Garnwerd

Child transport

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The road drops down a few metres. We are leaving the Northern tip of the sand ridge, and descend into the mud that was deposited by the sea.

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Out of town, apparently, on the old road to Garnwerd on the left bank of the former river Hunze. I remember, when I was a toddler, there were pastures left and right, now there are trees shielding new built up areas.

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It opens up a bit

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Bee hives on the side of the road

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Even on Sunday we have to wait for a chemical tanker

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The bridge is operated by remote control with CCTV.

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Out of the trees along the canal into the fields

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This 17th century farm has been nicely restored, but has no longer an agricultural function

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To the right the flood plain of the former river

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New cycle path to the East

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We head towards the dwelling mound of Wierum

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The road rises a couple of metres

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On the left one can see the hole that was left when the extremely fertile ground (2000 years of cattle dung) of the mound was dug away around 1900 and sold for improving poor sandy soil in the South

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Descending towards the hamlet of Wierumerschouw, that grew around the ferry (now bridge) over the canal that replaced the river around 1400

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Wierum doesn’t have a church any more, but the graveyard is still in use

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This is what remains of the old river

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The bridge

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It is kept wet against the heat today

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The canal, Reitdiep, towards the South

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and towards the North

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We turn away from Wierumerschouw

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and take a short cut cycle path

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through the cattle fields

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We cross a cow road

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And rejoin the old road near the dwelling mound of Oostum

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This mound has also been mostly dug away, leaving a steep embankment along the road

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Oostum still has its 13th century church

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They dug away the soil right up to the church yard

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and down again

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Farm house ‘Reinges Stede’

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But also not a farm no more

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Leaving Oostum

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A side path to the West

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But we arrive at Krassum

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where we see two ditch crossings for the braggel festival

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and the rope sling attraction, with Garnwerd in the background

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Entering Garnwerd

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Improvised food stall, but in the background the more dignified café Hamming

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Here I found a safe parking place for my bicycle

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And now the action started

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A large modern dairy farm

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There comes my grand daughter in the rear guard. She is pointing at us

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Shampooing in the canal

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And back home

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Hoornsedijk

1820

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The red circle just above the centre.

South of the city, West of the long sand ridge to the South, West of the river Hoornse Diep.

On a dyke, the Hoornse Dijk,  that runs towards the sharp bend in the river to the South, the bend being named the Hoorn (horn, corner).

To the West two other rivers stream to the North, through this very low lying area.

To the South-West an actual swamp and the fields are flooded during the wet winter season.

1850

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1875

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1900

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1930

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1960

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1970

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1990

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2000

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2010

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2018

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