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January 10, 2018

A Small Tour Of The Four Winds…

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Visiting the “de Vier Winden” (the Four Winds) in the small village south of The Hague, our visitors are delighted to find that the mill is open to visit.

The February weather was cold and very windy so getting inside was a welcome ideal too.

Inside however there is a ridiculously steep staircase, far too steep for me to attempt, and one of our visitors also looked at it and decided to stay on the ground floor with me.

There were a few words I the brochure that I could not translate and they even stumped Himself, apparently our knowledge of technical mill terms in somewhat lacking.

The brochure translates as” “stichting vrienden van de molen” Friends of the mill Foundation”Structure of the mill.
5th Zolder “ (5th attic) This is the pivot point for the windmills sails. This area is not open to the public.

4th Zolder “ (forth attic) this is the area for wheat / grain storage. The wheat is hoisted up through “luiwerk” (trapdoors??) and via a duct made of jute sacks it is bought down again.

3rd Zolder (third attic). This is the stone floor where there are three grinding stones. Two of these are still in use.
2nd Zolder .(Second attic). This is where the flour is milled to a fine powder. The wheat comes from the upper floors for this. There is also a “Praathuis” (??) for the miller. Outside are the controls for the sails and machinery. 1st Zolder . (First attic). Here there is a “de buil” (??) with a sieve, this area is not operational. Ground floor. Used to be the storage area for the wheat, now is is the exhibition area for the mill.History: in already in 1311 in exactly the same spot where the “de Vier Winden” stood a corn mill. The round stone Mill “ was in rebuilt in 1882 after the previous mill burnt down in 1881. The “de Vier Winden”  was in business until 1932 .

In 1957 the municipality of Moster Gemente Monster (city council).
Ownership of the mill: After restoration in the mill went back into business and from 1983 until today has been run by volunteers from the “Gilde van Virjwillige Molenaars” (Volunteer Millers Guild).

They grind the wheat into whole grain flour. After reorganisation of municipal boundaries from 2004 the mill ownership was transferred to the Gemente Westland (Westland City Council).

Exhibition: on the ground floor where the wheat used to be stored, there is now an exhibition area.
Here you can find old photos of the mill and a unique collection of mill tools from the past.

They sell pancake mix and whole wheat flour. Souvenirs such as postcards, a mill book, tiles and pen drawings are for also sale.

Various Mill sail positions.
“Vreugdestand” (C3lebration Position) The sails get tied , this happens on special occasions such as National holidays, weddings, births of important figures.
“ Rouwstand” (mourning position) The sails get tied into position to mark National mourning of an important figure.
“Korte rust” (short rest position) the sails are in a horizontal or vertical position, the sails look like a “+” sign.
“ Lange rust” (long rest position) the sails are at an angle of 45 degrees with the horizon.The sails look like an “X” because they are low there is less chance for lightening to hit. “

Himself, one of our visitors and Kiwi Daughter all braved the ladder-like staircase and took a look outside. I stayed and took photos of the exhibition area. The mill is small and whilst the exhibition was not large, it was interesting for us to see. Our guests were delighted to have seen inside an actual Dutch windmill. Of course when a place is run by volunteers and on a next to nothing budget, is it difficult to make brochures in languages other than Dutch, but aside from that this is a perfect place to bring visitors.

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January 9, 2018

A “Moster Mill”, A Misleading Name Of Sorts…

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Seriously, you’d think I could have organised my WordPress Schedule better: I’ve made two posts with tomorrows date (again)… sincere apologies for my incompetence. Pain medication messes with your brain. … or in my case.. What brain???

Early in February 2017 Family Kiwidutch had some visitors from the United Kingdom, two ladies we know who are Kiribati nationals and friends of others from Kiribati we have already good contact with.

After extended times at home catching up, cooking and eating far more than we should have, from the moment they arrived on the Friday afternoon, until Saturday evening, we decided to go out for a small tour on the Sunday.

Since they are only over for the weekend we couldn’t go far, do drove up the coast, passing through the small village of Monster.

The name “Monster” comes from the name of a Monastery that was located here centuries ago and there is a windmill of the same age there.

Our family passed by this “molen” (mill) many times before but usually it’s closed, so when we saw that it was open to the public we found a parking spot and decided to take a closer look.

The mill is called “de Vier Winden” (the Four Winds) and according to a brochure I found inside (Dutch language only) there has been a mill on this spot since 1311. This latest edition is fairly recent: a rebuilding that took place in 1882 after a fire razed the previous one to the ground in 1881. Mill fires seem to have been a common occurrence since there was so much wood in the inner construction. The name of the mill is spelt out in the bricks around the base, and our visitors are enthusiastic to see inside…

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The weather gets decidedly stormy and the volunteers who look after the mill stop the sails from turning with special brakes and anchor them into a “resting” position so that the sails and machinery do not get damaged.

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April 18, 2013

De Boetzelaer: Jump Right into Family Fun…

Filed under: Activities,kid stuff,Monster,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Our kids love swimming…  and we like them to take part in as much physical activity as possible, so try to make recreational swimming appointments as often as possible.

Often if you are the very first in the queue when the pool opens then you have the place almost to yourself for the first hour or so, before the crowds descend. This was the case when we recently visited the “Zwem- en recreatiecentrum De Boetzelaer” (swimming and recreation centre De Boetzelaer).

As a confirmed non-swimmer I went along and took photos from the comfort of the café whilst Himself and the kids had fun showing off in the pool.

Yes, I realise the town where this pool is located is called “Monster”, which usually gives a few giggles in English, but it has a multiple  meanings in Dutch, including “sample” but Wikipedia tells me that: “There is a great deal of uncertainty over the origin of the name “Monster”. It is probably derived from the Latin monasterium, meaning monastery. The name was also used for the ground that belonged to a monastery. Another explanation was that Monster was derived from the old-Dutch word monster, which meant amongst others “big church” (from Latin: monstrum), which is supported by the fact that Monster had those days one of the largest churches in the area.”

There’s a very nice swimming pool here in Monster called ” De Boetzelaer” and it’s to here we have come today. There are several pools and also a babies paddling/ play area but my photos concern the pool overlooked by the café, where I sat writing up a few blog posts on the laptop, taking a heap of photos of our kids having fun and enjoyed a cup of tea.

The lane swimming markers have been removed at the moment and large  floating platforms are in the water  for swimmers to climb on and jump or dive off, there’s also a low diving board and a large balloon-like ball that can be lowered from the ceiling  and hit by swimmers leaping off the diving board at the right moment, a constant attraction with kids and adults alike.

All in all it’s a place our kids love going to … so let’s have a look around.

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Kiwi Daughter dives in…

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Zwem- en recreatiecentrum De Boetzelaer

Madeweg 36
2681 PM  Monster
E-mail: info@deboetzelaer.nl
Telefoon: 0174 – 28 66 10

http://www.deboetzelaer.nl/

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monster_(Zuid-Holland)

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