08-07-01 Forest exploration part 2
Walking around it I found rails sticking out of the ground,
with steel rods connected to them. I think the hill once housed an antenna
or watchtower and the rails with the rods kept it from falling over.
Passing a no entry sign I made my way towards the grave.
I had to leave my bike behind soon, the path got very narrow and it was
blocked by fallen over trees. I crossed a dry stream and ended up on the
winding path to the grave, which is bordered by huge rhododendron-bushes.
The grave itself is not very impressive; two gravestones, some conifers,
gravel-tiles and a small fence around it. It obviously receives some maintenance
now and then -the gravel-tiles probably replaced the cast aside flagstones
some time ago, no rust on the fence and a piece of agricultural plastic
laying about - but not much. Weeds were growing pretty high.
On the graves:
The surname Van Heek is inseparably linked to the textile industry which made Enschede what it is today (see for example Enschede -> Eilermark).
Next up was the estate Oosterveld. All entryways to the estate were blocked with barbed wire but one. I cycled and walked around a bit on broad alley's with high beech trees making them look like tunnels. Slowly I made my way up to the house, thinking it may be abandoned because I didn't see much evidance of human activities in the park. It looked pretty abandoned from a distance but as I got closer I noticed a satellite dish on the wall and a well maintained garden. I left and cycled around the estate, figuring that if it was inhabited, it must have at least a mailbox. And indeed, at the back entrance was a mailbox with a housenumber and also a (in the Netherlands well known) 'free walking on paths and tracks' sign. So I had sneaked around for nothing.
There are more interesting places in the forest, like open places, a small lake (Lonnekermeer), 'het Hartjesbosch' (harts forest), 'de Wildernis' (wildernes), fast running streams etc.