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  1.  Book club books.   11 December 2017, Monday.   Maastricht NL,
         Dec 11, 2017
  Maastricht, NL  
  2.  Bikes in The Hague.   16 June 2020, Tuesday.   Film Motorcycles The Hague NL,
         Jun 16, 2020
  Film, The Hague, NL, Motorcycles  
  3.  The Sisters Under the Arches.   28 June 2020, Sunday.   Film Maastricht NL,
         Jun 28, 2020
  NL, Maastricht, Film  
  4.  Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye.   3 October 2020, Saturday.   Delft NL,
         Oct 3, 2020
  NL, Delft  
  5.  Canal, leaves, and car.   4 October 2020, Sunday.   Delft NL,
         Oct 4, 2020
  NL, Delft  
  6.  Delft canal.   5 October 2020, Monday.   Delft NL,
         Oct 5, 2020
  NL, Delft  
  7.  Say cheese.   6 October 2020, Tuesday.   Delft NL,
         Oct 6, 2020
  NL, Delft  
  8.  Giethoorn.   7 October 2020, Wednesday.   Giethoorn NL,
         Oct 7, 2020
  NL, Giethoorn  
  9.  Giethoorn's canals.   8 October 2020, Thursday.   Giethoorn NL,
         Oct 8, 2020
  NL, Giethoorn  
10.  On the lake.   9 October 2020, Friday.   Giethoorn NL,
         Oct 9, 2020
  NL, Giethoorn  
11.  Balgstuw Ramspol.   10 October 2020, Saturday.   Balgstuw Ramspol NL,
         Oct 10, 2020
  NL, Balgstuw Ramspol  
12.  Belterwijde lake.   11 October 2020, Sunday.   Giethoorn NL,
         Oct 11, 2020
  NL, Giethoorn  
13.  Ten Post.   12 October 2020, Monday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 12, 2020
  Ten Post, NL  
14.  Ten Post church.   14 October 2020, Wednesday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 14, 2020
  Ten Post, NL  
15.  Ten Post art museum.   15 October 2020, Thursday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 15, 2020
  Ten Post, NL  
16.  Ten Post art museum.   16 October 2020, Friday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 16, 2020
  NL, Ten Post  
17.  On top of the dome.   17 October 2020, Saturday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 17, 2020
  NL, Ten Post  
18.  Woman on bike.   18 October 2020, Sunday.   Ten Post NL,
         Oct 18, 2020
  NL, Ten Post  
19.  In a Groningen bar.   19 October 2020, Monday.   Groningen NL,
         Oct 19, 2020
  NL, Groningen  
20.  Along a canal.   20 October 2020, Tuesday.   Groningen NL,
         Oct 20, 2020
  Groningen, NL  
21.  A lot of bikes.   21 October 2020, Wednesday.   Groningen NL,
         Oct 21, 2020
  NL, Groningen  
22.  In a cafe.   22 October 2020, Thursday.   Groningen NL,
         Oct 22, 2020
  Groningen, NL  
23.  On a ferry.   23 October 2020, Friday.   NL,
         Oct 23, 2020
  NL  
24.  Election day.   24 October 2020, Saturday.   Canada politics Schiermonnikoog NL,
         Oct 24, 2020
  NL, Schiermonnikoog, Canada politics  
25.  On a bike.   25 October 2020, Sunday.   Schiermonnikoog NL,
         Oct 25, 2020
  NL, Schiermonnikoog  
26.  Field, town and lighthouse.   26 October 2020, Monday.   Schiermonnikoog NL,
         Oct 26, 2020
  NL, Schiermonnikoog  
27.  Island residents.   27 October 2020, Tuesday.   Schiermonnikoog NL,
         Oct 27, 2020
  NL, Schiermonnikoog  
28.  Biking on Schiermonnikoog.   28 October 2020, Wednesday.   Schiermonnikoog NL,
         Oct 28, 2020
  NL, Schiermonnikoog  
 
 
 
1. Book club books
11 December 2017.   Maastricht, NL 
1. Book club books
11 December 2017.  Maastricht, NL.
 
 
 
 
Books are willing to wait. Jenny Erpenbeck
 

My book club meets today. It's both poetry day and the day we choose books for the coming year. Unfortunately, my exposure to poetry is limited to reading reviews in the New Yorker and listening to music lyrics. To actually sit and read a book of poetry, well that is something I just never do.

As to next year's book choice, I've taken a safe tack and chosen one I've already read. Last year I saddled the club with one of those big Russian novels I'd long wanted to read but hadn't gotten around to yet. This turned out fine, we read it and discussed it, but I've earned a bit of ribbing for the choice.

 
 
 
Church as bookstore      
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
Church as bookstore      
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
Church as bookstore      
Speaking of books, here is a photo of a building in Maastricht that has been repurposed as a bookstore. My first review of this photo left me thinking it was too underexposed. But recently I found that with a little work I was able to bring out some of the detail I thought was lost.
 
 
2. Bikes in The Hague
16 June 2020.   Film, Motorcycles, The Hague, NL 
2. Bikes in The Hague
16 June 2020.  Film, Motorcycles, The Hague, NL.
 
 
 
 

My scanning progress is currently at roll 42, or just over a thousand photos. Seeing as how I've been on a motorcycle theme here's one more. It's 1997 and we're at the tail of a tour of Holland when we caught this fleet of BMWs in a plaza in The Hague.

 
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
A lot of bikes      
 
 
3. The Sisters Under the Arches
28 June 2020.   Film, Maastricht, NL 
S   M   L
3. The Sisters Under the Arches
28 June 2020.  Film, Maastricht, NL.
 
 
 
 

Back in 1998 we were in Maastricht where we visited Paul's aunt Maria who was a nun. She arranged Paul's adoption into the Schoemaker family. She lived at the Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen (the Convent of the Sisters Under the Arches).

 
 
 
Paul and Maria      
 
 
Paul and Maria      
 
 
Paul and Maria      
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen      
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen      
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
Klooster van de Zusters Onder de Bogen      
We returned to Maastricht in 2007 which is when I took this photo.
 
 
4. Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye
3 October 2020.   Delft, NL 
S   M   L
4. Nieuwe Kerk with a fish eye
3 October 2020.  Delft, NL.
 
 
 
 

On seeing this photo (below) I thought it was Groningen because we climbed a similar tower there. But no, this is Delft and I know it because of the address on the side of the Smart car. The tower, or maybe it's a steeple, from which the photo was taken is the Nieuwe Kerk, the second tallest church in the Netherlands.

 
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
View from Nieuwe Kerk      
 
Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
Nieuwe Kerk      
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
Climbing Nieuwe Kerk      
 
 
5. Canal, leaves, and car
4 October 2020.   Delft, NL 
5. Canal, leaves, and car
4 October 2020.  Delft, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
6. Delft canal
5 October 2020.   Delft, NL 
6. Delft canal
5 October 2020.  Delft, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
7. Say cheese
6 October 2020.   Delft, NL 
7. Say cheese
6 October 2020.  Delft, NL.
 
 
 
Delft cheese shop      
 
 
Delft cheese shop      
 
 
Delft cheese shop      
 
 

 
 
 
8. Giethoorn
7 October 2020.   Giethoorn, NL 
8. Giethoorn
7 October 2020.  Giethoorn, NL.
 
 
 
 

Giethoorn is a small (2,700) town in the Netherlands and is known for its canals.

 
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn      
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn      
 
 
Riding down a canal in Giethoorn      
 
 
9. Giethoorn's canals
8 October 2020.   Giethoorn, NL 
S   M   L
9. Giethoorn's canals
8 October 2020.  Giethoorn, NL.
 
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals      
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals      
 
 
Map of Giethoorn canals      
 
Touring the town      
 
 
Touring the town      
 
 
Touring the town      
 
 

 
 
 
10. On the lake
9 October 2020.   Giethoorn, NL 
10. On the lake
9 October 2020.  Giethoorn, NL.
 
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton      
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton      
 
 
Ria, Paul, and Ton      
 
 

While in the Netherlands we stayed with Paul's very hospitable relatives, Ria and Ton. Here we are, all together on a small boat in the lake that's next to Giethoorn.

 
 
 
11. Balgstuw Ramspol
10 October 2020.   Balgstuw Ramspol, NL 
S   M   L
11. Balgstuw Ramspol
10 October 2020.  Balgstuw Ramspol, NL.
 
 
 
 

What looks to be a giant metal snail attached to a jetty of cement is the Balgstuw Ramspol, an inflatable rubber dam. The dam crosses the river that connects the Ketelmeer and the Zwarte Meer, and was built to protect the nearby villages against rising water in the Ketelmeer. It has three sections and takes about an hour to inflate.

 
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
One end of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
Middle section of the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
Ton and Paul at the Balgstuw Ramspol      
 
 
12. Belterwijde lake
11 October 2020.   Giethoorn, NL 
12. Belterwijde lake
11 October 2020.  Giethoorn, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
13. Ten Post
12 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
13. Ten Post
12 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
14. Ten Post church
14 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
S   M   L
14. Ten Post church
14 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
 

Ten Post is a small town about fifteen km northeast of Groningen. Henk and Eric put us up while we were there and they gave us a tour of a church.

 
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul      
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul      
 
 
Eric, Henk, and Paul      
 
Ten Post church      
 
 
Ten Post church      
 
 
Ten Post church      
 
Ten Post church      
 
 
Ten Post church      
 
 
Ten Post church      
 
 
15. Ten Post art museum
15 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
15. Ten Post art museum
15 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
16. Ten Post art museum
16 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
S   M   L
16. Ten Post art museum
16 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
17. On top of the dome
17 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
S   M   L
17. On top of the dome
17 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
 

While exploring the Ten Post church we climbed up into the ceiling. There we examined the brick domes you see from the inside of the church. A conventional wooden roof protects the domes from the elements.

 
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling      
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling      
 
 
Eric examining the church ceiling      
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
18. Woman on bike
18 October 2020.   Ten Post, NL 
S   M   L
18. Woman on bike
18 October 2020.  Ten Post, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
19. In a Groningen bar
19 October 2020.   Groningen, NL 
19. In a Groningen bar
19 October 2020.  Groningen, NL.
 
 
 
 

We stopped in Groningen to see Paul's cousin Ineke.

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
20. Along a canal
20 October 2020.   Groningen, NL 
20. Along a canal
20 October 2020.  Groningen, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
21. A lot of bikes
21 October 2020.   Groningen, NL 
21. A lot of bikes
21 October 2020.  Groningen, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
22. In a cafe
22 October 2020.   Groningen, NL 
22. In a cafe
22 October 2020.  Groningen, NL.
 
 
 
Paul and Ineke      
 
 
Paul and Ineke      
 
 
Paul and Ineke      
 
 

 
 
 
23. On a ferry
23 October 2020.   NL 
23. On a ferry
23 October 2020.  NL.
 
 
 
 

We took a bus north from Groningen to Lauwersoog, which is a small town on the North Sea. From Lauwersoog we took this ferry to the island of Schiermonnikoog.

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
24. Election day
24 October 2020.   Canada politics, Schiermonnikoog, NL 
24. Election day
24 October 2020.  Canada politics, Schiermonnikoog, NL.
 
 
 
 

Today is election day in British Columbia. The premier called the election, or dropped the writ, on the 21st of September. He's gambling that his poll numbers will free him from needing an alliance with the Greens, and the prognosticators think he will, though we may not know the results for awhile.

Holding the election mid-pandemic squeezed out much of the time for campaigning. There used to be weeks for campaigning, then election day, and then results announced. Now it's weeks of voting, then election day (might be better named election deadline), and then some more weeks for counting of the ballots.

Update: early returns were such that, even with mail in ballots yet to be counted, it's projected that the premier got a comfortable majority.

Anyway, back to my imaginary travels. In the photo we're in Schermonnikoog and this is our hotel. We'd just got off the ferry. The hard-to-spell Schiermonnikoog is a small island in the North Sea (see the red dot in the map stolen from wikipedia), though the body of water one traverses to get there is called the Wadden Sea. The island is one of the Wadden Islands (Waddeneilanden). We found it to be green and flat and without much traffic. Good for biking.

 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
25. On a bike
25 October 2020.   Schiermonnikoog, NL 
25. On a bike
25 October 2020.  Schiermonnikoog, NL.
 
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog      
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog      
 
 
Paul biking in Schiermonnikoog      
 
 

 
 
 
26. Field, town and lighthouse
26 October 2020.   Schiermonnikoog, NL 
26. Field, town and lighthouse
26 October 2020.  Schiermonnikoog, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
27. Island residents
27 October 2020.   Schiermonnikoog, NL 
27. Island residents
27 October 2020.  Schiermonnikoog, NL.
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
28. Biking on Schiermonnikoog
28 October 2020.   Schiermonnikoog, NL 
28. Biking on Schiermonnikoog
28 October 2020.  Schiermonnikoog, NL.