Let’s Let Loose

party boats

The Dutch know how to have a party. I can say this because we were in Amsterdam on business when everyone was celebrating the inauguration of Willem-Alexander. Take a look at these photos – see what I mean? It’s as though the happy orange-wearing crowds ran out of room on the streets and happily spilled out onto the water. It was a day where everyone let loose and enjoyed themselves (and looking later at the news reports, there were over 850,000 people out celebrating and only 57 people were arrested).


Looking around at everyone happily letting loose, it made me wonder if many people live in fear of not being in full control. Everyone has a moment that springs to mind. Like the day my work colleague returned home to a TV room filled with foam and feathers. He was in the process of renovating, and the builders had watched (helpless), through the locked patio doors, as the family’s puppy ripped apart the scatter cushions. (Ouch.)

Or the time a friend of mine’s husband took his fashionably distressed leather bomber jacket (circa 1982) to the cleaners. As he handed it over, he felt some serious misgivings as the dry cleaner assured him it would be transformed when he came to pick it up. And It was: buffed back to a dull finish, freshly dyed to a uniform colour, completely ruined. (Ouch again.)

Of course these are just two silly examples, but they point out that not being in control is part of life. The reality is that we can’t possibly be completely in control of everything, and it would cause much too much stress to try to be. Of course it’s important that we take responsibility, but thinking we should always have everything under our thumbs isn’t healthy, or even possible.

At least that’s what I was thinking as I donned my jaunty orange scarf, and stood beside Phillip Townshend (the man who vacuumed up the foam and feathers) for this photo to commemorate a day when everyone’s aim was to let loose a little.

Tesselaar Directors Phillip and Anthony enjoying the inauguration celebrations




3 Responses to Let’s Let Loose

  1. Free2bme May 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Anthony! Looks like such a fun event. Couldn’t agree more with you that sometimes we just have to relax and have some fun — even in the garden! Just today i was driving down a residential street near where i live in Rochester, New York. The neighborhood was very historic, with large white homes with sweeping well manicured lawns sporting picket fences or wrought iron fences and traditional gardens. A smile came to my face when I saw a beautiful garden of tulips planted in front of what otherwise was a very traditional brick home. There were probably 100 tulips in bright orange, dark purple and shades of pink (from dark pink to light) waving in the breeze at me. It felt footloose and free – that wild combination of color in front of an otherwise traditionally landscaped home. That garden and this post reminded me that we do need to let loose every once in awhile!

  2. Mary Martin June 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Ahhh, work is hell…but what fabulous pictures!
    And our trip to Amsterdam is only 15 months away 🙁
    Your blog is wonderful. Now I’m pondering how to do rain barrels from our
    gutters that run to the ground. Our best to Phillip. Party on!

    • Your Easy Garden Team June 12, 2013 at 12:14 am #

      Thanks Mary – hope your trip is wonderful!! The US team is quite envious.

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