We're renting a four bedroom home that has several unique features. First, it is a modern architectural design. White painted brick outside, lots of odd angles to the walls, large windows, etc. It doesn't exactly fit into the neighborhood, but there are one or two others like it. Second, it is on a large lot...probably 1/3 of an acre which is huge for Holland. This feature has been very popular with the four-legged member of our family. We're extremely fortunate to have a "stand-alone" house. Most Dutch homes are "twee onder een kap" or "two under one roof" because space is at such a premium.
|The front yard. The dirt is the area where the trucks drove when they filled in the pond.|
|The long driveway is nice except when you have to fetch Graber to bring him in. He loves to hang out at the gate by the road and watch the neighborhood.|
|This is what 13 unassembled IKEA closets look like. Note they are on the ground floor and need to go up the stairs on the right.|
|The kitchen is huge for Holland. Note the single light bulb....that's it for light.|
|Easy Bake Oven on the bottom; Steam Oven on the top.|
This house sat empty for 18 months before we rented it, so the yard was in horrible shape. I undertook several landscaping projects to try and spruce things up a bit. Boy did I miss my Suburban when I bought plants. As most of you know, the main reason that men take on projects is the excuse it provides for buying some new tool or gadget. In this case, I bought is a pair of Dutch work pants. They are great. They have pockets everywhere. And if you need more pockets, you can zip some onto the front of the pants. The knees are double reinforced with a material that resembles asbestos. You can work in the garden all day and the knees never rip out. Of course these pants should be good; they cost about as much as a pair of Armani slacks.
|Grant and I rearranged the landscaping bed to create another parking area. The rocks were delivered in a super sack, but I had to spread them.|
|Another new bed with more tulip bulbs in the bare area. Note the Dutch work pants -- no holes in the knees.|
Our home backs up to a small canal. Our Canadian reader(s) will be glad to know that the Ambassador's residence and grounds are across the canal. The story is that the Queen's children spent WWII in Canada where they were well taken care of. In gratitude, Canada was given a large piece of prime real estate for their ambassador. Grant has taken the boat out several times, but the range is fairly limited. Graber loves to stand in the front of the boat and look regal. There are a number of birds around, especially ducks. It's fun to watch them dive under water in search of food.
|The Canadians are across the water. Grant has taken the boat out several times. The canals don't go very far though.|
|One of our diving ducks|
|A large hawk that landed across the canal|
|A heron on the neighbor's deck.|
|Before our US furniture arrived, hiding places for the cats were tough to come by. Here Goldie hunkers down in an air mattress bag.|
|We have a two story foyer with a balcony around. Goldie is in the look-out position.|
|As bad as the garden was, it still had one beautiful rose bush.|
|A "twee onder een kap" or duplex in our neighborhood.|
|Probably 30-40% of the homes in our neighborhood have thatched roofs. They continue to put them on new homes as well.|
|Another neighborhood home|
|The picture isn't great, but in the center of the roof is a cupelo.|
|A view of the sidewalk on our street.|