Thursday, 21 December 2017

Seasons greetings from Han

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Five minutes and forty nine seconds of inner peace with Nunc Dimittis by Arvo Pärt. Divine music I only discovered yesterday at a Christmas concert. I recommended it to a friend, and said to her, don't listen to it when you are feeling sad, because it will only make you cry, it is that beautiful.

I want to rejoin with some divine music, because music have the unique quality of transferring emotions that you cannot say, and only feel.

The holidays are just about to begin.
First let me say, or say it again, I love Christmas and the time between our Sinterklaas (5 December) and the end of the month. It's such a nice thought that when the days get shorter and the more hours we live in the dark, the people are decorating their houses with lights. We put all the stuff in our house away and replace it with Christmas decorations. In most homes you might think the woman in the instigator of these things, but in our home it is me.
Last year we did not have a tree in our home and no decorations at all. We were busy making the house for our daughter liveable enough for her to stand on her own. Now you know she has some physical limitations, so it was great that we could do that for her. And also it completed one of our goals in life to make a home for her where she wouldn't be dependent on us. But that was last year. This year we made it up and my Christmas Tree is really nice this year. Each year I buy a new ornament for my tree. This year it was a pretty little angel.

This has been a tough year. I am not going to repeat the stuff I have told you already. Like a friend of mine said: Stories about health are so boring. And she was right. Maybe not political correct, but so right. If you do not believe me listen to people talking in public transport or in the waiting room of a doctor. To two people who tell each other in minute detail of their illnesses. You see? So I'm so not going to do that again. But I cannot deny it had a big effect on my life this year.

Being overworked and overtired is not easy on anyone. I'm not very special, nor unique. It happens. It happens to a lot of people. But I am not most people. I am the Dominant partner in this relationship and I subconsciously always write Dominant with a capital D, smile. And I know she doesn't blame me for letting go and not performing like I feel I should, but that doesn't make it more easy. The problem is that there is no lacking of wanting, the wanting was still there, it was the body that was for a long time too tired. Too tired to pick up even a glass and bring it to the kitchen. (And yes, I am used to bringing my own dirty stuff to the kitchen :-) ) Too tired to do what you love, love, love most. That was not so very easy.

The second thing that I had to face this year is the perfectionism. Yes, I know, perfectionists are more likely to burn out, compared to those that are more easy going. I wanted to do it all. Smile. Very much like the stereotype of a modern housewife. We have to do it all, and we have to do it well. I had to work harder this year than ever before, I had to make my daughter a liveable house, I had to be a nice partner, I had to be a good friend, I had to be a stern Dominant, and I had to write a blog every single fucking day. And stayed up late to write the last minute posts. And I felt I had to write more interesting posts. Witch took more time, and that meant I worked until late, until the next day and write another post.

No, you are right.Nobody was forcing me to do so. And yes, I agree that nobody would have cared less if the posts were not every day at 00:01 posted... (My best friend told me that her daughter told her that amongst the young it is well known that if you put three dots after a sentence it means that you want to have sex... OK, too old for that, we learned at school something else) Anyway, I know I did it to myself, but as the most things in life, you don't know what you do, until you are presented the bill of life and you will have to pay the price.
It is life.We might know it with a brain, but that does not stop us, that didn't stop me, from doing the things I shouldn't do.

I tried to pick it up again, saying to myself that I still loved to blog, and that once a week I could make time for writing something or even post a bloody picture that somehow appealed to me. And somehow I just couldn't bring myself in doing just that. It reminded me too much I think about the moments I felt stressed out to make my daily comments on life. Is it not strange and weird how the brain works? It  is, Han.
Do I know I don't have to feel guilty about not posting for a while? Of course I know, dummy. Of course I know it is all inside of my head. Of course I know it is just a blog and not life or death situation. Of course I know writing is just an expression of my own feelings and thoughts. And that not putting them on paper has no effect on still having feelings and thoughts.

But why do I still feel that way, if I know so well?

It is the season of reflections. It is the season to look back. But with looking back the other side of the coin, looking in front of us, is just as part of this time of year. What will be in stall for us. What is going to happen next year and what will I do and not do next year? Questions that needs to be answered with the wisdom of looking back. And you know what they say about looking back, looking back is always easy. In hindsight you always know how you should have acted. So I promised myself this year not to add to my own felt pressure. I decided that I forgive myself for not blogging every day, or week, or month. I decided that the best chance that I would get to be myself, was to just let it go. And see what the Divine Beloved had in stall for me.

And letting go is for someone that LOVES to be in control hard to do obviously. This is true for most perfectionists, it is certainly true for most Dominants. And yet the lesson I have learned this rough year was to learn how to let go.

And that might be the most beautiful present beneath the Christmas tree this year.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and a wonderful, safe, healthy new year.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Be mine

Yes, slowly getting back on my feet again and the sense of adventure and dominance and lust are coming back again. I cannot begin to tell how rewarding that is, and how thankful I am for that. And this picture, these words say it all how I feel right now..

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Politics is just a game

I have been watching quite a few episodes of Game of Thrones of late. The world of Dragons, the Undead, the King of Fire, is so strange and so far from ours. And yet, the President of Kinglanding is making a pact with the King of the East to get to the iron throne.

And in the South Pudgemont is making is people crazy with the idea they can get independent and after the independence nothing will change, except that the Catalonians will be an independent republic.And if that plan, that riot doesn't go as planned, they flee to other country and:

Former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont was in a “discreet and secure place” in Brussels on Monday, the same day that Spain’s attorney general filed charges against him for rebellion, Catalan government sources told local broadcaster TV3.

In the Game of Thrones people flee all the time but usually they do not make it to the end of the season. It leads always to violence amongst their loyal supporters. With a "president" in exile "to speak freely" the chances are that his supporters will support him with the violence that comes from impotence. 

And the people of the Seven Kingdoms, they have to stand there and watch how the politicians play their game of power.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017


I like this poem by Louise Bailey very much. Last year I said I would post on September 12th a post for all those who have been gone and sometimes even forgotten. That is not good nor bad, as life goes on and it is not good to stand still in time. Times moves on and so does your life. It is a year already since we have lost Appy and his wonderful blogs about his Sunday (morning) activities. And in remembrance of him and of all the bloggers we have lost over time, but not in our hearts, this is for them.

I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak anymore
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.

I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak anymore
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.

I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak anymore
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.



Published: February 2006
I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak anymore
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.



Published: February 2006
I feel a warmth around me
like your presence is so near,
And I close my eyes to visualize
your face when you were here,
I endure the times we spent together
and they are locked inside my heart,
For as long as I have those memories
we will never be apart,
Even though we cannot speak anymore
my voice is always there,
Because every night before I sleep
I have you in my prayer.


Sunday, 27 August 2017


As I look outside my window the sun is shining bright on the other houses opposite mine. Around 12:00 or so it will reach my garden and some two hours later my house will be lit and warmed by the sun.

It seems an appropriate metaphor for what is going on in my life right now. It has been a long time since Wanita and I have played again. For a long time I even didn't feel like having sex at all. Much less wanting to write about it. I simply could not find the energy to enjoy it. Strange how something as important in our lives as our D/s play can completely vanish if something like health changes. How important was it anyway? Was it just to pass the time because we had nothing else to do? Or was it as meaningful as we always considered it to be? 

I don't know the answer to that one. The sun is behind the clouds as I look outside now. And yes, we have picked up our vanilla pleasure, and I have tried the Master/Wanita thing several times. Alas as you all well know, it can only be good if you pour your heart and soul in it. And I couldn't. It felt a bit like being impotent and there is no Viagra in the world that can cure it. I do have enough self confidence left that I will not let it destroy my self image. I have my family and friends to thank for that the way I look upon myself has not changed much. I am not familiar with any depression feelings, never have been, and always think in the end the sun will come out and do it's work.

And so I think I will have to wait until after 12:00 hours until the sun comes back into my garden once again so I can sit outside and soak the warmth in my body.
As the sun will come back every day and try every day to shine in my garden, I know this has been a lousy summer with lots and lots and lots of rain so the sun stayed in the backgound. But I know it is there just waiting for the clouds to move on to Germany. Or Belgium. Or the UK, or... where ever.

And so I just have to be patient.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Whispering again

It has been so long, it feels strange writing in my blog again. I have been so out of touch with all of you, and much longer than I anticipated. It is just that I had no energy to write or keep my blog up to date. I must have been a combination of private life, work and wanting to write a post each day of the week. And as my private life and work has priority over my blog, I decided to take it easy for a while.

And so I did. For more than three years I kept my blog up to date with all the memories I wanted to keep, to share all things that I thought nice or funny or important to share. Sometimes with many people on my blog sometimes with a few. I never cared much about the numbers, I just wanted to record whatever I thought was nice to keep in some way. But as my days were full and full of stress the daily blog changed from a relieve valve into a duty and I felt I had too little time for keeping the blog my little one. Anyway you may have noticed I had to stop for a while.

And yes, I have been so very tired. As ashes burnt to the ground and laying there waiting for the wind to scatter all of it. So I went to an intense period of doing nothing at all. Now doing nothing is not something that comes naturally for me. My Calvinistic upbringing and the morals from my family says very clearly that you have to go on, even if you are tired, because we all are tired sometimes. So go on Han, you are not made of porcelain. But I simply could not, even if I wanted to. So I took my rest.

In my rest period I kept working though. I was months away last year because of my gallbladder problems, and I could not afford to stop working again for months. But I was open to my work about my problems, and often if you are opening up to other people, you will receive openness back. And I did, people understood that sometimes I needed some time off, I needed rest, and I could go to from work a bit early or just work a bit from home. I did not have any energy to go with my bike 90 minutes to work and 90 minutes from work each day. People told me how nice it would be if I kept some daily exorcize but 3 hours a day on the bike was just too much. I could not do it. So I went with public transportation (with all the delays it simply has, smile) to work each day.

Slowly some of my strength comes back. My memory loss is getting better. I still am blocked sometimes, I totally forget the sentence that I started, but it is getting better slowly I think. In the hospital new investigations showed there was a small problem with the decreasing dopamine in my brain that could well be the beginning of Parkinson's disease. They are not sure yet what it is. I am going for a second opinion to a doctor in the Alzheimer Centre in Amsterdam. It is an academic hospital and they are more used dealing with vague complaints... I have an appointment somewhere in October.

But first I go on holiday the last three weeks of September. I look forward to it. In the meantime I will try to post each week if I can and read some of all your blogs to see how you are doing, because I missed you. Thank you to all that reached out to me, it is much appreciated. Understand that if I did not answer you, it was not that I did not wanted to, but simply because I could not.

Have a wonderful sunny Sunday.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Sound of Silence

After blogging everyday for a while you might have noticed I have been silent. The reason is not that I ran out of items to blog about, or just didn't like it any more. The reason for it is just psychical, I'm afraid.
I just don't have the energy at the moment. I wish I had, but my body is telling me to slow down. So I will listen for a change, and hope this feeling disappears just as fast as it came. I will just rest now, and hope to see all of you very soon again.

Thursday, 11 May 2017


Tonight is the second semi final of the European Song Contest. If you have never ever seen it, it's a kind of Idols, Xfactor kind of thing but it's old. Ancient. And "millions of viewers all over the world" are watching it. Let me lend a bit from the official website to tell you how it works:

Song contest explained

This year in May, 42 countries will each send one musical act to Kyiv, Ukraine, where the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place. Each participating broadcaster that represents their country has chosen their performer (maximum six people) and song (maximum three minutes, not released before 1 September, 2016) through a national televised selection, or through an internal selection. Each country is free to decide if they send their number-one star or the best new talent they could find. They have to do so before mid-March, the official deadline to send in entries.
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest will be chosen through two Semi-Finals (9 and 11 May) and a Grand Final (13 May).

Traditionally, six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final. The so-called 'Big Five' — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — and the host country.
The remaining countries will take part in one of the two Semi-Finals. From each Semi-Final, the best ten will proceed to the Grand Final. This brings the total number of Grand Final participants to 26.
Curious about last year's Grand Final? Enjoy the show!
Each act must sing live, while no live instruments are allowed.
After all songs have been performed, each country will give two sets of 1 to 8, 10 and 12 points; one set given by a jury of five music industry professionals, and one set given by viewers at home. Viewers can vote by telephone, SMS and through the official app.
To keep things fair, you cannot vote for your own country. 

Only those countries who take part in the respective Semi-Final vote, along with three of the six pre-qualified countries. Which countries take part and vote in which Semi-Final is determined by the so-called Semi-Final Allocation Draw in late January.
In the Grand Final, juries and viewers from all 42 participating countries can vote again, after the 26 finalists have performed. Once the voting window has closed, the presenters will call upon spokespersons in all 42 countries and ask them to reveal their jury points live on air.
Next, viewers' points from all 42 countries will be added up, and revealed from the lowest to the highest, culminating into a climax that will eventually reveal the winner of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. 

The winner will perform once again, and take home the iconic glass microphone trophy. The winning country will traditionally be given the honour of hosting next year's Eurovision Song Contest. 


So the rating is with points. And it's tradition so watch each and every song contest and have your family members rate them. 1 = waste of time  10 = the best song I have ever heard. And yes, we always give 10 points to our own small country. We are not allowed according to European Rules, but we have our own rules. We did rate them when I was a kid and my father would make all countries in a long row and our names and scores next to it. Now I do it at home. Did I said sometime before I love traditions? In 1975 we won the contest for the last time. With Teach Inn Dingedong.

This Year

Every year we are convinced we will win this year. Not only our little family but all families in Holland know that. And each year we are very, very disappointed we end at somewhere around 30th place. This year we have three sisters and they sing very nice. And the are rising in the bookmakers polls! This year we have a fair shot at winning, I know we will. But first the semi-finals tonight. You know who will be watching...

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Not all those who wander are lost

My colleague at work has this quote in her signature. It is from  "All That is Gold Does Not Glitter" that is a poem written by J. R. R. Tolkien for his great novel The Lord of the Rings. It describes Aragorn, son of Arathorn. The poem reads:
    All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost;
    The old that is strong does not wither,
    Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
    A light from the shadows shall spring;
    Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
    The crownless again shall be king.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Mysterious shapes, with wands of joy and pain,
Which seize us unaware in helpless sleep,
And lead us to the houses where we keep
Our secrets hid, well barred by every chain
That we can forge and bind: the crime whose stain
Is slowly fading ’neath the tears we weep;
Dead bliss which, dead, can make our pulses leap—
Oh, cruelty! To make these live again!
They say that death is sleep, and heaven’s rest
Ends earth’s short day, as, on the last faint gleam
Of sun, our nights shut down, and we are blest.
Let this, then, be of heaven’s joy the test,
The proof if heaven be, or only seem,
That we forever choose what we will dream!

Helen Hunt Jackson 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Seven stages of grief

This week my aunt, the youngest of my fathers' sisters, died at 79 years old. Two older sisters are still alive, and her two older brothers (one my dad of course) are still alive. It is so strange that from a strong family the youngest died the first. Life. Doesn't have to be fair, per se.

Yesterday I read a blogpost about a completely different subject, more about that next Friday, and it mentioned the seven stages of grief. These are well known by now. And as in any model ( a model is a simplification of a complex reality) miss Kübler-Ross has been criticized and even added two more stages to her original model: Shock or Disbelief and Guilt. I don't care much that scientists find her model from 1969 outdated, I like simplifications of the big ugly world, to make it more comprehensible for myself. Because you can apply it not only with the death of a beloved, but also with so many other tragic moments in our lives.

Shock or disbelieve 

The first reaction to a major disappointment or disaster in our lives is shock or disbelieve. A certain numbness when we cannot or don't want to believe what we just heard. Feeling numb is like that "freeze" in the coping strategies. It cannot be true, this is not happening (to me). No, I just have seen her yesterday! No, other people get a divorce but not me, not us.


Denial refers to how you express your emotions surrounding grief. For example, a person who continually says, "I'm fine," after a life changing event is likely denying his or her feelings. We men have often trouble how to express our feelings, or we have been taught that we are the ones that people depend upon right now and that we have to be "the rock". Denying our own feelings until we have the time to face them.Children can say after they have heard their parents are getting a divorce: "Mom and Dad will stay together."


Anger is not a universal emotion during the grief process. Not all will go through this emotion in this stage. Some people become angry at themselves or the person who left them or simply at the situation they are left to face alone. It depends a lot on your character. But at some point we are bound to feel angry ("Fight" in coping strategy) related to the fact that we miss something we once had. Again, related to your character, this Anger could become an anger problem. Some people do not get passed this stage.  Grief recovery coaching can provide a safe place to explore the anger and help uncover the source of the anger.


Bargaining refers to attempts to make a deal, often with God, to change the situation. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross noted bargaining in her observations of individuals dying from a terminal illness. Bargaining may not be so frequent when a loved one has died, but is likely present in other losses such as divorce, break up, job loss, home loss or other transition, where there is some hope the situation could be changed by an all-powerful God.


Guilt is not in the original "five stages", but I have seen people feeling so guilty about the things they have said and done in the past, that they cannot overcome these feelings.You wished to turn back the clock and do some things differently. It is very powerful, very common, and very, very, very self destructing. This is absolutely another area where grief coaching can be helpful to give the griever a space to share their memories and regrets in a supportive environment.


A depression is not (but often very similar symptoms of) a clinical depression. It is often described as a profound sadness. A natural human reaction to grief and loss.The partner left behind might feel discouraged that their bargaining plea did not convince the former partner to stay. Or sadness and hopelessness drug abusers feel when they are faced with the reality of living a life without their substance of choice.


Acceptance and Hope. In the last stage of the 7 stages of grief one arrives at the belief that although life will never be the same again after the loss, there is hope that life will go on. Acceptance does not necessarily mean that a child after a divorce will be completely happy again. The acceptance is just moving past the depression and starting to accept the divorce. The sooner the parents start to move on from the situation, the sooner the children can begin to accept the reality of it.

Like I said not all people go through these stages in this order, but as I am going towards the stages where goodbye's will occur more frequent, because of my age it's important to know these stages. It is important to correct the things I did wrong in my life, and say I am sorry about it. Now, when I have the chance. Ask for forgiveness. It's important not to wait, so my depression state will be a healthy one. So I can move on to acceptance...

Sunday, 7 May 2017

I'm back

My holiday is over already... Didn't that go fast? It did.Somehow holidays go faster than normal days.
Well we have had a wonderful time in Leeuwarden and Arnhem.

Back to business.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Just try

Just try to breathe out as the box unfolds and breathe in as it collapses. Can you do it?

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Two way street

Only fools would say otherwise, and I may be many things but a fool is not one of them.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Last day of A to Z challenge, first day of vacation

Today with the Z, just on time on April 30th, I finished the A-Z challenge. Each year it's a real challenge, and each year I say I will start next year sooner. This year is no exception. So I will say it again: Next year I will give myself more time. Smile.

Today also my vacation begins. Well vacation... We will be in Leeuwarden for a few days and then move on to Arnhem for a few days as well. It will be nice to be gone almost a week. It seems a long time ago we went away, and we both need it... Smile again.

I hope you will enjoy the posts I made for the next week, as much as I did making them,
See you soon,


Delft Z - Zangkoren

In Delft there are .. choirs (zangkoren). Just a few:

Ars Vocalis: The Delft Chamber Choir Ars Vocalis sings mostly classical works from renaissance to the present. And then both worldly and religious music.

Cantiamo. Cantiamo Delft is a unique girl choir consisting of 40 girls aged 15 and 35. Enthusiasm and passion for music is characteristic of this particular group of girls. My own daughter sang for many years in this choir.

The Chamber Choir Delft Blue is a choir of enthusiastic, experienced singers with an interest in a wide-ranging a-capella repertoire. From Bach's Johannes Passion to Butans' Lux Aeterna, from Monteverdi and Purcell to Manneken and Poulenc: Delft Blue is happy to meet the challenge. In addition, the choir is socially involved with singing for and with the elderly, on the light evening in Delft and a singing bike ride along social institutions.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Delft Y - Yperstraat

Anyone that takes part in the A-Z challenge can tell you the Y is a difficult letter.

At last I found the Yperstraat in Delft. To be honest I had to look where it might be, never heard of Yperstraat, not that such a thing counts for something, but still...

Anyway, Yperstraat. Location in the middle of the inner city:

The name Yperstrtaat comes from the Belgian Textile workers who lived in Delft at the end of the sixteenth century. It was named after the Belgian town Ieper, or Yper. It certainly isn't one of the most beautiful streets in Delft. There are some big autorepair companies and the parking deck is not doing anything beautiful for this street:


Friday, 28 April 2017

Delft X - Xerxes DHC

In 1967 there was a football (soccer) club form Delft by the name of Xerxes DHC, Xerxes was from north Rotterdam and DHC was a soccer club from Delft. The played on an amateur level for a very, verly long time but in 1966 and 1967 Xerces DHC played in the professional Dutch league. Ok, It lasted two years and then they were broke and broken because of internal quarrels, but we are still very proud of those seasons.

And, no we did not win many games. But we played like lions...

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Delft W - Weather

Delft has a moderate maritime climate that is strongly influenced by the North Sea and the warm Gulf Stream. Due to this influence, summer and winter temperatures are relatively close to each other. In the summer months, the average daytime temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius. In winter, the average daytime temperature is a few degrees above the freezing point. Long periods of frost or night frost do not happen here on a regular basis.

gemiddelde maximum temperatuur (°C) (average max. temp)
gemiddelde mininum termperatuur (average min. temp.)
gemiddeld aantal uren zon per dag (average hours of sun a day)
gemiddeld aantal dagen neerslag per maand (average number of days rain a month)
gemiddeld aantal millimetres neerslag per maand (average number of mm rain a month)

Once a year from 23 until 25 June we have a big festival in Delft that is called "Mooi weer spelen". Acrobatics, plays, modern performance artists are taking part in this big outdoor Festival.
Unfortunately the weather is often so bad, you cannot talk about "nice weather games" Still, when it's nice outside it can be very cosy in Delft.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Delft V - Vinex wijken

Circa 5% of the population of Delft lives in the old inner city. The rest of us lives in the suburbs. "Vinex wijken" as they are called over here .

 The part that is called the "Binnenstad", (inner city) is just a small part of Delft. You see it on the top of this picture third on the right as well as third on the left. side of the city.

There are many paces where people found a place to live. I live in Tanthof Wet a very crowded place were there live so many people whey have to make huge flats to be able to properly house them. Buitenhof, Voorhof, Tanthof are consist mainly of high flatbuildings, the rest of Delft Wippolder, Hof van Delft, Vrijenban are more or less low buildings, but then again also often old buildings.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Delft U - Ultra small theatre

The smallest theatre is Delft is called Microtheater. And it does it's name justice.

It is an a very small alley near the New church and it's so small that if you wouldn't know you would pass it without a second glance.
The Microtheater was built in 1962 as a new accommodation for the Delft theatre company De Flits Due to the construction of the Saint Sebastian bridge, the part of the Ashvest, where the old Microtheater was located, the old building was demolished.

In the Church Street two old little houses were demolished to make way for the Microtheater. Contrary to what the design of the building suggests, the property has never been a warehouse. The large open-air doors on the first floor are designed to easily accommodate large decorative pieces.

In the Microtheater there is a foyer on the ground floor and on the upper floor there is a theatre with seating for 66 visitors. At the back of the building there is a wooden extension to the building in which the workspace of the lighting and sound technicians of the theater is located.

back of the building

Monday, 24 April 2017

Delft T - Tours of inner city

Well, of course there are many ways you can explore delft. You can walk on your own, be amazed by the many canals and beautiful bridges, make wonderful photo's and let you lead to the most interesting tourist attractions.

The second way is to hire a guide for a city walk. There are many walks with or without a guide. A guide is really cheap it's about 5 euro for a walk in the city and they show you places where you would not come if you are just wandering around.
There are also William of Orange walks, Vermeer walks with or without a headphone that tell you all interesting things about what you see,

And last but not least there are these boat canal trips that are - quite right - very popular. You go by boat under all these low bridges and see the houses near the canals from the water,

Sailing ouround one of the old bastions

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Delft S - Student city

With a big Technical University in Delft, Delft is one of the big student Cities in the Netherlands
Green are the Bachelor students, blue the Master students. A lot of this growth can be explained by the increase of foreign students, look at this map:

A lot of people from China and Indiaare studying over here. The housing was a problem for many,  many years the the City of Delft have been building large numbers of Student Housing these last few years, so getting a room in Delft is not a real problem anymore. The majority of the students of the Technical University are, as you probably have guessed, are male.
The University celebrates this year it;s 175 existence

The TU in Delft is leading in space technology, water management, and solar energy.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Delft R - Restaurants

Delft is on one hand a tourist city an on the other a student city. So there are soooo very many restaurants in the inner town. When I was young there were 6 bookstores, 2 second hand bookstores in Delft. Gone. Restaurants. When I was young there was a very large impressive postoffice. Gone. Restaurant.

Post office from 1890 - 2005
All these little shops that make a city a city seem to disappear and all that comes back are small dining rooms, coffee shops. (Yes, we also have two of "those" in Delft). And I think it's really a pity. I think it's wonderful that so many young couples see opportunities to run their own shop, but a little less...
I think it would be better for the city.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Delft Q - Quakelbrug

The Quackelbrug connected the Oostsingel with Delfgauwseweg. With the widening of the Oostsingel the bridge was demolished in 1927. This photo must have been a few years earlier.

These are the bridges of my childhood. We had many bridges like that in Delft. Imagine all that water and there must be a way to get quickly through town...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Delft P - Prinsenhof

The Prinsenhof is well known because the Father of our Fatherland, William of Orange was assassinated here.  I told you all about that. Before the Prince of Orange lived there, it as a convent, St. Agatha convent. After the prince was murdered there was a latin school in the building and was retored a museum from 1932 until 1951. Now the museum has three themes, the history of William of Orange, of course, Delft Blue and Delft as a city of technique. Many inventors and researchers came from Delft.

There is a painting in the museum (View on Delft) that has always made an impression on me. And I cannot show you the Prinsenhof without showing off my favo painting:

A View of Delft through an Imaginary Loggia, 1663

 It is painted by Daniël Vosmaer. Who was born in 1622 and died in 1666 in Den Briel. Daniel Vosmaer was a very good landscape artist. The loggia in front of us is not real. The city behind it is very real.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Delft O - Oude Jan

Another church in the old inner city of Delft. Close to the New Church is the Old Curch or "de oude Jan" as it is called in Delft. This picture shows well there are only a couple of streets between the two giant churches. It's the oldest church in Delft and was built in 1246.

Oude Jan, not straight as you can see

The church tower is a leaning tower. Because of lack of space the water of the "oude Delft" was rerouted to create some space for the church. Because the church was partly built on solid ground and partly on a filled up formal canal the ground gave way to the weight and the tower was built lop-sided.

In the church are two special old bells, de Trinitasklok, from 1570, often called the Bourdon and the  Laudateklok (bell), from 1719.
The Trinitas bell is the most important of them both. This bell, casted by Hendrick van Trier, weighs nearly 9000 kilo en has a diameter van circa 2,3 meter. De Trinitasklok is the most historic bells of the Nederlands en is only being used on special occasions.  The reason for that is that the sound of the bells causes severe vibrations that could cause damage to the tower.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Delft N - Nieuwe Kerk

The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) is situated as we learned yesterday at the big marketplace. In the New Church is the Royal crypt where all members of the Royal Family are buried. William of Orange, the Father of the Nation who was shot in the Prinsenhof in 1584 was the first Orange that was buried in the New Church. His tomb is impressive. The mausoleum was made between 1614 and 1622 and restored in 1997. The crypt is only accessible to members of the royal family after one of the stones is lifted and stairs are revealed to the burial grounds below.


Royal crypt - impression

The 16 stained glass windows are a sight to behold. I love stained glass windows. My nephew used to make them. Well not those in the New Church but as a hobby, he was quite good at it.

The tower of the New Church, with it's 108,75 meters (the second highest church tower in the Netherlands) you can climb. There is a round staircase that is much too small for so many people (smile) and you can climb up several levels.

Interior with the organ

At the end of 2013 a thorough restoration of the New Church has started and it's almost finished. The restoration budget is over 11 million euro. The Church itself has still a church function as there are services on each Sunday.


Monday, 17 April 2017

Delft M - Market Square

The Market in Delft with it's 120 by 50 meters is one of the largest historic market square in Europe. The square is almost rectangular and the short sides are by the New Church in the east and the town hall of Delft in the west.

Looking at the New Church and the Maria van Jessechurch in the background

The market is one of the highest located parts of the inner city of Delft.The square is regularly changed appearance over the centuries. The latest rearrangement was completed in 2004. The Statue of Hugo de Groot has been moved several times from the middle of the marketplace amongst parked cars to the side near the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) where it is now.

Looking at City Hall

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