It’s less easy to write about myself, but I can imagine that you want to know about the person behind Peter’s Paradijs. Who is Peter?
My name is Peter Weenink and I love people and creating. Right now my larger building projects (my studio an my new riding house) have my special attention and passion.
Peter’s Paradise begun when I bought this place, long ago, and longed to live in a house made of straw. So then I begun two building projects:
- Fixing and expanding the existing house, the country house of Peter’s Paradise now used to accomodate guests..
- Building a house made of straw bales.
The nice thing about this kind of large projects is that it brings me lots of new contacts and I get to build together with my friends and learn something too. In the end there is a result I can be proud of.
After the first steps there are always next steps, some change of extention, like the conservatory on the side of my house of straw, or the new stable I build for my horses, nu I also enjoy anything that is finished and in use..
Still it is often the next project that pulls me in the most, because no matter how old I become, I love to “keep moving”. That is the case with people that posess a creative spirit. I think I may still have a long way to go..
I love people and animals and that helps me to stay connected and rooted. Friends are there to build with , or you kan visit them and share stories and wonderful moments. Animals are partly functional, but also welcome living creatures to look after and bond with.
Recently I have added a new animal friend to my family. It’s a dog I named Roos. She is a young Tatra and Tatra’s poses all kinds of beautiful proporties. I wanted a dog-vriend and in doing so I made my live a bit richer still..
Little Peter was already claying on his fifth year of age. Whatever he made, he shared full of pride with his parents, uncles and aunts. Big Peter still loves claying and sculpturing, although often it is on a somewhat larger scale.
I love loam, a material I used richly in my new buildings, in walls, but also for covering floors. Depending on the kind of loam and the binding agent you add the result is very durable and each type has it’s own natural color.
Many of my statues are created using loam and that means they can decay and might or might not be fixed or changed at that point. I like that. Loam is a natural material, like clay, that can be sprayed. Over a period of years, working with this material, I have gained lots of skill and knowledge about working this material.
Also I often use websites like “marktplaats.nl” to gather used equipment om and materials. I don’t know how many times I have been surprised by the help of someone I met that way. I might be born for luck, but I love to share it too.
I have alway enjoyed creating stuff and so that has been a red line throughout my life. I love to discover people, what’s behind them and what’s in them, and like to get to really know them on a deeper level. I myself have sought lots of personal development to become more complete and capable as a human being. F.i. I have followed lots of courses on psychology in the past.
As an infant my parents (like many others) advised me to also chose a profession to fall back on, so I didn’t have to be dependent on art alone. I followed that advise (and thank them gladly for it) and have long had a company in dentistry. I could create and get to know people there too, just in a different way.
My son runs the company now and does very well with it. I am very proud of my son and also exited to witness how his path will further develop.
At first I had a paradise in Bergen, which I enjoyed, but when I left, I looked for quiet and space. I traveled on wagon and horse for many weeks over the Afsluitdijk, through Friesland, through Drenthe and Overijssel.
In the open wagon I kept a tent and some feed for the horse and at the end of every day I was greated wholeheartedly with some coffee and cake. For my horse there was a meadow, in which I could setup my tent. It was nice being so close to my horse.
In the end I found my home in Den Ham where I could land, build and enjoy my new paradise. Throughout my journey I have been received warmly and whole heartedly and I love to give that to others too.
It was my dream to build and live in a house of straw and I did that here. I wanted to create a happy place in which guests would be welcome and enjoy themselves too, and I created that by building a wonderful guest-home, as part of Peter’s Paradise.
After that I wanted a better stable and space for my horses and a studio for myself in which I could make art and organize classes and workshops. I have done that too and it is almost complete, while the next creation is also literally on it’s way: a house on wheels that would enable me to travel to any place I want and visit family and friends for longer time without having to impose on their hospitality. My house on wheels started as a truck that as we speak is transformed to our own form.
The thread through this entire story is human. The human Peter in relation to people surrounding him. My old and new friends, the people I may take care of in their stay here, and of-course the animals I love and take care of too. They are my faithful companions and I am theirs
I might be just a friend with a love for making friends, but it is a nice way to go and enables lots of happy adventures. A number of those adventures I love to share with you, so when you come here to enjoy my paradise too, you will be more than welcome!
By being of service to others, my own existence gains purpose and meaning. I love that. It moves and guides me. I dream, create and move. That is my passion. We will be seeing each other again someday soon!