Sunday, April 09, 2006

Woke up this morning

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Stepped outside on our Amsterdam bedroom balcony overlooking the polder: ahhh SUN and blue SKY
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I stretched my arms and filled my longues with fresh air -insert deep breath here-
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Put on my running shoes
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and ran a few miles along the dike behind our house
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along the pumping station "The Lynden" (1849) which is still active. It originally was steam engined but runs on electricity now and is fully automated and digitally connected to three other pumping stations that keep our feet dry in the "Haarlemmermeer polder".
As early as 1643 Jan Adriaanszoon Leeghwater proposed to endike and drain the lake Haarlemmermeer. Similar schemes, among which those of Nikolaas Samuel Cruquius in 1742 and of Baron van Lijnden van Hemmen in 1820 are worthy of special mention, were brought forward from time to time. But it was not until a furious hurricane in November 1836 drove the waters as far as the gates of Amsterdam (flooded the land where our house is build), and another on Christmas Day sent them in the opposite direction to submerge the streets of Leiden, that the mind of our nation was seriously turned to the matter.
On August 1, 1837, King William I appointed a royal commission of inquiry; the scheme proposed by the commission received the sanction of the Second Chamber in March 1839, and in the following May the work was begun.
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Ahh....what a great way to start off.
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Enjoy your Sundays too my blogfriends !!!

9 comments:

Lesley said...

Sounds like the start to a lovely day!

Lorraine said...

Gee...I've been away waayyyy too long! What a great way to start the day (taking photos, of course :)

Lindsay Lobe said...

A great way to start a day is to write the history about the ground under your feet.

By the way does the time between the photo's at 22 mins represernt your time of 10 minutes per mile ? or did you run the extra mile ?

best wishes

Kathleen Callon said...

You're view is gorgeous. Hope the rest of your day is as good as this morning.

Granny said...

And t least the ground is under your feet thanks to the foresight of your country.

We seem to lack that, at least here in the land of irrigation canals, dams, and reservoirs. Two dry days in a row here in sunny central California but it isn't over yet.

Gret photos.

Gary said...

Nice tour Dimitri.

Worried said...

I like this post; the history, the photos of where you live. Nice.

DA said...

It was a great day indeed, started of running and studied the rest of the day Lesley. Hope yours was good too.

Taking photos with my cell phone while running is nice, but I bet your camera would have created better shots Lorraine..

Always looking at details ain't you Lindsay. No I won't give away my speed this week :-)


Yhx Kat allthough I would prefer your Mojave dessert.

Granny, allways a pleasure to have you here. Take care of Ray, good he's home again.

Was looking for you bro, thought next stop would be Amsterdam:-)

Hi Worried, thx for your support!

Ammey Kesarkar said...

I want to live, I want to run
with wind in my hair and the sand at my feet...

I leave the cell phone at home during jog. With that beauty around your home it's tempting to carry even a digcam. :-D

I loved the snaps.