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Old Dog, New Tricks

A week from today, just days shy of my 65th birthday,
I will begin to learn (in earnest) the Dutch language at nearby
Da Vinci College, Gorinchem, Holland.

This is my last week of freedom for a year!  :)

Old Dog, New Tricks

A week from today, just days shy of my 65th birthday,
I will begin to learn (in earnest) the Dutch language at nearby
Da Vinci College, Gorinchem, Holland.

This is my last week of freedom for a year!  :)

comments (60)

What a fine-looking dog... who is quite capable of learning new tricks. You'll do fine in school. I predict you'll run rings around those young whipper-snapper students. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I sure hope you're right, Larry. Thanks for your confidence. I had tears in my eyes when I waited for my appointment last week, thinking "What in the world am I doing!" The thing is, I am really bound and determined to learn the language, no matter what it takes.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 May 2010, 00:48
This is somewhere near the best image in your brilliant portfolio, Ginnie...I love everything about it.
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Ray, I am paying attention! Thanks a million.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 10 May 2010, 00:57
And so - you will be living proof that a not-so-old-dog can learn lots of new tricks!! Wonderful image. Such a sweet pup...
Ginnie Hart: I hope to God I will be living proof, Marcie. That would be very nice. smile Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 10 May 2010, 02:17
Such a sweet shot of this dog, you will do fine and excel with yout studies of that I have no doubt
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your confidence, JJ. I do hope so because I'm bound and determined to do my best! smile Thanks.
Ah freedom, no no.. Just immersion and diving head first!!! That's what I think..

It's just a beautiful photo and yes I guess I feel quite the same way as that dog but just in a different meaning for myself...
Ginnie Hart: Maybe it'll be a new kind of freedom, Jen, as I learn to speak more and more. Communication is the key, as we all know! Thanks for your confidence.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2010, 05:48
Lieve schat, I am so proud of you, going on your bike to school, indeed learning new tricks....you will do just fine, I have all the confidence of the world.
If I see what you already know what to say in Dutch, I am impressed, so are others.
They (and I grin) love you for giving it a try!!!!
Ik ben trots op jou.
....and a wonderful shot of course....the dog waiting patient for the boss who is looking at all the fabric to be sold on the market.
Ginnie Hart: Your confidence means the world to me, MLMA, natuurlijk! You have never once made fun of my attempts to speak your complicated language. Thank you for that. Thank you for believing all things with and for me! I'm one of the lucky ones who gets to go home at the end of the day and have a Dutch speaker at my side, ready and willing to answer all my questions!!!
the poor and old dog,it can't be free and run.
Ginnie Hart: All dogs have their moments when they have to be tied down for a spell, Sewa. I have a feeling it has plenty of time to run free otherwise! Thanks.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 May 2010, 05:52
I failed miserably to be consistent when I tried to take Spanish lessons. I was always too busy. I am sure you'll do well and bring home a gold star for good behavior everyday smile
Ginnie Hart: LOL, SAVO. The funny thin is that Spanish is my second language and if I spoke Dutch as well as I spoke Spanish, I'd be a very happy camper. smile I will definitely try to rack up a lot of gold stars, if that will help. At least I'll smile a lot and they'll know I'm trying. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 May 2010, 05:58
Now there's a fine beast Ginnie

With regard to learning Dutch - you have every incentive to study very hard Ginnie. Think of the rewards!
Ginnie Hart: The rewards will be out of this world, Chris, trust me. Yes, you are so right. Incentive enough....
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2010, 06:54
Ja, geniet van je vrijheid deze week- terwijl het hondje is aan de ketting gelegd (een fijne foto!)- het Nederlands is zo'n prachtige en zo'n lieve taal (als Germaanse taal verwant an het Engels en het Duits)- ik ben zeker dat jouw plezier groter mocht zijn dan de plichten en het harde werken - denk aan het gezegde: "Wie een nieuwe taal leert, krijgt een nieuwe ziel" -naast de oude ziel! Héél veel succes en zelfvertrouwen en ondersteuning door je privé lerares! Een goede week toegewenst van Philine
Yes, you are right: "a new kind of freedom"!
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Philine. The rewards of my efforts will be worth every second of it all, I'm sure. I can hardly wait to see what I will be saying in Dutch a year from now, with Astrid's help. grin
A great picture Ginnie! Let me wish you in advance for your 65th! I wish your free spirit all the glory of freedom forever in the true sense of the word! Go on being wonderful as you aresmile
Ginnie Hart: Your words are delightfully kind, Pavan. Thank you. I think I could soar like a bird right now. grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 06:57
65 isn't old, my wife is nearly 50 and just about to graduate with her first and hopefully only uni degree ( she watched me type the last bit) smile
Ginnie Hart: We're never too old to keep learning, Tony, which is the beauty of life. Having to take exams totally sucks, however! grin Congratulations to your wife!
  • Toni
  • Eastern Washington
  • 10 May 2010, 07:11
You'll be fine in class, Ginnie! Your determination will see you through any trials, but you have someone at home whom I'm sure is willing to help you practice your homework! A whole year, huh? Wow!! Great shot of the cute pup!
Ginnie Hart: A whole year, Toni, yes, but with Astrid's encouragement, I know I'll be fine. 20 years ago I did a year of studies to become a licenced massage therapist (while still working my 40-hour/week job) and did it just fine. I kept saying "I can do anything for a year!" HA! I'm sure I'll hear myself saying that a lot in the days to come. Thanks for your confidence in me. I really AM bound and determined to meet people here in Holland and start off the bat speaking in Dutch!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 May 2010, 07:13
Hah, so you are going to simulate working smile Enjoy it - there will be new people to get to know, I am sure. If nothing else, a new language.
Ginnie Hart: Life as I know it now will never be the same, Louis. However, I bet it will force me to become much more organized. smile Thanks.
Never too late to learn and graduate Ginnie. Enjoy this freedom week!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Richard. Life will never be the same. smile Merci.
For one dreadful minute I thought that dog was staining the fabric. Glad to see that he really does have all four feet on the ground.

Good luck with the college - if that s what you really want to do, you will be fine. And I'm sure you are young enough in heart and attitude to get on with all the students.
Ginnie Hart: The Dutch system requires Dutch-language/culture assimilation, Sheila, so most of the students will be foreigners like myself who are probably older than 'normal' students. Because I am a month shy of age 65, I'm technically not required to take the course. However, the city hall here in our town subsidizes the €6K course for a cost of only €270 to me if I start it before I turn 65. It was a no-brainer, as they say. I feel very lucky!

Thanks for your confidence and encouragement!
  • blackdog
  • a polling booth
  • 10 May 2010, 08:47
Waiting behind the stage curtain, waiting for his cue ;o)

Back to school then Ginnie - hope you find it easy ;o)
Ginnie Hart: The biking to and from school may be just as challenging, Mike. We'll see! Thanks.
Well, I wish you luck, your basic Dutch is already okay I think
Ginnie Hart: I need to get more comfortable with speaking Dutch, Chantal, and writing it. I usually can read a lot more than I can speak (which I guess is typical!). Bedankt.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 10 May 2010, 09:20
just speaking english is tough enough for me lolol i'm proud of you!! and who is this sweet faced puppy dog? i love the expression in his eyes, beautiful shot!!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Elaine. Philine says English is harder for her than Dutch...but then, Dutch is more like German, I'm guessing than English! That sweet little dog was at the fabric market awhile back. So cute to watch him watching everyone else. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2010, 09:29
Yes, Louis is right: You will get to know new persons- I assume several people coming from Africa, Asia, rooting in a quite different culture who want to immigrate to the Netherlands will be taking part in the language courses - they might have quite more problems learning Dutch than a western orientated person!
(For me personally English is quite more complicated than Dutch because of its word-order, idioms, prepositions, the fine differences between 'a little' and only 'little, 'a few' and 'few', the spelling, the pronounciation... oh my!)!
Ginnie Hart: My guess is there will also be a lot of Middle Easterners, too, Philine, since we see so many of them around. It will be most interesting, I'm sure! More and more I'll start writing in Dutch to you, even though I know I will make MANY mistakes. But I have to start. Meer en meer. Alsjeblieft be patient met me. smile
Dog looks as though he's determined to make sure you stick with it Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks for that sweet thought, Tom. smile
What a wonderful shot! I would say, Ms. Ginnie, that anything you put your mind too you will succeed at brilliantly. If that is not the case, bring plenty of apples to the teacher.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Mary. I love the thought of putting my mind to it and doing brilliantly. Let's shoot for the moon! smile Thanks.
  • tede
  • France
  • 10 May 2010, 09:56
Splendid this stereotype perfectly clear. For the title of my photo I actually took the title of the song by Lionel Richie! Good luck for the college, it is never too late to have fun and go on to school!! Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Tede. It's never too late and we're never too old! Merci.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 10 May 2010, 10:11
Love the title good photo are you learning dutch or double dutch Just joking
Ginnie Hart: HA! Double Dutch. I'll have to remember that. Thanks, Vintage. smile
Lovely shot of the dog Ginnie, keeping an eye on the street while patiently waiting.

Best wishes with the new course. I'm sure you'll enjoy it and meet some new friends. All good stuff.
Ginnie Hart: I have watched many a dog here waiting patiently for its shopping owner, Janet. It's very sweet to watch. In this case there was a huge fabric market one day and everybody was out trying to find the best deals. Thanks for your encouragemenbt about school. :
This is a lovely shot Ginnie, waiting for his turn to go walkies. Good luck at college, I bet you will love it. I would be more worried about riding a bike lol. Have funsmile
Ginnie Hart: How did you know, Linda! I have had more fears about the rush-hour traffic while on my bike than about school itself! Exactly. Thanks for your encouragement.
  • Thomas
  • France
  • 10 May 2010, 11:10
I love this photo. Congratulations on your 65th birthday. Good luck on learning Dutch. If you know German then it shouldnt' be too hard. ....I've been in France for almost four years and I'm still just a beginner... Keep on blogging. Love your photos.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Thomas, for stopping by and commenting. My 65th birthday isn't until June but that still feels pretty soon. I know a bit of German from university days (back in the 60s), which does seem to help. And my wife being Dutch is the greatest bonus of all, for sure! I feel very lucky and hope to learn quickly. Merci! smile
Very nice shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Navin. It's good to see you again! smile
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2010, 12:22
What a cutie!! Good for you Ginnie, I'm sure it won't be long till you're fluent. Komt goed smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your confidence, Cherise. I will do my darnest to learn as quickly as possible! Hartstikke bedankt.
just hope you dont have to learn flemish, apparently a very hard language to learn indeed, good luck with the course
Ginnie Hart: HA! You're right, Derek. I think I'll just stick with Dutch for the time being. Thanks. smile
Being around the same age, Ginnie, I realize what a challenge this is for you. Teaching old dogs new tricks may be a tad harder & take a bit longer but it is definitely doable.

Knowing what a determined go-getter you are, I have no doubt you will fluent in the Dutch language by the end of the course.

I'm loving the pooch in the picture and his adorable expression.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Beverly! Thanks for your confidence and encouragement. We oldies have to stick together, right? smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 10 May 2010, 15:04
Well good luck Ginnie! I do not envy you this part of your journey. I like your photo here - a wonderful creature waiting, waiting. We spend so much of life waiting. It's nice when we can move on.
Ginnie Hart: I definitely know what you mean, Martie. This is one time I will gladly take up the baton and do my part, just because it's so important to me. Thanks for your encouragement.
What a great shot Ginnie, I'm sure you will learn the language very well. Methinks we have two "big" birthdays coming up on SC, your 65th. (I will whisper that one) and in 23 days Lord Clent of Droitwich will be 60 (SHOUTED VERY LOUDLY) smile
Ginnie Hart: All these milestones, Brian! Gotta be worth something, right? grin Thanks for all the encouragement.
wow...good luck to you with that! You are daring...
Ginnie Hart: It's gotta be done, Heather, so I'm going for it. Thanks.
  • Antoine
  • France.
  • 10 May 2010, 17:27
Superb composition. Light and colours are very beautiful. Have a lovely evening Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, as always, Antoine. smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 10 May 2010, 17:49
A real looker of a dog. Congratulations on going back to school to learn new tricks.

Ginnie what are these fabrics?
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Maria, for your congrats! There was a huge fabric market one day a couple months ago and I went to see what it was all about. There were over a hundred booths...maybe over 300 booths of fabric for sale. It was worth a thousand pictures but this is the one that most stood out to me. smile
To me Ginnie, your still a youngster..and I'm still learning..So a new language shouldn't be to bad..Its the bike riding that would worry me...A cute picture.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We'll keep showing them all, Ron, won't we. grin We're never too old to learn something new. And you're right...it's the bike riding during rush hour that gives me more nightmares than anything! sad
  • LoLO
  • France
  • 10 May 2010, 18:56
Good luck to the Dutch!

I love this picture, the contrast of colors. Even this beautiful dog had decided to come dressed in a lovely color

Bon courage pour le néerlandais!

J'aime cette photo, le contraste des couleurs. Même ce très joli chien avait décidé de venir vêtu d'un joli camaïeu de couleur
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for the good luck, LoLO. I'm sure I'll need all I can get. smile Merci.
i'm not far off 60 and learning to take photographs tongue
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Bill. We'll have to grow old together. smile
Good luck to you, Ginnie. I am sure you will do great!

fantastic image!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Charles. I'm sure I'll need all the luck I can get. smile
  • rian
  • United States
  • 10 May 2010, 21:20
that's one cute pup you captured here.. nice shot! and good luck with your studies.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Thank you and thank you, Rian. I actually am looking forward to the experience, even if I don't know yet what I'm getting myself into!
What a way to celebrate your birthday - going to school make it sound like your starting to go backwards. Hey Ginnie that's a great idea. Cute little dawg!
Ginnie Hart: That's what happens with Alzheimer's, too, George! grin Oh well, try anything once! Thanks.
  • oscar
  • France
  • 10 May 2010, 22:20
beautifuldog.I like the dogs...
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Oscar. This one is a cutie, for sure. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 10 May 2010, 23:21
It's never to late...... ;-) An a college with a name like that must be good.
Ginnie Hart: You're the first one to mention the name, Frida! I totally agree. I'd go for the name alone. smile
Happy Birthday Ginnie


Just in case I forgot in the next few days.

Nice shot and composition.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for the early birthday greetings, John (June 13, to be exact). It's a big milestone, to be sure, as are all the 5s and 0s. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 11 May 2010, 01:02
well... this doggie sure knows how to pose for you ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I have watched so many doggies here in town wait patiently for their owners while shopping. My heart goes out to them, many of whom sit there whimpering. I think this one was doing just fine...because of all there was to see! smile
what a deep looks of that dog,
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Esmeralda, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Virginia
  • United States
  • 11 May 2010, 01:41
Oh GInnie,
I hope you are more earnest and dedicated and a quicker learner than I have with my French. I think ONE of my problems is that I have managed to "get by" with the kindness of strangers and a batting of eyelashes and many smiles and "mercis"!! I throw in a lot of sign language and somehow get around "over there". I love the French language but am realistic enough to know that my southern drawl makes my lame French a disaster.
Ginnie Hart: The one big thing in my favor, Virginia, is a Dutch-speaker wife at home! I'll be the most lucky student ever. smile I am such a dang perfectionist, however. That's my biggest hurdle...to get over making mistakes, which I am bound to do. If I just try to speak, everyone will forgive my errors, I know. Sigh. But I do know what you mean....
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 11 May 2010, 03:49
Cute pup ... what was he so intently looking at, I wonder?
Ginnie Hart: There were so many people and so many vendors, Helen, who knows. It was the big market fabric day, once a year, I think. How you could choose where to go and what to pick of all the fabris there was totally beyond me. It was quite an experience to watch. The pup must have felt safe with its owner nearby.
I hope you enjoy the studies; I'm sure you will do fine.
There is nothing not to love in this image; the repeated browns are my favorite part, with some purple to break it up.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your confidence, Mark. I will definitely do my best to make it a good experience! And thanks, as always, for your comments.
you'll have fun learning to speak dutch. after class, you can order french fries with "fritasaus." i *love* that stuff. yum yum. if you only learn one dutch word, it *has* to be fritasaus.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love it, Seraphine. It's a word Astrid hasn't taught me yet (though she loves fritas!), so I'll have to ask her why. I can remember that one with no trouble, I'm sure. smile
  • Marion
  • Ireland
  • 11 May 2010, 16:42
Good luck on the Dutch Ginnie. In a while I will be writing comments to your photos in 2 languages!!
I love the picture! It is a Border Collie is it? I think of a different colour, like a brown merle or something??

Again, good luck, I just know you can do it, as you have proven over the past years that you can do a heck of a lot and rather well!!!

Zet hem op!!

Big hug!
Ginnie Hart: You can write Dutch to me anytime you want, Marion, because that's the way I will learn. In 5 months I've already come a long way with reading...but now I need to do more speaking and writing. Beetje bij beetje! Thanks for all your encouragement.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2010, 19:16
A lovely photo smile

Good luck with your language study.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Cherie.
He is too cute. Bien vu Ginnie, à bientôt VAL
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Valérie. smile Merci.
I love the clarity of this shot, it is just amazing! That dog is lucky to have his photo taken by you!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Brian. Thank you.
you *can't* have fritas without fritasaus. you've probably been enjoying it and didn't know the name for it. or else, you've been awful by eating your fries with ketchup. nonono, you have to eat fries the dutch way to truly flavor the experience.
Ginnie Hart: I will show this to Astrid and make sure she sees what I'm clearly missing. We don't have fritas very often...and when we do, we eat them plain. Can you believe it? I'll make sure I find out what I've been missing, trust me. smile
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 12 May 2010, 09:41
So cute! Love this beautiful shot. You'll do wonders at school! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for your vote of confidence, Sil!!! smile
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 12 May 2010, 16:10
lovely dog!
dus vanaf volgende week geen commentaar in engels meer !! alleen nog maar Nederlands voor jou! Zet m op
Ginnie Hart: ...and before long maybe I'll even start replying to you in Dutch, Petra. That will be my goal. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 13 May 2010, 01:15
Your pictures are brilliant, Ginnie! Good luck on your quest to learn Dutch. I don't think you'll need the luck...you've got a good partner there to learn from, and I'm sure you've picked up quite a bit by now!
Ginnie Hart: I am so lucky, Kay, because I'll be one of the few students who gets to go back home to a real Dutch speaker! That should help me immensely, for sure. Thanks for all your encouragement.
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 13 May 2010, 16:00
What a face on this dog! So beautiful!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks, Andy. smile

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