Domburg has a rich history, quite interesting too. I visited this summer when I was staying elsewhere in Zeeland. Far too short a visit to really see how much has changed since I last visited some years ago.
A hotel, a street, a statue and the dunes are named after Nehalennia, named after a local goddess from the Roman times. She .....
Ah well, I'd better go and revamp my Domburg page!
The Delta Works are a defense system in the Netherlands against flooding from the sea, in particular the provinces of Zeeland, southern South Holland and North-Brabant applies.
On the Delta Works has decades built, and the project was fully explained by the completion of the Oosterschelde (1986), at the completion of the Maeslantkering (in 1997), and at the conclusion of the increase of all dikes to delta height (the Harlingen weir , in August 2010).
The emphasis of the original Delta Works was however Zeeland, southern South Holland and North-Brabant. This part of the Delta Works, and especially the Oosterschelde (Neeltje Jans) and the Maeslantkering still attracts international attention. It is by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the seven modern wonders of the world declared.
Mussels, as well as oysters, are cultivated mainly in the province of Zeeland, in the southwest of Holland. They begin their life up north in the Wadden Sea. Dutch mussel farming has developed into an industry which now produces more than 100 million kilos of mussels every year. Most of these are exported to Belgium and France. The Dutch mussel industry is capable of providing a daily supply of mussels from the storage plots regardless of weather conditions.You can visit Europe’s only mussel auction when you’re in Zeeland in Yerseke, a small port on the Oosterschelde Estuary, which specializes in oyster and mussel beds.
Mussels are usually cooked by steaming them on a bed of fresh vegetables in white, wine and eaten with bread or fries. There are many other ways of preparing mussels, all to be tasted at restaurants throughout the country. Mussels are not only rich in protein and glycogen, but they are full of vitamins and minerals. The mussel season in Holland begins in late July and goes through to March.
Personally i don't like them.
Here are simple instructions for preparing mussels:
4 kg fresh mussels
1 large onion
1 large carrot
small bunch parsley
few celery tops
Clean the mussels thoroughly in cold, running water. Discard any which are already open. Peel and slice the onion and carrot and put the sliced vegetables, parsley and celery tops into a large pan. Fill the pan with cleaned mussels and cook them over a gentle heat, shaking the pan from time to time, until all the shells have opened. Remove any mussels which refuse to open. Keep the first batch of mussels warm and cook the rest in the same way. Strain the cooking liquid and mix with prepared mustard and vinegar to make a sauce.
Remove the first mussel from its shell with a fork and use the empty shell as a pair of tongs to remove the remaining mussels. Or use your hands.
Dip them in a sauce and enjoy! Serve the mussels and sauce with plenty of fresh bread or fries.
Zuid Beveland (one of the regions of Zeeland) is famous for its fruit culture. Driving around you will notice many orchards with fruit trees surrounded by high trees (poplars). Apples, pears, but also blackcurrants are cultivated. It must be great to drive along the orchard during April - May when all the trees are blossoming.
Around 1876 the first entrepreneurs started to breed oysters in the Netherlands. The Eastern Scheldt was an excellent location, so oyster basins were built in the village of Yerseke in order to keep the oysters alive.
In the 20th century, Yerseke also started with mussel breed and trade and are now one of the most important places for the sales of mussels.
You can visit the oyster basins in the harbour.
This wonderful MILL, called DE HOOP (HOPE) WAS BUILT between 1736 - 1755 and is situated on THE BOLWERK, which is 3-5 minutes from my house, so I see it every day......
This mill is a so-called ronde stelling molen AND WAS USED TO GRIND CORN.......
(In my THE NETHERLANDS PAGE you can see that there are other kinds of mills, e.g. watermills!)
It is always a joy to see the wings go round and round.........and nice to HEAR THEM, singing in the wind!
ALL MILLS ARE MONUMENTS AND PROTECTED!
at the beginning of the end of this wonderful summer of 2003, you will see this sign: TE KOOP which means that you can buy whatever they offer.
This summer was so extraordinarily wonderful that there is an abundance of "KALEBASSEN" ( PUMPKINS) and all of them, from huge and very huge to small and minute still wear the colour of sun and heat, light and fresh sea-breeze.....
You can choose at leisure, take your time.......after having made your choice you put the money in the basket / box / jar and can continue your trip!
You can buy: flowetrs, "kalebassen", annuals and perannuals, earthenware pots, old en very old, waterplants, apples, cherries, pears, plums and much, much more....
I told you: my PROVINCE OF ZEELAND is an agricultural one.......such a joy cycling here and perhaps you want to buy some flour at one of the mills.......I myself do so because it is the best to bake fine bread and pancakes, cookies and soups.......
GOUDGEEL GRAAN VAN ZEELAND: GOLDEN CORN FROM ZEELAND, the best there is.....
This sweet, laughing girl, is selling ZEEUWSE ROOMBOTERBABBELAARS, special candy in tillte tins with of course nice pictures on them.
Huge tins, large and even very tiny ones......EVERY PASSER-BY MAY TASTE ONE before buying some to take home to Germany, France, Belgium, the UK, JAPAN, the USA etc........
The heatwave was still in full swing and I chatted with her together under the sunshade...
People on the benches are (trying to) eat(ing)
sugar fluffies, which became extremely sticky withing a few seconds because of the heat: 36 degrees Celsius....
I love SUIKERSPINNEN as we call this sticky fluffy stuff on a stick!
The friendly girl is dresses in traditional costume of WALCHEREN......
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