Dronten (Drontermeer) - Genemuiden
This are The Netherlands
Just a random smashing view, making us proud of our beautiful country/waterways.
Seen when cruising the Reevediep
A great white egret, seen for the first time in The Netherlands in 1978. No longer a rarity, nevertheless still a luck to see one. (And there’s the inevitable duck, too.)
Only two pictures of our beloved dog, Jay, this week. (One can keep going when it’s about the dog.) When he was still a puppy -he’s now a, regularly naughty, adolescent now- the room behind our...
...stove was one of his favourites, because the cool metal. To our surprise he managed to squeeze behind the stove once more. And looked at us as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
Perhaps next time, providing there’ll be one, more about Genemuiden’s carpet industry. This time the focus is on the only, unique, road where it is strictly forbidden to smoke, the Achterweg (Nachtweg) (‘back road’ (‘night road’)). The information tells us: ‘During a storm the farmlands around Genemuiden were flooded. Therefore hay, reeds and rushes were stored inside the town. With all the major associated risks. After major urban fires in 1698 and 1741, a smoking ban was imposed on the built-up area of Genemuiden. The roofs of...
...newly built homes had to be covered henceforth with tiles. Nevertheless, in 1868 a city fire burned down a third of Genemuiden. This led to a new fire ordinance on May 21, 1869, including a smoking ban for the Achterweg (Nachtweg). This is still in effect. It is known to be the only smoking ban in the Netherlands for a public road. After the fire of 1868, the city council decided that the haystacks had to disappear from the centre. The outskirt of the Achterweg (Nachtweg) was designated as one of the places where haystacks were allowed.’
Verboden te roken (I)
‘Smoking prohibited’. To be honest, we expected o find a big sign on both ends of the road, taking away any trace of doubt about a ban whether or not in...
Verboden te roken (II)
...force. Nothing of the kind! Only on the haystack and some random wooden buildings. Besides, the verb ‘roken’ was written ‘rooken’ a century ago…
Achterweg (Nachtweg (I)
The Achterweg (Nachtweg) once was the dike, protecting Genemuiden from the Zuiderzee – the latter now being the IJsselmeer. Sometimes in vain, it has to be said. When looking between the houses the lower (former sea-)level is still clearly visible.
Achterweg (Nachtweg (II)
As one of the inhabitants told us, the houses often consist of four floors: basement, living area, sleeping area and attic. It is almost unbelievable how much land has been reclaimed from the sea! Behind the houses it once was open sea!!
This week’s statistics.
Engine ran during 4 hours and 30 minutes (4,5 hours) – Tuesday 2,7 and Thursday 1,8 hour.
Generator this week 0 hours.
Weather: Sunny on a regular basis (we are able to walk the dog and take him twice a day for a bike-ride. That’s to say: he trots.)
A speciality this time: mooring in Genemuiden is still for free because their facilities are unavailable, due to the C-pandemic.
Hope to see you next week again!
John en Wil
Wat is Nederland mooi vanaf het water.Nog wol gekocht Diny, voor een trui voor Simon? Doe de brugwachter de groeten!
Diny & Simon
Deze digibeet ziet 't nu pas (23 juli). Haha, leuk hoor!
Weer een mooie route. En mooie foto’s. Denk dat Jay komende week vaak tegen de koele kachel zal liggen.
Diny & Simon
Zie het nu pas (digibeet - zal naar de 'instellingen' kijken en hopen dat ik 't begrijp. Jay heeft de kachel intussen afgeschaft.