Lost of sun energy and dinner with Astrid and Marjan

Friday August 4

During the day the solar panel reached a new record…

800pluswatts

As you can see from the Victron Venus readout we are getting 823 Watts ..free sun energy !!!!!

Late afternoon Astrid and Marjan came for tea and dinner, which was lovely.  One point which was brought up was the egg scare in Holland.  We found out that each egg had their unique code, showing what kind of egg is, and which company it comes from

eggs

 

1 means free range chickens

eggs
0 .                                      1                                     2                                 3

here is the article on egg codes in europe

 

Bribing works

Monday August 7

A nice sunny day. I got off the boat around 9:15 and walked with the bike to Bentvelzen. The wood wholesaler just across the marina, to buy the wood for the shoe closet, next to the new front closets.
When I asked how much it would cost how what kind of beer it would take, one of the guys quickly walked to the back and asked what I needed.  I explained the sizes and he looked to some left over wood, but none that would be able to cut properly to my sizes. So he grabbed a whole sheet ( 4 * 8 ) 122 * 244 CM , and quickly cut them to size.  It was decided I needed to bring a case of Amstel beer. And al the wood was only E 12.50 !  So bribing with beer works, just like the rules of acquisition tell us

Monday July 25

And rain appeared, the whole day, small drizzle clouds, sun so we had to lower the blinds, very short hard burst, dry, a 30 second drizzle.  Deb read and lounged below, while I tackled the 220V fuse box.  One problem was the fact that I wanted both the diesel heating and the electric heat be able to turned on and off by a switch, brought some extra work with installing conduit and pulling cables. And I made the mistake of thinking the switches should be with the main switch panel on the steering console.   But installing these next to the fuse box, greatly made things easier.  I just had to run the hot line to the switches, then the 2 black (schakel lijn) back to the fuse box and directly out with the yellow/green (earth) and the blue (null) to the engine room.

Later Ron came, because the hot water was not producing, after a minute or so looking around he saw that the plug for the circulation pump was not fully in.  Once he did so the heat came on, we had unlimited hot water ( limited by the fresh water tank).  The radiators became blazing hot, so I had Ron show me how to turn the water temperature down from 90C to 60 C . ( push black button and turn ).  We can put it up higher when it really gets cold.
Feeling the radiotors, we found some cold spots, which means the air has to be evacuated . (ontluchten), so I am waiting for a correct key from Ron.  It could mean we have to swap the temperature setting and the air vent when he puts anti freeze in the radiators, before it gets cold.

The hot air unit also started giving heat, and it was very quiet.

Unfortunately even with the temperature turned down the radiators and and hot air unit kept giving off heat, so I just switched all off and will wait for Ron again.

Then we needed a break plus grocery shopping, but can we do grocery shopping without a good pint of beer ?…..NO…so we first stopped at the little square, ordered beer and bitterballen.

 

foto bitterballen

It was funny on the terrace, a crow kept walking around, jumping from table to table and chair to chair as if he was either the owner, or the manager, picking up bits and pieces.  He did not wanted to be photographed.   ( must have something in his past he does not want us to know about )

 

After unloading the groceries we drove to Uitgeest to meet with Daniel, and to have Deb look at the new pilot house.  Oving1 was moored in the middle of the Alkmaarder plassen and as soon as Daniel saw us he picked us up with Oving1.  While he was underway, some kids kicked too hard and their ball went into the water.  The wind was blowing it away from them, but there came BIG old Oving1 and Danile maneuvered Oving1 back and forth until he pushed the ball closer to shore and he could pick up the ball.  He dropped his spud poles and was set.

 

 

Sunday July 23

A quiet day, basically a resting day, lounging, sleeping, a bite, more sleep, did some cleaning up wiring at the inverters.

Picture of the cable mess

Installed a outlet which is connected to the shore power, so if the inverter would give troubles, it could be bypassed with a cable.  Since the power has to be the correct polarity, I marked the plug with a yellow paint dot.  The plug was a plug where the cord comes from the side so basically a one way fit.  Then later I learned from Daniel, that i should have used the shore power connectors, aaargh…so I am not going to install the output of the inverter the same way.

Cleaned the top of the boat.

 

 

 

We are going to watch people walk ?????

Friday July 21st

Yes we do at “walk of the world’    uhhmmm how much fun will that be.    Yes we went to Nijmegen to watch the walkers of the 4 day walking event on their last day.  The 4 daagse is the largest walking event in the world and thus can claim “walk of the world” in 2016 47,000 + entered this event.

 

planning

Late at night Marius and I ( and Hertog Jan) looked to the map to see what the best route would be.

 

route

So we took an early breakfast at Marius and Wilma in Venlo and drove of toward Cuyk, to see the marcher cross the pontoon bridge over the river Maas.  Each year the armed forces put this bridge across the Maas, blocking all commercial ( and recreational ) water traffic.  We had to take a few back roads, some barely wider than the little Fiat 500 we drove but we managed to get very close, thanks to following two police cars.  We were directed to some field parking and walked to the pontoon.  From afar we already heard the music from the different DJ’s and the cheering and clapping of the viewers.  it brought back good memories of the 4 times I did this march myself in the late 70’s beginning 80’s

first

 

Each year the Dutch Army puts a pontoon bridge over the Maas river, where usually the Ferry takes people across, but with  close to 50,000 crossing it would take days.  The bridge is quite impressive.

The scene early in the morning

Walking over the bridge deb got more and more in the mood on the other side we waited a bit and saw how the DJ was pumping energy into the walkers,  The military troops started slowly also being among the group,  A Swiss unit looked knackered, but the DJ started teasing them on with clapping, and there was the First Swiss , and within a few meters they were all clapping with big swings, and taking in the positive energy.

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The Swiss group here being given energy by the DJ

Many people were dressed up, we had Captain Sparrow walking by, bowing and waving his hat.  It was the pirates 5th time doing the March.

choir

The choir singing old dutch songs in Cuyk, Brabant

36

Person wearing a 36 on their head, celebrating their 35th time doing this walk

curacao

A walker from the Caribbean island Curacao ( which used to be a Dutch colony)

Waling back to the Limburg side ( East side ) of the Maas, Deb got caught in doing the Macarena with the walkers right before the pontoon bridge.

 

 

batman2

 

 

As you see even Batman came out of his dark cave to help the Dutch Military.

 

 

 

 

italy
Are these really Italian troops resting..I see no wine ?

 

danish_unifil

on_the_road_againPicture Danish Unifil Veterans

And off  they go, the last stretch, but then the last kilometers you are seeing crowds ticker than here, you are being aided by the music of the marching bands,  blisters….yes I have them but I don’t feel them, Muscle cramps,  I am not going to let it show is the attitude then

An Unexpected Journey on the Jan-Kees

In the initial days of my arrival in Holland, there had been talk of installation of a railing on the deck of the Jan-Kees. Last week, Daniel welded on, bases for the stanchions. Conversation then shifted to finishing up the work on his boat because he had the equipment there. Little did ai know that this would involve actually barging from Zaandam to Uitgeest.


I am a total newcomer to barging hence the simplistic Maps view of the two points we were to be traveling from and to. Nothing more was said until Tuesday, July 12th when Daniel arrived at the appointed time and we cast off the Jan-Kees from the docks.


And moved through the locks with barely two inches to spare under the bridge…



And we were off.. Were we/I actually barging? 


We actually were…