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Yes. I AM a tulip under the gumtree but not longing for Keukenhof!

The late Eve (Eef) ten Brummelaar, gathered quotes and other small examples of what life is like for Dutch-background people, living in Australia, into a lovely little booklet which she called: Tulips under the Gum Trees.
As reported elsewhere, I met up with a couple from the Netherlands, on Wednesday. He was born here, in Sydney, but his parents took him (back) to Holland and Gouda (the town of my birth), when he was four years old.
John Peter pointed out to me that somewhere on the internet, I have put a poll, through which the majority of respondents indicate that they believe that I am home-sick for Gouda.
Now look!! I’m not going to tell you this again! I’m not! If I win the lottery, or my circumstances allow, in some other way, I’d like to sit in the summer sunshine, at least one more time, sipping some white wine, outside one of the restaurants, facing the Gouda town hall.
To tell you the truth, I’d like to take my parents’ ashes to Gouda and hopefully I will not have cause to do that for some time to come.
Like the late Mrs ten Brummelaar (whose column in the Dutch Weekly was much loved by my mother), I’d like to indicate again that I believe it’s not that black-and-white.
14 May, 2008, I’ll be in Australia 52 years. In 1997, on my third trip back to the Netherlands, (Main motivation to show my daughter and son where my parents married) I relaxed, once I took a coach tour through the U.K. and Ireland.
Holland is so small and crowded and – almost – in your face!
I believe that (just) one of the reasons that respondents thought I was homesick has to do with how they themselves have that urge to try migration but, as they have to give up too much, they hope that people like me miss the Netherlands and instead, vacations in Spain, Turkey, Ireland and France will suffice.
My guest, John Peter, (who had come to visit the land of his birth, with his Dutch – of course – wife, ) had pointed this out to me, while we were sitting in the Dutch shop, in Smithfield, eating (Dutch) croquettes.
I stepped onto my soap-box; climbed on to my hobby horse and explained all that to him and then we drove off, in our own cars, to go and visit my father in the Dutch retirement village, in Chester Hill.
As I turned on the ignition, my CD player burst into life automatically and the Havenzangers and I started singing together about the ship that never returned to the Dutch harbour.
But I’m not homesick! I’ve been here 52 years!!!

Keukenhof

Yes. I AM a tulip under the gumtree but not longing for Keukenhof!

Ozcloggie

Ramsgate Beach, Australia

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I met up with a couple from the Netherlands, on Wednesday. He was born here, in Sydney, but his parents took him (back) to Holland and Gouda (the town of my birth), when he was four years old.
John Peter pointed out to me that somewhere on the internet, I have put a poll, through which the majority of respondents indicate that they believe that I am home-sick for Gouda.

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