The old hand cranck pump wasn’t complete, so I decided to just clean it and hang it in our garden just for fun. I like seeing the old handmade wooden piston, which still had the original non-return valve leather on it. The leather that belongs to the seal around the piston had disappeared. I paintedContinue reading “The old water pump has become a museum piece.”
The almond tree is in bloom … and I’m working on an old water pump that I like very much but with which I can’t think of what to do with it …
In 1984, the year in which George Orwell foresaw a totally different world, the Vereniging Nederlandse Loodsen Sociëteit existed for 100 years and that fact was celebrated exuberantly with all kinds of festivities. At the moment I am digitizing my old negatives from that year 1984, because our society has now come to resemble theContinue reading “Vlissingen, 1984.”
It’s December, … that time of year when the days are short and the evenings are long and dark … when there’s time to go through all kinds of old stuff to decide whether its fit to throw away or to keep … as being a member of the Harwig family I can’t throw awayContinue reading “old family documents”
This is an old ashtray that my grandparents Jan Frederik Harwig and Neeltje van Waveren got from his brother. His brother emigrated to the promised land “the United States of America” at the beginning of the last century. As a parting gift he made a number of copper ashtrays, as a reminder. It is clearly handmade withContinue reading “old ashtray”
In my thoughts, I was briefly back in the 1970s when I sailed as an engineer at NSM “Oceaan”. Just a few videos I found on the worldwideweb to get an idea …
An old Sparta bicycle (model Radar) was unused for a few years in the shed. I refurbished it a bit. I also made a box with wood from the wood storage and some old materials that were in the box called “do not yet throw away”. The wood had been stored in our wood storage for aboutContinue reading “Sparta Radar”
Marjan has found a 45 rpm record that she often used in her own youth. The old 60-year-old technique of listening to music still works for the one-year-old granddaughter … she has only been able to walk for a month, but she is now also learning to dance …The Dutch texts of Annie M.G. SchmidtContinue reading “Grandma plays vinyl !”
A long time ago I got a toolbox from a friend. It had belonged to his deceased parents and he wouldn’t use it himself and wanted to throw it away. That’s a pity … and so I too kept this toolbox unused in the shed for about 10 more years. Today I opened it …Continue reading “old carpenter’s ruler”
I belong to that generation of madmen who have learned not to throw anything away if you still have room to keep it. For the past 30 years, we have kept all our children’s well-preserved toys in boxes and crates. Recently our first grandchild turned 1-year-old and it is time to take the things out of theirContinue reading “grandchild”
Due to the shift in the Western European climate, I assume that I will never be able to skate on natural ice again. That sounds better than citing my age as the cause … The fact is that my skates have hung in the shed unused for 23 years and I need the space for other junk.Continue reading “climate change”
It isn’t blues, it isn’t jazz, it isn’t hiphop, …. it is Rory ! Music from my youth
David mentioned an old video of mine that inspired him to buy a velomobile as well. As a result, I also saw the old videos again … Quite nice, even though the video technology has improved a lot in recent years … The first one is the “oliebollentocht 2007“. The second one is “paastreffen 2010“.
The genesis of Hoechst in Vlissingen-Oost in newspaper reports.
An impression of our walk today … … and what was on our kitchen table today …