Friday, December 18, 2009

White stuff fell on my flamingoes... snow in the Netherlands - Dec 17, 2009.

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Flamingoes with Snow-do's
December 2009

Yep, it snowed and it snowed, and then it snowed some more. In the 10 years I've lived in the Netherlands, there's never been such a snowfall in one day.

Sacha and I didn't venture out too far... just to the back garden. lol

photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Sacha in the Snow - none too thrilled!
December 2009

Poor Sacha, she forgot to put on her "klompen", but I didn't...
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong
Judy's Klompen in the Snow
December 2009

Dutch Klompen (wood clogs) are still the best shoes in the world. These wooden shoes are almost 40 years old and still keeping my feet warm and dry!

Now ok, we know for some of our readers who live in snowier parts of the world, this isn't a great deal of snow - but for us it is! Long gone are the days when the Netherlands used to experience heavy winter snows like the kind you see in old pintings such as this one by the impressionist painter, Claude Monet...

Claude Monet
Amsterdam in the snow, ca. 1874
oil on canvas
Private collection - online source The Athenaeum

The only person we know who braved painting in that snow yesterday was René "steenstraat arnhem"- winter wonderland Holland. , who lives near Arnhem (further east of us). He's brave and maybe a lil crazy ( just kidding René). ;o)

So, the consequences of one or two days of heavy snowfall, in the Utrecht province (the middle of the Netherlands), is quite an event now. For example, yesterday, all the trains running in or out of Utrecht Centraal Station (central station in english) were stopped (no one in, no one out), causing a lot of folks to be stranded in train stations all over Holland and an increase in auto traffic jams. Traffic jams are already a pain on Holland's heavily trafficked highways/by-ways, so when the trains stop it's, well, it's a nightmare! Centraal Station is the hub station for all lines that run through the Netherlands so you can just imagine the pain. Sacha and I are very happy that yesterday we didn't have to take a train anywhere!

They say more snow might be on the way... hmm.

tot ziens,
Judy & Sacha


Anonymous said...

Hallo Judy

Heb je enig idee van wewlke klompenmaker je klompen afkomstig zijn?



J. Nijholt-Strong said...

Hi Annemie,

Helaas - I'm sorry that I do not know who made the klompen. I bought them years ago in Disney World, Florida at a Dutch crafts shop. They are "echt" though and stamped "made in Holland" on the bottom, but other than that there is no maker's mark.

I've never seen any klompen with this same design here in Nederland, but there may be somewhere - I just don't know.


Meisie said...

I was amazed how comfortable the klompen are to walk with I thought it would be horrible!

The flamingoes look great with their snowy hats and Sacha is picture perfect!
Enjoy the cozy weather! brrrrrr


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