In some of the older hidden private gardens fruit trees are located that will be loaded with fruit at the end of Summer. At the National Apple Picking Day the general public is invited to pick the fruit (a bag per family).
The Repair Café is a society with some 100 branches in the Netherlands.
The Hengelo branch was started in 2012 and is located at the Tempel city quarter center.
The goal is to repair clothing, electrical equipment, furniture and bicycles by a group of volunteers.
Be aware in Hengelo all waste should be sorted before wasting.
BLUE containers = Paper waste
GREEN containers = Food and garden waste
ORANGE = Plastic waste
GREY = Remaining waste
At the central waste facility this is taken even some steps further; see the website.
As a town with more than its fair share of bars and cafes but without a network of convenient canals Hengelo had a bit of a problem with "Wild Plassen" and so the local authority commissioned the building of public urinals at strategic locations around the centre.
These are pretty basic, merely providing a hole in the ground and a flush tap but useful nevertheless.
As always these remind me of the old joke about the Admiral and the Field Marshall at the annual Combined Services Dinner:
As the Field Marshall finishes his business with a quick shake and a rezip and heads towards the door the Admiral admonishes him, "Excuse me Sir! At Dartmouth we were taught to wash our hands after using the toilet."
To which the Field Marshall responds, "Actually Dear Chap, at Sandhurst we were taught not to pee on our hands in the first place!"
Ha, OK "Toilet Humour"! but the point is that the pissoirs are just that, so follow the Field Marshall's example ;P
During this visit to the Netherlands the football World Cup finals were taking place in South Africa. The Dutch were doing quite well (they eventually reached the final which they lost to Spain) and on game days every bar was jam-packed.
The Dutch take their football very seriously, not particularly nationalistically but rather for the game itself, and whole streets were decorated with orange flags, banners and pendants. No less so than here in Hengelo.
This is Willemstraat which was renamed Oranjestraat for the duration. Good to see the Brazilian restaurant showing its own colours too.
The construction of public toilets in the Netherlands seems to have a low priority.
Consider yourself lucky if you find an urinoir.
The only spots where you can spot "public" toilets are the bigger hotels (with a real lobby) and some government buildings like town halls and libraries.
Expect to pay a small sum in restaurants and even at the train station to visit the toilet.
Hengelo is no exeption of above general facts.
In order to limit the "wild plassen" (P-ing in the wild), the city counsil decided to construct a number of urinoirs throughout the center of town.
The first appeared next to the City Hall Tower in mid-2009.