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Nieske van der Heijde

Inham and uitham

One of my children had, during childhood, sometimes questions about language of great importance to him. If unanswered he kept repeating them, over and over again, like:” if inham (cove) exists does uitham (tongue of land) also exist, and if it doesn’t exist, why not?”

De Boormossel

My dad had a had a large leather toolbox he called de Boormossel (Stone borer). That name was a hint of his sense of humour: the toolbox contained amongst other tools his electric drill (boor) hence Boormossel.


One morning, somewhere on holiday, my partner and I woke up. I wanted to use the little bathroom first, so I asked him if I could use the bathroom first, or if he wanted to go first. It was an…

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I always enjoy our garden. It gives me joy, and sometimes amazement. Amazement because this month there are small yellow flowers that I never have seen in the garden before. A splash of colour in the garden, which is at this time of year still barren and dull.

Count your blessings

I come stumbling back from the bakery with a lot of bread in my bags. I see myself walking in my mind, moving irregularly, dragging along my left side. That’s rotten, yes, but there are people doing worse than me,…