I want to go down memory lane and tell you about a photoshoot I did a long time ago for dutch Glamour Magazine with photographer Paul Bellaart. Stylist Jetteke van Lexmond insisted on having me to shoot this story. It was a lovely experience to visit the Netherlands, and just the right kind of place for me!

The location of the shoot

We shot at a camp site at an Estate called “Thornspick” located in one of the most beautiful places in the Netherlands: the Veluwe. This estate had only 4 tents, surrounded by trees and plants, they were very luxurious and looked more like safari tents.

And now the fun part that I like:

To use the luxury you needed to work:

  • To get warm water you had to heat it.
  • To have electricity you had to ride a bike to generate electricity, that was then stored in a battery and was then ready for use.
  • Cooking was done by yourself ( that’s ok!)
  • …and for doing the dishes as well ( that’s too bad…)
  • But… This way the camp site is CARBONEUTRAL! Pretty cool huh? Just like camping, that’s cool too! The company is called “Het Verborgen Verblijf“.

Translated in English it is something like “The Hidden Place”. The link is in dutch, but you get a feeling of what it looks like.

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Going back to basic, doing everything yourself, together and with nature. I grew up camping with the family. We went multiple times a year. Those are my fondest memories of my childhood. We would stay in a “vouwwagen” or tent, and our daily entertainment wouldn’t cost a thing. We would just go on an adventure in the woods next to the campsite, and bake potatoes and marshmallows on a bonfire. We would swim in a pond, or a river nearby. I would make friends from far away cities like Delft, or Leeuwarden, and we would become penpals and stay in contact after the vacation was over, and send each other mail the old school way. We played games. Not on a computer, we would play boardgames  and bingo until late at night, or we would make up our own games with whatever we found on the site. Good memories..

I hope more people will start seeing the beauty of going back to basic and instead of spending lots of money, go to nearby campsites, like this one. The kids will love it much more than an expensive hotel room!

The shoot went well and we all had renewed energy of being in a place like this. I went home with a box full of organic eggs, that were very tasty!

www.verborgenverblijf.nl

www.glamour.nl

These were the pictures we shot that day!

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Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

Glamour 2010 shot at Thornspick

 

Love, Lonneke

First published in 2013, updated in 2019