Buitenplaats Reidehoeve


In de vakanties is  Laura aan boord van de "Stern", het vrachtschip van haar ouders. Het schip ligt in Delfzijl houtsnippers te lossen. Een mobiele kraan haalt de lading uit het ruim dus papa kan het lossen wel alleen aan. Iets buiten Termunten bevindt zich de Buitenplaats Reidehoeve en mama besluit om er op de fiets met de kinderen heen te gaan. Genietend van het mooie weer fietsen ze langs de geluidswal die boordevol vrolijke  klaprozen  staat. Op de dijk worden ze nagekeken door nieuwsgierige lammetjes.Na een klein uur fietsen komen ze bij het bezoekerscentrum aan en gaan te voet verder langs het wandelpad door de Breebaartpolder. "Kijk mama, daar zit een blauw vogeltje" wijst Laura. "Dat is een blauwborst", weet mama, "dat heb jij goed gezien hoor! "Zo lopen ze gezellig met hun drietjes verder richting de zeedijk.





Dit verhaal past in de 140 woorden uitdaging Zeester van Frutselenindemarge en de  zomer schrijfuitdaging van Hans van Gemert



Het leven op een binnenvaartschip brengt mij op veel plekken. In mijn vrije tijd vind ik het heerlijk om met mijn camera de natuur in te trekken en me te laten verrassen door wat op mijn pad komt. Wil je reageren of zelf ook gaan bloggen? Log hier in en meld je aan!


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My friend is a woman
My friend is a woman - How I, as a straight woman, try to deal with my friend's transition from man to woman.“I want to be a woman.” - These words are still engraved in my memory as if he uttered them yesterday. In reality, he told me them at the end of last year, somewhere early October 2019. I fell from the sky. Of course I already knew that my friend was not a cliché machoman, and let that be exactly what attracts me so much about him. He is also autistic, because of which he can not always name his feelings and emotions, this is called “alexithymia.” We've been together for almost four and a half years now, and in the meantime, you know a thing or two about each other. For example, he told me that he used to wear dresses of his sisters for fun.Not a big deal, you might think. My mother had shortened and taken one of my father's overalls so I could walk through the mud with overalls and rubber boots and play farmer. However, what my friend never told me is how he felt when wearing those dresses, because he could never explain his emotions. Now this is still difficult for him, but with the help of a psychologist and sexologist, he slowly but surely comes out. He felt “right “when he wore those dresses, like he had to wear those dresses, and he always would. But he was born a man and his parents always raised him like that. My friend has a mustache, a beard, broad shoulders and a heavy voice. Nothing about him has ever made me - or anyone around me - suspect he's transgender.First appointment with the sexologist. - On October 14, he had his first appointment with a sexologist attached to a hospital in our region. That was a very difficult day for me, because my head told me he'd come back from the hospital as a woman. No, no, no. His sexologist helps him to (re) discover his orientation, his gender and who he wants to be. The appointments were supposed to come monthly. My friend has a counselor who helps him because he's autistic, and she's been with him once to the sexologist. I haven't dared to do it so far. After his penultimate appointment with the sexologist, he comes home and says, “I can start hormone therapy, it's really going to happen!” I can tell you that I felt terrified that day, and I had one panic attack after another and systematically hid it all from my friend. To this day, I still have panic attacks, although thanks to my new antidepressants, these are a lot less frequent.To the endocrinologist. - At some point, my friend's autism supervisor is sitting with us, and she says to him, “Oh yes, I have mapped out our train and bus routes to get to Mortsel”. I fell all the way from the sky. When I asked why they went to Mortsel and when, the counselor looked at me amazed. She thought I knew they were going to Mortsel together. No, no. Apparently, there's an endocrinologist. I had NEVER heard the word in my life, but apparently this is also called a 'hormone doctor', who is very concerned with diabetic patients, but also with people with hormone problems or, in this case, transgender. My throat was kind of pinched. Hormones already? A thousand and one questions popped my head in, and most of them are still there.The first hormone pill. - Yesterday it was then time: he was allowed to pick up the prescription for his hormones from the GP. He then did this and he immediately went to get the medication from the pharmacist. Yesterday he also immediately took his first two doses. I am terrified. Realistically, I know that no changes will be noticeable for the time being, but they will actually be there. For him, of course, it was great. He loves this whole process, he will finally become who he wants to be and he hopes to finally be truly happy. And I'll give him that. How hard I give him that.- Oh, my... But what about me? - I am straight. Of course, I can greatly appreciate the beauty of some women (who not?) , but I'm not attracted to women. My friend keeps telling me that he will not change much, but how can the transformation from man to woman be called “not much” now? What's going on with our relationship? I love my friend, but I really love it, and now I feel like I'm grieving. Because soon “my friend “will be gone. Then there's a woman in its place. He's not out of the closet with my parents, who are actually his parents, since his real parents have never been parents to him (are you still following?) , and plans to do this through a letter, because that way he can get out of his words more easily, and he can't tell them face-to-face, afraid of their reactions. He already wrote that letter, and I already read it. When he plans to send these to my parents, I don't know. But I'm also afraid of my parents' reaction. I'm afraid of everything right now. - This is the beginning of what is likely to become a long series. With this I give you a broader insight into my life at Yoo.rs, which is currently completely upside down. #transgender #holebi #hetero #lgbtq #persoonlijk
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Black and
I thought I'd try something else. During a winter walk I took pictures of some of which I shot right in mono (black and white) this has one disadvantage. You can't put them back in color. On the screen of my camera it looked pretty good. At home on the iPad I was even happy, okay there were also some I thought.... mwah 🥴 Here an overview of the black and white photos All made at the VlaardingSevaart. #blackwhite #photography #winter #zwartWitphotography