Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary
Today I set myself a challenge. I decided to go on an ordinary Saturday morning walk in my very ordinary neighbourhood, in search of the extraordinary. So I worked out a 13 km route, took the bus to Wespelaar, and walked back home, in search of the unusual.
Did I succeed? Judge for yourself…
Well, my quest got off to a good start; a traffic policeman certainly makes an unusual sight in a garden. The gnome doesn’t look too happy to have been ousted from his usual prominent position.
And here’s an interesting road sign! It means “changed family situation”. An original way to publicize a recent addition to the family!
Another surprising sight: I wasn’t expecting such a display of colour on the last day of January!
…especially when temperatures have been dropping below freezing point, and today in particular is exceedingly cold.
The clear winter’s morning light certainly makes for a beautiful picture along the canal.
Not too sure what this fascinating looking building is …
… but just a bit further, some major renovations are taking place on an ancient gateway.
Now this is unusual. A incredibly narrow plot of ground for sale, advertised for construction. What might someone construct on such a small strip of land? A toilet? A cycle shed? A dog kennel?
And finally, what could this be?
It’s one of 235 machine gun pillboxes built during the Second World War in a line from Antwerp to Waver.
So how did I do?
Here’s a map of the route, if you’re interested.