Hunting tiles is hungry business so we stopped in to have lunch at 't Oelnbret in Dalen. We discovered this restaurant when we went up to the tile warehouse a couple of months ago and just loved it. Since the weather was just right, we sat outside on the terrace and had our lunch. I had a 'boerensalade' (farmer's salad) and a glass of rosé wine. Now I do not like rosé wine but last time we went to the restaurant, the owner gave me a glass of it to try as she said I don't like it because I have not had a really good one yet. It was so good that I ordered a glass this time when we had our lunch. It is called Whispering Angel. Jos had a wheat beer and homemade tuna salad sandwich. The garden was planted with many of the old fashioned Dutch plants like dahlias so we really enjoyed sitting here.
Autumn is starting to show through right now in little ways. The heather is starting to bloom which always tells me autumn in blowing our way. What is more typical Dutch countryside than a windmill? This one dates back to only 1902 which means it is not even that old but really stood out against the blue skies dotted with light and fluffy clouds.
The corn is standing high in the fields but will be harvested soon. All through this drive, we saw farmers rushing to harvest their hay from the fields. There was rain predicted for the next day.
After buying some new potatoes at a local farm, we came across these guinea fowl wandering around on the road. They took their good old time crossing the road.
See the grass drying in the field ready to be bailed up for winter feed for the cows?
We stopped in a garden nursery in the village of Noord Sleen and I bought this dish. It is a concrete dish made using a rhubarb leaf as a form. The woman who owns the nursery said her daughter makes them each spring and they sell them in the autumn. The reddish color in the middle is actually from the red in a rhubarb leaf.
They allow you to pick pumpkins for in the dish. I got all green and white pumpkins and gourds for mine. I will wait until September to buy any orange ones but loved this look together. When autumn is passed, the dish can be used as a bird bath.
Our cool and grey days are also echoing autumn.