Our roof needs maintenance because the PVC foil that has been under the green roof for 24 years has become unreliable. Especially along the exposed edges, the plasticizers have disappeared from the PVC due to the UV light. Now I am replacing it with 1.52 mm thick EPDM foil. It is a lot of work to first put away all sedum, stonecrop and other plants and put them back after replacing the foil. And I’m only halfway there because the other half I have yet to start…
I’ve never done anything like this before, so it’s quite an adventure for me…and I’m sure I’m doing things wrong…that’s life!
I think it’s fine as long as the roof doesn’t leak and the plants stay alive!
It was pouring rain when I arrived this morning. Within half an hour I was cold and wet to my skin, despite the (not waterproof) rain gear.
I’ll show you the photos that I took anyway.
Fortunately, my photo equipment withstood the rain well, thanks to the good protection that has been carried along in my camera bag for years and which I have now gratefully used for the first time.
There were a number of familiar faces among the cyclists. It is a fantastic event every time it is organized. It is a pity that only a few days before the race it is announced that it will actually take place, but that cannot be done otherwise due to the uncertainty of the weather forecast …
Last time I had planned to take some more pictures of the many photographers who come to this event, but that turns out to be more difficult than I thought, because I often look for quiet places with good backgrounds. Most other photographers are standing next to each other in almost the same place…
Worth repeating … and hopefully next time I’ve come up with something to be able to shoot longer in the rain.
It has not frozen much in Zeeland this winter. The little nature that is left is claimed by “natuurmonumenten” and treated and maintained as a garden with native plants. The rivers are heavily polluted with polycyclic hydrocarbons, poly- and perfluoroalkyls and other pollution. It doesn’t matter for landscape photography, because it’s pollution that isn’t visible on the surface.
The more I become aware of the pollution, the harder it becomes not to see it and to avoid it in the photos.
Especially with this type of weather it is great fun to take beautiful pictures. Although it is important to protect the expensive equipment against too much moisture. But … if you are too protective, you will miss the most beautiful moments again.
Grandma’s hand helps to squeeze half the orange on the juicer, while she explains how healthy orange juice is especially for little girls. Then you see through the reflection in the stainless steel coffee machine that your grandfather is busy recording the scene with a large camera in front of his eye.
Then you make that special expression in your face, that grandma and grandpa think only you can…
A photographer doesn’t just make photos for the sake of the photos, but to tell a story.
Grandma’s guiding hand, Grandpa’s addictive expresso coffee, your seductive gaze, home-squeezed orange juice, Grandma’s life wisdom, Grandpa’s ever-present camera…
One of my cameras is broken. The Canon 70D kept getting an “error 80” message. Fortunately, it is a known and recognized issue at Canon and is currently being fixed at TechRepair. So, for now, I have to make use of my other cameras …
I hope repair won’t take too long as I’m already missing the camera body…
There was a David G Alford Boy Scout group reunion in my hometown of Vorden. I have made some photos that give an impression of theevent.
A few hours is far too short to bring back all the memories…but just enough to make you, as an old Boy Scout, realize that despite the time elapsed, much has changed, but the togetherness has remained the same after 70 years.
It was a pity that my older brother Jaap Harwig could not attend.
In the industrial area, east of Vlissingen is the site of motorsports association “De Uitlaat”. During a short bike ride, I happened to see a couple of guys racing actively. The light was beautiful, the track was dry and there was little wind, so I couldn’t resist the temptation to get out of my velomobile and take some pictures.
UPDATE ! : Our camper is sold ! Pancho Veenstra is the new owner.
Later (too late unfortunately) I found out Pancho is just a shadowy car dealer posing as an enthusiastic hobbyist. I thought I was selling the camper to someone with little capital who wanted to travel through Europe and refurbish an older camper himself … so it turns out to be a handy talker who trades in cars and earns a lot of money with it. His website : https://www.autosvanveenstra.nl/
If anyone is interested…send an email or call me …
To give an up-to-date impression I took a few photos (and to use in advertisements).
We are still working to restore some motor inconveniences, but if successful, the target is 7000 euro.
Original it was a Roller Team Granduca 65 Living produced in 2004and got on the road in Italy.
Sonnemans Motorhomes imported it to The Netherlands in 2009 and made some changes to rent it out. I bought the camper in 2011 and had lots of nice vacations. You can see the stories, photos and videos behind the button “history of our vacations“.
But the camper is too big for the two of us.
Roller Team Granduca 65 Living
Ford Transit 2,4L diesel 92kW/ 125PK
3500kg.max (rijklaar leeggewicht: 3010kg)
6 slaapplaatsen, 4 zitplaatsen met veiligheidsgordel.
lengte 726 cm.
hoogte 305 cm.
gaskachel + gasboiler
toilet en aparte douche.
vast “frans”-bed en alkoofbed.
Dometic air conditioner 220V
We have never used the Dometic air conditioner because we always spend the night in the open field and therefore do not have 220V.
The exterior view of the motorhome is very striking to most and many find it ugly, but the big advantage for us for years has been that we are not bothered by people with an excessive form of “cleanliness” but are approached by people who be as social and empathetic as we are.