Family Day 2009

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The gold panning set-up

Every year my family organises a Family Day around the 17th of June, the Wedding Day of my grandparents. The idea is that every year it is organised by someone different and this year was my sister's turn (with her husband and son). They decided that normally it starts way too early so this time we were expected to turn up at the very decent time of 11.30am. It was held at Bospaviljoen De Dwaler and Doolhofpark Bakkeveen. (The website is terrible but it gives an impression anyway.)

The day started off with coffee or tea, and chatting and catching up of course. My family is not very big, only 25 people including kids, so we had plenty of opportunity to talk to everyone. At noon we had lunch which consisted of two types of soup, breadrolls, kroketten (typical Dutch "delicacy") and cold meats and cheese.

Panning for gold
After that we had the opportunity to wander through any (or all) of three mazes and try out all the playground equipement. The mazes are not very difficult or large so fine for kids to wander around on their own too.

Then the kids panned for gold, there were several troughs of water in which there was sand and small stones, including gold painted ones. The children got a colander (sieve) to find the gold, and when they took their findings in to the bar they received a small present. In case you ever go here to do this: it is definitely a good idea to bring spare clothes and rubber boots as you do get quite wet!

After sitting around for a while longer while the weather changed about every ten minutes, we finally got the impression it had cleared up for the rest of the day and we decided to go "Klootschieten".

One of the mazes as seen from the top
This is also a very typical activity in parts of The Netherlands where you basically throw a big wooden ball (kloot) along the side of the road for a couple of kilometers. You form teams and the teams play against each other and the objective is to do the course in as few throws as possible, and not to loose your balls! We had five teams and my team came second, not too badly done I thought! One team did loose their ball but they found a tennis ball in the forest so they finished playing with that...

After all this exercise it was back to having a few drinks and chatting, and finally my cousin decided to show up with his girlfriend and their son. We then had a barbecue which was really good, had some more fun in the sun and called it a day around 7pm.

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The gold panning set-up
The gold panning set-up
Panning for gold
Panning for gold
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Looking for our ball
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