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 !!!