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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…

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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

And here’s an interesting road sign! It means “changed family situation”. An original way to publicize a recent addition to the family!

Goodness, I wasn't expecting such a display of colour on the last day of January!

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.

…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 pretty picture along the canal.

The clear winter’s morning light certainly makes for a beautiful picture along the canal.

Not too sure what this fascinating looking building is ...

Not too sure what this fascinating looking building is …

... but just a bit further, some major renovations are taking place on an ancient gateway.

… 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?

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?

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.

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.

9 replies »

  1. I do think you’ve succeeded in finding some unusual things along your walk Denzil. My favourite is the sign about the birth of a new baby. And I love the photo of the canal. It’s so different from how the countryside looked when we were there in September.

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