Friday, July 7, 2006

a crowning glory

"that vertical thingamabob," we asked the gentleman weeding his driehuizen
garden, "what is it called?"
(our new house - in broek op langedijk - has a perfect steeped gable, and we rather think that a typical north-holland embellishment would make it even lovelier, much to the chagrin of our children, who would prefer that we focus our attentions on buying a dishwasher.)
that's a "makelaar", he told us - in this case meaning, for some obscure reason, "the
honest division of possessions". builders, he explained, used signature spires,
representing either their own business, or symbolising the trade or profession of the
home owner himself. every curve, every angle, has a meaning.
we may need to do a bit of research.
i wonder if there's a finial for photobloggers?


  1. A Nikon on a stick.

  2. Yep, that is the correct thing to do with a Nikon: mount it and buy yourself a Canon :-)
    Just joking, I own one of both, BTW. Nice shots, Lynn, love the different viewpoints.

  3. Nice idea. Go Nikon! Of course I'd have to agree with your kids. One needs a dishwasher first and foremost.

  4. To me, that sounds like a noble addition to any house. We lack stuff with meaning like that these days. To heck with the dishwasher...washing and drying dishes by hand is a religious experience!

  5. Now, that is a nice challenge! Is there a finial for painters and/or writers? You may go for that.

  6. Lynn -- which Polaroid camera did these shots come from? I've never seen borders like that! very cool images...