In historic cities like Brugge they want to restore the old buildings and maintain them as they were when they were built. It turns out that you can't just slap a technologically more advanced cement or polymer on the existing surface and say 'voila!'
The problem with most modern building techniques is that they don't allow the building to breathe. Yes, breathe. If you seal the outside, moisture and mold build up in the walls and damage the bricks and mortar. Jonathan and his company have spent a lot of time researching and finding materials and building techniques that closely replicate what was done 100s of years ago.
We got to see some of the projects he is working on as well as having a great time at his little home in the middle of farmland not too far from the French border.
Come along and see …
|Jonathan showed us a number of projects and|
enjoys the challenges of bringing these old structures
back to their proud past.
|Details like the round window shown here|
have in the past been just bricked up (easier and cheaper).
For Jonathan that is the fun part, discovering what the
original builders intended and bring it back to life,
even if it lay hidden for years.
Now for a visit to the fertile fields of Flanders
But first … .
|Blanka got real excited when we saw these Belgian voetbal (soccer) |
caps as we were shopping for lunch. I think she is showing her
|No, we did not buy it although it was tempting.|
|Jonathan's house is the right most house in the row.|
|The house is over 100 years old and was build for the farm workers that |
worked the surrounding fields that belonged to the big estate.
|Lovely view through the living room window.|
|right to left: Blanka, Henk, Jonathan, Jenny|
Delicious lunch of cheeses and meats with fresh baked bread.
We have probably had two dozen different cheeses since we arrived
|After lunch we took a walk into the village and through lots of wheat and sugar beets.|
|Cozy little farm in the distance turned into quite a large farm when we|
|Wisteria flowers are called blauwe regen in Dutch|
which translates in English to "blue rain".
|Here is someone with a real pot belly! Now you know what |
to do with all those flower pots kicking around the yard.