Dutch Shuffleboard (Sjoelen) – a fun family game everyone can play in Australia

Sjoelen, or Dutch Shuffleboard, was invented in Holland sometime during the 19th century. It is a great family – friendly game that is easy to learn, but not so easy to master! Keep your family and friends entertained for hours as Sjoelen is the perfect addition to any party, workplace or family gathering! You can view an outline of how to play on Sjoelbak Australia’s rules page.

The term “Sjoelbak” actually refers to the board used to play Sjoelen. Sjoelbak Australia specialise in high quality authentic Dutch Sjoelbak boards that can last a lifetime, becoming a treasured family possession worthy of being handed down from one generation to the next.

Today, Sjoelen is growing in popularity and traction in many countries across the world, including Australia. Despite originating in Holland over two centuries ago, Dutch Shuffleboard remains a favourite game in schools, clubs, families and parties around the world. Discover the joy and competitive fun of Dutch Shuffleboard today and take a look at www.sjoelbak.com.au

A great Christmas present for a Dutch Australian!  Free shipping within Australia for a limited time.

Get your delicious Dutch treats at Dutchy’s Bakehouse on the Sunshine Coast

Dutchys Bakehouse

If you are in South East Queensland and want a real taste of The Netherlands, you’re in luck.

Jeroen is a 5th generation Dutch baker, who now lives on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and owns Dutchy’s Bakehouse.

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You can get a variety of delicious Dutch treats and Australian meat pies too!  There is also really good coffee and a small cafe with lots of little Dutch touches.  All products are made from scratch in the bakery, and gluten free products also available.

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My Dutch husband just loves the bread, and when we were living in Brisbane planned regular trips to the Sunshine Coast to get some “decent Dutch bread”.

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Our girls love the various seasonal treats on offer, here’s some cute snowmen for Christmas!

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Christmas 2014 orders

Traditional Dutch homemade croquettes, oliebollen for new year’s, Christmas Stollen and more.  I got to see these go into the oven and they smelt amazing as they baked.

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If you’re in Brisbane, on Wednesday 24th December, there will be a delivery to Prins Willem Alexander Village in Birkdale – must pre-order by Tuesday 2pm.

The bakery in Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast is open until 4pm on Christmas Eve (Wednesday) if you would like to visit and regular opening hours are below.

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New Year’s Eve 2014-2015

It’s not a real Oud & Nieuw without Olieballen!  There will also be a delivery to Prins Willem Alexander Village in Birkdale.

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Call 5445 8911 to order or visit the website for more information for Christmas and New Year’s orders.

Delicious Dutch taste all year around

Open Monday-Friday 5am-5pm
Open Saturday 5am-2pm

http://www.dutchysbakehouse.com.au

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Clogheels – a Dutch Australian Queens Day Love Story

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Hi, I am Siobhan. I’m an Australian who lived in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2010. Why? Because whenever I travelled around the world I met Dutch people in the most random places and I liked them, so thought I’d try life in their country.  I am also 183 cm tall and I like tall good looking men, dus ‘tuurlijk was Nederland het antwoord!

I fell in love with the country and enjoyed my time there.  Then, in 2009, the year before I was due to leave the Netherlands, I was having a bit of trouble working out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. So I declared it was to be the year of Travel and Shoes. I bought an amazing pair of shoes and travelled all seven continents in a 12 month period.

In 2010, when I was just about to  leave my beloved Netherlands to return to Australia, a humorous and loveable banker gifted me with a wonderful departing present.  He knew of my Imelda shoe complex so had hand made a pair of high heeled clogs!  Thus, Clogheels was born.

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Clogheels

I immediately fell in love with my Clogheels and then thought, “Well, since I am still working out what to do with the rest of my life, I might as well take time to work this one out!”   I had been considering an MBA but decided a “DIY MBA” – i.e. starting my own business was more the thing for me. So I began the process of creating and distributing Clogheels.

In April 2013, just in time for the Queens last big shindig (koninginnedag), I launched Clogheels.com.  I flew from Australia back to The Netherlands and had an awesome pop up shop on the Haarlemmerdijk in Amsterdam (onedayshop.nl) with expert sales support.

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However, I got a lot more than I bargained for with my business launch when I met Marcel. Marcel is a friend of a friend and asked me to marry him within the two weeks that I was in the Netherlands. I GOT MY VERY OWN TAKE HOME DUTCHY! Awesome huh?

We got married on the 15th May this year, in a dramatic turn of events after a motorcycle accident.  We ended up getting married at St Vincent’s hospital in Sydney.  We are now working out how to get to live in the best two countries in the world!

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Would you like your very own pair of Clogheels?  Visit www.clogheels.com and let us know you found us via Dutch Australian.

Perfecting the art of translation (from Dutch to English)

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Finding the words to express oneself isn’t always easy in one’s native tongue. It can be even trickier when having to communicate in another language.

A lover of language, translator Kim van Lent relishes the challenge of transforming other people’s (Dutch) sentiments into English – whether it be for an Australian, British or American audience, translating extensive legal contracts, marketing brochures, or even documents such as driver’s licences, university diplomas or marriage certificates.

The appeal for Kim is in effectively using the right tone and skillfully applying the required subtleties and colloquialisms inherent in the text, ensuring the translation maintains the integrity of the communication piece, as well as its context and intended meaning.

Kim also uses his graphic skills by providing translated documents that perfectly mirror the original, absolutely essential in some instances.  This is necessary, for example, when it comes to documents such as diplomas and bank statements.

Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and a Dutch/Australian father, Kim left the Netherlands at an early age and has spent most of his life in various English speaking countries. He currently enjoys the warmth of southeast Queensland environs, while continuing to retain strong links with the Dutch culture and language and, of course, running his translation business – aptly titled: Dutch to English Translation Services (www.dutchtoenglish.net)

Billy’s Bakehouse: A real Australian meat pie in The Netherlands

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Screenshot source:http://www.billysbakehouse.nl/home/
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Billy’s Bakehouse offers you the opportunity to have a real Australian meat pie in The Netherlands.  This week, I learnt a little more about the story behind the business.  Darren has been in The Netherlands for 22 years and has grown Billy’s from a small festival pie stand to a bakery supplying major supermarkets in The Netherlands with real Australian meat pies.  Growing up in Yeppoon in Queensland he is the son of a butcher and “pie lady” who delivered lunches to local businesses.  With that kind of influence from a young age, who better to help educate the Dutch about meat pies!  He first came to The Netherlands “for a bit of a look” but ended up settling here long term and had a few different jobs, but started learning how to make pies in 2008.  In 2010, he had a successful stand as part of the Bevrijdingsfestival and this started a series of festivals including Lowlands for the last three years running.

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Used with permission from Billy’s. The Original Australian Pie. Facebook Page

A recommendation from a customer led to a meeting with Dirk supermarkets and from October 2012, you can now also purchase a real Australian meat pie in The Netherlands at a supermarket!   It took some time to educate the Dutch population explained Darren, with a series of taste tests in store – the Dutch didn’t know what it was and had to ask “what’s that?!”  Though those who had been to Australia or England knew straight away.

Pies are sold in packets of two and though in Australia & the UK frozen pies are usually sold half or completely baked, Billy’s Bakehouse offer them here with the filling pre-booked but the dough fresh – so it tastes more like a freshly baked pie.

You can visit the Billy’s Bakehouse website for a list of locations – both the Duke of Oz Australian Pub and North End English Pub stock them, and you can also order in a box of 12 to pick up directly from where they are handmade in Leiden (by pre-arrangement as there isn’t a shopfront).

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Used with permission from http://www.billysbakehouse.nl/productie/

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Available in meat, spicy and vegetarian, these are sure to be a hit at your next dinner party (especially with Dutch people – let’s teach them that it’s not only apple that goes into a pie!), or for a dinner in front of the TV…or any time really!

You can find out more at the Billy’s Bakehouse website and let us know if you buy some in a comment below!

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Dutch Australian is a community of those with connections to both Australian and The Netherlands.  This blog follows the adventures of our Dutch Australian family as well as highlighting information and articles of interest to dual nationals.  You might like to read more about me, get to know other Dutch Australian people and explore other articles on the blog.  Come and chat to others over in the Dutch Australian Facebook community, we’d love to meet you!  If you’ve enjoyed this post, I’d really appreciate you taking the time to comment below or share.  You can also contact me directly and sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up to date.

World Wide Juf – Dutch lessons online via Skype

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(English version below)

Woon je in Australie en is de nederlandse school te ver, maar vind je Nederlandse les wel belangrijk? Dan stellen we graag World Wide Juf aan je voor!

World Wide Juf is persoonlijk onderwijs op afstand via audio- visuele media voor Nederlandse en Vlaamse kinderen die woonachtig zijn in het buitenland. Alle leerlingen krijgen privéles over Skype. Hierdoor zijn de lessen geheel afgestemd op het niveau van de leerling. Iedere leerling kan zo optimaal van het onderwijs profiteren.

World Wide Juf is een jong bedrijf, opgezet door Brenda de Roo en Arlette den Broeder. Twee enthousiaste en zeer ervaren leerkrachten van het primair onderwijs. Deze leerkrachten hebben zowel binnen als buiten Nederland veel werkervaring.

Om een indruk te krijgen hoe World Wide Juf lesgeeft kan je het filmpje bekijken.

Voor meer informatie kan je de website bezoeken: www.worldwidejuf.com

World Wide Juf is ook te vinden op Facebook.


 

Do you live in Australia and is the Dutch school too far away but are Dutch lessons important for your family? In that case we would like to introduce you to World Wide Juf!

World Wide Juf aims to provide its students with a sense of Dutch identity whilst they are living abroad, by providing online lessons in Dutch language and culture. All students receive private lessons through Skype. Because of this all lessons are tailored to the level of the student. This way each student can take full advantage of the lessons.

World Wide Juf is a young business, founded by Brenda de Roo and Arlette den Broeder. Two enthusiastic and experienced primary school teachers. They both have a lot of experience in and outside of the Netherlands.

To get an impression of how World Wide juf teaches, you can watch the short movie above.

For more information you can visit the website: www.worldwidejuf.com

You can also find World Wide Juf on Facebook. 

Dutch Australian is a community of those with connections to both Australian and The Netherlands.  This blog follows the adventures of our Dutch Australian family as well as highlighting information and articles of interest to dual nationals.  You might like to read more about me, get to know other Dutch Australian people and explore other articles on the blog.  Come and chat to others over in the Dutch Australian Facebook community, we’d love to meet you!  If you’ve enjoyed this post, I’d really appreciate you taking the time to comment below or share.  You can also contact me directly and sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up to date.