Yard Time

October slipped away from us and we hardly noticed as we spent the entire month on the hard.  A friend had recently told me, “Oh you know you love boat projects,” which I of course wholeheartedly denied.  However, when the opportunity presents itself there is no avoiding the need to maintain a boat no matter…

Us Heit Brewery

  ‘Tis the season for harvesting hops!We visited the town of Bolsward via bicycle (a 20-mile ’round trip from Sneek) to tour the Us Heit Brewery and Distillery.  Talk about a fabulous combination!  Us Heit is small but this brewery, with a full-time staff of four, packs deliciousness into their brews made with homegrown barley, hops, and Us Heit’s…

Wouda Steam Pumping Station

Water, water everywhere!  We’ve grown accustomed to canals, dikes, and locks; in the Netherlands controlling the water levels is vital since 26% of the country actually lies below sea level.  As the saying goes, “God created the Earth and the Dutch created Holland.”  The Dutch have reclaimed large areas of land from the sea, called a polders, and…