A serious case of love

My fourth book, A serious case of love is out in the Apple Books Store as digital download. It is the sequel to A taste of love, the first book with English poetry I wrote.

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All beautiful stories start with “Once upon a time” and this story is not any different except that it is written as poetry.

Once upon a time I lived in England and caught a serious case of love. And ever since then I never got rid of it or had the intention to.

Friendship and love are the ingredients for the poems and prose I have written in the 30 years from then and in this little book I let you taste some of it.

Van deze foto krijg ik nooit genoeg

Naar deze foto kan ik uren kijken. Ik doe het niet echt hoor, dat is niet nuttig maar na al die jaren ben ik ‘m nog niet zat.

Hier woonde ik ooit en ik waande mij de heer van het kasteel, ik had er de grootste kamers en het mooiste uitzicht. Het huis zelf, Old Hall of Little Plumstead, officieel Plumstead Hall, bestaat niet meer, het is afgebrand in 2016. Ik heb er een traantje om gelaten, zo intens verdrietig was dat.

Schön ist die Welt

On a perfect early Sunday evening where earlier my family was gathered in the house for a meal now scattered over four floors and Doris Day is singing with the most wonderful angelic voice ever heard on earth in perfect German Schön ist die Welt I am now sinking back in my armchair to reminisce about that same feeling years ago in another time and place so far away and yet I am in another castle of my own but for me it doesn’t matter as I am perfectly content and the world ís a beautiful place and I can close my eyes.

Time traveling

Many years ago I lived in England for a few years, I am sure I have told you all about it on many occasions. Even though I love my life in The Netherlands, the love of my life my wife, and my four children and all the friends I have here, I do long to be there at times.

I think it has to do with all these great memories I have of those good time I had as a young man, being in England, having friends around me there (just as I have them around me here nowadays) and not in the least the British food. Yes, there are times I wish I could just pop over for a pint or a proper English meal.

Christmas Traditions

Christmas in our house is and has always been a tradition of being together remembering the birth of Christ, going to church for Carols, reading about His birth in the Holy Bible, a Christmas Tree and and yes, an abundance of food too.

And after years without them another family tradition is back: playing Christmas records on the old record player which is fully restore now. We don’t question all these things, they are there and we all accept that it is like that and we like it that way.

Love over Gold

Love over GoldFrom the time when the heating went out in winter and we got snowed in and hills were hard to take with a pushbike.

When we had to choose between Home and Away and Coronation Street, and we were absolutely sure we had seen The Grey Lady and Castle Hill wasn’t hollowed out yet.

When we found time to go out together and drink a pint or two or more, when we lived high above the ground in a castle and had parties every weekend. And life was never dull.

We have something that others don’t have and it is friendship.