I joined the "24 Hours of Flickr" group and set out to shoot a photo journal of my day on 5 May 2007. It was a rather ordinary Saturday. No special appointments.
After the usual getting up and dressed stuff I went on my shopping bike to the supermarket and my favourite bakers for a few breakfast supplies.
In the Netherlands 5th of May is the day on which liberation from the German occupation at the end of the Second World War is celebrated. So there were national flags hanging out on some houses. On 4th May the dead of that and other wars are remembered. So there were some flowers at the village war memorial. This part of The Netherlands was liberated in September 1944 as US and British troops fought their way north in operation Market Garden. Two soldiers died in Nuenen and there are war graves in nearby villages where many more a buried.
Home from the bakers I settled down to my ritual Saturday breakfast of a large cup of coffee and French style baguette with a generous layer of butter and marmalade accompanied by the morning newspaper.
Much of the day was occupied by shopping and other jobs. First I had to take some stuff to the town refuse collection site. We sort our rubbish to quite a large number of categories. Some types of stuff are collected regularly but plastic bottles and Tetra packs have to be kept separate but are not collected. While at the collection site I took some shots of the various containers in which rubbish is collected for treatment.
On the road home the level crossing on the railway line was closed. This line runs east west between the German industrial area in the Ruhr and the port of Rotterdam. The rail freight traffic seems to have been growing since the tracks were opened to commercial carriers.
After a visit to the hairdressers I did the major weekly load of shopping at the supermarket. There was a crew outside promoting the "NRC Handelsblad" daily newspaper. We already have a subscription, but I had an interesting discussion about the market strategies of the daily papers in a market that is declining.
Next was a visit to the garden centre to pick up a hanging fuchsia for Evelyn and a little purple plant for the garden table. It is amazing how fast stuff is growing in the garden at present despite weeks without rain.
At the end of the day some one found the World Snooker Championships 2007 on BBC TV. Years ago the kids were addicted to them and spent intense days following the matches. We landed on a very exciting semi-final where a seeded player, Shaun Murphy, was beaten in a very tense match by Mark Selby who had come right up from the qualifying rounds.
So that was my 24 Hours of Flickr. Somehow I am supposed to select one of these shots that typifies my day for submission to the group.