|The Dorestad museum in
Wijk bij Duurstede invited us for a second event
this year; the 'Midwinterday', surely the latest
in the year we ever did an event. Andreas could
not make it, but my daughter Marrit came along
for the first time in over a year.
The museum has very friendly people running it,
and we have been here sort of annually for the
past 4 years. The museum is located in the old
part of the town, on the doorstep of the local
castle (see map on the extreme right).
Wijk bij Duurstede, the old Dorestad south-east
Detailed image of the town with the museum.
were joined by Corbvlo, who came out in force. There was
still some snow on the ground in the park and the air was
chilly so short before Christmas. The museum was very
cosy and warmas ever, and we took over every room on the
Although there were some visitors it was not as full as
we're used to with summer and fall events. Therefore the
troops had a small march through the town, to gather more
people. But the town seemed empty! Only a dozen or so
people on the streets, the resteither visiting a church
or keeping warm behind their front doors...
Left to right Joke, Marrit, me and Jeroen, Jonathan,
Jurjen, Gerard, Wim (plus young visitor).
Sitting: Hanneke and Marina.
Next picture Wim as the centurio, Wim
entertaining guests, Jeroen showing Dalou how to draw a
was taken under the wing by Gerard's wife Joke, who
showed her all kinds of textile techniques for the rest
of the day. Jeroen, when tired of running around, found
the large stock of pen and pencils and was busy the rest
of the afternoon as well.
Joke and Marrit showing the ropes to a guest, Jean and
his wife Marina explaining all
about Mithras, Jurjen proudly guarding his reconstruction
of a Lararium.
nice event, especially because of the time of year and
our friends around us.