After David left for Porto (to work on our boat) I began preparing the house for our guest family (friends of Judy's) who will stay here until the renovations on their house are completed.
Among other things I cleared up what had been something of a "spare room" occupied by boxes of books, clothes and general clutter. To my delight I emptied all the boxes (hid some of the contents in the room's cupboard!) and could then have the room decorated.
Here is the result:
As you notice I am interested in interior design (!) and felt very pleased with this renovated room.
Didn't mention that a large chunk of the wall fell down at first, so it needed re-plastering and then waiting for it to dry. But it was all finished in time for its new occupant: eight-year-old David. His bed was installed and it soon became his own cosy sleeping place.
Meanwhile his sister inhabits the "Isaak Room" above the kitchen, and Mum and Dad have the basement bedroom. I sleep quietly in the attic.
After installing the guests, I spent a weekend in nearby Westzaan, close to the sandy dunes that edge the Dutch coast. We went for some splendid wind-buffeted walks, evading hailstorms and marvelling at the light.
Lots of new building going on round here, witness to the general prosperity of the Netherlands.
And the lines and watery shapes an inspiration for artists: we visited a local gallery holding an art exhibition and I bought an etching by a local artist, reminding me of some of Rembrandt's landscape etchings.
After the duneland, back to Amsterdam, now shining in cold splendour (temperatures below zero) cold wind and clear skies. And shining water.
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