As said before, the farmhouses in Drenthe are large and almost always topped with an enormous straw roof. Straw was a material that was very much present in the (wet) Netherlands. It was easy to find, cheap and very isolating. Especially in the Northern half of the country, it became very popular as roof material and is still seen very often in provinces like Drenthe. Adding to the beauty of the landscapes, the large farmhouses are very scenic and sometiimes also worth a visit. Just ask the farmer whether he has time to show his house and land, the hospitality often grants (when the man is not too busy) to get a guided tour with a sea of information about the countrylife.
Stones are something that are typical for Drenthe (and other Northern provinces). Not for nothing it's here that we find the "Hunebedden", the ancient gravemarkers of 5.000 years old. These stones were brought here by the enormous ice masses that came Southwards in the ice ages. Before them they pushed enormous loads of sand as well as rocks. In the one-but-last ice age the ice masses reached all the way from the Northpole to North part of the Netherlands and deposited these stones. Since then they have been used for a great variety in functions.