Tuesday, 31 August 2021


The Wachter mill looking small when viewed through a transmission tower. 
(photo 3Mar21)

Monday, 30 August 2021

August rain

I am standing with my back against the display window of our local bakery here,
waiting for the pouring rain to stop.. (photo 27Aug21)

Sunday, 29 August 2021

Berend Botje

Berend Botje is a character from a well known 19th century Dutch children's song.
The lines tell about Berend Botje who went out sailing with his sailboat to Zuidlaren.
A replica of the sculpture can be found along the Stationsweg (see HERE) while 
the original piece on the photo can be viewed in De Wachter mill museum.
(photo 24Jul21)

Saturday, 28 August 2021

On the bridge

A short stop on the bridge to view the river Drentsche Aa. The white building on the
right side of the photo is restaurant De Drentsche Aa. (photo 23Aug21)


Friday, 27 August 2021

Drentsche Aa

The wide terrace of restaurant De Drentsche Aa in Schipborg borders on the river 
Drentsche Aa. We passed here on an evening bicycle ride, which was on a Monday 
when they are usually closed, hence the upside down chairs. (photo 23Aug21)

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Happy stone

With a stone in the shape of a pointy hat the maker of this happy stone
thought of Santa..  (photo 25Aug21)

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Little free library

Made by neighbourhood association 'Noorder Es'. (photo 26May21)

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Monday, 23 August 2021

Evening sky

..above the towering corn stalks along the Leemkuilenweg. (photo 17Aug21)

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Tin jars

A display of old tin jars inside the museum of the Wachter mill. One of the names 
you can see on several of the jars is 'Koninklijke Verkade' ('Royal Verkade'), 
known for its rusk, cookies, sweets, and chocolates. (photo 24Jul21)

Saturday, 21 August 2021


Looking through one of the windows during our visit to the Wachter museum mill.
(photo 24Jul21)

Friday, 20 August 2021

Street organ

This photo was taken in the museum next to the Wachter mill. A volunteer, wearing
a face mask here, was happy to demonstrate the 'Tierelier', an old and small street organ.
And that was fun, as the tune it was playing was from the television series 
Pippi Longstocking. (photo 24Jul21)

Thursday, 19 August 2021


A beautiful area near Noordlaren called the Blanckenborg Estate. And whenever we pass 
this particular spot on bicycle we always stop to enjoy the view. (photo 2Aug21)

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Estate agency

The beautiful location of 'estate agency Zuidlaren' at the Stationsweg. (photo 8Aug21)

Tuesday, 17 August 2021


At the north side the water of Lake Zuidlaren continues in a canal called Drentsche Diep.
There only way to cross it at this point is on foot or by bicycle, by means of a small ferry 
that is manually operated by turning a wheel on the ferry. As you can see the ferry is
located on the other side when I took this photo.  (photo 2Aug21) 

Monday, 16 August 2021


Another photo from our evening bicycle ride through the polder. (photo 2Aug21)

Sunday, 15 August 2021


View during an evening  bicycle ride through the Oostpolder. (photo 2Aug21)


Saturday, 14 August 2021


Detail of the mural on one of the sides of the viaduct crossing
highway N34. (photo 8Aug21)

Friday, 13 August 2021


A not totally waterproof sheet on a lamp post for 2 year old cat Ivy who was 
missing. Hopefully Ivy is back safe by now. (photo 30Jul21)


Thursday, 12 August 2021

Hand cart

An old wooden hand cart in which mill bread ('molenbrood' in Dutch) was delivered 
at people's homes in the past. It was displayed in the workshop behind De Wachter mill.
 (photo 24Jul21)

Wednesday, 11 August 2021

Ginger cookies

Behind mill De Wachter is a workshop where old skills are being 
demonstrated by volunteers. This man shows how ginger cookies are made
in the old fashioned way: dough is being pressed into a mal on a wooden 
'ginger cookie cutting board' where they come out in the shape of a mill. 
The cookies lying in front of him are ready to be put into the oven. 
They tasted really good! (photo 24Jul21)

Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Clog maker's craft

Another demonstration we watched in the workshop at De Wachter mill was the making of
 wooden clogs. This is mainly done by hand, though a machine was used for making the hole
 in which the feet go; a process that clearly required a lot of concentration and coordination 
skills! (photo 24Jul21)

Monday, 9 August 2021

Grinding spices

During opening hours of mill De Wachter a number of volunteers are present
to tell you interesting mill facts and they are happy to answer all the questions you have. 
This is the part of the mill where spices are grinded by small millstones. 
(photo 24Jul21)

Sunday, 8 August 2021


Standing on the balustrade of De Wachter mill watching the wings
sweep by. (photo 24Jul21)

Saturday, 7 August 2021

De Wachter museum mill

A month ago museum mill De Wachter re-opened again
after a long closing time due to Covid. We enjoyed a visit
on Saturday a few weeks ago. Here we are inside the mill
viewing into the machine room. (photo 24Jul21)

Friday, 6 August 2021


Photo taken on a hike in the Drentsche Aa Nat.Park. (photo 22Jul21)

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Plants for sale

Verbena ('IJzerhard' in Dutch) shoots for sale in front of a home in Oudemolen. 
(photo 22Jul21)

Wednesday, 4 August 2021

Birds of Hope (2)

All 5,500 paper cranes, see also yesterday's post for more details. 
A link to the website can be found HERE. (photo 24Jul21)

Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Birds of Hope (1)

No less than 5,500 paper cranes have landed in the village church. They are part of the
'Birds of Hope'-project by artist Mathilde Leonore in collaboration with 'Plaats de Wereld'
a volunteer organisation focussing on education and inspiration. The majority of these 
paper cranes symbolise hope and future for the youth in the Tynaarlo municipality, while the rest
stand for hope for children in refugee camps in the south of Europe. The church is open 
for viewers on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 pm. (photo 24Jul21)

Monday, 2 August 2021


Two mares with their foals, one of them scratching its back in the grass.
(photo 22Jul21)

Sunday, 1 August 2021


A large number of signs, mailboxes, pavements, walls, utility boxes and other objects
within Zuidlaren were tagged recenty with the word ‘wheezy’. I took 5 photos of it to
create a small collage but there were many more. According to our local newspaper
 the police caught the guy responsible and questioned him. His reasons became not clear.
(photo 30Jul21)