I remember taking a similar picture not that long after moving here, when I would take Pippo out in the mornings. The light on this section of the Wittevrouwensingel is often like this in the morning. Slightly misty and dreamy, with sparkles of sunlight. If you have to get up early in the morning to take a dog out, at least it’s nice to have such pretty scenery. I’m enjoying getting out and enjoying the view once again.
Sadly, this particular street wasn’t in the sun the day I took this photo, nor is there any sun to be seen today. Yet that is precisely why I chose this photo for today. It’s the literary hope for things to come. On such a wet, miserable day as it is today, the dream of spring sunshine seems like exactly that: a dream.
This bit of wall art/poetry translates roughly to:
A street in the sun, and from an open window, your favorite music
There was no music at all that day, but the open window was still a nice touch. It’s certainly a lovely thought that brings to mind warm, happy, summer days. There are other buildings in that general block near the Wittevrouwensingel that have further bits of writing.
This one says:
It was the morning
it was light
The sun rose
and we looked out
over the back gardens
of the city
it was summer
Unfortunately, I can’t make out the last line, but it’s still lovely. Dream on!
This bit of wall art is over by the Griftpark, somewhere along the Weerdsingel Oz. It’s a lovely area to walk along, with lots of unexpected sights and some pretty views of the canal that essentially served as a moat for the old city. I like how the birds are painted not with feathers, but with urban and landscape designs.
Last night while taking the dog out, I couldn’t help but notice the large barge/boats in the Wittevrouwensingel (that’s the name of the canal). This is hardly an unusual sight, even though the majority of boats through the canal are of the tour boat or kayak size. Periodically, these boats with large machinery come through, cleaning and dredging the canals as they pass through. Other times, they’re sticking around to put in wooden piles to shore up the land, as you can see a bit here in a closer shot of the boats.
Anyway, they were still there today, so I managed to get a few shots. It’s another grey and rainy day, with some strong winds, so that was about as far as I felt like venturing out. Tomorrow is Cultuurele Zondag, so hopefully the weather will be nicer and maybe I’ll have something a bit nicer to show you. At least the tree in the first photo looks nice in a mossy kind of way.