Saturday Morning Post March 24

Written by Jack van Ommen on March 24th, 2012

Holland at it’s very best. It is a repeat of my last year’s visit in this same early spring period. The trees are still bare and the Tulips are still a couple weeks away but it won’t be long. Yesterday it warmed up into the low seventies. I drove the scenic road from Spakenburg to Ermelo and back through the Flevoland Polder.

I needed a few more questions answered at the Nieuwboer yard for the article that is in the works about the yard and Botters. In Ermelo I met Beatrice, the daughter of Clary who was also led into a trap by Sonja van Hesteren in the spring of 1944. Around the same period that my mother’s resistance boss became her victim. For the details be sure to keep tuned to the publication of  “The Mastmakers Daughters”. Beatrice is also one of my volunteer editors of the Dutch version.

I stopped for an Uitsmijter in the town of Putten and took the below picture of an American Oak. This is the kind of tree boat builders are always searching for, with their crooked branches to saw the bend frames from. 


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