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Winter Hill ,Horwich, UK
About Me Jake ,I am 11 years old and have Autism. This Blog is about what I can do not what I cannot,sometimes people think I cannot because I have autism ,this blog is about challenging that!I have lots of special interests, in particular running, exploring and this blog shows a small amount of what I get up to! Please be careful as some of activities I do may look easy are not , I know Winter Hill very well I can get off safely and know what to do when the weather closes in ,to keep myself safe I use high performance clothing and footwear,waterproof/ breathable/reflective/thermal layers. in layers so I keep warm and dry , I take my safety seriously and I always take care when out exploring. My dad is very experienced on the fells he is teaching me how to keep safe.I can use a map and compass, the hills can be windy , very cold, be wet , misty and boggy. STAY SAFE! check out under my link's for advice on safety from Bowland and Pennine Mountain rescue. Try my Winter Hill Challenge

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

De Zwaan windmill ,Oosterscheldekering dam , Zeeland bridge ,Kattendijke and mussel hunting

The nine kilometre-long Oosterscheldekering (kering meaning barrier) was initially designed, and partly built, as a closed dam, but after public protest huge sluice-gate-type doors were installed in the remaining four kilometres. These doors are normally open, but can be closed under adverse weather conditions. In this way the saltwater marine life behind the dam is preserved and fishing can continue, while the land behind the dam is safe from the water

Note from Jakes dad :yes you drive over 9 km of dam , plus a man made island in the middle see the videos below , apologies about the  rain but the afternoon became bright and humid !!

the island in the middle 

De Zwaan this means the swan
 a pumpkin farm display ! I took this from the car !

  a old water fountan at Zienkzee, we did not have time to walk round this today !

Zeeland Bridge

The Zeeland Bridge (Dutch: Zeelandbrug) is the longest bridge in the Netherlands. The bridge spans the Oosterschelde estuary. It connects the islands of Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland in the province of Zeeland.
The Zeeland Bridge was built between 1963 and 1965. At the time of its completion, it was the longest bridge of Europe. It has a total length of 5,022 metres, and consists of 48 spans of 95 metres, 2 spans of 72.5 metres and a movable bridge with a width of 40 metres.

 the bridge
going onto the bridge
showing us driving the bridge
Note from Dad: there is a very long average speed limit on this bridge !!! 80 KMH


there is a British soldier buried here

Corporal Donald Thomson died on 14 January 1945 and was 21 years old.
His body was found in the fields between Kattendijke and Wemeldinge .
He served in the Royal Marines Commando Engineer.
What more do we know this soldier?
After having obtained information from the Church and the War Committee, we know that at the age of 2 his parents lost in a car accident. His mother was Janet Williams.
Donald Thomson was brought up by Aunt Sarah and Aunt Hannah Woods.
There was a while ago from Kattendijke telephone contact with the aunts.
They were delighted to hear that Donald is buried.
The aunts were already at his age and now deceased.
How to Donald Thomson was killed is not clear.
In that period, according to our data, no fighting occurred.

 lots of nice houses

 a lovely church !

 the Pastorie for the church

 Dutch post box run by TNT
 Leo fell asleep
note from dad
It was very stormy in the morning but 27C and 85% humid  in the afternoon  making walking very tiring for the children ,

we walked from the village to a place to see some birds,

 Note from dad is is a cycle path  yes they follow the same rules as the road !
 place we watched some birds,

 a place with a thatched roof
 mussel collecting , you can see oysters , i dont like oysters !

 a lot of Belgium people stopped off here to dive and collect mussels and oysters !

mmmmm... three plates we collected ,
I like mussels !

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