Lisse and Joure

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Jul 19, 2005

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005

Tuesday July 5th
This is very much a business day for us and we are treated to a tour of delphinium growers, flower breeders and perennial plant producers by Luc and the "Green Team". We find that they could sell many tens of thousands of our plants when they can produce more, discuss this and think we have answer. Long day ends with vg dinner with Luc and his team. Good day. Drove north and stayed in lay-by.

Wednesday July 6th
We continued driving north over the huge dyke that isolates the sea from the lake and the polders of the interior. I climb a tower to view the dyke and am treated to pleasant fifteen minute chat with a proud Dutchman and his wife who told me some of the history of the dykes. They were on their way for a holiday on one of the northern islands. We all wore heavy clothing and raincoats against the Dutch summer's day. Over the dyke and on to the town of Sneek. Janice had not seen decent shops since leaving Paris so she sneaked off while I took the van away from the illegal parking spot in which we'd left it. The ticket on the windscreen was only a warning so we have a nice souvenir. I parked the van, found Janice and we had lunch in an old pub where the candles had been allowed to wax curtains since the Vikings passed Holland on their way to plunder England. We snook out of Sneek. (I enjoyed shopping for clothes in Sneek - dutch women are taller and correspondingly heavier than Parisian or English women and it was easy to find clothes my size - jd).
A couple of years ago Ann and Peter Falkener visited our nursery in Wanganui, staying a while in exchange for some good work. We got on well together and promised that, should we ever be in Holland, we would look them up. That is why we have driven north. We found them by the simple expedient of waiting until we were in their town and ringing them. They were a tad surprised but never-the-less came to meet us and guide us to their summer house just a few km away. Peter and Ann are lovely people and treated us to a warm welcome and a great evening and driving around the district, and a sumptuous dinner. They had returned from South Africa just a week earlier where they had spent six months as volunteers helping to care for young HIV positive children. Very draining I am sure, but also very rewarding.
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