Firstly thanks to everyone for your feedback on my blog. We are certainly exploring parts of the world that most have never heard of let alone visited. Sue Neales pointed out that she needed to get out a map to see where we are, so as a nod to this feedback I have included a map of Friesland for you reference.
We returned to Grou to break the journey. The only mooring available was outside the hotel and you were welcome as long as you dined at the hotel restaurant. Yahoo, the cook got a night off!
The Dutch government is planning to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50% by 2030. The plan involves reducing the speed limit for cars and this is the cruncher, reducing livestock by 30%. In order to achieve this they propose to buy up farms. Well the farmers are not happy, so part of their protest is to fly the flag upside down. Traditionally a flag flown in this way was is a sign of distress. Given the number of upside down flags we have seen, the Dutch must view that their farming heritage is more important to protect, than their environment. With the current drought in Europe I thought this position would be the other way around.
The village of Makkum on the IJsselmeer was our next stop. This was originally a fishing village on the ZuiderZee, but now faces the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer. From here you can see the Afsluitdyke, only 12 kilometres away. The Afsluitdyke is the major dam in the Netherlands. Constructed between 1927 and 1932 it runs 32 kilometres from North Holland in the west to Friesland in the east. It effectively closed off the ZuiderZee from the North Sea creating the fresh water IJsselmeer and reducing the threat of flooding. There are plans in place to strengthen the dyke due to the threat of rising sea levels.
The canal in Wokkum originally flowed through the center of the town, but it was transformed into the Main Street in the mid 1800s.
Wokkum is also one of the 11 Friesland towns and it didn’t take me long to find the next fountain.
Wokkum deserved a couple of days to relax in out air conditioned comfort, do a little shopping (Peter found a pair of boat shoes at the chandler for only €5.00!), and of course explore its monuments.
Still heading south, this time back to Lemmer.
No festival in Lemmer this time, but we were held up at the bridge with a wedding!
Our journey through Friesland finished at Lemmer, as we headed south to the Central Netherlands and the Hanseatic towns along the IJssel.