Harlingen/Harns - Hempens

Our youngest grandson was with us in Harlingen for 5 nights. As a matter of (luxury) compensation we were able to use his mother’s, our daughter’s, car. When shopping together, our grandson and the dog waited patiently for us while seated in the car-boot.

In view of Easter we bought ourselves an ‘Feest-Stol’ from the well-known AH-chain. On the box one’s informed about the quality of its contents by the word ‘excellent’. It was. Raisins, currants, hazelnuts, almond paste and a lose little bag containing icing sugar – it was all inside the box. (And the bread, of course.)

  • Price for a roof box

    Ever since we bought our little ship, now over 8 years back, we used a wooden platform -in front of the wheelhouse- to store all kind of ‘stuff’ on top of it. Think of bags of coal (a thing of the past), brooms, chairs, boat-hooks, brushes, you name it. On top of that our collection of non-stowable things was recently enlarged by buying a dog cart. To avoid misunderstandings: the latter designed to carry a dog inside – as opposed to a harnessed dog underneath of it for pulling… Well, one of us discovered a cheap(?) roof box, for sale at Gamma Harlingen/Harns and decided we’d have one to solve the problem of a disordered view for once and for all. Gamma Harlingen/Harns: sold out. (Why was it on display at the outside of the building in the first place??) However, Gamma Sneek/Snits was called by a service-desk employee and, eureka!, they still had one left and allowed us to buy it with a discount of 50%. Our grandson...

  • A giant roof box

    ...and male half travelled into Sneek/Snits and bought the thing for just over € 150,00, even regular customer (yep!) discount on top of the 50%. Then we discovered that the thing was too big for the Citroen C3 to carry. We used some pieces of rope, excluded motorways on our SatNav during the return-trip (police!) and returned safely with our new roof box. Kudos to our grandson, as he prevented the heavy thing (more or less fixed in a sloping position) to slide down with his bare fingers. Two remarks to end with. One: our grandson wondered why the same deal was not possible in Harlingen/Harns, as their last one was on display at the outside, too. (Would they have offered it with the same discount?) Two: the view with the roof box in its permanent position, as seen from inside, was made only yesterday, showing where we were again, being Franeker/Frjentsjer (see hereunder), on that day.

The painters started the job by thoroughly grinding the surface of both roof and gunnel. As a result both surfaces became better to clean, read: smoother. Not one-hundred percent smooth though, so its still rather safe to walk on top of both surfaces when the circumstances are wet/slippery. After that the bad spots were treated with stuff to fill them up.

Two painters doing the long awaited repainting-job. As you’ll notice this is the roof. The gunnel-part is already finished.

This is what it looks like after finishing the job as agreed beforehand. They did the horizontal parts, we have to do the rest ourselves. The colour for the roof is a custom-made one. Fortunately they provided us with what they called an ‘emergency package’, one litre of the specific colour included. The dark blue is a RAL-colour. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_RAL_colors#RAL_5010. ‘Ours’ is 5010: Gentian blue.

We had to leave on Friday the 26th of April, because a German tourist-boat from Berlin, named ‘Fitzgerald’, was put back in the water and supposed to be on the spot where we had been for over a fortnight. So we said goodbye to everyone and left around 2:00PM.

Before we left we noticed a tiny solar powered boat. Sponsored by SRF too! We only knew of solar powered vehicles that do a contest in Australia’s outback. Well, there’s obviously more than that!

After a short cruise, one hour exactly, we moored at Franeker/Frjentjer. Because we have been there before there’s no picture of the mooring-spot. It would be a bit repetitive, wouldn’t it? Anyway, the next day it was King’s Day. It’s a tradition in The Netherlands that anybody is allowed to sell surplus stuff – or even perform an act of some sort (for a small fee, of course). This ‘mood-picture’ illustrates what it looked like in Franeker/Frjentjer. Rather busy, not too busy.

This morning, on Sunday the 28th of April 2019, we left Franeker/Frjantsjer at 1:25PM. As you’ll notice we are more relaxed than we happened to be in the past. On the way in the direction of Leewarden/Ljouwert the bridge at Dronrijp/Dronryp is no longer tp be found – demolished. A new one will be there in the foreseeable future, say next year. For the time being a ferry-boat is in use. This boat does not, repeat not, cruise from one canal-bank to the other and vise-versa. It is just a sort of temporary bridge; traffic can enter from both sides as if it is a road. The ferry moves out of the way when a boat, us for instance, wants to pass. Clever!

Cloud-burst

Around 3:00 to 3:30PM we were hit by a severe rain-shower. This short (20 seconds) video clearly shows that our life is not at all 100% ‘cake and egg’ (literally translated from Dutch ‘koek en ei’).

At 4:35PM, a bit over 3 hours after our departure time, we moored at Hempens. That town is situated south of Leeuwarden/Ljouwert. The two are separated only by the Van Harinxmakanaal. We have been here before, so here’s the view from inside our little ship, the port-side to be precise.

  • Marrekrite LM55A

    Opposite Hempens three pontoons are to be found, all three of them created and maintained by the Marrekrite-organisation. (Wikipedia-info only in Frisian and Dutch.) Two of them were occupied when we arrived, we were forced to choose LM55A. Of course we did not mind, they are all equal. Until we noticed a load of garbage scattered around in...

  • Marrekrite LM55C

    ...the meadow next to this particular pontoon. There was even more than the left picture shows! Later on LM55C was vacated and we were yet able to move on a little bit. The question ‘Why didn’t you clean it?’ arises. Well, we simply have no idea where to leave it. If everybody, like us and a load of others we’re sure, would feel responsible for one’s own garbage…

The weather improved a bit later on. Here’s the view around 8:00PM. Better. A lot better.

After arrival we ignited our solid fuel stove. Together with a drink – a glass of port in this case- one feels really privileged.

This week’s statistics.

Engine ran during 4 hours and 24 minutes (4,4 hours) – Friday 1,2 hours, Sunday 3,2 hours. Rather modest indeed.

Generator this week: nothing, zero, nada, nul, niks.

Weather: Monday through Thursday generally sunny – we were very lucky (paintwork outside!) Friday: Sunny. Saturday: hmmmm. Today (Sunday): mostly grey, severe rain during the afternoon, improving during the evening.

Hope to see you next week again!