Midwolde

Route

Leaving Groningen towards the West

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Through the Peizermaden (meadows of Peize) towards the Peizerdiep (deep – waterway – of Peize)

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Blaarkop cows in front of the sugar factory of Hoogkerk

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The spire of the church of Midwolde can be seen at 10 km distance, on the horizon, just right of the centre. To the right the sail of a boat on the Leekstermeer (lake of Leek).

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Grebe in the Onlanden along the Peizerdiep

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Bicycle road over the Roderwolderdijk – the late 12th century sea-dike running all the way to Friesland.

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Sandebuursedijk

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Livestock in the fields of Leutingewolde

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Dairy cattle near Sandebuur.

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Closer to Midwolde

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Midwolde Church seen from the South.

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Fulling’s painting of Midwolde. This perspective from the North-East is blocked today by trees and farms.

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Lutjegast

Route

Today’s trip was to the village of Lutjegast (Little sandridge).

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To the right of this ancient dike was a tidal creek that over time has completely filled up with clay sediment. The trees on the horizon are on the dike that contained this creek from the North.

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These dairy cows have their own road to the farm in the back, where they can go for a self service milking session.

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Enumatil (Bridge of Enuma) at the Hoendiep, the old canal leading from Groningen to Friesland.

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The sand ridge of the villages Noordhorn and Zuidhorn

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Briltil

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The Colonelsdiep, the part of the canal that was dug in the 1570’s, during the 80 Years War, to enable traffic between Groningen and Friesland while the old route over sea was blocked by the enemy navy.

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Colonelsdiep through the wet peat meadows.

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A bit to the South the very low sand ridge to Lutjegast starts, here with corn just coming through.

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Chestnut tree starting to flower

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Remains of a natural stream.

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Natural gas well.

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Drainage canal.

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Potato field at the end of the ridge of Lutjegast

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The ridge of Lutjegast seen from the new bridge over the enlarged canal

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Van Starkenborgkanaal, the current shipping connection to Friesland and Holland.

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To the West, with the shipyard at the border of the province.

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Larger natural gas well near the border with Friesland

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Return over another section of the old sea dike.

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This farm is renewing it reed roof. This traditional roofing is unaffordable for most farmers today, so I suspect this building has been bought by rich people to live in.

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The outskirts of the village of Grijpskerk, with unfortunate architecture from the 1960’s.

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The ridge of Noordhorn, coming from the West. These fields are the location of the Battle of Noordhorn

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This farm is on clay ground, suitable for the cultivation of wheat.

There is the usual windscreen of trees on the West side, the house, with a connecting kitchen to the large barn.

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Detour for bicycles in the village, as the bridge over the canal is currently being replaced.

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While cars have to take a detour over the next bridge, a temporary ferry has been deployed for cyclists.

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Construction work on the bridgeheads.

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The new bridge arc that will be placed once the lifting mechanism  has been constructed.

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Canola

Route

The Mediaeval road from Groningen to the Ems estuary, the ‘stadsweg’.

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Rapeseed field

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Stadsweg

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On the wierde Wirdum

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13th century church of Wirdum

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Freshly sown potato field before Loppersum

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Westerwijdwerdermaar (west-wood-wierde-stream)

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Former abbey church of Thesinge

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Rapeseed with watermill.

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Wierden in Middag

Route

The first wierde North-West of Groningen, Kleiwerd, a few metres high, along the remains of an old stream

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Former sea dike (until mid 19th century) along the Reitdiep.

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Dandelions are called paardebloem (horse flower) in Dutch

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Coffee in the renowned Café Hamming in Garnwerd.

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On the edge of the wierde of Ezinge. It used to decline gradually towards the farm, which is still somewhat elevated, but the very fertile soil was dug away in the 1920’s, fortunately under archaeological supervision.

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13th century church

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On the wierde Fransum …

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… the farmer there has built a Rustpunt (Rest Point) …

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… where you can have a coffee, tea, lemonade and a cookie.

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The farm is organic, and this one-day old calf stays with the mother.

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This wierde has its own church.

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This is the other farm on Fransum.

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