Read the story about the three Oompies (Uncles).

The history of farmhouse d'Oompies

The farmhouse that the farmer's front part is part of, was built in 1920 next to a smaller house that was demolished. The foundations of the farm were built with material from this smaller house. According to the notes found on the beams in the blue room, the interior of the farmhouse front was not painted until 1921. After that, the farmer's front house was not touched again by a paint brush.

Jan cooked until the arrival of sewerage in the shed next to the house. When sewerage was installed, one of the three bed towns was set up as a kitchen. A shower and a toilet were also made at the current location. Until that time "the barrel" (a shelf with a hole and a lid) was in use. My grandmother's three unmarried brothers have always lived in the farm: Frederik (1896 - 1967), Jan (1898 - 1996), and Marinus (1908 - 1991) Bruggink. These brothers were, quite rightly, by my father and later by everyone else, referred to as d'Oompies. To prevent them from missing the woman's hand in the household, a farm was built for my grandparents.

Jan was the undisputed leader of the three brothers. He determined what life in the farm looked like, what was eaten and how high the stove was. You did not rejoice him with trips outside his daily horizon. On top of the Harlingen dike, he turned to the land and said, "I rather look in this direction." A man from the country.

Marinus was portrayed by his brothers as "eccentric" and filled this role with verve. However, he was not so strange, because if you were alone with him, he could tell beautifully about the old peasant life. He often fled the house and walked around the house looking for "sprikkies" (sticks). He placed this on a forest wall, so that there is now a "sprikkieswal" behind the farm. Unlike his brother Jan, Marinus was more adventurous.

Although the farmer's front house has two rooms, the "blue room" was not in use. This was the "beautiful room". The life of the three brothers has always taken place in the "yellow room" with the view of the farm of their sister and brother in law and later of their cousin (my father). This, in our eyes, small world was sufficient and they were happy in this small world.