I am in the railway station at
In the station souvenir shop, the book is on sale for just one Euro. I can see why; the book’s title is Enkhuizer Almanak 2019 and it is three years out of date but it has something to do with Enkhuizen. I happily part with a Euro. On the train, I settle down to explore my new purchase. It has 288 pages all in Dutch so it is going to take some enjoyable effort to work it all out.
I quickly recognise tide tables for
There is a heavy-handed joke about Facebook on page 200 which is not improved by Google translate and on page 150, a sketch of rather a cheeky mermaid.
There is something else on the cover: “424ste
Jaargang” which must mean 424th annual edition; this book has history. It may have first been published in 1595 when
Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne of
I have arrived in Enkhuizen, a charming small port with canals. My wife Adrienne is lost in a haze of fantasy house buying. She tells me she wants to retire to Enkhuizen. I fear that I am not included and that she plans to retire from being my wife.
The Almanak has its own museum. It is the old cold store for the fish market. It is small like the Almanak and closed on the day of my visit but I discover that there is a website, which I shall explore later. In the meantime, we enjoy dinner in Schipperscafe ‘t Ankertje (Skippers’ Pub at the Little Anchor).
When I get home, I open up the website. The Almanak has its own weather forecasting system, supported by its own corps of weather observers. It works on the principal of reversal days that divide weather into decades of 10 days about which weather changes. I would tell you more but the full explanation is in Dutch.
I still keep the Enkhuizer Almanak on my desk more as a paperweight than a reference resource. I just like it.