Monday, May 13, 2013

Straight from the Grower & Great-Grandma's Birthplace!

13/5/2013

Bonjour mes amis!

Do you have a Farmer's Market in your town?  Where you can go buy fresh fruits and veggies straight from the Grower?  It's easy to find these markets here in France.  Every Saturday in Orléans, there's a Farmer's Market right down by the Loire River.  On Saturday, we went, and here's what we brought home...


Are you wondering what's there in the lower left corner?  That's White Asparagus, and this is the season for it here in France.  I've never heard of White Asparagus in the United States, but in France, the people here look forward to the Season, and buy it up quickly!

Here's a close up view...ready to be washed and cooked...


I'm not a big fan of Asparagus, but Dr. J really enjoys it.  The other unusual item we purchased were the Sweet Potatoes, but they are not typical Sweet Potatoes with an orange interior.  These ones are pure white inside, like chalk-white.  We haven't tried these yet, but the Grower assured us that they are sweet.  Dr. J is a huge fan of Sweet Potatoes as well.

Today, I want to take you back to The Netherlands, because I still have so much to show you there from our trip with Jewelius' Grandparents!

Such picturesque views when you are driving in The Netherlands.  Windmills pop up all over...


We stopped at a nice Harbor, too...


We had a nice laugh at this Sign...


Father and Son enjoying the day...



We loved the reflection of the Boats on the water...


Driving on, we observed a spectacular Sky...



And then, we arrived in Ulrum.  This was an important stop for us, because Dr. J's Father's Mother, was born here (Jewelius' Great-Grandma)...

***Editor's Note:  My children lovingly called this Great-Grandma,
Tic-Tac Grandma!
Every time we went to see her, or she came to see us, she brought each child their own little box of tic-tacs.  It's a very dear Memory for my children, as they knew her well, and now she's gone on to Heaven!


We figure that Great-Grandma was Baptized in one of these two Churches.  Although after digging into some of the History, we think perhaps it's the second one...

First...


Second...


There was a very kind Dutch Lady who unlocked this Church for us, so we could see inside.  She told us about the History of the Church!  Nel translated for us.  The History of this Church fit very well with the Christian Reformed Denomination we know (and were raised in) in the U.S.  We just loved hearing about the History of this Church, even right down to the details of the wealthy families who purchased their own pews with fancy wood-carving!



We took Generational Photos at both Churches, just to be safe...


This was just a short stop in Ulrum, but I snapped a couple of Village pictures on the way back to the car...


I thought this was a Sweet Welcome at the doorway of one of the homes...nothing more Dutch than Blue and White Delft Pottery, although I'm pretty sure these had to be "knock-offs" to be left right outside the front door...


Father and Son strolling in Ulrum...


In the Evening, we had a wonderful dinner together in Beesterzwaag with Cousin Nel and her Parents.  We really enjoy our time with them...very dear folks!


Well, I better close here for today.  I have to go and figure out how I'm going to cook those (chalk-white interior) Sweet Potatoes, and I might need to do a little Research online to find out about these unusual Potatoes.

See you tomorrow.
I hope you have a "Jewel" of a Day!
Jan

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