In no-time at all we are in a peaceful haven, leaving the big city behind us! A vast flat “Waterland” stretches in front of us! We cycle along winding Dijks (dykes – raised embankments to keep the water at bay), old stream channels, endless grasslands and wildlife canalside – grey heron, horses, calves & cattle.
In a tiny village we search for a cafe for lunch, no luck . . . but we do bump into the mobile grocery van visiting the village! He supplies the town with goods, food, etc. Bev buys fresh nut brood (bread) to accompany our kaas (cheese) & ham!
Quaint little stalls tempt Bev to buy their local produce!! Homemade apple marmalade jam & gorgeous knitted finger puppets (for Jasmine & Lilac). Don’t you love the little Dutch girl with plaits & cute boy!?!
The village of Marken with it’s interesting homes! The lower level was originally on stilts as the sea regularly breached the Dijks, now it is under control so they have bricked in the lower levels of these older homes and build confidently on the flat lands – below sea level!!
Rounding a bend & heading for “home” we find ourselves joining a procession of cows on their way to the milking shed! One cow in particular must be camera shy and gives me the “evil eye”.!?!