Monday, August 16, 2010

MyWorld Tuesday

Today's pictures show historic grounds. This is where I grew up. It looks quite good now but it is a former mining area. The oldest coal mining area of Europe. It was in the 11th century that the coal reached the surface at Rolduc and mining was not very difficult. When the mine was exhausted they had to dig deeper and coal mines were established. During the 1960s most mines were closed and the grounds were developed for housing and recreation.

The road in this picture used to be a railroad for coal transport only. I had to cross it every day when going to school. A high wall and a barrier prevented us from entering the mining site.


These two pictures give you an impression of how it looks today. Neat houses and a lot of green.



Unfortunately I have no photo of how it was at hand. I must have a book with old postcards on my shelves but I could not find it. I hope I did not lend it to someone I don't remember.

13 comments:

Ania said...

I know it's My World time but I love your last Skywatch post so much and the cows I just had to let you know.

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely look at your world, Jossie! And from what you've written I gather it has changed a great deal from when you were a child! Thanks for sharing with us today! Have a lovely week!

Sylvia

Jim said...

Great streetscapes.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Carver said...

Looks like a very green and attractive area now. Interesting that it used to be a mining area.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful historic grounds. The landscape is very nice.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Mooie foto's en verhaal, interesant!

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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Julie said...

jossie that is an incredible transformation. I would love to have seen 'Now and Then' photographs. If the mining is now stopped, I wonder how the people work now. They would have had to find other jobs to do. It must have hit the area very hard economically.

Riet said...

Ha Jossie. Wat een mooie foto's en wat een leuke herinneringen voor je. Kan je op internet niet nog oude foto's vinden? Tegenwoordig staat daar zoveel op.

noel said...

aloha,

everything is nice and green in your world, so nice to see so many trees

Martha Z said...

Today it looks quite lovely. I imagine it is quite a change from when you were a child.

J Bar said...

Jossie, they did change laws years ago to encourage outdoor cafes and Sydney has a great cafe culture. There are many street cafes everywhere in the city and suburbs now, especially in places like Circular Quay and beaches.

JOE TODD said...

Great post and love the history. Also checked out a couple previous skywatch posts.. Some of those skies look like they could be in Ohio

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I did scroll back -- the country looks lovely now. Thanks for sharing yor memories and for visiting FT-L!