We have new shirts.
From now on we’ll be having shirts with the logo’s of our beers too.
But off course this one is extra special.
Longsleeves. Green colour.
There is just 1!
It’s hanging on a fence at Koningshoeve. Trappistbrewery close to Tilburg.
Also known under the name La Trappe.
We had to do a tasting. 5 Dutch & 5 Belgian triples.
Holland vs Begium.
De Zatte just didn’t make it to that competition.
The Belgians won.
But this was the only triple-shirt at the competition.
Fresh hops. Out of my garden.
I harvested them the day before yesterday.
There was some harvesting going on in Poperinge too, last week.
We were watching it, alongside the street.
We found some hopflowers next to where we were standing.
Eat it, Bob said.
So I did.
Everything was hops, the rest of the day.
This is the warming room by the way. It’s 28 degrees there.
The hops must be dried. So we can use it as decoration in our pub.
Was sent via mail. The old version of it.
Some guys working at the bottling line of Red Hook.
& Because I started doing the things I had to do I thought it was nice to show the place I’m always thinking about when I’m in a hurry.
This is the last stop before leaving home.
Lots of people will never know where this is being photographed. They will just never be at the place where I stood at that moment.
& If they do, they still won’t be aware of it.
That’s fascinating I think.
You see some stones. Put together. Moss and dead leaves.
I was there. A few days ago. At the backside of the St. Sixtus-abbey, where I bought some Westvleteren 12.
People can pray here. This place is devoted to Maria & her 7 sorrows. There are a few benches to sit on, so one can prey.
The monks themselves can sit behind a fence. One small bench there.
I walked around freely & took some photographs.
I could have named this one ‘Stairs 2’ also.
But the pictures are not only about the surroundings.
2001 Was the 2nd time I joined the staff of the Kent Beerfestival.
But I can’t remember exactly what was special about it.
That I decided to make a holiday out of it. I stayed longer, walked the North Downs Way.
Did I also join the Great British Beer Festival? Or was that the year after?
I know I was scared. Didn’t know what to do when I would get homesick.
It was awful to be on an island where you’re depending on the date your returnticket is valid.
It was a great holiday though.
Most of the time people don’t understand the combination of those 2 different feelings.
Or should I say Zelco?
I trie to pronounce the ‘h’ a little bit. Together with the ‘z’, where his name starts with.
I probably pronounce his name the wrong way. But at least I trie hard.
Each time I’m trying to think about the possible right pronounciation.
It was Zhelko who gave me this T.
& I thank him for that. It’s a nice one.
Backside: ‘Save the planet, drink organic.’
Arrived home yesterday evening.
Unpacked everything. My house a mess.
During the short holiday Mary asked me how my house was doing.
I answered: a mess.
It’s even worse now.
This T I didn’t want to have. It wasn’t looking good.
I bought it a the auction of the Kent Beerfestival, the last evening, festival staff only.
My money went to a good cause. The T to me.
I will be leaving tomorrow. Poperinge it’ll be.
That’s close to Westvleteren. Close to Vleteren also. Where they make Antiek.
I’m pretty sure that we’re gonna visit the 1st brewery. 2 Crates are waiting for us.
Maybe we’ll visit the Deca brewery also. In Vleteren.
But that depends. If my American friends are experienced enough riding their bikes we will go there.
So people have to wait several days for the next T.
We won’t have wifi in Poperinge, you see.
Her breasts are hanging at my back.
I don’t bother about it too much.
But it’s a pity that people, when they see me standing behind the counter of the shop, have to look at the logo of the Winthrop Brewery.
They could have seen so much more.
This is 1 of those T’s everybody wanted to have.
I was glad I collected it in the UK. At a beerfestival.
I knew it would be difficult for other people to arrive at such a happening.
I don’t like to wear the same clothes as other people do.
Especially when it’s the same T.
There was 1 guy who managed to get it.
I won’t serve him beer when he’s wearing the same T today.