Dokkum – Driesum/Driezum

Dokkum was left behind on Monday the 25th of July 2022 at 11:58AM. On the way up we noticed a nice mooring place in the Petsloot/Petsleat ( - only in Frisian) near Driesum/Driezum. 'Nice' in this case, especially for our dog. Contrary to the way out to Dokkum, when we cut off the route (we turned left immediately after the bridge under the N910), we followed the easier route this time which meant that we sailed the Dokkumer Grootdiep/Dokkumer Grutdjip and the Dokkumer Diep/Dokkumer Djip followed by de Nieuwe Swemmer/Nije Swemmer and Het Schipjagersgat/It Skipjagersgat to finally reach our berth inside the Petsloot/Petsleat. We turned off the engine at 2:35PM. This photo shows what it looks like and that it is a very popular place.

Life is easy beside the Petsloot/Petsleat near Driesum/Driezum.

  • Paddling dog

    Our dog, Jay, has the possibility to paddle nearby in a shallow part of the Petsloot/Petsleat. He is a good swimmer too, but only with another...

  • Drying dog

    ...person - or dog. He can dry up (a lengthy process with a long-haired dog) in the grass next to our small ship. The smart guy always finds a shady spot.

Driesum/Driezum is a lovely tiny village with several interesting houses. The description of this one, Van Sytsamawei 18: 'In 1912, Sijtse Sijtsez (= Sijtsezoon, son of Sijtse sr, ed.) van der Veen had the old forge here demolished, after which he had a new farm with a stately front house and a relatively small barn built on this site. In this case one speaks of a 'retirement farm'. The ridge of this farm is finished with an 'ulenboard' ('uilenbord', literally ‘owls board’), which is typical of the Fryske Wâlden (Friese Wouden,âlden, only in Frisian and Dutch). This consists of a decorated standing beam (‘makelaar’, literally 'broker') with a mute swan with a curved neck on either side. In the triangle there is a flight hole owls to keep the barns free of mice. The 'makelaar' has the shape of a drinking glass at the top. With this, the farmer indicates that he has paid; the farm was thus 100% paid for. An hourglass has been incorporated into the 'makelaar' under the drinking glass, which symbolizes the shortness of life.’ The inhabitants of this region absolutely did not want to be the victims of gossip - and they were very God-fearing. (Probably still are.)

The next one, Van Sytsamawei 18 (neighbour of the previous one): ‘Due to its simple design, the stelpfarm ('stjelp', see, also in Dutch) was an economically attractive alternative to the head-neck-romp farm, particularly in the 19th century (see house, more extensive in Frisian and Dutch). Not all stelpfarms were so simple in design (though, ed.). This farm, for example, represents a rare type for our (this, ed.) region, which can be seen, as a variation on the stelpfarm. The wide house has a gable roof that is perpendicular to the roof of the barn. But the remarkable thing is that the roof of the barn continues into the house. It is (here, ed.) covered with tiles, while the sides of the barn were originally thatched. The construction method creates a more spacious grain loft. This type of farm is also known as the Bergumermeer/Burgumermeer (a nearby lake, meer = lake, ed.) type.’ (The flag is upside down, due to a conflict between the farming community and the government.)

We pictured this house because it’s so miraculously pretty. The painting! The colours! The garden! The dormer! The brickwork! The rooftiles! The entrance! This is what you call a perfect state of maintenance.

An interesting as well as funny one, Van Sytsamawei 31. ‘The last (Roman Catholic, ed.) pastor of Driesum/Driezum, Albert van Bolten, married, after he was deposed in 1580, the year of the reformation of Friesland, his housekeeper Nanne Harmens daughter (at the time this was written as Nanne Harmensdr - a man would have been called Harmenszn , Harmen's son - often no surnames, ed.). They continued to live in the rectory opposite the church. Until April 23, 1876, the Reformed municipalities of (Dantumawoude) Dantumawâld, (Driesum) Driezum and (Wouterswoude) Wâlterswâld formed a combination. The vicar sat in the rectory of (Dantumawoude) Dantumawâld. On May 16, 1877, Baron D.J.V. van Sytsama (mayor/church governor, ed.) laid the foundation stone of this rectory (pictured, ed.), the cost of which, including furnishings, amounted to ƒ 17,000.00. The ornamental garden - with a small wooden garden house, winding paths, a monumental brown beech and rhododendrons - dates from the 1920s. The roof was also raised at that time. To the right of the rectory an avenue of oak forms the boundary of the plot; In the past, it probably ran to a vegetable garden behind it. In 2017 the rectory came into private hands.’

Driesum’s/Driezum’s Paardendagen (Horse Days) on 28, 29 and 30 July 2022. We felt lucky to be here during these days. A friendly male volunteer handed us, and all the moored boats, even this extensive brochure.

When walking the dog, into Driesum/Driezum and back, we already noticed every now and then a carriage with horse(s) so that the suspicion arose that something was being practiced.

A typical obstacle during a horse-marathon

Friday the 29th was the day of the horse-marathon. That is always great to experience as a spectator (or even better: participant). We walked to the nearest obstacle which this one turned out to be. The competition (more than 100(!) participating combinations) took part from 10 am until late in the afternoon. The contestants come in from the left and have to drive through gate A. This is slightly to the right of the visible (walking) path. Keep in mind that red is always on the right and white on the left. Then drive on, up to the left through a ‘hedge’ of spectators to B. Down again to C and D (in the foreground especially D is clearly visible). Then up again towards E. The announcer apparently thinks it’s a two-horse chariot and that New Forest is also a horse name - however it is a pony breed. He obviously was looking what his information mentioned about the number of this particular participant. The participant immediately turns after E and leaves the terrain as quickly as possible to set a good time. Most combinations turned right again after obstacle E, followed by a sprint to the entrance/exit of the obstacle. Spectacular!

We’ve seen one-in-hand, two-in-hand, even a tandem(!) and four-in-hand. This is a prove of the latter.

  • Frisian horses (I)

    As former owners of a Frisian stallion our hearts still jumps up when a Frisian horse appears. The left picture shows a Frisian two-in-hand in full action when passing gate A. The right picture shows the same two-in-hand when leaving the obstacle. During the eighties our female half rode the Friesian stallion (not..

  • Frisian horses (II)

    ...a gelding, btw) 'under saddle'. She even rode a 'pas-de deux' at a horse show with another (complete) Friesian stallion. We owned some three carriages, too, and our male half rode the stallion in his harness in front of a carriage. Well, at least he tried, sometimes successful. He is a qualified driver since 1981.

When walking into the village we pass a deer park. We were able to picture this male fallow deer. Isn’t he gorgeous?


Engine ran on Monday 2,6 hours (156 minutes) – and that was it.

Generator this week 1,6 hours (96 minutes) up till now, Sunday 3:38PM. To drive our microwave and this morning around 1 hour to boost our batteries.

Weather: summer seems to stay, but not too hot. We are able to walk the dog most of the time meaning it is not that hot. Today it’s very rainy. Good for the farmers.

Hope to see you all again next week!  


03.08.2022 19:03

Iris Meijer

Leuk om te lezen, mooie foto's. Fijne voortzetting. Liefs!

04.08.2022 17:43

Diny & Simon

Graag gedaan! En liefs terug!

31.07.2022 18:19


Wat leuk die uitgebreide beschrijving van de schitterende huizen. En wat troffen jullie het met als bonus de paardendagen.

31.07.2022 19:32

Diny & Simon

Ja, 't is hier best wel interessant! Normaal kom je d'r nooit. De paardendagen (voor ons marathon) was ge-wel-dig. Dat was jaaaaaren geleden. Voornemen; vaker gaan kijken.