One of the two LED daytime running lights had broken. Since the lid was loose for maintenance, I immediately renewed both.
Yesterday I asked Velomobiel.nl which lights they use for this. They are these that they order in large amounts at Conrad, they are most likely not for sale at a local electrical store. Today I already received two new LED lights from Theo by post. Fabulous service by Velomobiel.nl!
We went travelling for a few days with our old camper. After months of unemployment in our small family bubble in a world with COVID-19 and many sterile job applications, the need to see a different environment was great. The general advice is to avoid crowds and therefore Normandy seemed a suitable target.
The first night we stayed in the beautiful forest near Guines. This forest is a good example of the way a large mixed forest is maintained in a fairly natural way in such a way that modern people can recreate (Nordic walking, mountain biking, jogging, walking, dog walking, etc.) and at the same time, the natural environment beneath it does not suffer too many adverse effects.
The next day we drove to La Roche d’Oëtre in Normandy.
Due to the many WhatsApp use it was possible that we met our daughter and her friend (who was also on vacation) here.
Then we went to the beach at Sémaphore de Jardeheu.
Here you are in the middle of the Channel, where the largest and most important shipping routes run along. A beautiful coast with red granite, where thousands of gannets flew by on their way to the English Islands. Many local fishermen were busy collecting fish with their small maneuverable boats. For my own convenience, I forget that there is a huge nuclear power plant nearby … at home I also live near Borsele.
I have been annoyed for years by the way people deal with the removal of obsolete buildings. But now something is being broken down the way it should. This building has been used by Pouwelse Tuinen for years.
Now it has to make way for the construction of new houses. Because years ago it was decided to build in wood, the building can now be disassembled after all these years and set up somewhere else.
Almost nothing is destroyed!
I am afraid that the new houses will be made of expensive concrete and stones with a lot of plastic frames that cannot be recycled.
Last night I suddenly woke up to realize that I was making a classic fallacy in my so-called selfie through the bathroom mirror. It is not a selfie, but a registration of the image as I am used to seeing myself. For the rest of the world, it is a mirror image … To make a selfie of that mirror image, I have to mirror the photo again!
Only people who meet the full beauty ideal because they have a symmetrical appearance do not have to do this.
I took these photos in January 2020. Torn apart “skeletons” of Thermphos. They were located on the square, which was temporarily used as a kind of cemetery. All the RA-contaminated “meat” was taken off and sprayed off. Not long after, the entire building was toppled with explosives …
I’ve taken tons of photos and because playing with those photos helps process the past, I’ll probably publish more in the future.
Today I cycled a bit through the industrial area of Vlissingen. A lot has changed. And before new installations can be built, the old one must first be safely demolished. EPZ’s coal-fired power plant has been out of operation for years and its chimney is now being demolished. Of all Thermphos buildings, only the skeleton of the Zuurfabriek is still standing. Who would have thought in the past that the Zuurfabriek would be the last to remain standing proudly?
At the end of the pier you are almost in the middle of the Westerschelde, a fabulous place to take pictures …
I am clearly unable to cope with the new normal that the rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is bringing about. A few days 35 degrees Celsius in Vlissingen … and now I suffer from migraines. Almost all I did was sit in the shade and take pictures from there … and reading books … a lot of books !
In one of those books I have learned how Extinction Rebellion originated and the means it wants to use to achieve its goal. The many heat records in the past period, the “new normal” to just plant a palm tree in the garden (that just feels at home in the Netherlands !!!), the “new normal” to have vineyards in the Netherlands, etc. are signs that cause a good motivation to think about what the hell we are doing.