We lived in Zwartsluis for two years.

It's a small town in central Holland in the province of Overijssel.

In winter and summer it's a vastly different place, in winter the locals embrace the cold and go skating when possible - in summer hundreds of boats emerge fom hibernation and take over the waterways.

Although it's virtually impossible to buy a full chicken, there are plenty of food and DIY oulets to provide everything else (if we can understand the language)


We met some wonderful people who have become life-long friends. Without them life in a new country would have been far more challenging.


There's a great heritage throughout Holland highlighted by the Festivals below.

Typical Low Saxon farmhouses in Staphorst