One of the funny ànd practical habits in Holland I find the wooden boards with birth announcements of a newborn baby, placed in front of the house. You find them everywhere, in all kinds of shapes and forms: modest, hilarous, colorful, pragmatic and subdued.
Often the name of the newborn is mentioned on the board and the colors pink or blue make clear which gender the new family member has.
When the happy home has a front garden, you find the stick with board planted between the rosebushes.
Summers in The Netherlands are as changeable as all other seasons .. ‘het kan vriezen en het kan dooien‘ is what the Dutch say .. ‘it can be freezing cold and it can thaw’, meaning one never knows what will happen next .. the weather could change any time.
However, in summertime usually one will be able to enjoy warm or even blazing hot times .. and then a dive in the water will be great .. even more so in the sea!
There are a lot of nice beaches and dunes sceneries along the Dutch coasts .. some full of aquatics entertainment and beach cafés, restaurants and divertissement places .. others quiet and still for people who like to walk and bike, only accompanied by the relaxing sounds of the sea, the wind and the birds ..
And don’t forget the Wadden Islands with their huge, empty, rough and superb beaches and dunes areas .. they are gorgeous too!
So here some links to sites with more info about the Dutch beaches .. and BTW .. once you’ve discovered those beautiful places, then you might (as me) go back in other seasons too .. I do love those typical Dutch dunes and beaches in autum, winter and spring as well .. and I could assure you .. each season has its own enchantment!
Did you see Dutch flags hanging out of windows everywhere in town? Did you notice the bags and rucksacks sweeping with them?
In those houses families are happily celebrating the graduation of their kids. With pride they show to everyone the joy (and maybe also the relief 🙂) of the great occasion that their youngsters, who have been sweating in the past weeks over the exams of their secondary schools, have managed to pass the exams successfully.
A fine and fun way to express your happiness and share your joy with the community.
I wish all of the graduates many congrats and a great start in their follow up study and career 🙂 !