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hawthorn & cow parsley...
(Walcheren countryside in a nutshell)






Lof van Walcheren / 'Praise of Walcheren'

Daar is geen als dit mijn land   
besloten tusschen zee en strand.
- O palm van God's hand...

There is no- like this my land
enclosed between sea and beach.
- O palm of God's hand...


(last sentences of a poem by Jan Campert, father of Remco Campert, who moved in 1905, at the age of 2, to Westkapelle, where his father had become the village doctor.
he fell in love -dutch- with Walcheren for the rest of his life. a relatively short life, that ended early 1943 in a concentration camp, where he was sent to for aiding jews).







one of the most enjoyable pastimes here, apart from being touched and inspired, (disheartened ) by all sorts of magnificent pics, must be the sight-seeing. your beautifully presented glimpses of other worlds, the most stunning vistas, and even concrete urban 'landscapes', skillfully turned into beautiful works of art.

unfortunally (almost embarrassing), there are - still ;) - no mountains here, nor breathtaking vistas. Walcheren is shaped like a saucer (or, indeed, like the palm of a hand... ;)), bordered by dunes. high are the dunes. although this country is not as flat as many seem to think. unlike the flat! man-made polder landscapes, -the island of- Walcheren was originally sculpted by the sea. it consisted of creek ridges, salt marshes and 'poel' (/pool?) areas. the oldest sites, the 'old land', lie(s) on the upper side of a peat layer, covered by about a meter of marine clay. meanwhile other parts of the island silted up.
typical for -province of- Zeeland, is the 'hollebollig', as we call it, landscape, 'hollow and convex', as a result of centuries of 'moernering' -dutch-, i.e. the digging up of 'moer' from under the clay, which is peat, that had been soaked in seawater. this peat was then burned, in order to extract salt (until the end of the 15th century). almost every town and road on top of a creek ridge, hence the many winding roads on a once so lovely island. the 1944 inundation changed/ruined so much, the soul obv. destroyed. (pdf in dutch, should anyone care to know). despite all lacking or forever destroyed, there are still a few favourite spots.









(to be continued?)

 



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what's new?





remember 'Noah'?
and 'Noah'?   







(there is also 1 in 'dutch' > verbergtte?   )





https://arkmuseum.eu/
this ark (pls select english on wiki, in order for the link to work) nowadays belongs to a man, named Aad Peters
-dutch-, but was originally built by a carpenter, named Johan Huibers -dutch-, who even wrote a book about it.
the latter has brought his ark to Middelburg and Vlissingen before, long, at least a decade, ago. looking kind of
cute back then, with a giraffe observing everything from the deck.
the new owner made history in the UK as well and even made it to the BBC news.



very 1st glimpse of a biblical museum




and the 2nd- a cave girl
charging an entrance fee of E 14.50 per person (!)









+ angel + - the whole enchilada






















an ark in the Flushing Binnenhaven / Inner harbour





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Maybe not a bad idea with the heavy rainfall these days
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2021 at 10:13
Exactly my thoughts. I miss the large animals, but it looks like an impressive vessel. TFS Ine   
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2021 at 14:48
THX guys! LOL @Fred!
not funny though! worries about several friends in the south of -province of- Limburg and about the many!!! animals of course, but then saw footage from Germany and Belgium, which was de-va-sta-ting!!! and heard some Einstein opened the gates of a flood barrier in the Ardennes during the latest deluge. also heard (from Limburg) that insurance only covers damage from water, coming in 'vertically', not horizontally. coverage when it poors through the roof, not when the river enters the house/building through the front door.


the 1st ark looked quite 'convincing'! with an uber-cute plastic giraffe on top. IMHO the grey/rusty barge underneath the 2.0 version doesn't 'add' to the overall appearance? we seem to be looking at an entire forest btw, 1,200 trees are in this boat. ark 1.0 was obviously used as a venue for weddings, conferences, parties, etcetera.
although (not religious) I like the idea of a biblical museum, it looks rather messy to me? (lots of nicely shot footage/pictures on the website). and I could think of other uses that would do this massive 'boat' more justice? and nice perhaps, to stick to the theme? A.R.K.: One A.ct of R.andom K.indness, every day! (seen that movie?).
only saw the most holy scene of all, Christ in the 'stable', without-a-stable, right behind the door. but Josef doesn't look overjoyed, Mary looks like it's none of her business and Jesus is like: 'why me?' at least, that's what it looks like to me. (forgive me?). had to look twice to recognize a star and altered the light to make the mess right behind them less prominent. the girl said there are 4 floors.

from the NY Times (!) :
When God flooded the Earth as punishment for man’s sins, the story goes, a devoted follower named Noah built an ark, preserving mankind by saving his family and the world’s animals from the water. A modern version of the ark is facing a different challenge: British bureaucracy.
etc. ;)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 July 2021 at 14:51

#traces-of-war




did I mention hamlet Abeele has a bunker, disguised as a 'vliedberg'?
(did! ;))







type is 631





often with cows on top and the Middelburg landmarks behind it





meanwhile enjoying the rapeseed ...while we still can...   




 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 July 2021 at 07:24
Originally posted by angora angora wrote:


#traces-of-war

Not bad Ine, but it looks quite rotated looking by the church tower.
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