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Thanks Ine! That drone video is amazing. I will keep track of HMM Algericas and try to catch her from Ellewoutsdijk.
And Pollux it is!
 



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track & trace   

saw so many Algeciras -drone- videos on youtube, even the HMM company has its playlists.
(a drone for stills, wouldn't that be something... )

(mentioned) Nauw van Bath -3 maps- for those who like action ?
ships running aground and other disasters.   



THE BIGGEST BOAT ON EARTH ...august version




m/v Pioneering Spirit (formerly Pieter Schelte)




Ritthem dykes/dikes near the Sloe harbour





and the police was present too. to make sure that all took place in a smooth and orderly manner.
and to enforce social distancing.


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POLARIS
brother of Pollux










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local celebs





Middelburg- Lange Noordstraat
'long north street'




behind the city hall.
known for the tax sharks, who used to reside in het 'Groot Huys' / the 'big house'
in the middle.








on the left the former post office





end of a market day on thursdays + the usual traffic is usually a recipe for chaos.





#37- house 'de Pyramide'





'the Pyramid'- façade from 1733, nevertheless once home to J. Roggeveen   (?    )






Ortelius 1570- 'terra australis nondum cognita' aka 'unknown south land'


Australia... derived from latin 'australis' aka 'southern', and more specifically from the mythical 'Terra australis', an imaginary unknown continent, that appeared as a big white blob on the maps of the 15th century. (and later on replaced the name 'New Holland', made up by Tasman. even the ancient Greek already knew that planet earth was not a pancake).

in the 17th century it was quite fashionable, among the rich and wealthy, to hang world maps as posters -up to 2.5 x 2 meters- on the wall (as can be seen on paintings from that period). the hallway was a popular spot. the unknown south land blob however slowly disappeared from the maps over time. 1st it vanished from the Indian Ocean, then from the Atlantic Ocean and eventually from the Pacific. emperical won over speculation, and left nothing but empty space.




Maritime museum, Den Helder

Arent Roggeveen, a mathematician and cartographer from Middelburg, who was still convinced there had to be land down there, became obsessed with all of this emptiness. the more since there seemed to be evidence for tongues of land down south. in 1676, he began to plan an expedition. the dutch government granted permission for a charter, but lack of finances became the deal-breaker. (he died in 1679). Arent had 3 sons, the youngest one, born in 1659, called Jacob.


   
   (stupid lines! :( )


Jacob Roggeveen was a notary from 1683 till 1706, during which period he lived in the Middelburg Noordstraat. (he also became doctor of law and studied theology. in 1707, he went to Batavia as councillor of justice for the V.O.C. 3 years after his return to Middelburg (in 1715), he published a leaflet, Den Val van ‘s werelts Af-God by the Zeeland pastor Pontiaen van Hattem. it was inspired by Spinoza and Descartes and stated that men were not bound by 'earthly laws' because of the 'heavenly mercy'. this led to a LOT of turmoil. the very 1st copy was publicly burned and Roggeveen was kicked out of town by the city council.





he then moved in with his friend, the mayor of Arnemuiden, and published leaflets #s 2 and 3, which again proved to be a recipe for commotion. because of all the consternation + his prosecution, he decided it was time to hit the road. err.. sea. and off he went with 3 ships, that belonged to the W.I.C. + 224 men.



Roggeveen's travels


and the rest is history...?





on april 5, 1722, they discovered an island
and named it Easter Island, because it was easter that day.





Jacob returned to Middelburg, where people mocked him for his controversial leaflets and for a journey
that ended in failure: Terra australis not found! and he published part 4 of the leaflets.




moai replica in honour of Jacob R.
moved to park het Molenwater in 2019.

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writing on the wall...





beside the Zeeland archives, one can read a part of Roggeveen's logbook, describing the very 1st encounter with a native, who approached the anchored ship in a canoe, (in very ancient -funny!- dutch), carved into the wall. (IF you can read it... ).





Wierden onderwylen dighte by ons een kleyn vaartuigh gewaar, daar een oud naakt mens in sat, die geweldigh schreeuwde.
Ik voer met mijn sloep naar ’t selve toe, bragt hem met veel tegenscrabbelinge aan boort van den Arent, zijnde een manspersoon van diep in de 50 jaren, uyt de bruynen, met een sikje na de turkse manier, heel sterk van gestalte.

Wy gaven hem een kleyn spiegeltjen, waarin hy sigh beschoude, waarover hy seer verschrikte, alsmede over het luyen van de klok. We gaven hem een glaasje brandewijn, ’t geen hy over zijn tronie goot en wanneer hy de kragt daarvan voelde, begon hy zijn oogen wakker te vryven; gave een tweede glaasje brandewijn nevens een wormbeschytje, daar soo te seggen niets van nuttighde; daar was een soort van schaamte in, wegens zijn naaktheyt, daar hy sagh, dat wy alle gekleet waren.

and there is more:
https://www.zeeuwsarchief.nl/over-ons/gebouw/de-tekst-op-de-muur/






'noticed meanwhile near us, a small vessel, in which an old naked human sat, who shouted enormously (....).'
-they grabbed him and brought him aboard, despite his heavy resistance and struggling-
'we gave him a small mirror, in which he saw himself, which hugely startled him, as did ringing of the bell.
we gave him a glass of brandy, which he poured over his mug/his (hidious) face'

Bonden hem een laptjen zeyldoek voor zijn schamelheyt, ’t geen hem wonderwel behaagde.
'we tied a piece of sailcloth in front of his nakedness, which amazingly pleased him'.
(a lousy 'translation', all in all. I can't do this! :S help please? anyone? ;))

but it seems that the Mystery of Easter Island finally has been solved?


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the Walcheren country, Grijpskerke





and more Lange Noordstraat





more Jacobs, more celebs





ever heard of 'the Cats house'?
if you're dutch you have.
it's not a cattery! it was named after Jacob Cats, better known as 'father Cats'.
whom we can all quote: < "kinderen zijn hinderen!" / 'children are a nuisance'>
politician, statesman, poet and also became a British knight.
the Cats house was his home. to be found in ...Middelburg.








Lange Noordstraat 31 anno 1526, façade from 1751
'residential house of Jacob Cats, 1603 -1623'








1634, oil by Michiel Jansz. van Miereveldt, Rijksmuseum


but he also had a country house.





 



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aka Hrieps -in dialect-

a quiet rural village, bearing the burden of tourist traffic
( shown here on video on september 22 after most tourists had left )





sign: you are standing 'here'





't Munnickenhof, 1659
oil by Willem Schellinckx, 200 x 281cm, Zeeuws museum, Middelburg



't Munnickenhof was founded in the 13th century by the lords of the Norbertine abbey in Middelburg. to use as their country home, and to receive noble guests. it was surrounded by orchards and kitchen gardens.








https://munnikenhof.nl/








country roads and cow parsley, so typical for Walcheren
(as was hawthorn / meidoorn)






sign says no trespassing
(I sometimes suffer from dyslexia )








the box hedge has been eaten


(the suspects:













)



then noticed a couple of barely dressed people and didn't have the nerve to go farther






https://rijksmonumenten.nl/monument/28125/t-munnikenhof/grijpskerke/
(before it was restored )

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spot the castle?


(a bit more boring history, for context. should I stop doing this?? )

-1st known- portrait of Jacob Cats, 1618, Rijksmuseum
by Adriaen Pietersz. van de Venne
design for an etching (because the family crest is in reverse)

in the BG- view through the window of het Munnickenhof




Ick had een buytenhuys niet verre van de stadt,
Daer ick en mijn gesin een wijl in stilte sat
Ick schoude stadts gewoel, en koos het eensaem velt,
Want daer was toen ter tijt mijn wesen naer gestelt
Om buyten alle sorg te sitten in het groen,
Oock als ik ledig was genegen iet te doen.
Ick las, ick dicht’, ick schreef, ick maeckte zinnebeelden,
Terwijl mijn kleyne jeugt omtrent de boomen speelden.






Cats bought the property in 1605 (from Balthazar de Moucheron, who had also sold him his Middelburg house).
he wrote most of his poems here. and was into agriculture as well and built a farm on the premises.
around 1860 the castle was demolished. only the right wing remained.








behind the farm





a meadow with a view

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Zoutelande



in a hurry...

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2021 at 21:09
Walcheren is very lucky to have a photographer like you Ine, I feel I know the city well through your eyes!
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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Walcheren is very lucky to have a photographer like you Ine, I feel I know the city well through your eyes!


+1.
Ine, you are putting together a beautiful chronicle of Walcheren past and present, with a lot of obvious love and pride.
Wonderful to see from a distance. Hopefully international travel will become a possibility in the not too distant future to enable adventures with my camera once again...
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wow, TYSM Simon and Joe! how very kind!!
I wish though...

there ain't no pride. on the contrary. just sentiments and a sense of loss, and a longing for what was taken away from us, concern about what they are trying to take away from us. ('they' being project developers, -who think BIG-, often not even locals. the keyword is tourism. -and in the past available cooling water for huge polluting factories-).

yes, I love this island. (after WWII Walcheren was still an island, only connected to the next peninsula, Zuid-Beveland, by a dam. it wasn't until after the 1953 North sea flood that bridges and more dams were built and parts of the sea -arms- shut off, some land obv. reclaimed). it's not the prettiest of islands, but I totally get how the coast and country have mesmerised so many -loyal- tourists.
but to capture the soul of Walcheren, takes more than just a grand tour + snaps at random -my middle name-. or bad pics of a lady with her dress tucked into her undies (previous post).
any of you would come up with better pics -so far ;)-! it has to involve the elements of nature, weather, seasons and the incredible force of the sea and this land, gained from it. and capturing the magnificent light. the famous Zeeland (Walcheren- actually) light really excists, it's light reflected in whirling salt crystals, that appear to be bigger in summer). it's a tale of fertile land and old customs, of tide and dunes and dykes, woodland, animals, an ongoing song of wind, waves and sand, and more ...hovering just outside the scope of reason.   

which sums up my pitfall. and huge frustration, as if it wouldn't be tricky enough to try to make an effort. I'm a s*cker for light! pretty light, threatening clouds and golden hours. which means having to travel to/from many locations during darker hours. (or pouring rain/thunder storms). I often leave with lots of pricey stuff, strapped to my back. (at least, it's rather expensive for me). not afraid of anyone, but often feeling vulnerable when on a(n old skool) bike, or (moped)/scooter, on deserted roads, still daylight. (carburator of my -1986- car has been stolen AND the horn grr. the starter motor + start relay of scooter broken). or (obviously? ;)) alone in remote places. in the past my -diseased- husband always came along.
tried company. they either don't get it -and asking for the 5th time in a row if they could pls stop running -and worse, stop popping up in the frame time after time- won't make you any 'friends'. ;) - willing to lower their pace for a few steps and like to remind me that I 'have already taken a pic of that dune/beach/flower/unameit' and that it's not done to lay on the ground ;), question why I'm not swiftly running onto the next sets of stairs, with a heavy load on my back. it has to be enjoyable for them as well? OR they say they would love to come along, will even bring their cameras, at 1 pm "when the sunshine is really nice". well, that. which doesn't mean that I couldn't do more, whilst still not living my passion ...like my best?!(!!) for a change?!       

perhaps I should leave the history part out. who cares anyway?
however, IMHO it does place things in a context, (it c/b easily skipped), and is not what Dyxum is about? ! (and sometimes amazes me).
this is not common knowledge. i.e. we were not taught about it at school. I've always been familiar with -what's left of- that castle and often drove past it when our rabbit food-dealer was in Westkapelle, while taking the nicer short cut. it intrigued me every time, but no clue what it was back then. 'the Cats' house' btw is the dutch equivalent of 10, Downing street, but I would be surprised if any of the fellow country(wo)men knew that the man, Cats, known for corny poems and hi-level politics, spent most of his working life on Walcheren. read later on the wiki page that he had to leave his country house, because a dyke had broke and didn't know that either. Middelburg happens to be the (2nd before WWII) 5th city in the country with the most monuments, but not every monument looks like a gem?

@Simon- I so love your pics! every time I watch BBC's 'escape to the country' (a fave program, along with Kevin McCloud's 'grand designs'), it strikes me how incredibly stunning your country is, every county! and often hope for more 'city' threads! to watch the unknown and perhaps even familiar places.
(in a former life, we've spent 4 years at sea, merely coasters (499 GRT) and a few larger ships. during which period the UK -and Ireland- were our 'home away from home', a return to the 'civilized world' (forgive me? ) + an opportunity to freely roam the streets again and to buy stuff like stationery, books/mags > Practical Photography!, (Cadbury bars ;)), contact lens fluids, camera batteries, toothpaste and so on. in particular Cornwall, Par (China clay) and the region around it. the longest trip was 7 months in a row, not been in Holland for 6 months. our 'local' camera store was in Par. (and regulars at a pub in Dundalk. ;)). I, for one, have seen many a shore in the UK and every shore of Ireland + the regions behind them, but unfortunally not much of the inland). 'in short': how about more 'city' threads of regions that deserve more of the limelight than Walcheren does? would love to see them! this is not a hint! ;) (I wouldn't dare ).

@Joe- (love your pics too! :)). sincerely hope so! so far it seems to go from worse to worse.
(really glad that you surfaced again. hadn't seen you around for a couple of days, none of my business, but relieved that all looks well. :)).

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september 2016


and Zoutelande 4 years later- also september




see that jungle of wind turbines at sea?   





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still Zoutelande...




'salt of the earth'










'farther than far' ...prophetic words? ;)


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