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The Friendship Windmill


This is a series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland.  I had 2 hours of wandering around there last trip, on September 13.

Since I am a glutton for windmills, seeing them is always like heaven for me.
This is one of two that I saw in Weesp but this was my favorite!

Called the Vriendschap ( = Friendship) windmill, a grainmill from 1900, it sits in all its glory on the Vecht River that passes through town.


[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Friendship Windmill


This is a series of pics from Weesp, where Donica works, a 10-minute train ride east from Amsterdam, Holland.  I had 2 hours of wandering around there last trip, on September 13.

Since I am a glutton for windmills, seeing them is always like heaven for me.
This is one of two that I saw in Weesp but this was my favorite!

Called the Vriendschap ( = Friendship) windmill, a grainmill from 1900, it sits in all its glory on the Vecht River that passes through town.


[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (37)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Oct 2007, 00:16
A very rich image, Ginnie.
For me the best part of the windmill is its lovely reflection in the foreground amoung the waterweeds.
Ginnie Hart: I was so pleased about that reflection, Ray, after I transferreed it and saw it. It was the frosting on the cake for me. Thanks, as always.
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 15 Oct 2007, 00:37
Sharp shot Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Etomi.
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 15 Oct 2007, 01:06
I wonder if any of them still run. I don't think I have ever seen one with sails on them, but they work just find as adornments as well.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Martin, they do still run. They weren't moving when I was there, but I think they probably do on Saturdays when they are open to the public. I love them either way, of course! smile Thanks.
There is something about this shot that appeals to me grin
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Suby. It's soulful! Thanks.
I really like the windmill. The whole shot has a really idyllic feel to it, but I'd love to see more of the windmill closer up.
Ginnie Hart: Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find! HA! But of course. Tomorrow and tomorrow after that and the next day. Enough to keep you happy, I hope, Jewlya. smile Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 15 Oct 2007, 05:59
this really is calendar quality work. Keep on keeping on!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Rags!
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane and back on nights
  • 15 Oct 2007, 06:20
Beautiful reflection Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Aussie.
le beau moulin! très belle photo qui donen envie d'aller sur place
Ginnie Hart: It is definitely my kind of place, O-P. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2007, 07:09
One Dutch-pic is more beautiful than the other, Ginnie, this is my favourite- such a pittoresque,idyllic, peaceful atmosphere, reminding me of "schitterende zomervacanties". Especially I love the waterlilies-pads, the shades of green, the colourful coverings of the boats, the reflections in the water...! I would like to send this link to my friends wishing that our friendship like this windmill keeps running...!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. What a sweet thought, Philine. I'd love to know the story behind why this was called Friendship. What a great name for a windmill! Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Oct 2007, 08:01
This looks like the sort of place the general tourist would miss(the back waters). The windmill stands there towering over and surveying its domain. Great shot Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: I don't know how many tourists go to Weesp to begin with, Tracy, so you may be right. I felt so lucky to find this. Thanks.
  • Olaide
  • Fort Collins, CO USA
  • 15 Oct 2007, 08:42
crystal clear shot. It looks quiet here. Beautiful work Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Quiet and peaceful and serene, Olaide. A heaven of sorts! Thanks.
Oh! One of these mills I have it in my Likeys. The one of day 06/06/2007! wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! You and I must like windmills the same, Jose. You'll get a whole week of them this time. smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 Oct 2007, 10:00
The timeless windmill and those modern boats, a nice juxta. Very peaceful again.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Ruth. It does feel timeless. Thank you.
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2007, 10:06
it would make a great post-card! Lovely shot
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Paul.
i like this one ma'am

again it's a tad busy but that works very well for me

another calendar/postcard shot

cheers 'buddy'
DrAW!
Ginnie Hart: Some things are just busy, aren't they, DrAW. smile Oh well. Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Oct 2007, 11:17
Great composition. Love the reflection of the mill amongst the water lilies.

Another page in the calendar. Trying to find someone to buy may be more difficult than collaring a contracting printer smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I'll let you be my marketer, Louis. smile You'd make a good one. Don't worry about if you don't have time. It's the thought that counts. The same person that does your SA Bird Calendar!! Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2007, 11:31
A lovely picture. I love the windmill and the reflection in the waterlillies--and the colors of the boats and their reflections too. I am wondering if you have thought of cropping it and creating two pictures. So serene and you captured it well.
Ginnie Hart: Are you thinking of a crop with just the windmill and another of the boats and waterlilies? Hmmm. Good idea, Kathryn. Thanks for the suggestion.
Outstanding image Ginnie! marvelous colors and detail! EXCELLENT work!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you ever so kindly, Jerry, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
I'm a sucker for lily pads so I love this one.
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Mary, so we're in lily-pad heaven here. smile Thanks.
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Oct 2007, 13:56
black and white
Ginnie Hart: It's so funny, Yeni: when I do B&W someone else wants it in color. smile But I totally agree that this would be perfect for it! You'll get one later in the week. Thanks for stopping by.
At last a windmill, and with a great reflection. Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I must have known you wanted it, Bill. grin Thanks.
Soft, slow, sleepy and satisfying. richard.
Ginnie Hart: The 4 Ss. That's about the size of it! Thanks, Richard. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2007, 15:20
The best of the set so far Ginnie - terrific reflection of the windmill.
Ginnie Hart: Aww. Thanks, Mike.
Another winer, Ginnie. The trees and water push the eye nicely and the reflection is a sweet spot in the shot.
Ginnie Hart: Your words are very kind, Michael. Thank you.
The ginnie of the lamp..., this looks like a good lazy town, good catch me lady.
Ginnie Hart: A lazy town indeed, Sesan. Thanks.
Lovely tranquil scene. Love the windmill.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE windmills, Ingrid. Thanks.
  • Picturit
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Oct 2007, 18:21
Ginnie I hardly dare to put 'Dutch' pictures on SC, this is g o o d, WOW, have you ever been in one? In my little village we have a windmill and maybe you and I can visit it one day smile
Ginnie Hart: That reminds me that I need to email you, Astrid! If not tonight, tomorrow morning!! I would LOVE to see the windmill in your village. I'd like to meet YOU. Thanks.
.....and they just keep getting better and better! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're so very kind, Roz. Thanks.
Like the reflections here, and the boats form a nice line og colours...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aksel.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 15 Oct 2007, 20:01
Looks like a beautiful place to spend a couple og hours, just walking and snap some great pictures smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Magnus. Thanks.
Lovely shot of a tranquil scene. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Oct 2007, 21:18
I read in the German Wikipedia that in Netherlands many wind- and other mills are named after qualities, virtues like 'friendship' (De Vriendschap), 'hope' (De Hoop), 'harmony' (De Eendracht), 'love'(De Liefde) ..., and many mills have the same name, for example "De Vriendschap", De Hoop".... I think this is typical for Netherlands where the civil virtues and the civil spirit (based on religion, especially the calvinisme) are highly appreciated.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That totally makes sense, Philine. I'll be showing the Unity windmill on Thursday! Thanks for this added information. I always know where to go to when I need to know something. smile
I like windmills too, this is pretty cool.
Ginnie Hart: I must have known that, Dotun. So this one's for you and our SC friendship. smile Thanks.
  • chris
  • Somewhere south of the border!
  • 15 Oct 2007, 22:09
I can see why you like this one Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Glutton Ginnie, that's me! Thanks, Chris.
  • ChaCha
  • N York City
  • 15 Oct 2007, 22:14
Nice Framing Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, as always, NaCha.
You finally did it. Its all here. I can see the windmill , Water and boats. You were approaching in a boat no?. I really like this.
Ginnie Hart: No, Busola, I was walking a path that rounded this little inlet, on the way to see the windmill up close. Thanks, as always, for stopping by!
It's nice to see this windmill in its natural environment.
Ginnie Hart: I almost always like to show the wider context before coming in up close, Karen. One of my things, I guess. smile Thanks!

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