family of the Kymmell dynasty arrived in 1949 to take over the legacy havezate Mensinge from 'Juffer' Sophia Christina Kymmell, the daughter of the family counted an extra window outside and hence discovered a hidden room that originally was a dressing room. It is the fifth window from the left. 

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Apart from the alcohol, the main ingredients in this drink are anise and Artemisia absinthium. The latter, in combination with alcohol is known to damage the nerve system and damage the brain when used excessively.

As Vincent van Gogh drank plenty of this beverage, also known as fée verte (green fairy), it's plausible that he lost his sanity and cut off his ear while in a state of mental alienation because of over-excessive use and thujon poisoning. Van Gogh was not the only one who drank it that much (in that time) though, so the drink was banned from 1907 - 1988(!) in The Netherlands.

I hope I will survive this evening....   ;-)

BTW..: You drink Absinth in the same manner as Pastis, mixed 3:1 (or more) with icewater.
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I'm sure that would be a can of scotch and coke, wouldn't it..?  :-)  

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Drents Museum interior.
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Above all, it's white.. Someone in my party remarked that they did that on purpose to focus attention on what's being displayed.. 

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Scary stuff in the Drents Museum...!

I have no idea how this technology works (anyone who knows please drop a line) but it looks amazing.. In a mirror, a video is being projected of a virtual guide from the past that was selected before entering the real scale doll house in the Drents Museum. 

What I do know, is that the motion sensor on the right counts the number of people in the room and when it exceeds a specific number, the video is being played. ;-)

This GIF is created with two photos in the GIMP. It's almost needless to say, but as the EXIF is lacking: This is also my copyright.
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The survivor of the flood..!

Former farmer and entrepreneur Pablo Novak tells his story. He is the only one that still lives in a town that used to be a major tourist attraction before 1985. In that year, the dike broke and flooded Villa Epecuén. He still recognizes most of the stones he personally made. The reason he stayed is that he had this dream that one day his town will be rebuild but the main reason he stays is simply because he grew up there..
(Best to use Google Earth and use the Historical Imagery icon..)
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Thanks.. ;-) I might want to add that it's somehow an inspiring video as well, +Vicky Veritas ;-)

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Old Dutch on an old map..!

Some necessary info: The compass rose has a fleur de lys that points to the north.

The letters U and V in the title are both used as current day U. Apparently, the U is sometimes used as a V as well. Riuier should be in current day Dutch: rivier.

On a computer, you can just erase mistakes. On old maps, they couldn't.. In the title, the letter R is forgotten in the word noot, which should have been noort. In current day Dutch: noord, north.

The island Rooden Hoeck (current day Dutch: Rode hoek) literally means 'red corner'. The island is now attached to Brooklyn and is now called Red Hook.

Number 31 in the legend is named Paules Hoeck, current day Dutch: Paulus hoek (the corner where someone named Paulus lived). Also here, hoek was wrongly translated to 'hook'. It is now known as Paulus Hook, EDIT: New Jersey, NY.

The small island labeled E is not mentioned in the legend. This was probably forgotten too. The creator of the map just did not wanted to place the E below the F in the legend.. Below that 'E' island (Roosevelt Island), the East River was named Helle Gadt ('Hell hole') by the Dutch.

The F on the map was the former 'quarter' of the black slaves of the Dutch East India company, the VOC. "'t quartier van de swarte comp slaven". Current day Dutch "Het kwartier van de zwarte companie slaven".

Abbreviations are used abundantly and random. Plant, planta is short for plantage. (French plantation). Bouw and bou is short for bouwerij, literally 'buildery', building.

Conyne Eylant (current day Dutch: konijnen eiland) means literally 'rabbit island'. Also here, the English translated it wrongly into what is now known as Coney Island.

On that same piece of land there are drawings of native indian dwellings. In the writings next to them, the word wick is used, and is today still in use as wiek in NDS. Current day Dutch: wijk, or neighbourhood. I cannot make out the large sentence beside one of them: "Dit patroon(?) huijsen bewoonden de wilden ...?..." (this pattern(?) of houses were home to the wild ..?..)

B on the legend: cooren moolen current day Dutch: korenmolen (grain mill).
C on the legend: saeg moolen current day Dutch: zaagmolen (saw mill).
Manuscript. Pen-and-ink and watercolor. Covers New York City region. Pictorial map showing buildings and points of interest. Depths shown by soundings. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image. Described in Terrae incognitae, v. xvi, 1984. Richard W. Stephenson's The Henry Harrisse collection ... , p. 40; the third volume has binder's title "Manuscript maps of New-Netherland and Manhattan drawn on the spot by Joan...
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1. It's also uncommon to translate hoek to hook... Yet apparently, the English did so.. They didn't know what conyne eiland meant. And just like hook, they just made up the word coney.. 

2. The word fatçoen makes sense. But then again, the grammar is still wrong.. Both in Old Dutch and in current day Dutch the sentence can only be correct if it was: "Deze fatsoenlijke huizen..". 

3. Going back on your previous reply where you denote wilden as 'savages': Wild can also mean just wild, as in nature.. I think it is actually meant that way in the time the map was created. 

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Hidden light..!

Photographed exactly a month ago..  If you half-close your eyes, it almost looks like a world map. :-P But maybe that's because I had too much imagination when I noticed that.. ;-)
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Thanks, +Vicky Veritas ;-) and plussers.. !

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The oldest in the world..!

But the oldest what..? Take your best guess and leave a comment.. ! Look at my previous post to at least get a clue of where the photo was taken..
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Thanks +Laura Ockel and LOL +David Q. Cohen ;-)

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This is how we do it..
Police descend on offices of Islamic Movement’s northern branch, which has accused Israel of ‘endangering’ Temple Mount

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11 november..!

I used to hollow out sugar beets and placed a candle inside.. Today, the kids use electric lights inside a cola bottle and glue a minion on the outside... But the reward is just the same.. Lots of candy..! ;-)

"Sint Martinus bisschop, met zien hoge hoed op, met zien lange slipjas an, daor kump Sint Martinus an.."
(As I did not wanted to use flash, the photo came out blurred. So I had some fun using The Gimp > Filters > Artistic > Van Gogh.)
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and the frustration when you're almost finished carving nice light holes in your sugar beet, you carve just a little to much and ruined everything.....

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Late sunlight..!

The photo was taken last month while on my way home. It was at the end of the day and the light was low and amazing.. The original photo was a bit darker in the shadow part and the local contrast was not that obvious.. So it was good practice to enhance it with RT and the Gimp.. ;-)

This back side part (originally a barn) of the renovated building was built in 1850 but the front of the house (according to the front sign) reads 1672, which was a year of war:

In the early days, houses were built with a structure of wooden poles / beams (which we call gebinten) and plastered the walls from clay and straw or with bricks that were made by monks (kloostermoppen). 
(Also try to lookup the Dutch word in Google Images..)

To hold the wooden beams in the wall (and to keep the walls straight), a muuranker (wall anchor) is used to keep the wooden beam attached to the stone wall. If you zoom in, it can be seen in the shadow part of the photo.. (Click on the photo, press spacebar and zoom in.)
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I like red brick houses. We don't have any here because it's too hot :)

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Autumn art..!

Autumn leaves + spare time @ the museum = creativity = art.
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No big deal.. Bedankt +Sheila Francl ;-)
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