Drinking water was originally transported to Amsterdam in ships. In 1851 Jacob van Lennep managed to buy terrain in the dunes and started constructing a pipeline to Amsterdam. In 1853 the first water was sold for 1 cent per bucket. Nowadays the pipelines transport 70.000.000.000 liters of water per year… Read More »Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes 2 – rhine water, flow with me
Along the coast, south of Haarlem and west of Amsterdam, one may find a rather unique nature reserve, the Water Supply Dunes. This is where Amsterdam gets its clean drinking water, filtrated through the sand of the sea dunes. The reserve measures 34 square kilometers so there is ample space… Read More »Amsterdam Water Supply Dunes 1 – fallow deer, walk with me
A different way to organize photos is in photo albums. In 2008 I started making printed photo albums of my holiday pictures. Now I have found a simple responsive plugin that allows me to show a digital version of my photo albums. Provided I did make a digitized version of… Read More »Added a new page – photo album flipbooks
New brochures of the Mini 35, Morris 1300HL, Simca 1100, Chrysler Sunbeam, Daf 33, Daf 55, Sunbeam Alpine en Pentacon Six. The last brochures before the museum will be closed for maintenance, which is due for the last week of November. De laatste partij nieuwe brochures voor het museum dicht… Read More »8 new brochures in the sales brochures museum of lost brands
Soesterberg played an important role in the cold-war defensive strategy of NATO. From 1954 till 1994 a USA fighter squadron was stationed on the airbase. They used Phantoms when I did my military service nearby. Several times a week there were interception practices in which four planes would take off… Read More »A walk around former NATO Airbase Soesterberg.
In a wetlands area there is not enough land for roads, so when doing a round walk you always have to do part on a road. In this case you walk through the village of Kortenhoef (with its lovely church) and luckily that is a charming experience. Lots of nice… Read More »Loosdrecht lakes – walking the Oppad-Kromme Rade track (2)
Walking on water, almost. South of Amsterdam there is an area of marshes and shallow lakes: the Loosdrecht lakes. The lakes were created by peat harvesting in the 17th and 18th century. In the 20th century the inhabitants of Amsterdam discovered their recreational value. In the summer holiday season it… Read More »Loosdrecht lakes – walking the Oppad-Kromme Rade track (1)
As a “water spirit”, the translation of the site’s name “watergeest”, I feel related to birds that thrive at the water’s edge, especially the Oystercatcher. In the Northern parts of Holland this bird is known as “Bonte Piet”. If the world is my oyster, then my site must be an… Read More »The world is my oystercatcher
Comic Hero Tintin is well-known all over the world. Since the death of his creator, Hergé, the Tintin heritage is vigorously guarded by his wife and her lover. Legally it is almost impossible to publish Tintin in any possible way, but there are many parodies circulating on the web. Here… Read More »8 unknown Tintin books ?
The rich history of South-Flevoland, and my home town Almere in particular, is intersected by two large canals, the Hoge Vaart (High Canal) and the Lage Vaart (Low Canal). One could argue that it should be a piece of cake to get all waterways at the same level when new… Read More »A walk from Vaartsluis to Zuidersluis in Almere