||At the edge of the
grounds, just where the town of Apeldoorn and the palace grounds meet,
there is this monument, erected by the town for the royal family to
celebrate Queen Wilhelmina's marriage and, rather curiously I think, to
thank her parents for her existence.
Up till that moment I had thought it was a monument to celebrate the
Canadians freeing Apeldoorn from German Occupation, so thanks to this
RV experiment I've learned something about my hometown. The monument is
commonly called 'the needle'.
||The grounds are extensive
and there is a lot to be seen on the way.
This is one of the lakes and one of its several pavilions. Geese are
frequent visitors or perhaps residents here and one of the sounds that
is associated for me with these grounds is the honking of the geese.
Another is the hammering of the woodpeckers. Unlike the geese they
don’t show themselves, but they certainly make their presence heard.
is a (derelict) cemetery for the royal horses; dates on the stones
vary from the end of the 19th century to about halfway the 20th.
Live animals to be seen here vary from squirrels to deer and foxes. Of
course, human beings, especially in running outfits, are the most
frequently encountered species.
|The spot I chose to
focus on is a spot from where you have this view.
The photograph does not do it full justice but you can get an idea.
I particularly chose it as this is the spot where Queen Wilhelmina,
grandmother of the present Queen, would sit and paint. I thought it
might be interesting to see if people would pick up on that presence.
She was quite a formidable lady apparently. Unfortunately, I could not
find a picture of her painting but here she is cycling.
spot itself has a bench and a little stone marker mentioning the
name of the bench. I’m always more fascinated, though, by the natural
features of such a place and here it’s particularly the roots of one
tree that draw my attention.
|This is the back
entrance/exit of the grounds, and the most obvious one from which to
get to the spot I’ve chosen.
Het Loo Palace has its own fairly basic website, in Dutch and English: http://www.paleishetloo.nl/