This picture dates from the 3rd of October, when a group of children, a mix of locals and foreign, cruised the river by using self-built rafts. Note the colour of the trees…
…and the same trees on the 29th of October, so some 3½ weeks later. We absolutely love autumn because of its colours.
We know what this is
The last picture already showed a little statue in the canal-wall. Here’s one of a woman that was occupied by handling butter. Story tells that she used to lick her fingers, an obvious explanation of her voluptuous shape.
We do not
Another example of a statue in the canal-wall. We forgot its meaning, but are sure it’s far more pious than the first one.
Front of large house
After having passed the Mondriaan-museum the former, first, city-wall becomes visible – in fact no longer visible, as a second one was built farther out because of the city’s expansion. The house on the left-hand side of this picture once was (partly) part of the first wall, which is still visible when looking closely to the frayed wall next to the waterside.
Garden of large house
It has been a house of a well-to-do family, proven by this tree in their back garden. It’s a red oak, known for the fact that nothing thrives underneath of it. Well, there was no need for that: a rich family could buy all they need at the market. Why grow your own vegetables when you’re rich?
A part of the second, outer, city wall is formed by the ‘Monnikendampoort’. This is a detail of it.
The same (smaller detail)
This sign is already visible on the left picture. It commemorates the level of the water inside Amersfoort in 1916, being 3,3 meters (11 feet) above NAP (= the ‘normal’ level of the water). In those days the Zuiderzee still existed and was able to bite severely when tide and wind conspired.
In long gone days the vicar of this church was utterly long-winded. Therefore, the choir left the church after he started his sermon and walked into a nearby pub. Except for one: the youngest. He had to leave the church towards the end of the sermon, cross a bridge nearby and notify his older...
...colleagues in the pub. His reward was a drink, waiting for him behind a little hatch that could be reached from the outside. (The single tree is the one opposite the church – to give you an idea of the lay-out of the spot.) So far for some of the many things on offer during the interesting boat-tour.
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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...)