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Day Four: Moving Camp

Travelling from Hengelo to Steenderen

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With Jos more rested it was time to move on. We did our first real pack IN the camper, trying to make sure everything had a secure home. We weren’t travelling far but still we didn’t want things tipping over etc. It was a lovely sunny day, inviting walking or biking.

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30 minutes later we were in Landlust, our next camp. No one around to check in with so we picked a spot handy to the toilets etc and set up the camper. We ate our brood, feeling very satisfied with our morning’s efforts and the new site. The sunny day was calling and Jos had seen something about the smallest ‘city’ near by so we climbed on our bikes and rode off to find Bronkhorst.

I was totally charmed and Jos was unexpectedly surprised at what we found. It was a Sunday and there were several different buildings around the village that were marked out for visitors to check out. The first we saw was the last on the list; trust us to go backwards.

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It was a gallery selling sculpture from stone and wood made in Zimbabwe. The owner apparently visited Zimbabwe regularly and bought from the local or sold on behalf of here in NL. It was beautiful and elegant work.

Next we discovered an old barn that had been turned into a candlemakers.
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It had all sorts of Xmas ‘natural’ decorations and pieces for your home to look more homely. Lovely cashmere rugs and shawls not to mention various styles of candle lanterns. I was in my element wandering around and would happily have bought half the shop but we were on the bikes so instead I bought a wooden and shell star and a special Angel candle windmill.

We walked to the site of an old castle destroyed in 12th century. There was a model of it in the clearing of the bos.

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The story was told on metal plates on the top of the fence posts beginning in 600. We had a drink - hot chocolate milk for me and coffee for Jos - at the local hotel. Christmas lights are starting to be put up and walking through the small cobbled streets gave a feeling of another life being lived here. Altogether it was a really lovely couple of hours we spent exploring the town.

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Of course, the sun was setting as we biked back. Unfortunately we inadvertently left Jos’s front bike light behind but it was not a busy bike path and my light did it more or less for us both. The perfect end to a perfect day. And then we went back to our little mobile home and ordered a meal from a local restaurant that agreed to bring meals to campers. It was delicious dutch cuisine. Stamppot with boerenkool and beef stove pot. With the bread and salad accompanying it we decided that one meal was enough and we left the Stamppot for the next day. Sooooo lekker.

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