On one trip we went to a festival in a place called Strijensas. The word sas is an old Dutch word for a lock, so it is Strijen at the lock. We'd been there before for the same festival on Koos's Luxor, but this time we went on the Vereeniging. The event was for historic barges and we all moored along the banks of the old canal in the village. Very pretty, very peaceful and very gezellig. To get to Strijensas, you have to travel south along the great river systems around Rotterdam until you reach the open water of the Hollands Diep. The trip upstream was lovely, but once we reached the wide waters, things went wrong.
|The Vereeniging moored up in Strijensas|
|Among the other boats and barges|
|Another participant in the event|
|My Sindy looking young and beautiful on the foredeck|
|The Vereeniging's old engine - in motion|
|Moored up in Schiedam|
|The view from the Vereeniging's side panel - open|
on a hot summer's day
We stayed in beautiful Schiedam for a few days to recover. And it was then I made the momentous decision to replace my wonderful, historic engine with something slightly more reliable.
But more of that later….