Well , Leeuwarden was really liberated in 1945 with the rest of Europe but it's still being celebrated with the same enthusiasm each year and veterans from the Royal Canadian Dragoons are always welcome .
To make them feel even more at home a Dutch association of vintage army vehicle enthusiasts have set up camp outside the High school for five days
and everyone's wandering through admiring the tiny chaplain's tent , the sandbags , the sleeping arrangements ( "modern conveniences such as beds and fridges only permissible if kept out of view ", according to their website ) , a stage where English singer Lola Lamour and a Barber's Shop Quartet entertain each night
and the camp cook who posts the day's menu every morning on a blackboard and then strides about impatient to start .
The VE day tea waits again for a group of mothers and children like in the town archive's original photo . This years marble cake looks a bit dry though . Someone must have gone the whole hog and used reconsituted egg .
Today when I cycled home there was a group of men sword dancing and even more old codgers mooching about
admiring the tank and small landing craft and doing that man thing of peering in fascination at pistons and handy extras .
And through it all , this woman busily crocheted a wavy blanket .
Perhaps she's facing a long summer of similar reenactment weekends with her husband and , while hoping for good weather , doesn't intend to freeze .