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That's actually from on an old school rhyme here (I actually live on
The full rhyme goes like this:
"Rood zijn de daken
Geel zijn de helmen
Groen is het gras
Blauw is de lucht
Wit is het zand
Dit zijn de kleuren van Schellingerland"
translated to english it would be like this:
"Red are the rooftops
Yellow are the marrams
Green is the grass
Blue is the sky
White is the sand
These are the colors of Schellingerland"
Hendrik Koning, 17 Aug 2002
The island Terschelling is in Frisian called "Skylge", but on
the island itself called "Schylge", In the past it was called "Ter
Schelling" ("on the divide") and before that "Wuxalia". In our
time the easy explanation for this "divide" is the border beween Holland
and Fryslân, which lay directly east of the island for centuries,
However, it may be that the original Schelling was actually one of the
As long as The Netherlands have been united, the island used to be the east-most of the Wadden islands belonging to Holland. But what we now call the island Terschelling has several times changed hands over the past millenium or more, even if up until 1287, the Sint Hubertusvloed, it was still connected to the Frisian main land. Its strategic position also made it a prime target in most Dutch wars, sometimes suffering attacks from both sides. The last time it changed hand was WWII, when the Germans transferred the municipality once again to Fryslân.
Apart from the island Terschelling itself, and the Wadden shallows around it, the municipality includes what's left of Griend. Griend, is all that remains of the lands that once lay between the dunes, now the islands, and the Frisian mainland. Yet, without human intervention maybe not even this small island would have survived. Nowadays it's an uninhabited, 2 km long bird sanctuary, visible along the route of the Harlinger ferry. Yet, most of the Dutch Wadden islands actually gained size over the last half century or so and, with some human help, so did Griend.
Sources: Gerrit Knop - Schylgeralân, 1969 [facsimile, original 1946].
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 Aug 2003
Mr. R.R. de Vries sent this image. The photo shows the Dutch flag, the
flag of Terschelling in Fryslân province (a five-band) and a red
trapezoid burgee, with possibly something in the canton, at the hoist a
castle-like item, and at the fly the Terschelling flag. What is it? I have
asked the Terschelling municipal administration, which knew nothing.
Stefan Lambrechts only found the burgee of "Het Wakend Oog" YC, with its intimidating burgee; it may be a burgee, a jumelage flag - or whatever.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Jul 2005