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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Jeu de Boules in Saint Rémy

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Before you scroll down to view the pictures, please please please, do me a favour! Turn your sound on and click on the radio. The music really adds to the story I'm trying to tell here.
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43 comments:

Wanda said...

Oh Jientje what a silent story your photos tell...full of life and it's differences...that was stunning and deeply moving to me...feelings I can't quite explain!

quilly said...

Intriguing game. I am fascinated by the things you chose to highlight. That old fella in the western shirt could benefit from some soap and water and a pair of fingernail clippers.

Nessa said...

The detail you captured is great.

Leora said...

In the U.S. the Italians play bocci, which looks like the same game. I like watching. These guys are intense.

Lilacspecs said...

Hehehe, we see old men drinking and playing jou de bol in the evenings here a lot.

Julia Smith said...

Fantastic sequence of shots. Really intense, as Leora mentions.

Kirby3131 said...

I don't normally turn on the music, even when asked, but you were indeed correct!! It added to the sequence of photos. Perfect! Thank you.

Glennis said...

High Noon on the courts, a lot of tension. Great sequence.

Ellie said...

I liked the photos of the iron grip of the metal ball! The men were serouse about the game! At war - it is like war :) The guy with the cigarette made me want to light one - I quit smoking 10 months ago - I rearly miss it...

Robin said...

The music really gives the series a Showdown at the OK Corral feeling that goes perfectly with your amazing photos. How wonderful that they invited your husband to play, the photos you then got are intensely personal, definitely shot from "inside", rather than standing on the sidelines, emotionally or otherwise.

Mama Pajama said...

cool. nice shots! I like the ones of the hands.

Avril said...

Great captures! Music and photos DO tell the story - fantastic!

Anya said...

Hallo
je woont in antwerpen dat is kortbij ^__^
Hele leuke foto's :)
Het muziekje hoort er echt wel bij !!!!
Echte goeie actie shots ....
Het is wel weer eens leuk om nederlands te schrijven in een commentaartje :)
Geniet van de zondag :)

groetjes
Anya :)
Kareltje =^.^=

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great shots. The first one with the hands gripping the metal ball is my favorite.

Bim said...

What a beautiful series capturing so well the great cultural institution that is boule.

Cathy said...

Oh I love this set...

Kim said...

This is a wonderful textured set of photos.. well done!!!

Wanda said...

Jientje...please visit my blog...something awaits you.

maryt/theteach said...

Wow, jientje! Your photos are excellent! Very impressive! :)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Really intense shots! Great series of photos! Love the music!

Tarasview said...

those are AWESOME shots! What a great story, thanks!

Smoochiefrog said...

Nice set!

Susanne said...

Great pictures! They look like they take their game very seriously!

Melli said...

Great DUEL!!!
What is the knotted string for?
I just absolutely LOVE this game!!! Obviously these men do too!

Jessica The Rock Chick said...

Your eye and photography skills are just amazing! I love the detail you've captured and the story it tells. Wonderful!!!

Bernie said...

Hello, I have followed Wanda to your blog and am so happy I have. The pictures are so clear, and tell such a wonderful story without words. I look forward to more of your post. Thank you so much for sharing.....

Carletta said...

Some SERIOUS game playing!

Joyce said...

Peaking at your wonderful blog for the first time and you have a great eye. Now these guys play a serious game:)
Joyce

Daryl said...

Nice shots!

The Old Fart said...

This looks like a really intense game which takes a lot of skill. The music added to it for sure.

You must visit the blog today, I got another close up picture shared for all of you to try to guess what it may be.

The one of ye who comes closest will have honorable mention. Sorry no big prizes.

Thom said...

The music so added to this story. It was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The pictures are amazing.

LceeL said...

Wonderful shots, Jientje. Who won?

Neas Nuttiness said...

Wow - these are great Jientje!

Amo said...

Wow. Simply, wow.

amanda said...

I see your adding to your "people photography" and doing wonderfully, and you're right the music adds to the atmosphere.

Mishelle Lane said...

Oh So awesome!!

Jientje said...

@ Wanda: Yes, I wanted the pictures to speak for themselves. I'm glad it moved you.
@ Quilly: That's what I thought the first time I saw the man too. But no matter how he looks, I still think he was a nice and sweet person inside. And I loved to photograph him and portray him just the way he is. I'm just glad our lives crossed for a brief moment.
@ Nessa: I love capturing details. They tell you so much sometimes.
@ Leora: Intense is the word here, yes.
@ Korie: You do? Not where I live though.
@ Julia Smith: Intense is the right word yes. It was.
@ Kirby3131: I'm so glad you did. The post is not the same without the music.
@ Glennis: Tension, intense ... Yes.
@ Ellie: I hope you didn't though? Hang in there!
@ Robin: what a wonderful comment, and indeed the pictures show I was in on it, and they let me in on it. It was such a wonderful experience.
@ Mama Pajam: I love hands. They speak.
@ Avril: I'm glad you liked it!
@ Anya: Dank u! De muziek maakt de reeks compleet, dat vond ik ook. Blij dat je 't leuk vond!
@ Secret Mom Thoughts. Yes, one of mine too!
@ Bim: You put it so right, jeu de Boules is indeed a cultural constitution, and I'm glad they let me in it that day.
@ Cathy: thank you.
@ Kim: Thank you, I enjoyed making this post.
@ Wanda: Awww thank you!!
@ Mary the teach: thank you, I enjoyed making this series, on the court shooting the pictures as well as picking them and putting this post together.
@ Comfy Mom Stacey: That was my intention yes, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Jientje said...

@ Tarasview: Glad you liked it!
@ Smoochiefrog: Thanks!
@ Susanne: They do!
@ Melli: The knotted string has a magnet at the end of it, and they use it to pick up the balls without having to kneel down all the time.
@ Jessica: I enjoyed it!
@ Bernie: How nice to meet you! Welcome!
@ Carletta: They had fun, and so did I!
@ Joyce: thanks for the compliment!
@ Daryl: Thanks!
@ Bill: Glad you liked the music too!
@ Thom: I'm glad you enjoyed it. This series is real special to me. I had fun on the court that day shooting the pictures. I'm thankful they let me in that day. I was part of it, and it shows. Glad you liked the music. Sometimes it just pops into my head.
@ Lou: Both teams won one game.
@ Libby: Thank you, love them too!
@ Amo: Wow, thank you!
@ Amanda: Yes, you got that right. People photography is a new challenge and I enjoy doing it!
@ Mishelle Lane: Thank you my friend, I'm glad you say so. I have learned a lot from you.

dedestined said...

Neat!
By "next blog" I reached Yours.
Then I looked up "Jeu de boules"!
Your photography is spirited & attention-catching.
& your English is smooth!

Tranquility said...

I loved that - I had so much fun looking through this group of photos... and you're right, the music added to the ambiance!

Becky said...

LOve the photos and that guy's hairy chest!

Terri said...

What amazing portrait work! Great faces on those guys, I love this!!!!

Martine said...

Sooooooooo French!!!!

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