Driesum/Driezum – Wijns/Wyns
Driesum/Driezum (the best mooring space we’ve found in Friesland/Frieslân so far) was that good for walking, and the dog, that we have to admit that we overstayed no less than 4 days… Eventually we left on Monday the 1st of August at 9:45AM. We decided this time to take the detour in the direction of Dokkum, so along the Willem Lorésluis, followed by the Dokkumergrootdiep/Dokkumer Grutdjip. The latter is a former estuary which connected Dokkum with the (Wadden) Sea. Very interesting! See https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dokkumergrootdiep (only in Dutch and Frisian). We arrived in Dokkum (again) and moored at 12:20PM at the same location we had been before. It is clearly visible that the waterway in Dokkum is part...
...of the 'Staande Mastroute’ (‘standing mast route') from south-west to north-east inside The Netherlands. Sailboats with lowered masts are missing, only proudly standing masts are visible. The next day, Tuesday, a tall/long ship, named ‘Frieslan’ (the a without the usual ‘accent circonflexe’), arrived. This ship is, we seem to remember, 23 meters (76 feet) long and ‘manned’ by a single crew, notably a woman(!) en could only moor if we moved somewhat backwards. Of course we did – and made a new friend. She handled her ship very skillfully, btw, travels a lot faster than we do -now probably already in or beyond Medemblik on the other side of the IJsselmeer (formerly the Zuiderzee). She lives on her ship in the UK and is an experienced crossing-over lady.
St Vitus Church (I)
The St. Vitus Church in Wijns/Wyns was built on a mound (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terp). The church is late Romanesque and dates from around 1200 AD...
St Vitus Church (II)
...with a semi-circular external three-sided closed choir and a slightly younger tower. The tower was partly walled(?) with a small brick in 1862. In the tower hang two bells of 300 and 177 kilograms.
THIS WEEK’S STATISTICS.
Engine ran this week 5,5 hours (330 minutes): on Monday 2,5 hours (150 minutes), Thursday 2 hours (120 minutes) and Friday 1 hour (60 minutes).
Generator this week 0,0 hours (0 minutes) up till now, Sunday 3:45PM.
Weather: summer seems to stay, but not too hot (yet). We are able to walk the dog most of the time meaning it is not that hot.
Hope to see you all again next week! (Or perhaps a bit later – we’ll have visitors.)
Ook dit keer weer heel mooie foto’s van jullie verblijfplaatsen. Mooi Friesland. Vooral de steden en dorpen zijn leuk om te bezoeken. Merken jullie nog wat van de lage waterstanden?
Diny & Simon
Inderdaad hopen we hier niet voor 't laatst te zijn! De lage waterstand zie je wel in de (soms zelfs droge) sloten. De vaarwegen waarvan wij gebruik maken hebben er (nog) geen hinder van.