"Noordkaap, Emmapolder, most northern point" Valom by nighthawk

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We passed some houses, this neighbourhood is called Valom, in English that would be something like Drop Dead (? gotta look that up one day).

New agricultural grounds were won in the 18th century when low land outside the dyke were poldered in.
Farms were build in this new agricultural land. The farmer lived on his so called 'mother farm' in the old polder while his worker was allowed to live on the new farm in the polder.
Even before the 19th century, in the days of the monastries in about 1200 and later, polders were laid dry and this is why sometimes three dykes can be seen in this vaste countryside: the so called dreamer (oldest dyke from the days of the monastries), the sleeper (from the 19th century) and the keeper. The keeper is the dyke at the actually shallow sea.
We drove to Uithuizen and then on to Uithuizermeeden, from where we drove towards the first dyke, the dreamer. The road lead us through the dyke and we came to polder land: straight roads and long drive ways to the farms.
We saw much birdlife, waterbirds, birds of prey sitting on top of a pole and high up the bushes.

Then we came to a T-crossing and we turned left for the Noordkaap, the most northern part of the province of Groningen.
My father had read of an article about a piece of art that was placed on top of the sea dyke, something called De Hemelpoort or in English: Heaven's Gate.
Intriging enough to go look it up.
It was rather late in the afternoon and the sun was starting to drop which created beautiful sky and a brilliant light over the shallow sea low land.
Eventhough the wind was watercold and we had to walk quite some, it was sure worth it.
A simple, somewhat Romanesque 3 pilar construction of rusty metal, held together on top by a plate of metal with a curled whole in the middle stood lonely on the dyke, stood at the curve of the dyke and the sun was colouring orange right besides it.
The combination of this and the air of salt water, which was actually partially still frozen, made this a very special encounter.

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  • Jerelis's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2007 at 2:05 AM

    It's always great fun to browse over your sites! especially the deserted spots :) Thanx for sharing!

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2003 at 3:39 PM

    Made exactly the same comment about noisy windmills on my Riepe page :-) Nice heaven's gate but I rather imagine it to be something else. Where's St. Petrus?

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2003 at 3:13 PM

    a lovely page and great pics !

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2003 at 2:22 PM

    Wonderful photos Roelien, so much atmosphere in them, great! Seeing dad with his car makes me remember of the trips we took through Groningen. Getting a bit homesick now.


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