Friday, 25 June 2010

Weekend Reflections, Windmills,

 
 
 
 
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These photos were taken in Kinderdijk, near the windmills.The name Kinderdijk is Dutch for "Child's Dike". In 1421 during the Saint Elizabeth flood of 1421, the Grote Hollandse Waard flooded, but the Alblasserwaard polder remained dry. It is said that when the terrible storm had subsided, someone went on to the dike between these two areas, to see what could be saved. He saw in the distance a wooden cradle floating. There was no hope that anything would be alive in it, but when the cradle came nearer, someone saw that a cat was in the cradle trying to keep it in balance by jumping back and forth so that no water could come into it. When the cradle eventually came near the dike, someone took it out and saw that a baby was sleeping in it undisturbed and dry. In some of the stories the cat kept it balanced and afloat. This folktale and legend has been published as "The Cat and the Cradle" in English.

This meme was started on 27 September 2009, by James. You can join this meme at some time during the weekend. Just post your photo and go to James to tell him that you are on, or click on the logo in the sidebar.This meme is created for any type of reflection.

28 comments:

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Reading that And almost cried.
Too touching event. Thanks for sharing.

Malyss said...

What a beautyful story!and windmills are soooo dutch! I love them! I came yesterday to see if you had posted new benches. i did not find them, but saw your beautyful sunsets, and the spiderwebs;So I had a great time while visiting! Have a nice week-end!

michael said...

Wonderful photos of windmills and canals. Is that a sand sculpture in the top one? Also love the cat and the cradle story.

jabblog said...

Beautiful reflections. Your header is stunning!

James said...

Beautiful photos! I also like your header photos!

Sylvia K said...

What beautiful, touching story, Wil! I love it! And the windmills are indeed so Dutch and I love them, too! Together with your delightful photos they make such a wonderful post for the day. Love your header! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Regina said...

Beautiful reflections and a wonderful story.
Thank you for sharing.

" Regina "

Vicki Lane said...

A lovely story! And beautiful pictures, as always!

Jingle said...

loved these nature images or reflections!
have a fun day!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello sweet friend!
Wonderful set of reflections, I'm delighted by your pictures.The header is magnificent!
Happy weekend
Léia (Bonjour Luxembourg) and little Luna - We love Luna

Pat said...

All these reflections are stunning. That water is so still and looks like a mirror. Your story was so interesting. Thanks for passing it along.

jeannette said...

I love your photo just below the header -such a typically Dutch scene:)

Manang Kim said...

A touching story thanks for sharing. Happy weekend!


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Riet said...

Ja mooie foto's Wil. Kinderdijk is zo mooi. Wij gaan er binnenkort ook weer eens heen. OP een mooie dag is het genieten. Fijn weekend

George said...

Thank you for a very interesting legend and some beautiful reflections. I like the windmills as well.

Dina said...

Even a reflected dog and laundry! Fun.

Suzanne said...

This is a heartwarming story to be sure. Thank you so much.

Arija said...

What a lovely tale indeed.
Dutch windmills always remind me of Rembrandt.

Ann said...

My Dad went to Holland when he was in university in England. Holland was very meaningful to him because he was taught by Dutch priests and brothers when he was a boy.

jennyfreckles said...

This looks an idyllic spot - I love to be near water so this area would suit me! The story of the cradle is beautiful.

Miss_Yves said...

Une autre version de Moïse sauvé des eaux ?
Des photos très paisibles et une bannière très typique, j'aimais bien aussi la précédente qui me faisait penser à un ou des tableaux de l'école hollandaise.

Indrani said...

Such a touching story, it goes to show how caring animals are. Great shots.

Kay said...

What a truly interesting and heartwarming story. I had so idea. Nobody explained any of this when we were there. These photos bring back such lovely memories.

Serendipity said...

Lovely reflections! And I like the windmills in your header.

EG Wow said...

Wow! Gorgeous reflections! The Netherlands is such a beautiful place.

awarewriter said...

Nice series. I like the first and third best.

Barbara Martin said...

Love windmills and those reflections along the canals!

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Lucid and beautiful capture for such a lovely place like yours.

Been a long time, I haven't visited you. Hope you are well.

I espied yours in Ann's blog. :)