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My Christmas Gift This Year

No, silly, not the wooden shoes...
Being in Holland with the one I love!

(as seen on a wall at our nearby outdoor market)

My Christmas Gift This Year

No, silly, not the wooden shoes...
Being in Holland with the one I love!

(as seen on a wall at our nearby outdoor market)

comments (41)

  • rian
  • United States
  • 23 Dec 2009, 00:45
lol! and here i was thinking.. "aren't those shoes too big?!" ;D
Ginnie Hart: Way too big, Rian, and they were high up on the wall out of reach. I magnified the image and the size is 43-44 (US 10-11 men's) They did make me smile. smile
Why not have both? smile
Ginnie Hart: Good point, Larry. These were a bit too big, however...43-44 (US men's 10-11) and they were way up high on the wall, not for sale but for decoration. I had to enlarge the image to get the size. smile
Those are one pair of regal looking shoes, Ginnie.

I think I see price stickers but can't quite make out how much they were asking for them. Would they be very expensive?
Ginnie Hart: I enlarged the image, Beverly, and what you see is the size: 43-44 (US men's 10-11). Astrid says these would cost about €35. They were high up on the wall and were not for sale but for decoration. They did catch my eye. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Dec 2009, 02:35
A memorable Christmas!
Ginnie Hart: Inderdaad, Ray.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 23 Dec 2009, 04:05
l wear clogs all day at work and they are the most comfortable foot wear l own, not so sure about wooden ones though
Ginnie Hart: I love clogs, too, Tony, when I wear them. Those who wear them swear by them, I know. Astrid says she wore wooden clogs to school her junior year in high school...just to be a rebel! grin
it's just as well. those shoes don't look very comfortable to wear.
and love... sometimes love isn't very comfortable either.
i wish you a life of comfortable love and comfortable shoes. but not *too* comfortable.
merry christmas, ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Seraphine! The love is deeper and more comfortable with every little thing we have to work through...just like shoes. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Dec 2009, 05:57
For me this Christmas will be special too, being with you, the one I love........
smile I have seen these shoes up high at the wall....I love the way you 'twiddled'....
Once you get used to walk the wooden shoes they really are great to walk on.
This pair, people would wear when they go to an international soccer game when the Dutchies have to play, also seen at speed skate indoor competition, these shoes DO keep the feet warm.
......grin and don't we all want warm feet with Christmas wink
Ginnie Hart: You have told me you have worn wooden shoes even with bare feet. That would be something! It just occurred to me that maybe I need wooden shoes for the apartment when walking on this cold floor? Hmmmm. But maybe I'd wake up the neighbors??
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Dec 2009, 06:28
Good use of the Les template. Find your size and learn to walk in them. Tricky business.

Once accomplished, you will be able to do a dutch thing that most dutch people have no experience in.
Ginnie Hart: No one except Astrid. Did you see my reply to Tony that she wore them her entire junior year in high school, just to be a rebel that year! I think I could use them for the cold floor of our apartment...maybe they'd keep my feet warm?
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 23 Dec 2009, 06:39
well the shoes are nice too smile and what do you mean by calling me Judy? Judy who? garland? coz she be uuuuugly lolol
Ginnie Hart: Garland, yes. In that picture, that's immediately who I thought of! No way was she ugly!!! What's wrong with you???
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Dec 2009, 07:28
A nice discovery during your exciting exploration trip through Gorinchem! Yes, the standing lion (reminding of the Engish lion?) is an important symbol of the Netherlands since 1578, the arrows symbolize the different provinces, here HOLLAND, and the motto (we miss it here) is "Concordia" /Eeendtracht marking the togetherness of the new established state. I'm sure you will be wearing thes wooden shoes one day! (in a litteral and symbolic sense)
Ginnie Hart: You are my fountain of all information, Philine. I love it. Thank you. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Dec 2009, 07:36
Very apropriate Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Chris. smile Thanks.
Ginnie Hart: This YouTube looks vaguely familiar, Bill. Astrid will get a kick out of it tonight after work. grin Thanks.
Those lions look to be fighting each other Ginnie. Not very peaceful.
Ginnie Hart: We're both strong women, Chad...what can I say! But at the end of the day, we are always at peace. grin
Real Dutch... for foreigners, we DON'T wear them all day, as oppose to what many tourists think
Ginnie Hart: Did you see one of the replies I made, Chantal, saying Astrid wore wooden shoes her entire junior year of high school, just to be a rebel! grin We knew she was crazy!
I presume this will be a very special Christmas for both of you!
Fine capture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You do presume correctly, Richard. smile Merci.
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 23 Dec 2009, 10:09
Merry christmas
Ginnie Hart: And to you, too, Xavi! Muchas gracias.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 23 Dec 2009, 10:10
belle image toute simple.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Marie. Merci.
What more could you ask, Ginnie. Have a wonderful time, and best wishes to you both.
Ginnie Hart: I feel very fortunate, Paul, because I want not! Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Dec 2009, 12:06
Lot be said about clogs. But yes they keep you warm. Whenever you get out of the cities and big towns and you enter agricultural areas, you will start noticing people wearing clogs.
By origin they are working shoes for farmers, worn outdoors and especially in the rainy wet season. The wood keeps the wet and cold out and at a the same time the shoe provides you with a wide platform to ease walking in the mud.
The platform also makes walking in general easier.
When real cold you wear "geitesokken" with the clogs. Thick woolen socks.
When I worked in the steel industry, you had to wear clogs (with a leather upper) in certain areas where the danger was real that you could step on red hot metal pieces.
My son wore two sets of clogs out in his first 4 living years. The bottom part of the clog becomes thinner as it wears out.
Some dutch are ashamed of clogs - wearing that in their faces would make Astrid a rebel. Only the farmers and other people using it as working shoes, see it as an essential to the trade.
Ginnie Hart: Most of the time Astrid doesn't give a hoot what people think, which is one of the reasons why I respect her. As a preacher's kid, I always had to think about what people would think if I did such and such. Couldn't tarnish the preacher's reputation, of course! So I learn a lot from Astrid wearing her clogs in high school. Thanks for all the info, Louis, which makes perfect sense...and fits! smile
First of loads Ginnie and being the first I suppose it is just so exciting .... Have a great Christmas both of you.

Ginnie Hart: Being the first does make it more exciting, Richard, and I do hope every one to follow will be the same...full of joy and contentment! Thanks a million.
interesting composition.. marry christmas Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Just hanging there on the outside wall all by themselves, Fabrizio. smile Grazie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Dec 2009, 14:06
A magic time for you both, I hope!
Ginnie Hart: Magic, indeed, Alan. And so natural, as though we have always been together.
Don't the Dutch hang their wooden shoes instead of stockings? if so, you'd want a size 43-44. LOL
Ginnie Hart: I'll have to ask Astrid about that, Mary. HA! If so, you're right. The bigger the better. Interestingly, we are not getting each other anything material this year...just experiences, like going places and eating out at a restaurant on the 25th. After both of us just finished packing up and moving our possessions, getting rid of things we don't need, it didn't make sense to buy something we don't need! I'm sure you understand.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 23 Dec 2009, 15:19
Very coool shoes. It is also nice that your lover is the Christmas gift of this year.
Ginnie Hart: I like it when I can be someone's gift, Kanyi, and vice versa! Thanks.
I've got a clog with a shoebrush in it hanging in our hallway which I brought for my Mum and Dad in 1966 when I went to Amsterdam. I inherited it when they died and don't like to part with it, silly me. Have a great Christmas you two.
Ginnie Hart: I inherited things I gave to my parents, too, Brian, after they died. It makes you pay attention to what you give. grin Thanks for sharing.
  • Oscar
  • Spain
  • 23 Dec 2009, 16:50
I have the same but in blue.

Happy Xmas Ginnie.

I like the colours
Ginnie Hart: The original image is in bright orange, Oscar, so I did tone it down quite a bit. smile Muchas gracias.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 23 Dec 2009, 19:04
It's a very nice composition.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine!
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 23 Dec 2009, 19:13
Cool shoes I like how the two images on each shoe seem to be having a sword fight with eachother smileHope you have a Great Christmas!
Ginnie Hart: Someone else mentioned that, too, Andy. At the end of the day there is peace here in this home, so I am thankful the swords are laid to rest. smile Thanks.
Merry Xmas to you both , may you have many more to come.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Mick. We expect many more to come, God willing!
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 24 Dec 2009, 00:32
Celebrating Christmas with a loved one is the best thing to do it.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Frida. Thank you.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 24 Dec 2009, 01:35
You got your present from Santa early, you lucky dog.

Happy Christmas to you both.
Ginnie Hart: We both say we're the luckiest people in the world, Maria. We are! Thank you.
Interesting shoes, always wondered if they really wore those. Beautiful shot Ginnie. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas in Holland. Can only imagine how wonderful it must be to actually live there. Best of luck for you and Astrid in 2010.
Ginnie Hart: Some do and some don't, John. And some do only some of the time, like outside in the yard/garden. Astrid told me she wore wooden shoes her entire junior year in high school, just to be a rebel! I can just Picturit. grin Thanks for your good wishes for us. May you, too, have a great holiday season and entrance into the new year.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Dec 2009, 05:49

to Mary...we celebrate the 5th of December and the wooden shoes are used to put in hay and

a carrot for the horse of Sinterklaas...http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas
after the Black Peters have been through the chimney to deliver the gifts the take the hay and carrot....we also sang songs in front of the stove/heater/fireplace
Ginnie Hart: I just got my education, too, Astrid, so thank you for the great wooden-shoe link. So now I wonder what all our 8 reindeer get each year! I don't remember that part.... Hmmm. smile
ha ha ha i was that kind of silly then smile))))))

I think u got the best gift , yes , Merry xmas to you and your love

kiss kiss
Ginnie Hart: I bet you WERE that kind of silly then, Jeasn-Luc. smile And merci for you kindest words!
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 24 Dec 2009, 09:15
Happy Christmas Musketeersmile
To you pair!!!!tongue
Ginnie Hart: Happy Christmas to you, too, Tracy. 2010 is just around the corner! smile
  • navin
  • Korea (South)
  • 24 Dec 2009, 10:03
They both are Dutch, what are they fighting over?
Ginnie Hart: HA! Good question, Navin!! One just never knows. The good news is WE aren't fighting. smile
For a minute I honestly thought these were ur allocated standard issues tongue

Wishing you and Astrid the very best at Xmas, hope you have a lovely one.
Ginnie Hart: Ha! My allocated standard issues. I like that, Fotografa. And thanks for your good wishes!
Have a wonderful Xmas Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: You, too, Albert. Thank you kindly!
Oh Ginnie - I love it!
And that is a great gift to say the least.

Really now that you are there, wow..

It really makes me heart flutter. I haven't been into posting. I've Been up to no good!

Ok - I'll have to post something from the beach!
Ginnie Hart: I know you are with me in this move, Jen, and am so glad I can share it with you. It's been the move of a lifetime, for sure! But...Vancouver Island isn't too shabby either!!!
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 2 Jan 2010, 22:32
What cool shoes!
Ginnie Hart: Can you imagine wearing them to work all day, Jessie. smile
  • Yvonne
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2010, 13:00
Love how it seems to two lions are in a fight with each other. The composition made me smile.
Ginnie Hart: Now you have made ME smile, Yvonne. smile Thank you.

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