Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Zuider Zee — My Alphabe-Thursday (2nd), the letter "Z" / Thursday Two Questions —
"Z" is for the Zuider Zee.
What do you know about the Zuider Zee?
When did you first hear about the Zuider Zee?
The map above is from Wikipedia (link). The second map, here,is from Google Maps of "Zuider Zee" (link-you may have to select Zuider Zee, the Netherlands on the left of your map).
[You can make either map large by clicking on the picture once or twice.]
I first learned about the Zuider Zee in my country grade school from the poem, "The Leak in the Dike" (link). You won't see the sea named by the Zuider Zee but that was it. The Zuider Zee was mostly recovered by land using a series of dikes. In the 1600's through to the 1900's the dikes would break and tens of thousands of people perished. Also see the Wikipedia article here (link).
The gist of this poem, and the legend that became before and after was all about The story of the little boy who averted a flood disaster by sticking his finger in the dyke. This story is famous all over the world . Mary Mapes Dodge (1831 - 1905), an American author of children's books, wrote the story and published it in her book around 1865. (link).
This was my school. I suppose I was about in the 6th grade and my sister in the front left was in the first or second grade. Beside her was my first cousin as was the boy on the right. So half the school kids were either brother-sister or first cousins. I don't know the tall girl beside me. The girl beside me and the girl in front by my boy cousin were sisters.
1. What do you know about the Zuider Zee?
2. When did you first hear about the Zuider Zee?
1. What is your favorite "Z" word?
.==> My Questions here are for Amanda at her Thursday Two Questions blog, Self Sagacity. Please visit her there for her questions and links to other partakers of her fun blogging idea.
favorite z word? zany ~ cause it's fun ^_^
2. First time I heard of this was today.
3. Zippy is my favorite 'Z' word today.
Have a fabulous day. ☺
Dominique @Dominique's Desk
Great post thank you
Favorite z word would have to be zinnia for the flower that I love to grow, with zucchini as a runner up ! Love to eat zucchini! :)
Mmmm, have heard the story too. Drove through Holland as a student - so very flat, of course! (Prefer mountains!)
PS Are you off on vacation again soon?!!
Thanks for stopping by my Z's!! (It definitely would have been cool seeing ZZ Top playing under the trees!!)
The school wasn't very big then. It is interesting how you went to school back then. The photo is priceless. I can see the resemblance in the siblings of your photo.
The school photo is so cute.
I don't have a favourite 'z' word - but do want to remind all your US readers that up here we say Zed!
I like your old school photo. It is like one of those "Little House in the Prairie" sort of thing..
I can imagine so many things from that!
I've never heard of Zeider Zee but it sure made me smile!
I think my favorite Z word must be zinnia! I love those happy flowers!
Thanks for linking up Jim!
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