Family Day 2009
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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.
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".
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.