Friday, 27 February 2009

St. Egidien

Yesterdaymorning, during a bussiness trip to the building site in St. Egidien, Germany, I noticed this battered old construction workers cabin.Gisterenmorgen, naast de Knauf bouwplaats in St. Egidien (tussen Leipzig en Dresden), een oude roestige bouwkeet.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Carnaval in Maastricht

Afgelopen zondag, de carnavalsoptocht in Maastricht. De sambaband Passotempo. Last sunday: the sambaband Passotempo in the streets of Maastricht: a little brazilian sunshine in Limburg. See also the article I wrote for the urban sketchers: http://www.urbansketchers.com/2009/02/carnaval-in-maastricht.html

Kowrenne

De Föhners, kow H, de prins en de lelijke beker voor de 1e prijs.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Kowrenne 2009

Gisteravond op de Mèrt va Gebrook, het Kowrenne!
Dit jaar was ons thema "Delfts Kow".
En ja hoor, het is weer gelukt, de eerste prijs voor de snelste koe van Hoensbroek! De 9e prijs in 12 jaar, een mooi resulaat. En ook de felicitaties voor Kow B met de fantastische "Moskow"!
Yes, we won the Cowrunning game in Hoensbroek again.
It's a local tradition, as part of carnaval, to have a running contest on the market of Hoensbroek. Eight local groups each make a wood&paper cow, dress it up in some theme (our theme this year was "Delft cow") and try for the big PRIZE: eternal glory. One sketch shows building the cow in the garage of Franck, one of our group. The other the race itself.
And our "kow H" performed well: we won 2 out of 3 runs.
So I shout loud:
I'm proud to be the fastest cow around!
More pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/Rene.Fijten/Kowrenne2009?authkey=u-nCmJUvqas
Other years: see the link "kowrenne"at the right.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Handen

The hands of my late father in law, Ben Abbink. I drew this shortly before the coffin was closed.
These long tall hands built a family; they played the accordeon, they painted watercolours, they helped, they punished, they guided. They performed magic.
The funeral was yesterday.
De lange smalle handen van mijn schoonvader, getekend vlak voordat de kist werd gesloten. Gisteren hebben wij hem uitgeleide gedaan.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Ben Abbink †

Gisteren overleed in het ziekenhuis van Heerlen, op 88 jarige leeftijd, mijn schoonvader Ben Abbink. Yesterday my father-in-law died at the age of 88 in the hospital of Heerlen. May he rest in peace.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Peleosso

The imaginairy city of Peleosso revisited. Op weg naar de imaginaire stad Peleosso. Zie ook http://renefijten.blogspot.com/2008/11/peleosso.html

Sunday, 1 February 2009

La viande chevaline

A butcher at work in the same foodmarket in Tarbes. Horsemeat. Slager aan het werk in de overdekte markt van Tarbes. Paardenvlees.

Tarbes, last week

Back to Tarbes, South of France. Before breakfast I visited the foodmarket in a multistory parkinghouse, just a block away from the hotel. It was 7 o'clock in the morning and the owner was arranging fruit and vegetables in his stall. They were very curious at what I was drawing.
Groentestal in de overdekte markt in Tarbes, vorige week, vlak voor het ontbijt. De man was bezig zijn vers aangevoerde producten uit te stallen.