Happy Birthday to Me
Yup, 62 big smackeroos! :D And thanks to all you who have already sent your best wishes!
As I thought about today, how could I NOT choose to show you another collection! A collection that has been one of the most soulful of my life, and I mean that sincerely.
All throughout the city of Amsterdam, you can find these gable stones
or wall tablets (gevelstenen
). They're carved and painted stones that were used to identify houses before street numbering was introduced in the 16th century. Many reflect the owner's occupation.
So when I'm out-n-about on my walks, I'm ALWAYS looking up to find a new one (just ask Ade or Petra!). Thus far I've collected 346 of them, which I'm putting into an online album
, adding them as I go. Supposedly there are 850 of them in Amsterdam, so I'm well on my way to finding half of them thus far.
It's my birthday present to me. :)
[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]
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