“I definitely don’t want to live in the same house together.”

Michelle: “Eight years ago my wife Carla died of cancer. She and Marjan were friends at a holiday park.”

coral: “During the time Carla and I worked together, I visited here regularly. But contact waned after I moved. When I heard Carla was sick, we called again. After she passed away, I visited Michelle to see how he was.”

Michelle: “It was Easter 2014. Marjan said their relationship was over. I thought she wasn’t saying it for nothing. That’s what happened.”

coral: “We’re totally different, so there’s been some hesitation about getting into a relationship.”

Michelle: “I am from a Catholic family with eight children, I speak the dialect and am not a neat person. I studied in high school for two years and then went to elementary school of horticulture. I used to work in a tree nursery, but I am also a diesel technician. I live in my parents’ house.”

coral: “I’m from the West. My grandparents lived in Amsterdam, we went with them to Madame Tussauds and the Rijksmuseum. I did fashion and illustration myself at the Academy of Art in Arnhem. Unlike Michel, I moved 25 times in my life. Before I came to live here, I had a home Beautiful in a forest near Mokerhei.”

Michelle: “What we share is our love for nature. And doing fun things together, like going to the movies and eating out.”

coral: „Michel is clear, frank and authoritative. This is important to me.”

Of course tango

coral: „We have a linear relationship in the same arena. We see each other a lot during the day, but after dinner we go to our house. Michel built me ​​a house in a barn. I eat there three nights a week. I’d rather be alone.”

Michelle: “But working together in the camp is a good thing.”

coral: „We did a Tango course once, but it wasn’t a success. Those steps were too complicated for him.”

Michelle: “She once drew me to a ballet show, but she wasn’t. I managed to stay up until the interval, but then it got hard.”

coral: “But having a drink together in the evening under the lean near my house goes well!”

Michelle: „I am a morning person, coral at its best, day and night. Sometimes I stand by the washing machine at five in the morning. As soon as I wake up, the idea machine starts up in my head.”

coral: “I definitely don’t want to live together in the same house. I like to have my own place.”

Michelle: „I don’t care, I’m easy on that. What’s so special about the LAT relationship is that we can have private conversations with our kids.”

Four days of rallies

Michelle: „Our rush hour is between April and October, when the camp is open. Between the departure of the guests and their arrival there is a lot of work, mowing the lawn and cleaning and all that.”

coral: “So it’s busy seven days a week and we can just take turns leaving the house.”

Michelle: “The four-day rally will pass here in July. Then we have several runners among our guests. We serve soup and sandwiches to the pedestrians.”

coral: „We have a clear division of tasks at the camp site. Michele cuts and cuts peaches and does the hard work, I do the management, I clean the houses and put my soul and happiness into the plants and flowers on the site.”

coral: But after October, the calm will be five months. I usually travel in winter for 2 months on my own. I’ve been in Nepal, walked to Turin last year, and next winter I want to bike to Spain. Or in Spain, I don’t know yet.”

Michelle: “I don’t want to come. And also not allowed. She really prefers to be alone, then she can relax.”

coral: „We never left for more than a week, that was long enough. Then I want to do my thing again.”

Michelle: „We go to Texel for a few days several times a year. To a luxury hotel in Texel with a sauna. I can leave things well at home. If I go down the street, I’ll go.”

coral: „We always book the same room in Texel, we’ve been there already about fifteen times. We also spend very little money.”

Michelle: “I bought a shovel last year, and at the moment I’m investing cash in refurbishing an old saloon.”

coral: “I lose money on my travels.”

MichelleAnd we spend the money on good food and drink heat pipes This water is heating up.”

coral“We have a lot of help from volunteers. There is someone who makes jam from our fruit and we squeeze the apples.”

Michelle: “A person who makes beer from grapes from our greenhouse and ambassadors from the garden.”

coral: “We’ve also created a food garden. We’re doing as much as organically and sustainably as possible. We don’t spray, we have solar panels, and we use our own groundwater to water the plants.”

Michelle: “We are investing in sustainable self-sufficiency.”

coral: “At the beginning of our relationship, we set a probationary period of one and a half years, to see how it goes. All these years, we evaluated our cooperation in the meantime and always added it.”

In Rush Hour, couples and singles recount how they combine work and private life. sharing? Send a mail to werk@nrc.nl

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