By writing all the previous posts at the same time I forgot to mention a lot of things.
One of it: the amount of objects in the Dutch shrine has miraculously increased, over the summer.
First of all, thanks to Annemarie of Dubbel Dutch. She gave me two Delft blue windmills while we were in Braunston. And two months later she sent me my supply of tabacco (enough for half a year), tissues, and speculaaskoekjes (Dutch pronunciation: [spe:ky’la:s], a type of spiced shortcrust biscuits, traditionally baked for consumption on or just before St Nicholas’ day in Holland (5 December) in a Delft blue tin.
While on the Mon&Brec me and Ann went gallivanting all over the town of Brecon. Visiting the obvious: charity shops and indoor markets. The indoor market had a bric-à-brac shop, where I found a nice Dutch cookie tin. It was so greasy, it stuck to my hand. And it was on offer…! (The Dutch stroopwafels (Dutch pronunciation: [‘stro:pʋa:fəl]; literally syrup waffle) next to it I bought yesterday at Tesco.)
A shopping trip in Market Drayton not only provided us with all the ingredients for meals for a week, but the local antiques shop had klompen (wooden shoes… well, in this case, porcelain) on offer. Two small ones, and a bigger one, an ashtray klomp.
And while Lawrance was away to Scotland for a week, I had all the time to start an experiment. While waiting for the bread to rise, I made my own zuurkool. That is sauerkraut, in English. But, unless the local Tesco store has a section of Polish food, this ordinary, once-a-week vegetable in Holland is nowhere to be found in the UK. It’s still fermenting, at the moment, so I don’t know yet if the expermiment will be successful. But I should have kept the Delftware fermentation pot my parents used to make sauerkraut in. I’m sure I would have found the space to put it somewhere in the boat!
Oh, and I even got a birthday card that matched (thanks, Nina)…