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Sweet Gale is useful

"Approaching the island a familiar smell struck my nose. My thoughts where immediately put on hold to make room for memories." Or as the character Kwetal  from the book 'De antiloog' by Marten Toonder aptly says; "A boss is boss about his brain .... But not everyone is a brain manager. That is why the gale has utility ".

So Gale it is.
During a poetic walk among the dunes with artist and poet Ruud Knier I discovered the usefulness and inspiring qualities of Gale. Ruud knows and explores the island with an artist's eye and ear and converts his findings into poetry that he recites in the area where it belongs: the Wadden Sea island of Terschelling.


I was familiair with the Gagelbos in Utrecht, but I had never  ‘encountered’ the bush that bears this name , Gale or Myrica gale before. Ruud stopped at a soggy piece of land and pointed to the shrubbery vegetation and asked us to use our noses. And as an Ambass’Odor that’s what I do and like. But before I could t…

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