Thursday doors.

Its Thursday again and one of my favorites days as I get to participate in Norms Thursday door challange and this week I have a blend of old doors for you from the East Indian trading company located in Hoorn, Netherlands. This is history when it is the best.Enjoy.


These are their warehouses locate din town. 1606 is the year on these buildings.IMG_9502IMG_9504

The buildings here below are the east Indian company warehouses down in the inner harbor. So many small icons, decorations and signs on the house. Notice how many small doors all over the fasade.  One is from 1606 and one house from 1618.IMG_9541IMG_9538


Creative Wednesday

We said many times that its always fun to make your own things and not have to go and buy things all the time. This is not just cost saving but also loads of fun and you learn instead of relying on some shop or other person all the time.For weeks I have been looking for Dutch blue tiles for making my own trivets as I had some old ugly once with a fish on that I always did not like but they were handy many times. Today I went into a flea market and found some tiles for only 2 euros each! I bought the set of 6 and made my own trivets with a nautical theme of course. I think they came out pretty  nice, don’t you? 🙂

And up she goes

The History hour continues live direct from Kampen, Netherlands. The Kamper Kogge or Ijssel Cog is up and she smells. Oh my god she smells bad. But imagine yourself laying in mud for 600 years, you would not smell so good either. 🙂 The ship is laying at the quay in the middle of town for people to see while they making some work and preparation for taking her down to Lelystad. She is a very intact ship and the archaeologists says she is the most preserved ship of all Kogge ship. They have attached sprinklers above it so it does not dry and we just hoping it wont freeze tonight as she cannot take that. To preserve a ship this old is a challenge, that’s for sure. It is a sensation here in the Netherlands and from all over the country people come to see the ship and I am lucky to lay just next to it. 🙂

This ship has a history to tell, Kampen was once a great Hansa town ( Hanzestad) and one of the trading city’s in Europe with a lot of trade within The Baltic countries.



Back in time

Today I woke up and went out with the dogs as usual. The sun was shining and it was just as wonderful warm spring weather. A lot of people had made their way down to the harbour and out to the old Kogge Warf where they salvage a medieval wreck called Kamper Kogge. The Kogge warf had set the stage for centurie-old craftmanship today. The sailmaker from Bataviastad showed how the sails were made for the Kamper Kogge, the medieval fishermans cottage stood open for a visit and so the Exhibition for the Kamper Kogge. For those who wanted to eat a bite there were plenty of fresh smoked fish and newly brewed coffee. And why not step onboard “The Black Lady”, the only real Kamper Kogge.

The wreck called Ijsselmeer Cog is a extraordinary intact wreck of a cargo ship over six hundred years old and it was found just outside the Kogge Warf on the bottom of the river Ijssel. It is the last of the three historically Cog that today was taken above the surface.

It will be taken to Lelystad in a week and there is will go through a major restauration before it goes back to where it once came from, Kampen.♥


We took the night dog walk to to see where the ship laying now. Ijssel Cog is now waiting  one week here before goingto Lelystad.