One of the best things life can offer …

is walking with your granddaughter in an autumn forest.

We also found the tree where I carved the name of Hera’s mother 33 years ago

https://drenthinspectieservices.nl/

Caspar asked me for some photos he can use for his new site : https://drenthinspectieservices.nl/

It had to have a few tubes, barrels and other inspectable stuff on it … So I dived into my archive.

and found a few examples …

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old school tools

much more can be found in my Thermphos contributions

snapshots of the Westerschelde

autumn colours

You’re lucky when you can appreciate the fall colours as part of your life … when it seems so natural that it grows in your backyard for free and automatically.

Because it happens for free and by itself, too many people don’t give it any economic value … but I feel rich with this pop of colour that will turn into mulch for our plants and shrubs for free next spring.

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a bee hotel

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Another big advantage of a velomobile; Protection!

When we see a velomobile, everyone immediately thinks of a reduction in air resistance and therefore high speeds …


But yesterday, for the second time in my velomobile years, I had to experience being hit by a motorist. And I was also well protected by the streamline for the second time.


Tribute to the designers of Quest 552 (velomobiel.nl)!

The incident took place between Zoutelande and Westkapelle at the driveway to camping Janse.

I cycled with my bright red velomobile about 20 meters behind another cyclist on the cycle path in the direction of Westkapelle. We drove about 30 km / h. A motorist was waiting at the campsite exit and clearly gave the cyclist right of way. Because I was driving right behind it I assumed that he must have seen me too … I saw his car clearly … there is only a thin lamp post, no bushes, no high grass, no bushes between the exit and the bike lane …


Immediately after the cyclist had passed, the car quickly drove ahead, just as I passed the exit …

I suspect the collision has two causes.

  • The style between the windshield and right-hand door has expanded over the years in more modern cars and takes away much of the view for the driver.
  • There are still far too few velomobiles so that they are seen, but motorists do not perceive them. Motorcyclists often experience the same problem. It is a matter of awareness

For a long time there has been a video that makes it clear … it’s about awareness

My velomobile was hit on the left side where the back of the wheel arch is attached to the wall.

Then the rear of the bicycle was pushed away, causing the rear wheel to slide over the road.

The entire left wall of the velomobile was pushed in considerably for a short time, but also immediately popped back into its original shape.

The flexibility of the side wall ensures that the impact of the punch is greatly reduced. Without this flexibility, the velomobile would have flown like a football to the other side of the road. Now my velomobile felt like a soft leather ball that even Lionel Messi can’t get speed in …

Unfortunately, where the wheel arch is attached to the outer wall, the wheel arch has been torn open.

Fortunately, I was unharmed myself. I’m just a little shocked.
The man in the car was more shocked. He was very friendly. We exchanged names and addresses and did not blame each other. He confessed that he had not “seen” me and he has already notified his insurance.

Now I am thinking about what to do with the damage. More on that next week. Fortunately, despite the damage, it is still good to cycle with the velomobile.

a cosy ride

Today I took a leisurely ride with Quest 552. Unfortunately, I was hit by a car on the way … no wounds to my body but unfortunately a few tears in my beloved velomobile. I am happy that I was well protected by my fairing, but I am disappointed that some of the carbon-fairing was damaged. I will take pictures of the damage tomorrow. Fortunately, I can still use the bike as usual.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/59304613

mills and color

yesterday the sky burst with color … and the windmills can no longer be ignored in the Zeeland landscape

during golden hour everything is a bit redder and more beautiful

A short story told by Kurt Vonnegut …

When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject?

And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.And he went WOW. That’s amazing!

And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:

“I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them.

I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.

a November trip to Burgh-Haamstede

a blooming rose in November !

Due to the relatively mild weather in the Netherlands, a rose-bush in our front garden has flowered. This was rare in my youth and I am afraid it is a sign of the changing climate in Europe.

The rest of the garden is already in “winter mode”. The garden is frequented by hedgehogs who are looking for the last insects before they start their hibernation.

It is a cultivated rose, so, unfortunately, it is of no use to insects. Bred only to delight humans.

a short velomobile ride

I went cycling for a few hours …

And when I got home there was still no president of the United States of America. The current one is telling so many lies on television that I no longer dare to call him president. For me, the worst part is that apparently half of the USA is still behind him …

tinkering with a bicycle bell

I think the pictures are self-explanatory

Today I cycled a bit and in various situations where pedestrians and cyclists blocked the cycle path, there was an understanding response and they made room for me … there was no fierce and angry reaction like after using the horn!

It’s autumn !

The changing of the seasons is less visible in Zeeland than in the wooded area of the Achterhoek, where I was born and raised. That is why we went to look around Vorden for a few days to clearly see that it is autumn …

The Enzerinck estate

Kieftskamp

When I am in Vorden, of course also visit the cemetery, where my ancestors are buried.

I need a “friendly” sounding bicycle bell.

Today I noticed again that other cyclists react incorrectly to the “moped horn” that I now use a lot.

They are shocked because they think that I am cycling dangerously fast and when I use the simple bicycle bell (which is in my velomobile), they do not hear it properly.

So I will try to reinstall the dual tone bell that I used to use on Quest 215 . That sounded friendly and I was able to operate it from the inside.

This 11 year old video shows how it worked.

I was lucky today

Today I haphazardly started cycling in my velomobile. According to the weather forecast, it would not rain until 5:00 pm, but my entire ride the dark clouds threatened to release their many water sooner. Incredibly nice weather for taking pictures, but due to the fact that I had left my hood at home and cycled “convertible”, I was afraid that it would be difficult to keep my camera dry.

In the end, it started to rain heavily when I had just arrived home.

My Sunday ride.
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