Elburg - Amersfoort
We said bye bye to Harderwijk the next morning at 11:30AM, initially following the marks (slender red-and-white) for pleasure crafts, as that was a shorter route than the broad red-and-green waterway. After, say, a quarter of an hour we (well, him of course) discovered to have made a risky decision because our map indicated the depth of the water further ahead at 1,10 meters. Just to be sure we want a minimum of 1,20 meters. So we were forced to turn…
…around and yet to follow the safe channel. Guess which one of the two of us is the more conservative one (not meant in the political way!) and which one tends to take more of a risk. Together we are fairly well balanced – we think. Anyway after cruising the Nuldernauw, the Nijkerkernauw and even negotiating a rare lock we ended up opposite the town of Nijkerk, inside what is called a vluchthaven (= port of refuge) and the engine stopped making revs at 2:50PM.
Impassable landing-stage (1)
On Facebook we indicated to be ‘amused’ when being in, well opposite of, Nijkerk. One of our readers/followers asked why on earth someone could be amused being in Nijkerk. (We’ve never been there. Is it boring?) Well, the reason is shown by these two pictures. We discovered the landing-stage to be completely ripped off its planks. That view made us chuckle. There was, consequently, no possibility to reach the bank. Not a problem for us but we know a few boat-/pet-owners that...
Impassable landing-stage (2)
…wouldn't be happy with this. Therefore, pet-owners, avoid this spot under any circumstances! Information from our colleague-boaters taught us that a nude beach is situated nearby. Apart from the fact that no-one is bathing with the current temperatures we fantasized the planks might be removed to avoid boaters temporarily changing into peeping Toms. But no, later we were told by a fellow boater that the planks were partly rotten, so dangerous, already last year.
On Wednesday the 27th we left the vluchthaven at 11:25AM, to enter the Eemmeer soon after. Again loads of water, water and more water. It’s almost beyond imagination that even in The Netherlands a water-shortage could occur. We, however, tend to accept science over skepticism (cynicism?), uttered by sheer opportunists. On the way we noticed these two heroes, inspecting or maintaining one of the numerous wind turbines that are situated…
…on the north bank (= Flevoland). We can proudly declare not to have a fear of water. Fear of heights is another chapter though. When looking back a minute later we saw that the red telescopic ‘arm’ can reach as high as the centre of, errrr, let’s call it the wingspan. It’s therefore possible to maintain the entire wind turbine using the extending ‘arm’. Question: what would be the (maximized?) speed of the tip of a blade during high winds???
Violets on the 5th of June
September This has nothing to do with cruising, of where we are, or what we do. It’s about flowers. We do have four flower-boxes on top of our boat. (Five in the past. One was stolen from our roof in Auxerre in 2015. It still hurts.) At the beginning of the season we bought violets. The look at the beginning of June is visible on the left picture. Lovely, isn’t it? Alas, at the end of that month we (= she) were no longer able to take care of them – we were away to the UK. For a good reason that was. After returning we bought geraniums. Not as pretty as violets, of a lesser quality – and no- one...
Violet on the 26th of September
...wants their odour indoors. Lucky us: they are situated outdoors. Anyway, careful nursing brought the geraniums back to life. And to our surprise there was a surviving, almost naughty, violet this week. That was it for this week. IMPORTANT! Since the cruising season is over, the frequency of this blog will be reduced to ONCE A MONTH – the first Sunday, to be more specific. So from now on: 5th of November, 3rd of December, 7th of January, 4th of February and 1st of April. Thanks for following us – we hope we have been able to create some amusement for you.
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Dankjewel, Tineke! Tot gauw 😍.
En dan nog even en Amersfoort in zicht
De laatste foto: ongelooflijk!!!!!
Dank je wel, Tineke! We zien mekaar hopelijk snel in A'foort.
Jaja, 't schiet op. Maar rustig aan, want de Nijkerkersluis is nog een paar dagen geblokkeerd. (En een 'Vollenhove' zal ik -als ik er aan toe kom- een n toevoegen...)