Ketelhaven - Belt-Schutsloot
Balgstuw with bridge in the background
Ketelhaven was left behind on Monday the 22nd of May 2017 at 9:17AM, leaving the province of Flevoland at the same time. We entered on the 26th of April, so Flevoland kept us busy for almost an entire month! We had to cross the Ketelmeer as well as the Zwarte Meer. That is a lot of water we...
Balgstuw again, here more in detail
...can assure you! An interesting feature on the way was the Balgstuw near Ramspol, see https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balgstuw_bij_Ramspol (only in Dutch). In English one might possibly call it a bellows-weir. It’s an inflatable weir, a sort of little miracle when thinking about it. The weir was inflated 3 times in 2015 – a record.
The opposite bank looking left
The 25th it was Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag), and the weather was gorgeous.
The bank directly opposite of us
This combination caused a very busy day, both on the canal and its banks.
The opposite bank looking right
Family visited us later that day, so we decided to walk into the village itself.
A couple of individual hire boats
It was that busy on Giethoorn’s narrow canals that the disturbance of the…
Open canal touring boat
…water was similar to that on the ‘real’ canal – where we were moored. Our…
More individual hire boats
…decision not to rent whichever type Giethoorn-boat remained unchanged.
Lovely house (I)
Wherever one looks inside this fairytale-like village, the houses are all adorable. It is, however, unavoidable to ask oneself how it would be to own such a house and live...
Lovely house (II)
...here. Tourists in hurdles! It’s one big open-air-museum. Every possible language is to be heard. So, no, we prefer being a tourist in Giethoorn over being a local.
A genuine DC next to the…
Daily life was partly lived in the same area where the (tiny) cattle was stabled. Inside that area we spotted this charming toilet, obviously being a DC, as opposed to a WC. The chamber pot fits exactly in the opening - there’s even a little extra room for the pot’s handle. The chamber pot obviously was emptied into a larger bucket and after that the ditch next to the farm offered an effective solution. The few cows...
…cows place in the winter
...lived in the same space, which must have had a positive effect on the temperature – not to mention the smell. Looking at this layout the thought that a full bucket was emptied in what is called in Dutch the ‘groep’; being the ditch behind the cows. We were unable to find a translation in English for the word ‘groep’ (pronunciation like the dubble o in Betty Boop). We now stop, toilets are a never-ending subject for boaters – sorry.
This intriguing thing captured our attention, as we had no idea what it is, errr was. Well this was for the food of the men working on the land. The food was half-cooked at home, then the (exactly fitting) pans were placed inside this box, the box was closed, the food was brought to the men, became hot and cooked on the way and was, subsequently, ready to eat at arrival.
Thatcher at work
The farmers, rather peasants over a 100 years ago (no offence meant), made extra money by growing reed that is suitable for thatching roofs. This picture gives an idea of the tools used and the way the reed was placed to create a thatched roof. See the next two pictures.
Rear part of the museum’s thatched roof
There’s not a lot of comment needed here. We deeply admire the skills of the craftsmen that are still able to deliver a genuine...
Front part of the museum’s thatched roof
...creation like this. Having said this, we know from our UK-era that the Brits are more than able to play their part if thatching is involved.
Pre-washing and heating dirty laundry
We are just old enough to remember how doing the laundry by hand took up some serious time from our parents, rather: mothers (red, split hands).
Rinsing, mangling and pressing clean laundry
Cooking the laundry by using a paraffin stove! Using washtubs (for us too!)! All by hand. It’s unimaginable nowadays that this was still done, say, some 65/70 years ago. Nostalgia!
Front room (stove)
This room was only used on birthdays or in case of visitors. A sort of (copper) kettle was integrated Inside the stove in order to have hot water available all the time.
Front room (tiles)
See the astonishing tiling on this picture. Although poor, this can only be described with the word ‘rich’. People slept here as well. See therefore the next set of pictures.
Bedstee (partly opened)
The name ‘bedstee/bedstede’ is best translated by box-bed or even cupboard-bed. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box-bed. It was, at least in The Netherlands, not unusual -until, say, some 80/90 years ago- to use one or more. There are three of them in the farm, now museum. It made the...
...need for bedrooms unessential. The bed was shorter than nowadays which is normal, because people tend to sleep in the half upright position. Contrary to the daily clothing of the farming community -always dreary coloured- the fabrics used inside the bedstee were brightly coloured.
Returning stork-parent from unexpected direction
An old, converted tugboat
This is just to show you what sort of floating things can be admired in The Netherlands. Take our word for it: the possibilities are endless. Everyone is having a good time.
A floating jacuzzi-shaped ‘thing’
Inevitably it makes one smile when looking at all the things people do when messing around with boats – or floating things if you like. Phew, that was a lot! Until next week.
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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...)