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De Hoop (The Hope) Windmill

 

This is The Hope windmill where we live.

It will supposedly hit freezing temps all this week.

We hope for winter, finally!  Brrrr.

Gorinchem, Netherlands.

 

De Hoop (The Hope) Windmill

 

This is The Hope windmill where we live.

It will supposedly hit freezing temps all this week.

We hope for winter, finally!  Brrrr.

Gorinchem, Netherlands.

 

comments (47)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2012, 00:02
It's s-o-o-o-o-o beautiful!! I think I'm falling in love with these old windmills!!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Marcie. These windmills have been so deep within me for so long I am quite sure I must have been Dutch in another life. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Jan 2012, 01:29
I would like to live in a windmill, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: You would love it, Ray. We spent a night in one a year ago...a B&B...and LOVED it.
A classic, beautiful image Ginnie! Love it love it!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Jan 2012, 06:28
A classic indeed. It looks great every day, in every season. We might skate around it, IF it keeps freezing smile
Beautiful picture.
Ginnie Hart: All my fingers and toes are crossed. I'd love to at least WALK on the canals this winter! That would be very nice. smile Bedankt, MLMA.
This is a very beautiful picture..
I love the great amount of detail it contains, stressing about all of them beautiful windmill...

Un saludo.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Eduardo. Gracias.
  • lisl
  • England
  • 30 Jan 2012, 06:54
We have so few windmills left in this country, Ginnie. This is lovely
Ginnie Hart: There are two windmills in walking distance of where we live, Elisabeth, one two blocks from our back door (not this one). I still pinch myself every time I see them! Thank you.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 30 Jan 2012, 07:24
Like you I hope for winter, finally -and it is freezing cold (-3)here, too - a nice Dutch picture - I like the flocks of sea-gulls that might be feeded by some persons, and I lofe the name of the windmill 'DE HOOP'!
Ginnie Hart: This day they were definitely feeding the birds, Philine, which attracted me to the image. These cold, grey days of winter do have their own life, which is good to see, Now, if only we can get a touch of snow. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
It's cold here but no snow in Droiters yet (thank goodness). Lovely composition Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: We're crossing our fingers for the canals to freeze, Bill. Snow would mess up the freezing process for skaters, Astrid says. But if it can snow later, that'd be nice, too! Thanks.
Ahhhh... it must be so nice to live near this real windmill. ... I've only seen a replica in Steinbach, Manitoba (in western Canada) in 1973 while visiting the Mennonite Heritage Village.
Ginnie Hart: This one is just minutes away walking from where we live, Jacquelyn...one I see several times a week. The other one is two blocks from our back door. I still pinch myself whenever I see them!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Jan 2012, 07:57
What an agreeable thing to see every day Ginne: it is snowing here now
Ginnie Hart: I still pinch myself when I see the two windmills in walking distance from where we live, Chris. You can imagine! Astrid says there's a dusting of snow to the north of us. Maybe one of these days it'll find us? I hope so!
A wonderful image Ginnie. Winter is on its way, we are having abit of snow this morning!
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Richard. No snow yet for us where we live but at least freezing temps is a start!
Nice bucolic image Ginnie & place to live; but, as I have indicate to your authorities in a number of occasions, cannons are not allowed for bird shooting smile
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! These cannons are hard for me to take seriously nowadays, Juan Carlos, but I guess they did have their day! smile Gracias.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jan 2012, 08:43
Get those skates ready for when the canals freeze over with the birds, the bridge smile This is a beautiful scene with the birds, bridge and the lovely mill all adding to the scene.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Alan. We're all holding our breath, believe me!
Lovely place and composition. I love the pictures of the windmills of your country, very different from ours in their achitecture
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Marie. I am learning to appreciate the different structure and design of windmills around the world. But I must say I have become quite partial to the Dutch mills I see everywhere around me. They've become my friends!
  • Dirk
  • Namibia
  • 30 Jan 2012, 09:12
... and we will suffer the 40 degrees Celsius with a slight chance of rain in the Kalahari ;-) beautiful picture!
Ginnie Hart: Right now I gladly accept the cold temps, Dirk! I do much better with cold than with hot, I'm afraid...which tells me I'm living in the right place. smile Thanks.
  • Mats
  • Sweden
  • 30 Jan 2012, 10:06
Fantastic shot, I would like to live in one of those!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mats. We had the chance to spend an overnight in a B&B windmill a year ago and it was wonderful. I agree with you. smile
Isn't it a grain mill?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Chantal. At least it used to be! I don't believe it's in use as one any longer.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Jan 2012, 10:53
Would love to live in one superb framing and capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Peter, for stopping by and commenting here. Welcome also to SC!

Many families live in windmills like this all over the Netherlands. A year ago, we had the fun of spending a night in one that is now a B&B. We loved it! smile
classic!
Ginnie Hart: It definitely looks like a Dutch windmill, Joshi. smile Thanks.
  • Martin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jan 2012, 11:19
Love it Ginnie, what a beautiful scene! smile
Ginnie Hart: I plan to walk by it today in a few minutes, Martin...just to make sure it's still there. smile Thanks.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 30 Jan 2012, 11:38
You just can't keep away from the twirly things Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think you may have figured me out, Chad. grin
You mean, your house?!
Wow, this is really, really cool!
Where is your guest room?
On the top floor? wink
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, LC, we stayed in a windmill B&B a year ago and had the entire middle floor to ourselves. The ground floor was the restaurant. It was one of the best things I've ever experienced. smile
Well I hope a good sunny spring .. ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, me, too, Richard, but after winter! grin
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 30 Jan 2012, 12:35
I'm telling you again: gorgeous capture! Hoping to see snow now!
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Sil. I just took a walk and IT'S SNOWING!!!!!!! YAY.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2012, 12:43
I have Dutch visitors at the moment. They just told me that their (mobile, internet) contacts are experiencing -9C and that it snowed. They have to go back tomorrow evening - it just over 30C here at the moment. Spare a thought for them grin

Must have been an important windmill that they had to defend it with canons. Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: I just took a walk, Louis, and IT'S SNOWING. It'll stay below freezing all week, according to the forecasts, so your friends are coming back just in time. Dirk says it's 40C where he is. That's HOT!

Thanks for your comment, as always.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 30 Jan 2012, 13:23
Superb photo and your composition is very nice. Excellent work Ginnie. Have a lovely afternoon. Amicably Antoine.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Antoine. Merci.
I wish it was freezing here - right now we have hot and humid. Ugh. I love all the little windows dotted over the windmill!
Ginnie Hart: Your time will come, JP, right? We don't get much snow in middle Netherlands where we live, which is why we're always wishing for it. smile

I love those little windows, too. Not much light, though, if you live in a windmill.
Lovely and a beautiful name - can you imagine, when it's working it's like turning the wheel of hope smile.
I love windmills!
Like you, we're waiting for snow here too.
Ginnie Hart: I love the names of all the windmills in the Netherlands, Jozica. They're all with a story behind them, I'm sure. I'd love to know this one!

We finally got our first snow yesterday afternoon but just a dusting. I hope we'll get more, to cover everything at least once this year! smile
I am just so envious that you and Astrid can stroll along the polder and take pictures of this lovely windmill.
Ginnie Hart: This isn't even in the polder, Brian, but inside our city, which is the fun of it. It's a grain mill so it doesn't need to be in the polder to pump out the water. But you're starting to get the idea! smile Thanks.
A rather splendid windmill in a well composed shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, John.
This looks like what one thinks is a typical Dutch scene.
Ginnie Hart: Yup, Sheila. As Astrid would say, "More Dutch you cannot get." smile
The Dutch people love their windmills very much Ginnie... they even have canons to protect them lol... i like your composition and i hope the the canals freeze so that Astrid can finally go skating on them....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter, and oh yes. You find at least one cannon in every city near the water. Wouldn't you love to hear the history behind them all! To me they look like toys as I pass them by. smile
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Jan 2012, 18:22
Lovely scenic composition - the birds are a clincher!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Fred. The birds were having a heyday with the woman who was feeding them!
  • rian
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2012, 19:20
that sure looks beautiful.. smile great catch..
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rian.
This is a very beautiful capture, place Ginnie ....
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Klaudia. I still pinch myself about living here so closeby.
  • Bandoras
  • United States
  • 30 Jan 2012, 20:11
Great capture as always Ginnie smile !!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir!
  • Laurette
  • South Africa
  • 30 Jan 2012, 20:36
pnBeautiful compositiom Ginnie.The atmosphere is marvelous.Looks like a beautiful place. to have a walk.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Laurette. You'd love it here. I still pinch myself!
me likey! a classic pic!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Dennis. You really can't get more Dutch than this. smile
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 30 Jan 2012, 21:13
Such an iconic symbol of the Netherlands and I really like the muted wintery colours and all those seagulls flitting about.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, dear George. More Dutch you cannot get, as Astrid would say! smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 30 Jan 2012, 21:27
Windmills are beautiful, I think most people would agree, but through your eyes they acquire a certain kind of enchantment, that make us dream with tales of a different kind of world... I mean it!
Ginnie Hart: You're very generous with your words, Lina, and I mean it, too. Thank you.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 30 Jan 2012, 22:19
nice postcard... have a nice week
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Oscar. Gracias.
I love that you got the flying birds. It is going to be a cold day here tomorrow too though the last three days have been above zero. Brrr.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mary. We actually got our first dusting of snow in the afternoon after this was posted. I hope we get enough more to cover everything! smile But I must say, I had forgotten how cold below freezing is!
People, birds, dog, canons, water, bridge and the Hope windmill to top it all off. This winner has it all, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I love the way you have summed it all up, Beverly. It's better than the image itself! smile But thank you.
another superb photo, processing spot on again
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Derek.
  • Kala
  • Germany
  • 31 Jan 2012, 04:59
Gorgeous composition - I like the portrait orientation for this.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kala. Sometimes the portrait orientation works the best, especially when it comes to windmills. It's so hard to get them in the image up close otherwise! smile
Windmills are so romantic and here the gulls and the lone figure make it more so. A beautiful image once again Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind Pavan. These scenes are so soulful for me.
How iconic. That is a gorgeous shot with those tones.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. More Dutch you cannot get, as Astrid so often says.

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