One November evening in 1865, the words ‘Rond den Heerd’ (Around the Hearth) appeared on long red paper at all fly posting points in the city. No one knew what it was about. Some people thought there was a conspiracy afoot. Gezelle got the idea from London for this striking announcement.
‘Rond den Heerd’ was a weekly journal for Roman Catholic Flemings, drafted in Gezelle’s highly individualised West-Flemish tinted Dutch. With feuilletons, anecdotes, articles about history and art history, geography, flowers, and plants, with plenty of attention for suitable illustrations.