Woudsend/Wâldsein – Blokzijl
Woudsend’s/Wâldsein’s daytime harbour…
We left our initial mooring spot at Woudsend/Wâldsein at 9:47AM on Monday the 11th of September 2017. Not for long, though, as we needed to do some shopping and were told that we could be in the town’s harbour (situated on the opposite bank-side) for free during…
…for free between 8:00Am and 10:00PM
…daytime, thus solving the problem of a non-existing bridge. Turning our little ship was not the best option (wind!), so we decided to make a genuine double z-shaped manoeuvre in reverse, ending up in the position as shown by the picture on the left. That short ‘cruise’ took us exactly 18 minutes.
We left Woudsend/Wâldsein finally -well, for the season that is- at 12:14PM. When cruising on the Jeltesleat we noticed a dredger, equipped with ever-so-convenient spud-poles, unloading itself on the adjacent land. The material seemed to have been collected elsewhere, as the earth was taken from the dredger’s cargo hold; as…
…opposed to the canal’s bottom. After having passed the dredger we had a clear view of the results of these works. A double dike is under construction for an even better protection of the polder (and houses) in the background. As usual, the level of the water in the canal is higher than the level of the polder.
After some searching, meaning cruising a bit clueless up-and-down, we discovered that there was nowhere a mooring for free to be found, so we decided to…
…occupy the most picturesque spot by far – being this one. The reason that we show two pictures of it is simply that we have been unable to make a choice
After a few days of (pleasant) delay we finally entered the Tjeukemeer/Tsjûkemar. This lake is the largest one in Friesland – see https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tjeukemeer...
We were not alone
…only for the privileged ones that master the Dutch language. Sorry! The wind was still there – but it was better than the days before and very well do-able.
The engine was ignited at 9:40AM the next morning. Subsequently the beautiful province of Friesland/Fryslân was left after having tackled a lock -yes, really!!- of some 30 centimeters difference in level. We entered the equally beautiful province of Overijssel again – beautiful, at least…
View to the east
…when it’s about the part we’ve seen up till now. We reached Ossenzijl at 11:47AM, a village we have been before, around the end of June and the beginning of July and where our 10(!) domestic batteries were replaced. The view towards the east was worth a picture, we thought.
On the way from Steenwijk towards Ossenzijl 2½ months back we cruised the shortest way, skipping a detour via the Kalenbergergracht. That was unwise, as was properly made clear to us. This waterway is indeed one-thousand percent worth cruising. Just an…
…example (again) of a lovely house on the left picture and the view when having a last look back towards Ossenzijl. One cannot have a lot of views more picturesque than these ones – even when it is raining. The Kalenbergergracht derives its name from a little…
…village situated halfway alongside the waterway and called, perhaps you guessed it, Kalenberg. There’s one lift-bridge in Kalenberg’s centre and we’re approaching on the third picture. The bridge may be passed after paying € 2,20 which we duly did.
As far as the houses are concerned: most of them must have been built to be pictured a few thousand times a year. If the owners, just...
...like ourselves by the way, would earn only half a euro per picture! Kalenberg village is followed by Wetering village – it’s all so tiny that no-one...
...can see where the one ends and the next begins. Who cares, it is a real treat to cruise the Kalenbergergracht – as slow as possible.
We arrived at Muggenbeet (Mosquito-bite, really) at 11:45AM and stopped there, if only capable of saying ‘We have been in Muggenbeet’. In case someone...
...feels we are pulling your leg, here’s a picture of an official sign, designed and installed by the Dutch government – or, at least, some official authority.
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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...)