Yachts in their harbour berths.
Interior of a quay-side resident's cottage kitchen, with a backsplash of antique Delft tiles and checkerboard tiles lining the soapstone sink.
Antique Dutch porcelain and enamel canisters.
In our Dutch kitchen: ripe cherry tomatoes on a handpainted Italian pottery platter.
Dark clouds have rolled in and we are anticipating a thunderstorm to help relieve the heat and high humidity that's made it difficult to sleep for the past week. I'm also trying to meet some deadlines - back soon with a "proper" post. Hope you have some nice weekend plans!
P.S. As an American, I never thought I'd see such irony. This week, newspaper headlines around the world proclaimed that the US attorney general assured the Russian president that it "wouldn't seek the death penalty or torture" Edward Snowden." It appears that few governments give credence to such broad statements, particularly after 1) treatment of Bradley Manning while in custody and 2) the major diplomatic furore over US insistence that European Union countries divert and search the Bolivian president's plane from Moscow, simply because of a rumour that Snowden was on board (he wasn't).
Meanwhile, critics of the NSA's widespread surveillance program will testify before Congress.
As for the American president, his campaign promises to protect whistleblowers have been scrubbed from the web. Deeply disappointing.