a tribute to James the ferry-man
It's early in the morning and James is starting his day with firing up the ferry's engine, sending wafts of smoke across the water
He crosses the river Zijl to prepare the jetty on the other side.
As soon as he has moored, he climbs his ladder to fasten and hoist his flags.
And then it is time to get the flags up in the air..... Today they are orange, with red, white and blue boats, because it is Queen's Day... He has manufactured the flags himself!
When all is done and checked, it is time to cross to the other side again and wait for his first fare.
Within minutes, the passengers are flocking to the jetty, patiently waiting for James to take them aboard.
The ferry is already arriving, carrying passengers from the other bank.
James moors the ferry, opens the gate and the passengers get off and on board, continuing their journey.
He collects the fare, tosses the ropes and takes off again, with his new cargo....
Back to the other bank, knowing he will probably repeat this trip numerous times today, since it is a holiday and the weather is fine