Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Carnival Came to Town ~ De Kermis Was In het Dorp

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"Knuffel en Koffie" and "A Carnival ("Kermis") View" - sketches

© 2006-2007. Judith Nijholt-Strong - Colored pencils in Moleskine sketchbook.

Last weekend, the carnival (kermis) came to our village (dorp). It was not a very big carnival, actually quite small, but it was very "gezellig" . Our human "mom" did the sketches above at last year's kermis ... this year she didn't sketch.

~ A note about a special, and very Dutch, word: Gezellig ~ :
The word "gezellig" is very difficult to translate into english - let alone pronounce ( guttaral "g"at the beginning and end). Although the most often used translation is the word "cozy", in reality the word "gezellig" can apply to all manner of situations (i.e. being with friends, being in a room, going to a concert, taking a walk, having fun at a carnival, enjoying a good dinner, holidays, etc.) . Suffice it to say that when you hear a Dutch person say something was/is "gezellig" , they are conveying having had a really wonderful experience! Hmm, maybe "warm fuzzies" would be a good way to translate "gezellig" - LOL, I'm not so sure about that translation though - "gezellig" is just, uhmm, "gezellig" ! Dutch is not an easy language to learn, or to get the hang of, but once you truly understand what "gezellig" means, well, you've almost arrived! *giggle* and I've just typed the word "gezellig" 9 times, so you must understand by now. heh heh

Back to the carnival ...

There was enough to see & do at this small carnival, and many tempting things to enjoy. Our humans had tasty "poffertjes"!

"Plates of Poffertjes" Aardbei met slagroom en banaan met slagroom.
(Strawberry & cream and banana & cream.)

Poffertjes are tiny puffy pancakes about the size of a silver dollar, but puffy not flat - usually served covered in powdered sugar. They can be "jazzed up" with fresh fruit and real whipped cream (or even chocolate!). "Dad" had the strawberries & cream and "mom" had the bananas & cream. The poffertjes were just a bit overpriced (carnival food, you know) , but oh so lekker (tasty) !! Ja! Ja! (yes! yes!)

Our "Dad" won two stuffed animal toys playing the gripper games - "mom" just watched and cheered him on while he put a small pot of coins in the machines!! hahahaha!! Costly stuffed toy (dure knuffel) ! "Dad" gave this doggie to Finn, as every cat should have their own doggie (hondje) .


Finn looks like he could care less ... lol

Look! On the sign of the candy booth (snoepkraam) was the coat of arms (wapen) of the city (stad), Bergen op Zoom, - where we were born!


"Wapen van Bergen op Zoom"
Bergen op Zoom is in the province of Brabant, The Netherlands.


And here's a pic of a Dutch policeman. "Mom" told us he was asking the little children ; "Have you seen Finn & Sacha around here?" Uh-oh, it seems we're well known in the Utrecht province!!

"Kleine kinderen met grote politieagent."
(Small children with big police officer)

"Mom & Dad" didn't go on any rides this year (they're getting old ... ha ha), but they did spend a couple of "gezellige" hours at "de Kermis".

Here are some more photos from the carnival.
(click on image to enlarge)
"Kermis in Our Village in The Netherlands"
All images copyright 2007, Judith Nijholt-Strong & Auke Nijholt

Tot volgend jaar! (until next year!)


Groetjes (regards) ,
Sacha

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2 comments:

Charne said...

Too funny!!! and you are right...gezellig (gesellig for me) defies translation....the SAfrican english folks just adopted the word into their english...must have figured it is easier :-)

Enjoying your blog as always :-)

J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Hey Charne!!!! (meisie, meisie, meisie)

"Gezellig", a word I can't live without (the Dutch family told me to write that...lol).

I miss you, btw.

:o)
Judy

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