Judge Smith invites us to come and celebrate his birthday. He performs in Glastonbury on Saturday night, and treats his guests to lunch at his house on Sunday 1 July. We turn it into a long weekend away, and we meet up with many friends we get to see all too rarely. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
The Strange Planet (Judge Smith sings) in Glastonbury, 30 June.
In May the Wim Egz Ensemble performs at the Hofjesconcerten in Leiden, in two concerts with Duo C Kwadraat in the Sint Jabobshof. Here you'll find photos of the show.
Wim Egz Ensemble in Leiden, 20 May.
In April and May Laura and I visit Scotland and England for two weeks, one of which we spend on the isle of Mull. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
Laura on Staffa.
In March and April 2018 Laura and I spend a weekend in Grandhan, near Durbuy, in the Ardennes. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
Church in Vervoz.
In August and September 2017 Laura and I spend almost two weeks in Portugal, one week in a cottage near the Spanish border and almost one week in Lisbon. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
View of the town Castelo de Vide.
At the end of April and the start of May Laura and I spend two weeks in Slovenia, Italy and Germany. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
En route in Austria.
On 24 March 2017 Sooner Trend performs, Dolph Paulsen's band. Laura sings. The performance is at the opening of an art exhibition in the Gehoorzaal of the Willem Arntsz Hoeve in Den Dolder. Here you'll find photos of the show.
Sooner Trend in Den Dolder, 24 March.
In December 2016 Laura and I spend several days in Haaksbergen. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
A watermill and I near Haaksbergen.
In July and August Laura and I spend four days in England, a week in Wales and after that four more days in England. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
A walk on the coast of Wales.
On 28 May Laura and the Wim Egz Ensemble sing in the Singelkerk in Utrecht.
The Wim Egz Ensemble.
In April and May 2016 Laura and I spend some days in Bad Brückenau, invited by my in-laws, and then some days in Berlin. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
Laura's breakfast in Berlin.
In December 2015 Laura and I spend a few days in De Bult.
Laura and I move house on 27 November.
On 26 September I go wadlopen (mudflat hiking), from the coast near Uithuizen to the island Rottum. Here you'll find photos of a day mudflat hiking.
At the end of the day we climb onto the boat that will take us back.
In the first half of August Laura and I spend a couple of nights in the south of Switzerland and after that a week in Tuscany. Here you'll find some photos of this holiday.
Our view in Switzerland.
In March Laura and I visit Ghent for four nights. Vriwijs! Here you'll find some photos of this holiday.
On 8 March 2015 Laura and the Wim Egz Ensemble sing in Moira in Utrecht.
Wim Egz Ensemble sing in Moira in Utrecht.
From 26 until 30 December 2014 Laura and I are in Burgbrohl, a little village in the Eifel, and then a day in Deventer, on the IJssel. Here you'll find some photos of this holiday.
Laura in the snow.
Op 20 October I photograph the China Light Festival in the Botanic Gardens in the Uithof in Utrecht for an article (in Dutch) in DUB, the magazine of Utrecht University.
China Light Festival in the Botanic Gardens in Utrecht.
On World Animal Day, 4 October, Laura and Astrid have a party at Spanish tapas-restaurant eLe to celebrate both their birthdays and the twentieth anniversary of their friendship.
At the end of the party (photo by Kees de Vries).
From Thursday 24 July until Thursday 7 August Laura and I have a summer holiday, one week in Saint-Germain l'Herm in the Auvergne and one week in Hofstetten in the Black Forest. Here you'll find some photos of this holiday.
Our house in the Auvergne.
From Friday 4 until 11 July Laura and I spend a week in a house in Lies on the island Terschelling, together with Bas, Michel, Astrid and Kees, and for the first weekend also Annabel. Here you'll find some photos of this holiday.
The village Oosterend, on Terschelling.
On Sunday 29 June I go and see Alamaailman Vasarat perform live at the Festival Mundial in Tilburg.
In Spring Laura is a member of a second choir, Multiple Voice. She participates in the project "Noorderlicht" ("Aurora"), singing music by Scandinavian composers from the beginning of the twentieth century. They perform three times, among which are 14 June in the Pieterskerk in Utrecht and 22 June in the Abdijkerk in Loosduinen.
Laura prior to the concert in the Pieterskerk in Utrecht.
Laura and I spend the end of April and the beginning of May in Friesland. We rented a house in Gaast, near the dike of the IJsselmeer and near the Afsluitdijk. Here you'll find photos of our holiday in Friesland.
Laura is lying on the dike in Gaast.
On 30 March Laura and I experience impressive concerts by Zea, Oscar-Jan Hoogland and King Ayisoba in Worm, Rotterdam.
On 21 February 2014 Laura performs in a solo-concert in gallery Kampwegkerk in Doorn, accompanied by Jeroen Liedorp on keyboard. My photos of this evening aren't of great quality, but the concert is beautiful.
Laura performs in gallery Kampwegkerk in Doorn.
The Wim Egz Ensemble sings the Indian Requiem on 10 November 2013 in Amersfoort at a double concert with the Klein Amersfoorts Koor, titled Orfeus is een Indiaan. Here you'll find photos of the double concert.
The Wim Egz Ensemble sings the Indian Requiem.
Laura's choir, the Wim Egz Ensemble, find success with their concert in the Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten UCK at the Dom Square in Utrecht on 12 October. The choir sings seven motets by Palestrina and the premiere of the Indian Requiem by conductor Martin Rudolph. Here you'll find photos of that day.
The Wim Egz Ensemble sings the Indian Requiem.
In August Laura and I spend almost a fortnight in a tent in the Dordogne in France. Next we spend a few days at the Moselle, and Laura does a singing course of a week, led by Wiebke Göetjes in the Carmelite monastery Springiersbach in Germany. She performs on 23 August. Here you'll find the photos of our holiday in Summer 2013. In Google Photos you'll also find photos of a visit to the Musée des 24 Heures in Le Mans, and to the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse. Lastly, on 31 August Laura sang in the same monastery in Springiersbach in the opera Dialogues des Carmélites.
Laura near the tent.
In July I buy a recumbent bicycle, a second hand Challenge Focus Sport, built in 2000. To me it feels a lot better than my racing bike. I attain high speeds with hardly any effort and I return home without any pain.
Challenge Focus Sport recumbent bike.
Laura and I visit England with Michel at the end of April and the beginning of May. We spend six days in the New Forest and five days in London. Here you'll find a photo page as an overview of our holiday, and here you'll find some more photos. Here are also some photos of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu in Google Photos.
In the New Forest on Hawk, Coyote en Chiquito (photo by our hostess Charlie).
Laura sings with Zangstudio Hojotoho (Singing Studio Hojotoho) in the highlights of the opera "Dialogues of the Carmelites" by Poulenc, on 18 May in the Synagogue in Delft. Here you'll find photos of the two concerts.
Laura in "Dialogues of the Carmelites".
On 10 May we have a new garden, following the design of and with help from De Tuinmaker (garden maker) Lilian Verhaak. We are happy with the result. Here you'll find more photos of our garden.
Our new garden.
On 24 April, Laura and her piano reunite.
Laura's choir, the Wim Egz Ensemble, performs in the early morning of 24 February 2013 during a church service in the Grote Kerk in Harlingen. Here you'll find photos of the performance.
The Wim Egz Ensemble performs in the Grote Kerk in Harlingen.
Halfway through November 2012 Laura and I spend a weekend in the South of Limburg (from Sunday until Tuesday). We bike for a day on an electric bicycle (which is quite useful in the hills), and we even spend an afternoon in the sun outside a café. Here you'll find photos of our weekend in Limburg.
View from our hotel room.
Starting 1 November all gardens in the block get torn down and removed, because they are on the roof of the parking garage, which is leaking. In February everything should be ready, leaving us with a concrete container with soil to start a new garden in. Unless there will be frost or rain, because that will postpone the date of February. Here you'll find some photos of the progress of the work.
The photo on the left is our garden in Summer 2010. The photo on the right was taken 24 November 2012.
In August Laura and I spend almost a week at the Moselle and a few days in the Eifel. It's wonderful to dive into the river in the morning before breakfast. Here you'll find a page with more photos of this holiday.
View of the Moselle from our camping.
In July Laura and I spend a week in Italy. Together with seven others Laura takes singing lessons, resulting in a performance. In the daytime I travel around. Here you'll find photos of this holiday.
The reservoir Lago di Morasco.
On 22 and 23 June Laura performs with the Klein OperaKoor Wilhelminapark in the Stadsschouwburg (City Theatre) in Utrecht, singing and playing parts in Les Brigands by Jacques Offenbach. I take photos of the rehearsal and the performance.
Laura as one of the carabinieri during the performance of Les Brigands.
On 26 May Laura's new choir makes its debut, the Wim Egz Ensemble, in the Lutheran Church in Utrecht, singing Cherubini's Requiem and the premiere of Pater Noster by conductor Martin Rudolph. Here you'll find photos of that day.
The Wim Egz Ensemble takes a bow.
In April and May Laura and I spend two and a half weeks in Scotland. We are on Skye for a little over a week. It is wonderful. Here you'll find a page with photos and captions, and here a page with even more photos.
Sheep and a ruin in Scotland.
In the last days of March Laura and I visit Zeeland, one day in Middelburg and one day in other places. It is a sunny weekend. Here you'll find photos of this weekend.
A girl on the dike in Westkapelle.
In February 2012 Laura and I are in a luxurious hotel in Westerlee for a weekend. The hotel isn't satisfactory on all points, but the surroundings are bare and quieting. Here you'll find photos of our weekend.
A landscape in Westerlee.
In early November Laura and I visit Como, Italy, for three days. On 6 November in the Aula Magna Politecnico we watch a concert by David Jackson and Judge Smith and a choir and brass band and a rock band and soundbeam musicians, The House That Cried. It rains a lot but it doesn't spoil the fun we have. Here you'll find photos of this weekend.
David Jackson in Como, 6 November (The House That Cried).
Laura and I have a holiday in Italy for three weeks in July and August. We visit Venice, Petriano, Siena and Turin. For two weeks we rent an apartment in Petriano. Here you'll find a story with photos about that holiday, and here you'll find even more photos. There's also a collection of photos of the Lingotto building in Turin, the former Fiat factory, and a collection of photos of cars in the Automobile Museum of Turin.
A Delage from 1913 in the Museo dell'Automobile in Turin.
On Saturday 9 July Michel, Laura and I visit Orfest, a friendly and small festival with balfolk music in the backyard of the band Orfeo in Noordeloos. Here you'll find photos of Orfest 2011.
Laura at Orfest.
Friday 15 April Laura and I trade in our Citroën AX for a Citroën C3 Pluriel. The roof of the Pluriel can open, so that it reminds us (very vaguely) of a Citroën 2CV or Méhari. We enjoy it very much.
Our Citroën C3 Pluriel.
In the second week of April Laura and I are on holiday in Xhoffraix, in the Hautes Fagnes in Belgium. Here you'll find a story with pictures about this holiday.
Photo through sunglasses and through the windscreen of the car.
Laura sings two songs solo and one in a duet at a performance by the students of singing teacher Mirella Reiche on Sunday 20 March. Here you'll find photos from the event.
Laura and I spend Christmas and New Year's Day 2011 with three of our friends in a rented house in the Algarve, Portugal. For two weeks we escape from the snow. We walk and bike a lot. There's some rain, but we also get to enjoy the sunshine at the pool side. Here you'll find holiday photos, and here more photos from that forthnight.
Our house in the Algarve.
In the first weekend of September Laura and I visit England, to watch Judge Smith and John Ellis perform live at the Specially Dedicated Festival in Hall's Green. Here you'll find some photos from that weekend.
In July and August Laura and I are on holiday in Italy and France. We rest for a week in a hotel at Lake Garda, and during the second week we travel through France in the direction of home. Here you'll find a story with pictures about this holiday.
Laura and I in a mirror along the road.
In May my boss informs me that my temporary contract with the Freudenthal Institute as of October will be replaced by a regular contract. I am very pleased. Since December 2008 I worked four days a week, but from October on that will be three days again. It is a busy time, because in September the Freudenthal Institute will move. Here you'll find my job-homepage.
Logo of the Freudenthal Institute (Hans Freudenthal).
From Friday 14 until 21 May Laura and I have a holiday in Wissenkerke, in Zealand, a province in the South of the Netherlands. We walk, read and sleep a lot, as is usual on a holiday of ours. Here you'll find a story with pictures about this week.
Laura walks near Wissenkerke.
I have an operation on my nose on Friday 19 February 2010, to help me breathe in my sleep. My nose heals perfectly, but I am left with a throat full of ulcers and a lot of pain. Swallowing, talking and sleeping are particularly difficult. Only after about three weeks the pain starts to go away.
Painkillers and toilet paper.
In October 2009 Laura and I spend a small week in Bruges, Belgium. We walk a lot in the city, we have very good diners, and one day we bicycle in the surrounding Flemish country. Here you'll find a story with pictures about this week.
Bruges at sundown.
At the end of July and the beginning of August Laura and I travel to France, Andorra and Spain. We're impressed by the Pyrenees, and we enjoy Zaragoza. Here you'll find a story with pictures about this holiday.
Laura high up in the mountains in Andorra.
Laura and I visit Bergen, Norway, in May. We see the premiere of the songstory The Climber by Judge Smith, we're present at the recording of the CD en we have a holiday. Here you'll find photos with captions about our week in Bergen.
Michel, Laura, Bas and I visit Ireland at the end of March and the beginning of April 2009. We celebrate the coming of Spring and the two hundred and fiftiest birthday of Guinness. For a week we stay in a house in the West of the country. Here you'll find a story with pictures about our week in Ireland.
Four Guinness in the brewery, pulled only seconds earlier.
At the end of December 2008 Laura and I spend a week in Drenthe, in the North of the Netherlands. We rent a little house in Meppen, a beautiful, small village close to Emmen. Mainly we do nothing there. Here you'll find a number of pictures from that week.
Laura in Meppen.
Saturday 20 September I buy a new bike, my first in over six years. In the meantime I walked a lot, and I used Laura's second bike. It feels wonderful to have a new bike again. Translated from Dutch the bike is called a "granny's bike." It has drum brakes, three hub gears and a low, leather saddle.
My new bike, a "granny's bike" by Gazelle.
The first half of July we're on a holiday in England. Judge Smith invited us to his birthday-party, and we also go and see The New Forest, a large National Park in Hampshire where horses and donkeys and cows graze about freely, and Ashdown Forest, where among other things we visit a llama-park. Here you'll find an account of our holiday in England in 2008.
A foal and I (I'm wearing my Judge Smith T-shirt) in The New Forest.
As a marriage-present Laura gives me a digital single-lens reflex camera, that I get to choose myself. After a few months of searching and comparing I decide to buy a Pentax K 200 D, that we buy 9 June. The first day I take a total of 250 pictures in and around the house.
My camera and I.
Laura has her gallbladder removed surgically on 2 June. She had now and again suffered from severe belly-pains for a long time already. The operation goes wholly as planned, and the probable culprits, two large stones, come out. After having spent one night in the hospital she'll do the rest of the recovery at home.
At the end of April Laura and I have a week long holiday. We both are happy to leave our new house for a while and to not have to worry each day about the decoration. Which is coming along very well by the way, so we feel we've earned ourselves a holiday. We have rented a house along the river Moselle, in the village of Enkirch. Here you'll find some photos with captions about this holiday.
My wife on a bench in Enkirch.
Laura and ik marry Wednesday 26 March. The actual, administrative part of getting married is at a desk of a registrar (is that the correct word in English?), and is over in about ten minutes. After that we have lunch with the best man Bas, the maid of honour Gina and the photographer Michel. In the afternoon we have high tea with our families and best friends at De Colonie in Utrecht. In the evening Laura and I dine together. It is a nice day, and it is a joy to get to be married to Laura. Here is a page about our wedding.
On Saturday 1 March Laura and I each move to our new house. The following weeks we're busy unpacking boxes, putting everything in place and throwing things away. The floor is ready and so is the carpeting, but we're still waiting for the new kitchen and the last drops of paint. Somebody told us of a saying in English: "Two moves are as good as a fire." It has to be, because it all hardly fits in. But first we need to buy some cupboards.
On Monday 4 February 2008 Laura and I get offered a house to rent, after having been on the waiting-list for six-and-a-half years. At last we move in together, after so many years of carrying our stuff to and fro between both our houses. Too many times important stuff wasn't in the house we were in at that moment, and too many things we have two of now. It is a beautiful house, with a large living-room with an open kitchen and three bedrooms, on a beautiful location with lots of space and lots of green. There even is a terrace with a garden. We get the keys on Friday 8. There is however a lot of work that needs to be done, like painting, flooring, kitchening... You will find more information (in Dutch, but with pictures) at Laura's blog.
Rear view of our new house (photo by Laura).
At the end of November and the beginning of December 2007 Laura and I visit Judge Smith in England, to get to know eachother better and to talk about the appearance of his website. He appears to be just as friendly a man as we had imagined, or even more. We talk a lot, and he shows us around. Afterwards Laura and I spend a day in Brighton. The weather is very rainy, and driving on the left is an exciting experience.
October 18 Laura and I go and see Sleepytime Gorilla Museum perform again, once again in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. It's their second European tour, and they're rapidly becoming one of my favourite bands. In November we go and see them another time, in Amstelveen, at the final concert of their European tour. It's hard to categorise their music, but here I'll stick with a cross between heavy metal, theatre and improvised music.
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum in the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, 18 October 2007 (photographer unknown).
In August Judge Smith informs the yahoo-mailinglist that he is searching for a new webmaster for his sites, Judge Smith and Curly's Airships. Laura sends him an e-mail and gets hired. As of Thursday 6 September she is Judge's webmaster. We are both happy and proud. That same day Laura works for thirteen hours in a row.
In August Laura and I are on a two week holiday, to France and Italy. We return home via Switzerland. Here you'll find the story of our holiday 2007.
The new tent and I, at the banks of the river Loire in France.
In the first half of May Laura and I take a week long holiday. First we are in a camping in Luxemburg for a few days, but the rain won't stop so we decide to travel further south. We arrive in the east of Switzerland and spend the rest of the week in a remote hotel, the former health spa Val Sinestra. We both very much enjoy the mountains. Here you'll find some photos with captions.
Swiss perspective (a tree near the hotel).
Laura and I see Sleepytime Gorilla Museum perform during their first European tour, on 20 April in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, a very special occasion of which you'll find a review here.
The Donkey-Headed Adversary Of Humanity Opens The Book (SGM promotional material).
On 14 April in Paradiso in Amsterdam Laura and I again see Van der Graaf Generator perform. Although much less filled with emotions than two years ago (when they got together again for the first time in more than a quarter of a century), musically it was much more interesting than it was back then. Because of the saxophonist's departure the band had been forced to re-arrange their music intensively, which had always been one of the best aspects of concerts by Peter Hammill and Van der Graaf Generator.
In the beginning of January 2007 I am busy translating my website into English, which proves to be a lot of work. The number of links more than doubles, and they all need to be tested one by one. After this only the pages that now await completion need to be written (or just translated).
My website and I (13 January 2007) (photo by Laura).
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