Here at Zenders, we're all about our values. They define all areas of our identity; who we are, what we do, how we operate and why we exist. One of these values is:
EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN STORY TO TELL We believe in celebrating the past, looking to the future, and enjoying today.
So what is the 'story' of Zenders? What is its history? And what is its future? It is well known that Zenders is owned by three Reymer sisters - Christina, Teresa & Monique - and the building is modeled on their great grandfather's farmhouse in the Netherlands. But we wanted to know more. So we asked Oma Reymer to share her memories of Schildheuvel, the original building, and why Zenders is important to her.
What was your connection with Schildheuvel?
My aunty (my mother’s sister – Anna Goris) was married to my husband John’s uncle, Arnold Reymer. So I used to go to Schildheuvel often for school holidays, when I was around 10 years old. I used to bike there, about 10 kms from my house in Pannerden. There were two other Reymer families on the same road, so there were plenty of cousins who came back to Schildheuvel to play, which was great fun. We used to play skipping and other games, like making rope swings from the rafters in the barn or from trees using horse reins. If it was wet, we played board games or cards inside. Many of the older girls had to stay home at home to help so there were always more boys than girls to play with, which meant the boys picked on us girls for fun. There used to be a plant with sticky seed pods which used to cling in our hair, and the boys threw them at us. The boys would lock the girls in the horse stable until we said sorry or were able to free ourselves somehow. We played hide and seek, but sometimes a neighbour’s boy would just go home and we’d keep looking until we figured out they’d gone! I have great memories of playing around Schildheuvel.