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photoblog image A Mid-Week Break

A Mid-Week Break

 

Make lemonade out of your lemons!

This was a war bunker from Hitler's army during WWII, to fend off the British planes.

(outside of Alkmaar, NL, near the North Sea)

 

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Break

 

Make lemonade out of your lemons!

This was a war bunker from Hitler's army during WWII, to fend off the British planes.

(outside of Alkmaar, NL, near the North Sea)

 

 

 

 

comments (27)

Those look like workhorses.
Ginnie Hart: I have no clue, Michael, but we met the owner of them, a very nice lady, who told us all about the history of the bunkers. I think it's cool that she gets to "house" her horses there.
They seem to be making the best of it don't they! Nice catch Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: We met the lady owner, Elizabeth, and got a bit of the bunker history. I love the thought of her horses grazing there. Kinda like a Barbra thumb flip, if you know what I mean! smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Apr 2015, 04:25
I am glad we turned around to get a shot at this. And lucky for us that the lady who takes care of the horses came and could us tell the history.
What a great 'shelter'.
Ginnie Hart: I'm glad, too, MLMA, because it gave us so much to see and think about, related to the War. Thank you for being a Partner in Crime that day
the bunkers don't seem to bother the horses Ginnie...
this is a great composition....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: The horses are in la-la land, Peter, and show us how to deal with the "bad" parts of history!
So life goes on Ginnie...Very nice capture!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Richard. It's a good little sermonette!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Apr 2015, 05:18
Well it's being put to a better use now, as these horses will testify
Ginnie Hart: It made me immediately think of a good Barbra Streisand thumb-snub to the nose, Chris!
well the horses seem to enjoy the locale NOW, probably a different story back then...

i love your site when it's white and green smile

this is such a pretty picture, really.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Elaine. I like the SC option of either a black or white background. It's very helpful sometimes.

And yes, I'm certain you'd have seen nothing like this back in the day. As I've told others, it reminds me of a good Barbra thumb-snub to the nose!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Apr 2015, 06:50
Yes, there are a lot of Hitler- German bunkers in Netherlands, esp. along the coast, i.e. in Zeeland. I wonder that they were not destructed, but sometimes it is too difficult as I heard, and sometimes they can be used in a peaceful way. It is still too cold , and the horses are wearing coats here, too.
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes it's good to stare the tiger in the face, Philine, and realize this is NOW...that was then!
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 1 Apr 2015, 07:02
Or one could make lemon curd Ginnie. Nice little study properties these, if a little dark inside.
Ginnie Hart: Lemon curd would be preferable, Chad, to be sure! Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Apr 2015, 07:26
The dobbins look very comfortable despite the history, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: It's a new word for me, Ray (dobbins), so I just got my education. Thanks. As I've told a few others, this scene reminds me of a good Barbra Streisand thumb-swipe to the nose!
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 1 Apr 2015, 08:42
Les chevaux eux ont l'air paisible
JP
Ginnie Hart: They make this place peaceful after all these years, JP.
I like this pastoral equestrian. I hope that coats are effective to protect these horses of the cold?
Ginnie Hart: It's a peaceful place nowadays, Marie. And since the lady owner was there, taking care of the horses, I'm sure they were fine!
Or add it to a gin and tonic smile
Ginnie Hart: That'll work, too, Bill. smile
Great to see the horses so relaxed
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Mary!
Some people turned them into hotels here!
Have you heard of Martello Tower Y? Look it up wink
Ginnie Hart: OMG, LC. That hotel is amazing. I guess it has its attraction, right?
  • Ptck
  • France
  • 1 Apr 2015, 11:34
Pending the sun, they are elegant with their coat !!
Ginnie Hart: In all kinds of weather, Pat, I bet.
They make it look very homely Ginnie. A nice little scene
Ginnie Hart: Homey and cozy, Janet. Who would have thought that could ever happen there!
I much prefer its use now than way back then. Like over here, I see the horses have their winter coats on, isn't that a great idea.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Yes, and Yes, Brian. All YESES. Thanks.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Apr 2015, 17:52
The horses look well settled, a lovely image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: They have no clue about the past, Anne, which is very good! Thanks.
Hopefully the horses don't have to deal with the ghosts of this place. Good find.
Ginnie Hart: That IS a thought, Jacquelyn. We should have asked the owner! Thanks.
it looks like it is miserably cold out there! lucky for the horses they have some protection!
Ginnie Hart: It was very cold and windy that day, Ayush, but everyone seemed quite happy and cozy. smile
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Apr 2015, 01:12
The horses seem quite comfortable in what was once an awful place.

I am reminded of the birds singing when I visited Kazerne Dossin Barracks last year.
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Cherry. What a beautiful parallel to the birds you heard. I love how "redemption" is still possible in the very likes of such places.
I like the horses and love the buildings. Wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Michael. It was well worth the stop off the side of the road.
a beautiful scene...with so much meaning with the war bunkers!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Robin. These are the things that truly give us pause, especially at this Easter time of the year!
magnifique scène!! amitiés
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, JP. It made the stop by the side of the road worth it!
  • Paule
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2015, 20:26
Nice shot.

I was recently in the Netherlands photographing WWII survivors. I want to return in the autumn to photograph remains of the Atlantic Wall.

Paule
Ginnie Hart: Oh, WOW, Paule. I guess this place outside of Alkmaar would totally fit into your project!
  • Paule
  • US
  • 8 Apr 2015, 16:24
I hope to return to the Netherlands in the autumn to photograph more. I'm researching places that have remnants of the Atlantic Wall to photograph. Will write you for some suggestions about other places once my trip gets closer.

Paule
Ginnie Hart: This particular place right outside of Alkmaar (North Holland province) was a delightful surprise, Paule. I'm sure there are many other such places. Here in Gorinchem where we live (South Holland) our citadel wall is full of bunkers. One in particular has been turned into a wine-tasting room. Once you get closer to coming back, do contact us (Astrid is my Dutch wife) so that we can give you more suggestions. Thank you.

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