Ah dear readers, if there are any left, forgive my long hiatus! To be honest, I’ve stayed away because of a desire to hibernate a bit in addition to the fact that I really have not had access to internet on any consistent basis since the end of May! I will spend a few days playing catch up on some fun and interesting things that have happened over the past couple of months, then hopefully I can share a little bit about what it has been like to come home. . .whatever that means, right? So, first up, I just have to share about what we did on our anniversary back on June 30th:
So, what do you get when you combine a beautiful national park, free bicycles (with baby seats!) and a world-class art museum? A VERY happy Emily! The Kröller-Müller Museum in Holland (and yes, it’s just as much fun to say as you might think) is one woman’s collection housed in a museum right in the middle of a huge park with bike trails and very unusual landscapes for the Netherlands. Our dear friend Kara had been before and drove us, along with another friend Meg, one Thursday (free day for L’Abri students) which also happened to be our 4th wedding anniversary. We parked at the edge of the park, grabbed some of the free bikes, and rode around till we reached the museum.
Once at the museum, we took in the sights which included an incredible collection of Van Gogh’s–famous ones like Cafe in Paris at Night, and some very early ones, arranged beautifully to show a progression of his style (plus I learned the proper pronunciation of his name, which is neither Van Go nor Van Goff, but it’s impossible to spell out the guttural sound that is correct!) Also in the museum were some great Mondrians next to some members of De Stijl (like Theo Van Doesberg); a few cubist masterpieces with Braque, Gris and Picasso juxtaposed nicely with some lesser known artists; some old masters like Vermeer; and a temporary exhibition of one contemporary artist whose work was interesting but I could personally take or leave it. So this art geek was happy! There was also a sculpture park, around which we wandered (with the complimentary stroller) to try and get Everett to sleep–he loved the bike ride, got a little restless in the museum–and then met back up with Kara and Meg inside for a coffee.
We stopped for pannekoeken–Dutch pancakes that come in all manner of sweet and savory varieties–and beer on our way home, which was a perfect end to a pretty much perfect day.