What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Friday, July 06, 2018

A Dutch Girl Goes to Holland: The Open Air Museum

A day spent with Anja and her husband Huib at the Arnhem Open Lucht Museum (the Open Air Museum), a place where period homes/buildings/windmills were moved for preservation.

This home, I was told, held 11 people.  The brick portion on the right is the home, the black planked portion was the attached barn.  And I complain about not having two bathrooms.

speculaas molds

Poffertjes making

Poffertjes- A bit like a puffy silver dollar pancake, a bit like a flattened doughnut hole drowning in butter and loaded with confectioners sugar.  It's rough trying new things.

Oom Hans was given a good gift of art that was made by Oma's brother that died during the war, his namesake.
The laundry house

I climbed to the middle of a windmill and looked out the window- and even half way up we were in the canopy of trees.

I don't know which photo I like better, so here's both.

oh my.

This is a bit of an trick on your eyes as you will see.

Another trick was just how REAL these wax people looked!

For the maple-syrup making men in my life, I took these pictures.  These are the syrup making tools of the Netherlands- but not using maple trees, but apple trees.  They make Appelstroop- a sort of thick, molassesy syrup made from apple juice.  It's delicious.  We would eat it on toast (big surprise!) growing up.

Yet ANOTHER trick for the eyes- the facade in front made a home look grandiose but behind the walls...

the small house was separated from the small barns by a small courtyard.  I love it!  

When someone suggested we stand by the antique car and we all stood in FRONT of the antique car, covering it up entirely.  

We stayed until closing and caught the last train to the entrance.


Leah said...

Amazing! Beautiful! I'm so giddy with excitement for you that you got to make this incredible trip. <3

Hans van der Meijden said...

great to see the pictures of the “open lucht museum” in Arnhem. Been there about 50 years ago with school. I remember that i have bought a souvenir, a “Zaanse pijp”, a long chalkstone pipe, wich was already broken before I got home. A friend hit me with that pipe on my head as a joke.....
And that last train you had.... that was an old tram in Rotterdam, I remember them because it was my daily transport to school in the sixties.
Great, that piece of art for Johan from his uncle Johan. We didn’t know that there was a painter in the family.
Looking forward to your next post....!

Abigail said...

Post-Holland highest-priority additions to your Honey-do List must be, but are not be limited to, the following:

Shaped shrubbery! (Preferably with at least one maze peopled with fantastical creatures.)

A stone courtyard in between your house and the chicken coop. (With flowers, of course!)

A working windmill. (C'mon, you know you want one.)

julie said...

Really enjoying all your photos from your trip! Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences!

Amy Marie said...

How wonderful! I love the interior of the house at the top of your line of photos...the Delft tile. Swoon. So lovely, Rebecca! All of it!