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Milk Street

Where else but on Melkstraat (Milk Street) would you find this?!

This art-form is on the side of a building in my neighborhood here in the Netherlands.
It reminds me of the baby steps I am taking to learn Dutch...and how much "milk" I need to grow!

Milk Street

Where else but on Melkstraat (Milk Street) would you find this?!

This art-form is on the side of a building in my neighborhood here in the Netherlands.
It reminds me of the baby steps I am taking to learn Dutch...and how much "milk" I need to grow!

comments (46)

That is so cool and beautifully shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. It surprised me when I saw it the first time without my camera. I had to go back, of course. smile
Very witty artwork. Drink your milk, Ginnie, and keep those bones strong! smile
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Larry, whenever i see it. Someone sure was creative. And yes, I do drink my proverbial milk these days, learning something new every day. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Dec 2009, 02:42
Wonderful street art, and you have presented it perfectly, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. I love this kind of street art.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Dec 2009, 06:06
tongue great picture and a wonderful composition, I think you have seen more of the town already than I did, living close to it for 25 years.....
Heel erg goed en een prachtige foto.
Ginnie Hart: The thing is, Astrid, you fly by on your bike and I walk by everything from here to there. So it makes sense that I see things that you don't/haven't. One day you'll see them with me or through my eyes. That's the fun of it for me. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Dec 2009, 06:36
Beautifully presented fun image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I love street art like this, Tony. It feels so whimsical. Thanks.
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 16 Dec 2009, 07:10
what a neat idea, sheesh, those nether people smile nice shot Ginnie!!
Ginnie Hart: These nether people! HA! I'll have to remember that, Elaine. grin Thanks for the smile.
Drink een glas melk per dag als de advertenties gebruikt om te zeggen
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Bill. smile I love it and dank je wel.
The nearby town of Melksham got its name from milk. Wikipedia states ' The town of Melksham developed at a ford across the River Avon and the name is presumed to derive from MEOLC, the Old English for milk and from "ham", a village'
Ginnie Hart: So there you have it, Chad. Milk...one of the important ingredients of life!
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:02
Very creative, unlike you I never drink the stuff.
terrific image
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Aussie, I don't drink it...just in my morning muesli and then in other forms, like yogurt and cheese! And to think that most adults around the world can't tolerate it in their systems. Thanks.
You captured very nicely this street art Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, kind sir.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:06
Great shot of this humorous art piece. Mischien woonde de melkboer vroeger in deze straat.
Ginnie Hart: You're probably right, Louis, about the milk farmer. I may find out more about it in time. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:23
Oh, Ginnie, ik denk maar eens dat je al veel potjes melk heeft gedronken en het Nederlands geen vreemde taal is voor jou! Surely, I myself know well that there is a great difference if we have sucked up a language together with mother's milk or not! Ik vind het kunstwerk grappig- but quite more beautiful is the famous painting of Jan Vermeer "The milkmaid" you can see as original in the Mauritshuis in Den Haag! (In January we want to go there)
Ginnie Hart: I must say, Philine, that I am able to read Dutch more and more with every day. So that's an encouragement. Speaking it and writing it is something else altogether. Astrid sits next to me with the daily fliers from the mailbox and helps me with pronunciation and translation! Bedankt.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:44
This is fascinating Ginnie. Just give it a year or two & you'll be speaking Dutch as well as the rest of them!
Ginnie Hart: HA! That will be the gift of a lifetime to me, Chris, if true. Astrid says the same thing. But as we know, these Europeans started learning/speaking English at an early age. I have a lot of catching up to do!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:47
Oh sorry, Ginnie: Vermeer's "Melkmeisje" can be seen in the "Rijksmuseum" in Amsterdam as you know whereas Vermeers "Girl With A Pearl Ear Ring" is exhibited in the Mauritshuis in Den Haag!
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if I saw Vermeer's "Melkmeisje" at the "Rijksmuseum when I was there years ago, Philine. I would like to think so! One day maybe I'll see his "Girl With A Pearl Ear Ring" in Den Haag!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Dec 2009, 08:55
What a brilliant piece of artwork - well worth a return visit.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Ingrid. I bet there are other pieces around town which I'll find and capture. To get the stories behind them will be the challenge!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 09:18
What a wonderful and very creative sculpture. Love the colors...and how you captured it!! Such fun to see your new home thru your camera lens!!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Marcie. It is very fun to go out exploring to see what's around me here...even though it's freezing cold right now. Brrrr.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 16 Dec 2009, 09:23
That's so cool and funny.
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Frida. smile
What a great find, and cleverly done, do some of the streets have artwork like this, or is this the only one.
Ginnie Hart: There is another piece I have found, Linda, a block from the apartment, but not quite as nice as this one. Trust me, I'll keep looking. smile Thanks.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2009, 10:53
'in My neighborhood' you said ..... you sound as if you are feeling at home there already !
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, JIM. I feel like I've been here much longer than 1-1/2 weeks! smile It's nice to call it home.
Felicidades por la foto, muy bien encuadrada y con un detalle espectacular.
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo.
Wonderfully surreal, captured beautifully Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Paul.
What a fabulous sculpture. I love cre8ive minds and this sculpture had one in spades.
Ginnie Hart: I love stuff like this, Mary. I agree. As I walk about, I keep looking for more. smile Thank you kindly.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Dec 2009, 12:18
Very clever, Ginnie. A lot of art is wasted on me but I can see the attraction in this.
Ginnie Hart: Some art makes a lot of sense, Alan! smile Thanks.
wow this is modern art.. wonderful ginnie and very interesting
Ginnie Hart: It's the kind of art that makes a lot of sense, Fabrizio, right?! Grazie.
That reminds me i must go and paint the wall, its all double dutch to me.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I even saw a Dutch door on someone's blog today. They get us coming and going, Mick. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 13:19
an fitting art piece for that street.. smile very nice capture.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Made to order, for sure, Rian. smile Thanks.
Ha...I thought at first you had been very clever catching this..then the penny dropped. Just art...Good one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: "Just art" has been around for a long time, Ron, hasn't it! smile Thanks.
That's waht a call a great bit of sculpture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: If not great, Brian, at least fun and whimsical! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 15:05
What an unusual piece of artwork. Amazing.
Ginnie Hart: I will keep my eyes open, Sherri, to see if there is more of the same. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 16:13
wow! really cool and creative.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Kanyi. Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 16 Dec 2009, 16:28
Nice, i like this art-form.
Good frame, and i enjoy yhe lines
Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Oscar.
They have some quirky artwork in the Netherlands Ginnie. It should keep you amused.
Ginnie Hart: I am totally amused, Janet. smile Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 16 Dec 2009, 17:17
Very nice presentation and composition is superb.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. Merci.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2009, 18:51
What a cool shot Ginnie, well seen
Ginnie Hart: Danke, kind sir.
Symbolic of time gone ... richard
Ginnie Hart: Indeed, Richard.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 19:29
Now that is just neat. I'm grinning smile

Done with Christmas shopping yet?
Ginnie Hart: Milk a-plenty, Maria, for sure!

Christmas? I did that before I left Atlanta for the family there. Here in Holland WE are each other's Christmas...and a reservation at a nice nearby restaurant for our Christmas meal and celebration. We are both the same in that we need nothing tangible anymore, so we will spend our money on memories! Oh, and we did buy a live Christmas tree, which we hope to decorate this weekend. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2009, 20:28
As you said: Milk is "one of the important ingredients of life"- therefore are some phrases in our languages containing the word 'milk', also in het Nederlands:
-Als het melk regent, zijn mijn schotels omgekeerd.
-Een melkkoe hebben
-Je moet de kat niet bij de melk zetten
-Het land van melk en honing
Wijn op melk, deugt voor elk, maar melk op wijn is venijn
-veel in de melk te brokken (of brokkelen) hebben

Enkele gezegdes kennen we ook in onze moedertalen, b.v. "het land van melk en honing"- dit is nu Nederland, niet waar, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: The "cheap Hong Kong" dictionary didn't do a good job at translating your phrases, Philine, so I will wait for my GOOD LIVE translator to help me out. But thank you for this. I know I will enjoy it all. The "land of milk and honey" would have made a good title!
  • Yinks
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 21:19
Well. Ginnie it's a POSTCARD and all the best as you take the baby steps!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, dearie. I must say that I DO know more Dutch now than when I met you in Amsterdam a couple years ago, and that's good news! smile
  • caroline
  • United States
  • 16 Dec 2009, 21:20
Ginnie Hart: It's fun, Caroline, isn't it! Thanks.
I can't read Philline's comment, of course, but it reminded me of our saying about "the milk of human kindness".

And I was astonished at your reference to the number of adults who can't drink milk. It's my summer drink of choice when it's very, very hot - by the glass-full!

The art is wonderful, and the capture so nice.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Linda. The "milk of human kindness"...that's another good one. I bet we could come up with a long list of such wonderful phrases with reference to milk.

I was surprised, too, but most of the Asian and African-American peoples are lactose-intolerant. I remember how shocked I was when I found that out several years ago. Another blogger once told me that we're one of the only species that continues to drink milk into adulthood. Very interesting!
awesome artwork , very communicative , i want a glass of milk NOW

nice shot !
Ginnie Hart: HA! Happy drinking, Jean-Luc. smile Merci.
great composition Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 17 Dec 2009, 17:55
HA very cool!!
Ginnie Hart: U love fun stuff like this, Andy. Thanks.
Very fun shot, I don't get to see many cool things like that.
Ginnie Hart: I don't either, Brian. When I do, they really catch my eye. Thanks for stopping by and commenting again.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 20 Dec 2009, 20:01
Ginnie Hart: I love seeing this kind of art, Marie. Merci.
  • cetrairi
  • spain
  • 23 Dec 2009, 17:15
Hi, Ginnie
I love this photo!!!
And thank you for you comment in my photo... I so sorry for you didn't take the pleaser to see real and plenty palms yet, it's so beatiful!!! I invite you visit the Northest of Brazil on your next vacations!! Bye
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Cetrairi, I have seen palms in the US, in Hawaii, Florida, California, etc., as well as in Barcelona, Spain. But because I did not grow up around them, they still surprise me. Thanks for stopping by. Muchas gracias.

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