Monday, 10 August 2009
that's My World, Friesland
Last week I was in Friesland, near Drachten, and stayed with Frisian friends. Friesland is one of our 12 provinces and apart from Dutch, the Frisians speak Frisian. We can regard the Frisians as our aboriginals. They are the original inhabitants of our country. Their language dates from the 8th century A.D.The period of the peat workers in Friesland started in the 18th century A.D.They were poor people with often large families. Their houses consisted of one room and a place to cook. They were often forced to spend their wages in the shop and the pub, which were owned by their boss, who also lived in the same building. To get them attending church, they got a cup of pea soup after the service on Sundays.
Peat was used as fuel in houses and factories, even after WWII.
In one of the photos you can see a lawei. That's a basket on a long pole. Is the basket high, it means: Work! Horizontal: lunch! Low: You can go home!
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