The windmills of Kinderdijk

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View from the visitors windmill

Kinderdijk is a small village at a distance of only 16 kilometres from Rotterdam.

Travellers from across the world come to visit the famous windmills of Kinderdijk, especially people from Japan.

Kinderdijk got its name during the St. Elisabeth’s flood, where a cat saved a child in a cradle and keeping it balanced as it floated on the flood waters.

The cat was jumping from the left to the right and back again to save the child.

It washed up near a house, which they called "Huis te Kinderdijk" Oost Kinderdijk 191.

They called the child Beatrix.

In the field there are 19 windmills, its really a worthy sight!

These windmills, which are so characteristic of this area, date from the middle of the eighteenth century, from 1738 and 1740 to be exact.

Eating an apple

In 1997, UNESCO added this area to the World Heritage List, a distinction that testifies to the unique character of the windmill area.

You’ll see beautiful windmills in picturesque surroundings.

The park is free and open  year-round.

It’s a unique excursion when you are in Rotterdam, where you can take the boat: "the Fast Ferry";  in less than an hour you are in Kinderdijk  at the windmills and you also can go back with the Fast Ferry to Rotterdam.

The mills are all within walking distance from each other.

They were used for draining the excess water from the Alblasserwaard polders for more than two centuries.

The second windmill is opened to the public, during the tourist season.

On the ground floor you can see how the windmill works.

There is a living area with two boxbeds.

The first floor comprises half of the mill and a bedstead.

The second floor is made later in the mill.

There are two rooms with three bedsteads.

The next floor is the smoke attic.

On the fourth floor is the transfer to the wings spindle and flank.

The flank is the breaking system for stopping the mill, a large wooden structure stretching from the floor which with using a rope can be operated.

During the second complete week of September the windmills are lighted by night, they call it  “Mills in Floodlight”  it gives you an unforgettable impression, a must to see!

Near the mills here’s a restaurant, a gift shop andyou can also make a boat trip from the first may until the end of September.

Enjoying

One of the windmills which was destroyed by fire in 1997 has been rebuilt.

There’s also a hotel near the windmills, so you can stay longer if you like.

The park is really beautiful in the summer, but also in the winter.

I live ten minutes away from the Windmills; lucky me!

These windmills give me a special feeling, I forget everything when I’m walking there, or make my bike trip at the mills.

I only hear the wind from the wicks and reed than there’s just a happy feeling what is left for me, which I’ve described in a Dutch poem:

Upon request, I have my mill poem translated from Dutch, the rhyme has unfortunately gone, but the message is still clear I hope.

 

The mills of simplicity

 

When I carefully listened to the wind 

suddenly I was aware of my thoughts

and I realized some things do me little to nothing,

again I can enjoy while I bike.

I even hear the difference between the winds,

which let me rediscover my inner peace.

All my feelings disappear,

except the soft wind on my bare legs.

The wind blows strong,

you can feel it in your ears

and when you turn around your head

you can hear the wind blow suddenly very different.

The only thing what's left is wind in the reeds

where you even see the result.

The wind of a boat disturbs the peace briefly

and let your mind go back in time.

I realized once again, more than ever, the greedy of collecting.

Some people are still gathering.

Cupboards full, but never satisfied;

have, buy, gain, exchange, with only one reason:

the kick that every human need,

which gives you a better feeling

and if the human mills once run,

some people have to stand above the other.

Envy, jealousy and greed,

it is not more than a flight

to get the feeling you miss,

a feeling you can make yourself, if you just knew how to do.

It's a world where is never enough.

Whatever you buy, collect and win is what you are.

It’s not my world

My mills spin also, but much better between the reeds (than in my head)

I make my own kick

and when I fail .

............... then there  is always the wind between the wind mills for me (and for you)

 

 

 

 

De molens van eenvoud.

 

Wanneer ik aandachtig luister naar de wind
komt plots het besef van wat ik vind,
merk ik dat sommige dingen me weinig meer doen, tot niets,
kan ik weer genieten wanneer ik fiets,
hoor ik zelfs verschil tussen verschillende winden,
die me mijn innerlijke rust laten hervinden,
zijn al mijn gevoelens even verdwenen
behalve de zachte wind langs mijn blote benen.
De wind van waaiende wieken klinkt stevig,
die langs je oren ook best hevig
en wanneer je je hoofd een klein beetje draait
hoor je dat de wind ineens heel anders waait.
Heel anders ook is de wind in het riet
waarbij je het resultaat zelfs ziet.
De wind van een boot verstoort de rust heel even
en laat je gedachten weer even beleven.
Ik besefte weer meer dan ooit, de nutteloosheid van het vergaren.
Sommige mensen blijven maar sparen.
Kasten vol, maar nooit eens tevreden;
hebben, kopen, winnen, ruilen, met maar 1 reden:
de kick die ieder mens nodig heeft,
die je een steeds fijner gevoel geeft
en als die molens eenmaal draaien gaan
komt het zover dat de 1 boven de ander wil staan
Afgunst, jaloezie en hebzucht
Het is niet meer dan een vlucht
om het gevoel te vinden wat je mist,

wat je zelf kan maken, als je het maar wist.
Het is een wereld die geen genoeg kent.


Wat je koopt, hebt verzameld en wint is daar wat je bent.
Mijn wereld is het niet
Mijn molens draaien wel, maar veel mooier tussen het riet
Mijn kick die maak ik zelf wel
en lukt dat even niet................ dan waait de wind bij de molens wel.

 

 

aggieaggie says:
Dankjewel Huib!
Ik weet precies wat voor geluid je bedoelt :-)
Posted on: Sep 21, 2009
huibdos says:
Schitterende blog met een mooi eind.
Ik vind zelfs de Engelse tekst nog rijmen!
Ik heb kennissen op een molen, en vind het kreunen van de molen bij het draaien van de wieken zo'n heerlijk geluid maken.
Thanks for sharing:)
Posted on: Sep 20, 2009
aggieaggie says:
Thanks Simon, that's great to hear:-)
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
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