Zephyr and Bob-yak

I gave my Zephyr recumbent some good maintenance and plucked the old Bob-yak from the ceiling of our shed, where it hanged for 20 years.

Some black paint, new bearings, grease and a bit oil after a good cleaning was all it took to be ready to roll.

It’s funny that Strava asked if I was using an E-bike.

Our roof needs maintenance

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!

International Women’s day 2022

For me there’s no escaping it with so many female close relatives… today is International Women’s Day!

Listen to Coco !

Every year on March 8, this music is played by my wife…..

and this old LP is played …

A new offspring is born!

She was born at the time of the year 2022 when the blossom in the almond tree is blooming as a sign that spring has begun… 03-03-2022 . Her name is Coco.

In a time of viruses, wars, climate disasters and economic crises, her birth is a bright spot in our family. Let the world get better and healthier and live in peace.

I didn’t buy and sang along just about all the protest songs and peace songs that were out in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s and 10’s for nothing?

Okay, I admit I mostly stuck with the 70’s and 80’s…. but for now:

Welcome to this world!

Three generations.
lullaby

Headwindcycling, the Dutch Championships 2022

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.

Dutch Championships Headwindcycling 2022

Tomorrow will be the 2022-edition of the Dutch Championships Headwindcycling! The last edition was in December 2018, which seems a long time ago …

I’ll be there … with my camera!

A couple of photos I made in 2018, as a reminder …

The weather forecast is bad for photographers … lots of rain!

L’EROICA

In the country with a lot of cycling, the Netherlands, a l’eroica has never been organized … Why not? How did that happen ? Isn’t it time to start next year ?

Just seeing these videos already makes me happy … I can’t wait to cycle along with such an event myself …

Only happy faces …

L’EROICA (english version) from Edouard Sepulchre on Vimeo.

L’Eroica Brittania ‘Official’ Film from // Hound Video Marketing // on Vimeo.

Docufilm – L’Eroica | Gaiole 2019 from Aldo Ricci on Vimeo.

L’Eroica 2019 from Joe St Leger on Vimeo.

L’Eroica: Eroica Hispania 2016 from Blanco en Botella on Vimeo.

Zeeland nature in January

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.

The weather forecast was correct; rain showers !

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.

photogenic grandchild

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…

camera repair

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…

Sometimes I take my camera while cycling in my velomobile …

This is Zeeland in November …

David G Alford

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 the
event.

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.

De Uitlaat

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.

Our camper is for sale

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 2004 and 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.
  • koelkast 24V/220V/gas.
  • 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.

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