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 Spring in Holland

Dorothy Burrows

12th April 2012


Photographic slides galore were what we got when Mrs Dorothy Burrows gave us her slide show with comments. Called “Spring in Holland ” the show of holiday photographs ventured into areas of that country which appeared to have an excess of water and windmills. Vast fields of flowers in polders were seen growing to produce bulbs, an important industry there and perhaps the most well known.

 

We had glimpses of the IJsselmeer, probably the largest man made lake in Europe , due to the large dyke between it and the sea. Much of the Netherlands is below the level of the North Sea: an instance being Schipol Airport at 4.5 metres below. The building of dykes and the pumping out of water surrounded by the dykes to form “ polders” has been the salvation of the area and the reason for canals (below sea level) and windmills. Pumping has developed from hand, draft animals, small windmills to the much larger windmills seen in profusion in Holland (11,000 in the 1890’s) most of which are now historical relics as pumping became steam  and internal combustion engine powered. This necessity became a Dutch slogan “Pump or go under”. There was not time for us to see the magnificent art museums in Amsterdam but to signify our enjoyment of the tour Chris Power gave a courteous and studied vote of thanks.

 


Due to unavailability of the scheduled speaker our next talk will now be “Martin House” by Sarah Tarpey. This will be on Thursday 26th April 2012 at 11-00 am at Otley Methodist Church

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