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Every time I take the highway to drive to another part of The Netherlands, I end up feeling annoyed by the ravages modern urbanization has wrecked upon our landscape. On the edge of every small town, or even village, there are these industrial estates with hideous buildings (now partly empty because of the economic depression), that take up far too much space in our tiny and overpopulated country. So, last year, I started on a project of photographing remnants from the past that blend more harmoniously into the landscape. Here are some of the results

The oldest remnants of human occupation in our region are very old, indeed. On our walks, we regularly pass Megalithic Tombs like this one, which dates back to the Neolithic Age, approx. 3450 BC.

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To the north of us lies rich agricultural land and the wealth of the landowners is obvious from the beautiful mansions and churches they have been building ever since the Middle Ages.

This church in the small village of Middelstum was founded in 1445.

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Close by is the estate The Allersmaborg, also dating from the 15th century.

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We live in a country where really “wild” landscapes don’t exist but the man-made landscapes are beautiful and the old farmhouses and cottages blend in naturally. In my student days, I lived in a small cottage like the one in the bottom right picture. We largely lived “off the land”, all very romantic.

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This landscape only exists because we are protected from the sea by huge dikes. When the dikes were brought up to a new height, a few years ago, some interesting landscape architecture was added. Climbing the dike and looking north you see a tiny harbor, salt marches and then the Wadden Sea, one of the largest protected areas in Northern Europe.

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And, closer to home, we have this peaceful cemetery, where we often go for a walk. Of course, its old; it was founded in 1885.

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In other news....
During my forced 4 weeks of inactivity, I've managed to sort out some of my pictures [see above ;>) ] but that was the only positive effect of breaking my foot. Tomorrow, the cast will be taken off and x-rays will have to show if the bone has healed. I’m rather nervous about it because the foot still hurts. Just hoping that this is normal.

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OMG, I LOVE the picture of the megalithic tombs!!! Big fan of more-ancient-than-ancient history that I am (it always irks me when people call the Greeks "the ancients," because their heyday post-dates the cultures I work with by at least a millennium), megalithic monuments absolutely fascinate me. When I lived in Ireland, one of my favorite places was Newgrange in the Boyne River valley of Co. Meath, which is a megalithic passageway tomb. On the winter solstice, the opening of the tomb lines up perfectly with the sun so the whole interior is illuminated. It's a dream of mine to be there on the solstice someday before I die. (Last I heard, there was a 10-year waiting list, and I'm sure it's much longer now, so I need to get busy on that!)

All these pictures are beautiful. I really like seeing where you live! The view from the top of the dyke is gorgeous... can you sit up there? I bet I'd spend a lot of time there. And I'd definitely spend a bunch of time in the cemetery -- you know how I love cemeteries. :)

Good luck at the doctor's! I hope you get good news from the X-ray. I've never broken a bone, so I don't know if it's normal for your foot to still hurt, but I should guess it would be. I'd imagine it would take a while for everything to come back to normal, even once it had progressed enough to be said to be "healed." I hope everything goes well!

Glad you liked it, Robin.

The megalithic tombs in our region are special because they are just part of the landscape, not a tourist attraction. There is just a small signpost, then you get on an ordinary footpath and, suddenly, there it is. I also saw the ones in Ireland…. High time for another holiday over there. It’s been too long!

I also love the view over the salt marshes, especially in summer when they are full of flowers. I used to go with groups of students to the mudflats, to show them the flora and fauna, and every year one of them got stuck in the mud and fell over. LOL.

As I expected, the bone in my foot needs more time to heal. So, I have a new cast. Two more weeks of sitting down more than I like. ;-/

Boooooooooooo. :( I'm sorry to hear you're stuck in another cast. I know you're frustrated! But two weeks isn't too terrible. My mom always used to tell me, "A person can do anything for three months," which I think is pretty true, so that tends to be my orienting principle when it comes to enduring things. I'm guessing this two weeks will be pushing the limits of that three-month window, though. :-p

Lovely pics! Thanks for sharing. :-)

And, I hope all is well when you go tomorrow and that your foot is healed as it should be.

Thanks, Celebrian. I love sharing my pictures.

As I expected, my foot needs more time to heal. So, I'm back on the couch with a new cast.

Bummer. I hope it heals up soon.

Thank you for sharing those pictures. I especially like the tombs, and am glad they're still there.

*gentle foot rubs*

Thanks, SB. It's special to live in a part of the world where you can still see these ancient things.

Thanks fot the foot rubs, too. Not that I would be able to feel it because they gave me a new cast. LOL.

Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing!

Good luck with the x-rays tomorrow, hope all goes well for you :-)

Thanks, Jane, you're welcome.
I'm getting old and my bones don't heal as quickly as I would like. So, it's 2 more weeks with a cast. Sigh.

Love the picture of the tombs. Also, the pics of the churches, The Allersmaborg and the cottages are all lovely and I can understand wanting to walk in that cemetery; it really does look peaceful.

I hope you have good news when you are x-rayed tomorrow and hope that the pain you are still experiencing is normal. *gentle hugs*

Thank you Addie. It's nice to show pictures, here on LJ!

The x-rays, this morning, showed that the bone has started to heal but needs more time. So, I have another cast and I'll just have to be patient.

I'm sorry you had to get another cast. Maybe that explains why you were still having pain?

I feel exactly the same about England. I'm sure that in a few generations the countryside will have turned into one massive housing estate. And for a long time they've been threatening us with a High Speed Railway which will cut straight through some really beautiful, peaceful villages quite close to us; just for the sake of reducing some journeys by 15 minutes!! Why is everyone in such a hurry all the time? I dread to think what Tolkien would have thought about the state of things now, he was upset enough during his lifetime and things are so much worse now.

The pics are so beautiful!!

I've never broken a bone but I'm sure I've heard that the actual healing process can cause pain as the bones knit together. Best of luck for tomorrow:)

"I dread to think what Tolkien would have thought"
This is one of many points on which I feel great affinity with The Professor. I often feel ashamed of the way we treat our landscape, the environment and the earth in general!

Glad you liked the pictures, Paulie. I love taking them and arranging them into little stories.

I'm just back from the hospital with a new cast which has to stay on for 2 more weeks. I'm getting old. :-/

Beautiful photos, beautiful country. Wow!

The first church with it's two round "eye" windows reminds me of this one that you posted a while ago. I always think of it as the shocked church. O^O LOL
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Hahaha. No, we don't have ski lifts. It's all dead flat over here.

Glad you liked the pictures, Yeux. Well spotted about the "shocked church". It's from the same period and built in the same style. Feeling flattered that you remembered it. :)

Oh, I've saved many of the gorgeous photos you've taken. The "shocked church" is just one of many.

I know you don't have aerial tramways in the Netherlands. I just like that icon. :>)

Our country simply doesn't have the old structures like you folks.

Ah, but you have the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and so much more. :)

I love these beautiful pics you have a lovely country, and in Wales we have so much history as well maybe we should appreciate it more, thanks for sharing these:)

You're welcome Carol. We visited Wales several times. It's a lovely country. I still remember the first time we visited St Davids and saw the cathedral and the coast. Beautiful!

i'm very envious of those in europe who can just hop in their car and go to places like this. europe has centuries of history and america only celebrated its 237th birthday.

i too hate to see rich land being destroyed by civilization. we have enough to endure with natural disasters, why bring cement and steel into it? architecture should to compliment the natural surroundings like the farmhouses and cottages you posted... all lovely by the way. :)

sorry about your foot needing more healing. ah, to be young again.

"america only celebrated its 237th birthday."
I hope you had a good celebration of July 4th (WITH BBQ!)

The next generation will, rightly, blame us for destroying so much of the beauty of our country. Politicians, town councils, people in general are just being greedy!

"ah, to be young again."
Thinking about all the stupid things I did when I was young, I prefer being older. But, OK, it would be nice to heal more quickly. ;-)

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