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Koninginnedag 2010

by on May 1, 2010
 

Yesterday was Queen’s day.

I sold no macarons, or cookies, or anything for that matter.

IMG_4242Instead, we walked the length of our village centre, and I hunted bargains….wisely of course. More on that in a minute.

First off, as to be expected, everything from bodies to body parts were covered in oranje (orange)….

IMG_4249 – hair, lips, and nails (men and women!) too

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Shop windows too….have sweets in every colour but today, especially in orange, red, white and blue (for the Dutch flag)

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If you know the Dutch, they are gek over snoepjes (crazy about sweets). Some say, a Dutch child is born with sweets in their hands.

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The streets were packed with people and stalls see this is the day when everything possible can be sold (with some exceptions, of course)without license. Everything from bikinis to

IMG_4129cupcakes, which were superb. They were orange flavoured but it was the frosting which took the cake. Made from creme fraiche and butter, topped with silver dragee and edible glitter.

IMG_4160For a lot of people,this is an avenue to rid themselves of the products from their spring cleaning.

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Perfect for me, seeing photo props, at low cost :-). I got a few things, like this decorated bowls, for 1 euro;

IMG_4321 a set of wine corks for 50 cents, 2 teacups with decorated silver rims, inset in silver cups; antique forks for a euro too and a set of small teapots for 2 euros 50 cents. I also got tapas bowls, flower pots and a wooden stand of sorts. A fine day out I say :-).

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For the kids, we got a stack of books for  a couple of euros, and my husband bought me a Julie & Julia DVD, at full price from one of the main street shops (and not the flea market) which was open!

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There was loads I didn’t buy. This sewing machine for example,

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And this Christmasy spade;

IMG_4181 The poffertjes pan wasn’t on my list, so it stayed back too, along with the woman having a game of golf and the other things. I did take the teapots though.

IMG_4180But it isn’t all old stuff on sale – new products are also sold, like this Dutch sport shirts.

IMG_4179And these souvenir clogs;

IMG_4246And t-shirts, celebrating Princess Maxima, wife of the Crown Prince Willem Alexander.

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There was loads of music, provided in truck bands and in various small squares.

IMG_4153Mostly pop songs and quite enjoyable. These kids were ‘wicked’ on the drums – quite remarkable.

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There were guys with street organs, bubble machines and loads of beautiful tulips on display.

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There were also loads of food stalls. My girls enjoyed orange candy floss, called suiker spin (sugar spin, in Dutch).

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And we watched Lahmacun made fresh, even if we didn’t get to try them, the long queues seemed a testament to their tastiness. Next time perhaps.

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I tried some freshly squeezed orange juice – steep in price and lacking in taste. A warning that all that is orange on this day isn’t necessarily good!

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I couldn’t resist this beautiful Alsatian…..so I took him (or her) a photo.

IMG_4172In the market place, where traders fill every Tuesday with wares, there was a wealth of sellers, of things…

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old

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and new.

IMG_4189There were loads of beautiful flowers on display, and for sale. From your regular tulips

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to the not-so regular ones, with coloured strips down the length of the petals and curved/frilly edges.

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I found them intriguing.

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There were other pretty blooms too – a real sign that spring is here.

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This year, the kids didn’t milk the orange cow for juice.

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Others did though.

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Olieballen (Oil balls, literally translated) took a leave of presence, from the Traditional New Year’s eve and appeared garnished in snow.

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As did Appelflappen, battered and fried slices of thick apple slices stuffed with kirshy cherries in the centre. Not bad at all

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I had fun, as expected. We all had fun.

Till next year, Lang zal ze leven (Long shall she live – The Queen!)

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