Ronde kom

Round enclosure on Eeuwigelaan (street) in Bergen, The Netherlands, 1926, by A. J. Bondavia Archief Alkmaar Commons on flickr.

I have been wondering about the purpose of this really nice rustic fence in a wooded area (there’s another view here). In a much larger version of the photo, you can see barbed wire all around the top rails. The ground inside has either been dug out or worn away.  There are two benches nearby, with more barbed wire fencing behind them. What appears to be a road in the background is actually a canal. (And you can also see that the man standing on the right is wearing wooden shoes.)

It could have been the site of a large tree of special local significance, which then died and was removed. Or the spot of some other removed shrine or monument.  But why not take away the fence and fill the hole after dismantling what was inside?  Then I thought it might have been the small crater itself that was important — perhaps the remains of a WWI shelling in the area.

Today, this street is lined with very large homes.

ADDENDUM:  Nope, wrong all round. 🙂 Please see the very interesting comment below.

Vintage landscape: huis Nijenburg

Nijenburg, 1889, Archief AlkmaarAnother sketch by C.W. Bruinvis: the front of Nijenburg house with a wide pond, statues, and clipped hedges, Heiloo, Netherlands, 1895, via Regionaal Archief Alkmaar Commons on flickr.

Today the estate is a nature reserve. The house, of course, is a romantic wedding venue.

There’s a 2011 photo of practically the same view as above here.

Vintage landscape: flowers amicorum

May bouquet, 1880s, Alkmaar Archives on flickrA watercolor by Margaretha Roosenboom from an album amicorum created for the writer Anna Louisa Geertruida Bosboom-Toussaint on the occasion of her 70th birthday in 1882, via Archief Alkmaar Commons on flickr.

The album (684 loose sheets in an ornamental wooden box) contained drawings, watercolors, photographs, text, and music by friends and admirers.

The contributors represented a cross section of the cultural elite in 19th century Netherlands and Belgium, including many artists who were part of the Hague School.

After Bosboom-Toussaint’s death, the album was eventually given to her hometown of Alkmaar and is now in the collection of the Regional Archief Alkmaar.

To see some flower arrangements created and shared today, please visit Cathy at the blog Rambling in the Garden. She hosts “In a Vase on Monday.”