October 29th, 2017

Noisy at the lake ambience and two Dutch man chatting in distance.
Lithse Ham Oktober 2017
As shown on the map, the river runs around this lake. I went here to make quiet sound recordings. There is no traffic at all. However, it became a noisy recording. Also beautiful, but different. Although the surrounding villages are far away, the noise from there comes smoothly over me. It seems like I'm in an industrial area. Because of the sound of the small waves in the water I know better. Slowly, the cargo ships, behind the dike, slide across the river. Listen. There are several waterfowl and small birds in the trees. In the village of Voorne a dog is regularly barking across the river.

After sixteen minutes, there is suddenly an old man who talks to me in a beautiful local dialect. His two small dogs play along the water.
I had seen them well, the two car seats along the water. The man had ever found them and gave them a nice spot at the lake. He cleans them with water. Therefore he brought a small bucket.

"It’s quiet here. You do not get any arguments with anyone here", so he begins his conversation. He has arms like rail bushes and hands like coal shovels. Pretty soon he tells him that as a young man he hit the strongest man of the village 'Ravenstein' during the fair. "I've never been afraid", he says.
He worked as a mechanic shortly after the Second World War and had a store in the village of Lith. He must be far in his eighties. If I understand correctly, he has always lived in this area.

The waterfront makes people talk. Too bad we are ten meters from the microphone.
His stories have something beautiful lonesome. A man of bygone days.

Date/time: October 26 Thursday 2017, start 1.50 pm

Weather: 17c, partly cloudy, wind WW 3-4bft, 1024 hPa. Mic pointed N

Location; Lithse Ham lake, Lith (Oss), Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (Holland), Europe maps: 51.81739 5.40867

Gear chain: Sennheiser mkh30/50 MS, in Rycote cyclone small, windjammer > Sound Devices 302 >Tascam dr-100 Mk2. Low-cut 160 Hz 6dB / octave. Decoded Mid-side to STEREO. (LMR 2,5,2 dB)

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