About Us

About Us

Ger (1950) and Riny (1947) were born in the Netherlands in the province of Limburg, in particular in the South of Limburg. Since 1972 we have lived in the province Zeeland, in the county of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Although we have been living in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen for a longer time  than we have in province of Limburg, we still kept our local dialect from Limburg. After having lived in Terneuzen and Philippine, we settled in the fishingvillage of Breskens 1998. Riny worked as a nurse for more than 40 years, and she is quiet happy to be fully retired. Ger started his career as a nurse and has continued his lifelong studies in education. Since 1995, he transformed his passion into this profession. As a information manager, he has provided management reports and analyses of complex databases. In 2012, Ger has formally retired. The highlights of the year are our holidays. Uptil the year 2000, we primarily travelled to the South of France. In more recent years, our destination has mainly changed to Italy. After a lifelong studying, Ger has obtained his master degree Information Management at the University of Tilburg in 2003.

Son Bart (1976) lives with his wife Keetie, in Old Stratford Buckinghamshire (UK). Bart obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology at Maastricht University in 2010. At present, he works as Professor  in learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University Milton Keynes UK.

Our daughter Marjolein (1980) lives with her husband Robert Jan in St. Michielsgestel . Marjolein obtained a Master degree in Psychology at Maastricht University and currently works as educational specialist/academic developer at the NHTV in Breda. Furthermore,  we have the privilege to visit and look after our three grand children. Travelling to St. Michielsgestel may be rather tiresome, but the joy to see our grand children smile, play and grow can not be described in any words. We have 4 grand children Bente (2009), Pepijn, (2010), Floris (2013) and Carel (2019)

2015 Huwelijk Marjolein en Robert Jan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2004, Riny has nurtured her feelings for languages and has been following various Italian language courses. First in small groups with an Italian teacher, afterwards in a vocational adult learning setting in Belgium. In 2010, Ger rediscovered his passion for photography and has been taking pictures with his buddy, the digital camera Canon Eos 5D, in the beautiful surroundings of Breskens, various holidays and of course the grand children. He currently follows a vocational training digital photography in Belgium.


We have a small stable of animals, namely one so-called “Russian-Blue” cat (Romeo), and several chickens. As our house is situated in the country side of Breskens, we enjoy the sun, clean air, wide and stunning panoramic views, impressive clouds, and last but not least our astonishing garden and orchard. The beaches in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen are clean, quiet and deserted (except for the main season). We live close by the Panorama cycling route. As a result, when sitting in the garden, we hear a variety of European languages passing by in the summer, primarily Flemish, German and our Limburgs dialect.

a diner with our friends, the family Pinna on Sardegna