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photoblog image The Windmill Restaurant

The Windmill Restaurant


This is a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

Up close and personal, this is the 1672 windmill which is now
De Jonge Dikkert restaurant.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The Windmill Restaurant


This is a week's series of images from Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam,
when I visited there with a friend on December 11, 2007.

Up close and personal, this is the 1672 windmill which is now
De Jonge Dikkert restaurant.

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (37)

  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jan 2008, 01:47
A beautifully presented image, Ginnie. You got a great sky for a backdrop.

Kinda sad, I think, that a wonderful old tool like this becomes merely a decorative skin when its original purpose has gone away.

Maybe, when I croak, my skin will be tannned and put to some use [Lady's leather bikini....pleeeeese!]
Ginnie Hart: I can just see it, Ray, when you croak. Dream away!!! grin

But yes, these old structures have had their day in the sun, functioning as they did for their grain/pulp. At least they are not being destroyed, thank God!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 25 Jan 2008, 03:53
Lovely! One day, i hope and wish to go to see this place.
Ginnie Hart: I hope for your sake you will one day see a windmill like this, Kanyi. It's so very soulful! Thanks.
MY heart is melting.. Lovely shot!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, ET/Jen, I know your melting heart! Thanks.
  • Tony
  • 25 Jan 2008, 05:05
Well framed and beautifull processed. This is one picture I wish was hanging on my wall at home.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Tony. THIS is the kind of structure that goes right through my Hart & Soul!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 25 Jan 2008, 05:17
This is how a windmill should be captured, proud standing in all kinds of weather, the dark grey clouds and than that tiny blue spot...the border adds to the atmosphere, geweldig Ginnie, I did some 'google' this mill started out as a watermill ( for pumping the water out of the polder)in 1683 it became a saw-mill, in 1896 it changed from owner and they moved this one from Zaandam to Amstelveen (about 30 km 19 miles) until 1929 they only used the wind for powering the mill after that they used steam and after that electricity. In the 60-ties there was a plan to tear it down, but after protest from the neighbours they restored it, on August 12, 1966 they opened the fuly restored mill and was in use as a restaurant. In 1993 they restored it again to the present situation. The name Jonge Dikkert is Young Big Fellow but that only refers to the shape of the MILL, it is a short plump shape and has nothing to do with the excellent food they serve....So Ginnie you gave credit to this phenomenal proud mill that survived many changes and is a landmark in Amstelveen.
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the added info, dear Astrid. Bedankt! I think you must have been there with us that day. You know way more than I do about it all! I like what Philine said: we're a "dream team" working together. HA! I love it. smile
I think you love this subject, Ginnie. Your windmill photographs are always something special. I love the way the light is hitting the windmill in this one. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: You THINK??? HA! You know me well, Roz. I am such a glutton when it comes to windmills. I am definitely more Dutch than I ever realized! Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 25 Jan 2008, 07:11
This one's a corker lady,I love it. Your crop of this windmill is spot on and gives it that strong, proud look at me feeling.
That tiny bit of blue really stands out against the grey cloudy sky, giving you hope that the sun may appear!! I know it didn't but there's always hope rightsmile

Astrid has provided some really good information on this windmill, very interesting.

Well done mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: It was such a strange day, Tracy. In my previous photos in this series, the sun was shining and the sky was blue. By the time we got to the windmill...and after we ate (yes, that was our destination!)...it was a gray, cloudy, wintry day again. It actually was perfect for me because I love the moody skies around windmills.

And yes, I was very glad for Astrid's added info. It gives lots more MEANING to this beautiful dame! Bedankt!
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 25 Jan 2008, 07:29
I think that you are, indeed, Dutch, Ginnie. Your love of the culture shines in your photographs.
Ginnie Hart: You've got me pegged, Kathryn, and I love it! Thank you kindly.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jan 2008, 07:47
Tch, I wiped my screen but it was vegetation against the side of the windmill. Cloes and personal indeed smile

Great shot with those moody skies.
Ginnie Hart: You know me, Louis. I can't resist these glorious structures! Bedankt.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2008, 08:08
This fills the frame beautifully and stands out well against the moody looking sky.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ingrid. I'm such a glutton for these windmills, you know.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jan 2008, 08:19
Astrid, many thanks for your very good information -een prachtige samenwerking met Ginnie, you are a dream team!
I especially like how you, Ginnie, photographing only the upper parts of this 'building' have present the always skywards tending charakter of such a windmill. What were a windmill without wind and weather? I thin it has a special "Draht"/contact to the sky (and to heaven, too?) and looks quite more beautiful than our modern windwheels (Windräder)which are often spoiling the landscape!
I love the name of the Restaurant (association: dik-thick-dick), too- I think you can eat there one's fill!
Ginnie Hart: I LOVE the idea of a "dream team," Philine, because indeed we are! The TRUTH! The two are better than one when we work together. You, TOO, are part of the team because you have a way with your woorden, bringing it all together in poetic tribute. Bedankt, mijn vriend, and I'll see YOU tomorrow !
This is right up your street ... Lovely shot..
Ginnie Hart: You know me well by now, Shakara! Thanks.
Looks great against that sky Ginnie, good composition and light, well seen.
Ginnie Hart: It was a fabulous sky, indeed, Les. Thanks.
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2008, 09:29
Ray, has the right Idea,lol Is this the one in the background in the last shot. It is sad that such a great machine should be just something to look at though some do still work and are used. And thanks to Astrid for the history. Wonderfull shot Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, one and the same, Mick. This was the end "goal" of the day, to find this windmill. You can imagine my pure delight. Thanks.
"The young Fatty" is a nice name for a windmill.
Nice composition against a dark sky.
Ginnie Hart: Especially for a restaurant, Wim, right?! smile Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 25 Jan 2008, 10:06
LOL @ Ray.

I'm still amazed they had figured out this technology for using wind back in the 17th c.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Ruth. Windmills (like farms) are in my genes! Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 25 Jan 2008, 10:39
Beautifully captured! A nostalgic mood...
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still. I like nostalgia, for sure!
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 25 Jan 2008, 10:54
Ah Ginne you have captured a perfect shot here.. great against the moody sky. Thanks Astrid for filling in the details.. always makes it more meaningful with the background.
-have a wonderful weekend
Ginnie Hart: Just call us the Dream Team, Gale (as Philine did). grin I love it. Thanks...and you, too, have a great weekend.
Just wonderful Ginnie. Excellent is the only word to use for composition, angle, lighting, contrast...Going straight to my likeys.
Thanks to your precious partner Astrid for the histoty part!
Ginnie Hart: Wow. You've made my day, Richard. Thank you! My "precious partner Astrid" is my partner in crime AND my Dream Team (as Philine has called us)! grin Gotta love it.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 25 Jan 2008, 12:37
Such a great structure,good capture
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Vintage. Thanks.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 25 Jan 2008, 12:45
Beautiful shot Ginnie, fantastic sky.
Ginnie Hart: Holland sure knows how to produce the skies, Aussie, as surely you know by now! Thanks.
  • 10cré
  • France
  • 25 Jan 2008, 13:01
beautiful !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, 10cré. BTW, I have tried to leave a comment at your site but it doesn't "take" when I submit it. Do you know what the problem is??
Great photo, with the terrible Dutch weather in the background.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I happen to LOVE your "terrible Dutch weather," Jeroen. It never stops me from getting out and about! smile Thanks.
A lovely Dutch image Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Bernie. It is VERY lovely to me! smile
I'd like to see this as a monochrome picture Ginnie. Really bring out the drama in the sky.
Ginnie Hart: I was sure someone would say that, Bill, but didn't think it'd be you or that it'd take this long. smile I agree, but I love those patches of blue against the stormy clouds. Always! Thanks.
Typical Ducth
Ginnie Hart: HA! I know,Chantal, but we had to take a loooong bus ride (40 minutes) to find this one! Thanks.
Nice windmill. There are still a lot of them but we miss the "Don Quichotte" ready to fight against them. Our world is so single-way-behaviorist and thinking
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Deslilas! We could use a few more Don Quixotes and Sancho Panzas in our world! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Alas, the link did not work to take me to YOUR site!
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 25 Jan 2008, 16:33
superb photo Ginnie well donesmile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Tim. Thank you.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2008, 17:20
Lovely image Ginnie - is the food as good as the location? I like the sliver of light in the window frame on the lhs. A fine addition to your collection.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes! The food was superb, especially for a lunch. We both had venison...her first. We even took a picture of it! smile Thanks, Mike.
And very ecological too, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Ecology is what it's all about these days, Chad. smile Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2008, 21:51
well Ginnie, I have just sat on an airplane for 3 hours that did not travel 1 inch! It could not take off due to high winds, Just got home and seen your "wind"mill. what an image to display for me today! lol. On tomorrows flight now! lol. mal
Ginnie Hart: You are toooooo funny, Mal! BUT I can only imagine your keen disappointment. SIGH. Hopefully no wind is raining on your parade today (Saturday)!
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 25 Jan 2008, 22:37
Lovely place for a cuppa Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Chris. A cuppa and a very nice meal at lunchtime. Thanks.
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 25 Jan 2008, 22:47
Beautiful composition and very special atmosphere with this sky !!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Ann. It was such a spectacular sight for both of us.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jan 2008, 22:48
Oh Ginnie, I do like this.

I'm so grateful I'm here late, because otherwise I couldn't have read Astrid's comment.

To be honest, I'm just grateful that buildings like this survive and are maintained, so they can at least be looked at - if they're pulled down they can never (rarely) be rebuilt.
Ginnie Hart: You are so right, Ellie. We all, from generation to generation, reap the benefits of those who keep these landmarks presentable...after so many years! Thanks!
So nice : A likey !!
Ginnie Hart: You know how to make my day, Zeb. Thanks.
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2008, 17:20
Great sky behind the windmill, and nice balance in the exposure - you captured detail in the windmill without sacrificing the blue in the sky!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jewlya. Your comments always mean a lot to me.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 26 Mar 2008, 05:47
well composed ginnie
got here via zebby's likey link
Ginnie Hart: Awwwww. Thanks a million, DrAW. smile

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