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Pharmacy "De Groote Gaper" = "The BIG Yawner"
Netherlands, Enkhuizen, Zuiderzee Museum, May 2011

Notice a sculpture of a "yawner" at the facade of the pharmacy.
Originally this pharmacy stood in Hoorn, a little town 20 km SW of Enkhuizen. In spite of severe resistence of the people of Hoorn it was broken down and stone by stone rebuilt in the Zuiderzee Museum of Enhuizen.
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May 27 2011 14:37 GMT Studio88
Charming Drug Store with Vintage Sculpture - Excellent Find ;-)
May 27 2011 14:52 GMT hallo
Interesting facade and nice reflections!
May 27 2011 15:16 GMT martini957
Interesting building
May 27 2011 15:36 GMT bandsix
nice to see the picture of the yawner as it would have been in actual use Peter...
May 27 2011 16:06 GMT julie13
Thanks for tip. Changed tag. Julie
May 27 2011 16:09 GMT Donjames
Great photo and story
May 27 2011 16:40 GMT Petermosull
Great photo & info, When I saw Zuiderzee it reminded me of a song I love:

The Dutchman's not the kind of man
Who keeps his thumb jammed in the dam
That holds his dreams in,
But that's a secret that only Margaret knows.

When Amsterdam is golden in the summer,
Margaret brings him breakfast,
She believes him.
He thinks the tulips bloom beneath the snow.

He's mad as he can be, but Margaret only sees that sometimes,
Sometimes she sees her unborn children in his eyes.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The Dutchman still wears wooden shoes,
His cap and coat are patched with the love
That Margaret sewed there.
Sometimes he thinks he's still in Rotterdam.

And he watches the tug-boats down canals
An' calls out to them when he thinks he knows the Captain.
Till Margaret comes
To take him home again

Through unforgiving streets that trip him, though she holds his arm,
Sometimes he thinks he's alone and he calls her name.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.

The winters whirl the windmills 'round
She winds his muffler tighter
And they sit in the kitchen.
Some tea with whiskey keeps away the dew.

And he sees her for a moment, calls her name,
She makes the bed up singing some old love song,
A song Margaret learned
When it was very new.

He hums a line or two, they sing together in the dark.
The Dutchman falls asleep and Margaret blows the candle out.

Let us go to the banks of the ocean
Where the walls rise above the Zuider Zee.
Long ago, I used to be a young man
And dear Margaret remembers that for me.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeBD3rcAMFw
May 27 2011 17:36 GMT pauli3522
nice decoration on the door
May 27 2011 19:23 GMT sini
Lovely image!:)
May 27 2011 19:51 GMT Annamaria
This is great, Peter! I really must visit this museum some time...;-))
May 27 2011 21:20 GMT psb64
nice
May 28 2011 03:54 GMT fhelsing PRO
That's so charming ... love the yawner!
May 28 2011 06:10 GMT senna3
That is a beautiful song text Peter. Also thanks for the youtube link!
May 28 2011 06:12 GMT senna3
Thanks everyone for the nice comments!
May 28 2011 06:20 GMT ujbanyiv
Very Nice Photo.
May 28 2011 06:48 GMT geobak
Thank you.This is the father of my grandfather
Geo
May 28 2011 07:03 GMT senna3
Thank you William.
May 28 2011 07:05 GMT senna3
Your Antique Friday entry is a precious memory image Geo!
May 28 2011 09:14 GMT MargNZ
Absolutely charming Peter . Thanks to Petermosull for the song :))
May 28 2011 15:34 GMT charlie26
Wonderful building and entry. Great reflections too.
May 29 2011 06:49 GMT senna3
Thank you Margaret.
May 29 2011 06:49 GMT senna3
Thank you Jacqueline.
May 29 2011 10:26 GMT elsje323
beautiful building
May 29 2011 11:06 GMT senna3
Thank you Ida.
May 29 2011 17:24 GMT Midworlder PRO
Interesting window
May 29 2011 17:28 GMT senna3
Thank you Roger.

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