Thats me, when I was kid..
My parents farmhouse.
The main road of our village a long time
The village “Wanneperveen” like
it looked around 1980 - 1990.
you already would have noted, I am of Dutch nationality and I am born
in a village called « Wanneperveen ». It
is my home village and as anyone would, I still feel a strong
attachment for my home village. You can find
this village in the circle on the map shown aside.
As you would already have noted, that those motorways
shown on the map, did not exist when I was born, neither existed the
« polder » with it's main town Lelystad,
those have been constructed a lot later. The
whole region was and today still is a farming region.
This region has mainly farms for milk production, but some raising of
pigs. But there is a difference, in time I
was a child we had many farmers with little amounts of cows, and now
we a little amount of farmers lots of cows.
Yes tides are changing and will to have to accept it.
Here is a little more detailed picture, you can see on
this picture the center of « Wanneperveen »,
and higher up on the map, we have the today very touristy village of
« Giethoorn ». The
hole region has become nearly one large touristic attraction for all
kinds of water-sports. There is one exception, which is
water-skiing, because of the nuisance and danger it produces.
The near total of the zone, here visible on the map, has
become an protected natural area. The time I was a kid, the most of those
zones were more or less in use, mostly as reed fields.
Then most of the farmers, including my father, had one ore more of
such fields, and they were collected in the winter, the only time
that this fields were frozen and accessible.
Than the most of them were and are still swamps.
And that beside the fact that reed has to dry first before you can
collect it. In other words you let the reed dry first,
and you start the cutting and collecting only then when it is dry.
The collected reed is thereafter sold for roof
covering. The job of roof covering was very
common when I was a child, but this type of a job has today nearly
That's me, when I was a kid.
Yes that's also me, but that was a long time ago, it
is even before I went to kindergarten.
The second picture is taken when I went to primary school.
I had, in opposite to other kids, not a very long
way to go of getting to school, in fact we were living very
close, you could call it next door.
The school was (who doesn't exist any longer, has
been knocked down and has been replaced by newer and more
functional building) a building with four very high, and in the
winter very cold classrooms. One
classroom was reserved for manual work (knitting for the girls),
and one other served as kindergarten. An another
one for classes one two and three and last but not least the last
one as for the three higher classes.
One day in the month of October
happened an event which I will not easily forget, and for those
who leak a little memory, this date was October 4 Th., 1957, or
better the Spoutnik, launched by the Russians
Most of us were getting out at evening when it has
got dark to watch the sky and see this thing pass over, then the
most knew about when and where to look to see it pass over.
My parents farmhouse.
Photo taken in the 50 ties from my parents farm, the
second photo is of the late 50 ties.
We did live (the farm has been renewed since and
belongs to construction firm) in the front part on one side of
the building, the other side of the front part we rented out to
friends of my parents.
In the back of the building was place for about 16
to 18 cows, calf's, and the very young ones up to the one year
about to become cow. Later we have also got a bull.
In the beginning we had also a horse (made me
scared) but he has been replaced by a tractor of German make in
the mid 50 ties.
In the barn we putted various equipment, as well
some animals and later the tractor. It
served also as store for the straw. The
hay we stored in the farmhouse itself, what was not without
danger, than it takes easily fire.
The main road of our village a long time ago.
picture comes from a postal card which shows the main road, just
in front of our farm, as it was at the beginning of the century,
a time that my mother was still a grown up girl.
living in the farm here on the left on the picture, she lived
there with her grand mother.
situation has changed over the years, the municipality building,
here on the right, has been replaced by newer building when I was
a kid. Today someone lives there and it does serve
ant longer as municipality building, this for the reason that
« Wanneperveen » doesn't have any longer it
The village « Wanneperveen »
looked around 1980 - 1990.
of the main road in the center of « Wanneperveen »
as shown on these pictures of the early 90 ties.
center of « Wanneperveen » has certainly
been modernized, but a lot of houses are still there and those
houses whom have been modernized or renewed, are for the most in
the same place and have still the same shape.
Therefore you can consider that these pictures are representing
the time that I was still young, and as I have know it.
other hand today, there where our fields for our cows once were,
you see nothing but houses for people who do have their work in
the towns in the near.
of the other farms had not better destiny, near all of them have
been rebuild into luxury houses, like the farm where I am born
which has been transformed into house and workshop of an
is the house which my parents have bought in the beginning of the
years 60. This house was in the past the residence
of the director of butter and cheese factory.
buy this house after they did sell the farm and gave up farming,
then we lost most of our fields, which had to make place for new
stated above, with the house was an old butter and cheese
factory, which has been out of use for some by then.
This former butter and cheese factory has renewed and has been
transformed into garage and being rented out for some time and
later sold to a person who still has it today.
An other part of the building has been used for the storage of
cheese for a long time, but is now part of the garage.
my parents where getting a little older, maintaining a house with
a big garden has become to much and they sold it and moved to
more convenient apartment specially adapted for older people in a
town called « Meppel » not very far from
« Wanneperveen ».
I did live in my village up to little before my 18th
birthday, thereafter I had to go to an other town, « Hilversum »
to pursue study electronics in the « Rens & Rens »
institute. I moved, after having finished my
military service and having spend a few years in « Amaersfoort »,
to « Geneva ». I ended later,
after a very long time in « Chamoson », which
has become my second home, up in « Normandie »
where I still live now.
Some important events of this period.
The Korean war.
L'U.S.S.R. launches the « Spoutnik »
Youri Gagarin, first man in space.
Generalization of television.
Pirate Radio stations « Carolyne »
et « Veronica » start emitting from the North
The Cuba crisis.
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