As described in the tip above this is a schapenboet .
In the old days it was used to store farmequipment and hay for the sheep. Nowadays most of them are on the monument list.
If you are lost and want to know which is north remember the wind is mostly blowing from southwest, so the roof is at the southwest side. The straight face of the building is at the northeast side.
It's great to see that such a small community has a newspaper of its own. It's called the Texelse Courant.
It's founded at 15 september 1887 and only consist of local news.
Buy one and read it (if you're capable of reading Dutch?) and read all about the things that are keeping the inhabitants of Texel busy.
Sheep and Texel are one. You will find sheep all over the island. And you will also find this strange looking buildings near them. The building is called a schapenboet it was used to store straw and hay for the sheep and farmequipment. All schapenboet are straight at the northeast side. The wind is almost always blowing from the southwest, this way the sheep can use the building as a shelter. As transportation means got better, the buildings were not used as often, and many were reduced to ruines. Most are now on the monumental buildings list.
A great way to get warm after a cold windy day at the beach is to drink a kruidenbitter.
There are several of this alcoholic drinks that call Texel home.
Although at least one (Kees Boontje) is not from Texel origin. The story is as follows:
Kees Boon was a beachcomber and when the storm was at its highest point Kees went to to the beach to see if something has washed on the beach. He saw a dead body on the beach and when he arrived the body turned out to be alive. He took the sailor home and nursed him. This swedish sailor got well soon, because of the herbdrink he had on him. Kees loved the drink too, and the sailor gave him te recipe to thank him for saving his live. The islanders heard the story and all wanted to drink this miracle drink. It soon became famous.
Texel is also known for its birdpopulation. There are many areas especially made for birds and where birds are protected.
You can see the common birds like the seagull or the geese, but also some rare ones.
The picture shows a tuinwal (garden wall) which was built in march 1993.
Garden walls are characteristic elements in the old Texel landscape, and therefore are protected. The whole thing is built out of grass sod around a nucleus of sand. Garden walls are prettier and more functional than poleswith barbed wire, however they are vulnerable.
This is also the reason why there are a lot of parkings especially for bicycles. This way nobody has to park the bike against the garden walls.
When you say Texel, you automatical think of the sheep from Texel. This is a famous species.
From old writings, it appeared that the sheep is present on Texel since 1477. Till 1860 the main species is the Pijlstaart. It is a sober breed but the wool is good. Around 1860 the Pijlstaart species was crossed with the Leichester, but later the Lincolnshire was used.
In 1909 the family tree for sheep was founded. It was started to get more structure, the crossing of sheep was stopped and varietal characteristics were noted.
An adult ram weights about 95 kilogram and the adult ewe weights about 75 kilogram.
There are quilts made from the wool.