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It's Monday

 

Time to plug back in.

(This is the kitchen in the house where Astrid was born 60 years ago yesterday, in Hilversum, NL, visited this past June.)

 

 

It's Monday

 

Time to plug back in.

(This is the kitchen in the house where Astrid was born 60 years ago yesterday, in Hilversum, NL, visited this past June.)

 

 

comments (27)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Aug 2014, 01:30
A busy outlet!
Ginnie Hart: It seemed a bit overwhelming to me, Ray. smile
Wow!! How wonderful for her to be able to go back for a visit!!! Very nice Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I'm still pinching myself, Elizabeth. We can"t believe the present renters (from Bosnia) graciously invited us in when they heard Astrid's story.
That is very nicely shot. Terrific black and white.
It must have been amazing for her to visit her beginnings.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. We're still pinching ourselves about being invited in to see it all. Many things were exactly the same as Astrid remembered.
  • Focales
  • France
  • 25 Aug 2014, 05:54
Maybe a little bit dangerous all these connections the house of Astrid has to be everything for her and I understand that we can have a lot of love for the house in which we were born
Ginnie Hart: It was a bit overwhelming, Marie...all of it. I still can't believe we were allowed to go inside by the present Bosnian renters. So many memories for Astrid and I got to see where she was born and raised!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2014, 06:46
smile I recognize the gas-pipe and the bigger outlet with the grey socket. It was a déja-vue all along in the house I was born. Even the very narrow stairs felt familiar again.
Great shot. I wonder how many people will visit the house they were born and see things their father made. Even the coat-hanging-rack my mom bought was there. My mom moved about 20 years ago...
Ginnie Hart: It still blows my mind that I got to see where you were born 60 years ago, MLMA!
I think it is amazing that you got to do this and also that Astrid knows the house where she was born. I haven't got a clue where the house in Bristol was where I was born
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Bill. I was born in Virginia, in a city NOT where we lived for one year before moving to Michigan. I don't even know the name of that first town, let alone have any pictures of that first house where I was raised.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:03
I can share the feeling with Astrid, as I did just this some years ago. Oddly, I was welcomed in like an expected visitor, but there were very few things I could remember. It was very primitive when I lived there, and the present owners hoped I could remember the site of the well!
Ginnie Hart: It blows my mind, Lisl. I don't have the first clue of even the name of the first town where I lived in Virginia before moving to Michigan a year later!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:24
That must have been a bit of a thrill for her Ginnie. I haven't been back to inside the pub where I took you since 1970
Ginnie Hart: I was born in a city (Lynchburg) where I did not live, Chris, and I don't even know the name of it or have any photo of the house for that first year of my life. We moved from Virginia to Michigan, and that starts my memory. So to have myself been inside Astrid's house of birth just blows my mind!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:41
Does not look too dissimilar to my kitchen now; just as many electrical leads, too smile I don't have a water pipe going across mine, though - luckily!
Ginnie Hart: Astrid says that's a gas pipe, Alan, which somehow seems to make it look worse! UGH.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2014, 07:42
Ah.. it's gas apparently. Hmmm.. just as risky smile
Ginnie Hart: Ah, yes. You got it. Maybe MORE risky? But after 60 years, I quess we're not to worry! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 25 Aug 2014, 08:13
Turn the electric off Ginnie and we are all back in the dark ages.
Ginnie Hart: Isn't that the truth, Chad!
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 25 Aug 2014, 08:35
Nice B&W, but I must say it doesn't look dreadfully safe!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mike, but everything still seems to be standing after 60 years, so maybe we can breathe easier?
Looks like Chris did the electrics, I keep meaning to go and see the army hospital I was born in on Malta, one day maybe.
Ginnie Hart: Ah, so THAT'S why Malta is such a hot spot for you! Now I get it.
  • HF
  • Germany
  • 25 Aug 2014, 09:31
This photography reminds me of my youth, Ginnie. Lovely beginning of the week.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes it's important to think that far back, HF, right? grin
My Monday looks as crazy as this outlet. Astrid shares a birthday with my grandson. He was two.
Ginnie Hart: It's a good date, then, Mary. Easy to remember. smile
Someone's been busy in the kitchen!
Ginnie Hart: Too busy for my liking, LC. grin
But I don't wanna plug back in...
Ginnie Hart: I don't blame you at all, Larry.
Needs a bit of re-wiring, I think smile
Ginnie Hart: It does need something, Tom, which I'm trying to put my finger on. grin
I read about your visit to this house on your blog a couple of weeks back, how lucky to come across such a nice lady who invited you in.
Ginnie Hart: It all fell into place very nicely, Brian. We were definitely in the right spot at the right time. I'm still pinching myself!
I bet Astrid was thrilled Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Richard, and so was I. She says almost everything is just exactly the way it was when she lived there...except in her day there were no wall radiators. smile
  • sabrina
  • France
  • 25 Aug 2014, 18:56
Instant immortalisé.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Sabrina. smile
That so reminds me of my 1920's apartment here in NYC!!
Ginnie Hart: HA! And it's still standing! So, I guess we really don't need to worry?!?! smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Aug 2014, 00:30
Did they provide coffee and cakes.

I am sure Astrid would if it was still her house ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I do recall they offered some koffie, to which Astrid politely declined. We really didn't expect a run-through of the house but the lady seemed to know we'd want to see it all. It really was something ...and I even managed an entire post out of that amazing day:
http://www.ginniehart.blogspot.nl/2014/07/hilversum-netherlands-astrids-birthplace.html
Please with Astrid a belated Happy birthday for me Ginnie smile
this is a great picture from her past Ginnie... i am sure that she was ecstatic to have the chance to visit her birth place....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Astrid has loved all the birthday wishes for her big milestone, Peter. Thank you. And yes, I, too, was thrilled to see the place of her birth and childhood (after hearing so many stories!).
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 26 Aug 2014, 04:25
is that an old water pipe going by an overworked power outlet? lol good thing Astrid made it out alive lol... i like the picture tho, like you knew i would. come check out my new project on my photoblog!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, it's a gas pipe, Elaine. HA! And everyone is still alive. smile
How wonderful that Astrid had the opportunity to visit the house she was born in, Ginnie. Not many of us get a chance like that.

Not sure that setup would pass our modern safety specifications, though.
Ginnie Hart: Not only for Astrid but for me, too, Beverly. After all the stories, I was thrilled to see it for myself! I don't even know the name of the town where I lived the first year of my life in Virginia, let alone have a photo of it!
how interesting! i suppose nothing much in this image dates from then?
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I think the gas pipe and the electrical outlet are one and the same, Ayush. What plugs in would be much newer, I assume.

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