27.06.2011 27 °C
In the morning Peter and I parted ways, Peter went with Kees to tour Enza Seeds whilst I wandered the streets. I walked around the canal levee. A very pleasant walk,scattered alongside the levee are community gardens. A very busy area with people hoeing,weeding and picking produce. The gardens are very well maintained. Pity we don't see this kind of community projects in Griffith or Yenda (must bring it up at the next Yenda Progress Association).
Shopping was not really an option has many shops are closed on Monday morning restocking from weekend trade and also an opportunity to wash the windows. The only businesses opened in the morning are the baker, fruit shop, Ice Creamery & Cafes.
I met Peter & Kees at the Museum- Land and Water where Kees' wife Lenny works as tour guide. After lunch Lenny gave us a tour of the museum. It is an open park museum opened in 1983. The park contains a vast collection of buildings and objects from the region. The Park is divided into a number of districts. Each district is reconstructed from actual buildings dismantled from their original location & reconstructed in the Park. Buildings from the same village are grouped according to purpose - urban canal, church district including the shopping area eg:- baker, pharmacist, grocer etc.and fishing village. Many of the shops are "working" with volunteers running the stores as they would have over 100 years ago.
Enkhuizen has been operating as a city for over 400 years and as a fishing settlement for some thousands of years, with a bronze age settlement recently found. The town made most of it's money in the 1600 's & 1700's from the trading of spice from the East Indies and ship building. Now tourism, farming and seed industries keep it going but with the current poor economy, things are not so good just now.
We have contributed to the economy by frequenting the harbour-side bars and restaurants, enjoying a quiet Heineken or wine. Doesn't get much more relaxing than that, sitting by the water watching the yachts coming in. Sue doesn't think much of the Spanish or French red wines that she's had so far.
Nice & warm today, maybe 27c, the locals are suffering and plenty are sitting outside their homes, or messing about in their boats on the canals enjoying the cool of the evening.