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Dutch Cleaning

 

"A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners."  (Irish saying, not Dutch!)

At the side of a Dutch Reformed church in Steenbergen, Netherlands.



Dutch Cleaning

 

"A new broom sweeps clean, but the old broom knows the corners."  (Irish saying, not Dutch!)

At the side of a Dutch Reformed church in Steenbergen, Netherlands.



comments (39)

  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jul 2012, 00:35
The brooms I get, but the strange missile looking instruments?!
That's some 'cleaning' you Dutch do Ginnie wink
Ginnie Hart: Actually, SAVO, this is a church, and those "missiles" are holders for plants in the cemetery, when turned right-side up. Those Dutch sure have their ducks in a row! smile
An interesting collection of utensils, but share SAVO's curiosity ref the pointy objects!
Ginnie Hart: As I told Savo, those pointy objects are holders for plants in the cemetery, when turned right-side up, Fred. I have just added to the text that this is at the side of a Dutch Reformed church.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jul 2012, 01:43
"Quaint" is a word that comes to mind, Ginnie...and you have found a way to display it as high art.

Excellent image.
Ginnie Hart: So much of what I see here in the Netherlands is quaint, Ray, so you've used a good word. Thank you.
I like the saying! Nice clean image! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Elizabeth. I have just added to my text that it's an Irish saying and not Dutch. HA!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:11
Is that another of Astrid's sayings, Ginnie? Love this corner
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Lisl, it's an Irish saying, which I have just now added to the text for clarification, as well as the fact this is at the side of a Dutch Reformed church. smile Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:28
I see that there is a a seat to rest on after all the work is done Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yet another thing the Dutch are good at, Chad. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:44
Great picture of all the things they need for the Dutch Cleaning.
I have to say, the way they put everything away, tells you, they know how to do the 'Dutch Cleaning'... wink
A very crisp and clean picture smile
Ginnie Hart: I grew up with the term "Dutch cleaning," MLMA, and still get a kick out of the fact you had never heard it till you were in America for a year way back when. The Dutch really do have quite a reputation for GOOD cleaning habits! smile We all can learn something from you, me included. HA!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jul 2012, 06:57
With this lot you could clean anything Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 30 Jul 2012, 07:08
oooh i loved this picture before it was half loaded, all that brick and then the old brooms!
Ginnie Hart: This never becomes ho-hum for me, Elaine. I sit stanbd there and stare. smile Thanks.
A very efficient layout Ginnie. I could do with a new broom, mine looks a bit feeble compared to that sturdy specimen
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bill. But your old broom already knows the routine and doesn't need to be trained!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jul 2012, 08:45
Some interesting shaped objects on the rack; I wonder what they are used for? At least there is a seat to rest after the honest toil is done.
Ginnie Hart: You must be referring to the containers for flowers in the cemetery nearby, Alan, when turned right-side up. And yes, the Dutch also know when to rest. smile
A very fine image Ginnie; I did not know about this legendary cleaning spirit on the Dutch, probably related with the image of the Flying Dutchman -on a broom?
Ginnie Hart: HA! The flying Dutchman on a broom. I'll have to remember that one. grin Thanks.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Jul 2012, 09:20
Irish or Dutch - the saying is perfect!!! Love these old tools. What a great find!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. It sounds like something a Dutch person would say so it fits. grin
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2012, 10:04
I like this Irish saying! Nieuwe bezems vegen schoon, ja dit gezegde kennen we Duitsers ook, maar de tweede deel is eigenlijk nog mooier. This is quintessentially strong Calvinistic order - a nice find! I don't know all tools and their purpose, and I have to look where Steenbergen is situated (Friesland?).
Ginnie Hart: Steenbergen is in North Brabant, Philine, not too far from us. We stopped there after visiting the Moses Bridge in Halsteren. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steenbergen
I love these places, as you know!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jul 2012, 10:51
A wonderful composition Ginnie with marvelous tones and textures. Love your saying about the broom...so very true !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette. It's fun to find such good quotes, isn't it! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jul 2012, 11:47
Looks like a heavy weight ammo store on that table. Great shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Only you would think of that, Louis. grin Thanks.
  • Richard T
  • Suffolk till the end of the month.
  • 30 Jul 2012, 12:11
Hearing aids have certainly moved on a tad.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I can see it, Richard, inceed. smile
Choose your weapon here smile Good shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, John. Thanks.
profound words and they do make sense if i think of it. beautifully understated image; the mundane transformed into something worthy of attention!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Ayush. Sometimes something so simple makes me just stare. smile
So right about Dutch cleaning, Ginnie. I remember seeing a cleaning powder available for sale with the name 'Old Dutch Cleanser'. I believe it had a label with an illustration of a girl dressed in traditional custume.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Beverly. I grew up using Dutch Cleanser. HA! I had forgotten all about that. smile Thanks for the memory. In fact, I can still smell it.
An interesting picture Ginnie: something to stare at! Nice treatment too, as always smile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Martin. Thank you.
So... everyone should have two brooms? smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Of course, Larry. smile
I like this Ginnie, am I right in presuming this is the cleaning kit for the outside areas.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Brian, and I assume so?!?! smile
Thanks to SAVO asking the question about those missile looking things! I would've never guessed!! Great capture, so intriguing!
Ginnie Hart: The things we learn from each other, Robin, right! And from other countries!! smile Thanks.
A neat, clean and well organized place Ginnie! Fine capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Richard. Leave it to the Dutch! smile Merci.
Very nice picture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Victoria.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 30 Jul 2012, 20:21
Superb photo with an excellent framing and a very nice texture. Very good work Ginnie. Have a lovely evening. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Antoine. Merci.
I have seen similar condom moulds like those from How It's Made channel. Ha ha ha... smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA, indeed, LC. Too funny. grin
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 30 Jul 2012, 22:40
I wiped the a***s of corrupt politicians.

Great instruments. Have a nice week, my friend
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Oscar. Thanks for the smile. Gracias.
It is a good thing I read the other comments because I was baffled by the 'missiles' as well.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the things from other cultures we know nothing about...but what are ho-hum to them. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2012, 04:46
very organized too! nice catch!
Ginnie Hart: Leave it to the Dutch, Rian. smile Thanks.
nice and pleasant photo in this extreeme minimalism
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Fabrizio. Grazie.
je vais m'asseoir sur ce banc et regarder à quoi servent ces objets où j'ai reconnu un balai brosse
Ginnie Hart: It's fun, l'Angevine, isn't it. smile Merci.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Jul 2012, 10:12
That's where I left my cleaning stuff, another out of the ordinary and well spotted shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! A good place to leave it, Peter. And thank you for your kind comment.
I love the textures and the tones in this. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
that is interesting smile
Ginnie Hart: Just very typical to the Dutch, Joshi. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 1 Aug 2012, 12:33
How come that a US citizen , living in the Netherlands can quote Irish sayings?...that I've never heard before - despite living here for eons!
Ginnie Hart: Are you saying I am a woman of many talents, George??? grin HA! I love it. Actually, my background IS linguistics. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Aug 2012, 19:39
I was going to ask what those objects were too. But I see you have answered it already smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! The things the Dutch are used to but the rest of us have no clue. smile
  • Arash
  • Germany
  • 5 Aug 2012, 22:49
Love those textures, walls and ground!
Great composition as well!
Ginnie Hart: You're mkost kind, Arash. Thank you.

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